Haig Street, Mowbray

May 9, 2018 | MowbrayStreet & Suburb History

General Sir Douglas Haig

Haig Street was named after General Sir Douglas Haig who was quite a controversial figure.

He is often referred to as the Butcher of the Somme for his tactics there.

Haig led his army at Mons and the first battle of Ypres. Pershing claimed it was Haig who won the war. Haig later claimed that he kept on attacking the Germans because he had to keep the pressure on them. This was because the French Army was falling apart.

Yet despite all the atrocious casualties his policies inflicted, the evidence is that he was much loved by his troops. He was famous for saying ‘the machine gun is a much overrated weapon’.

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