The Battle of the Somme in France was one of the bloodiest of World War 1 (1914-18). 419,654 British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed. General Douglas Haig led the British Army and tried to wear the Germans out with constant assaults by men from British trenches. But Haig, a stubborn, unscrupulous egoist, came from a previous era and rejected the use of modern mechanical weapons. Instead, he sent tens of thousands of men to their deaths. The war is seen as countless lives sacrificed for folly, arrogance, stubbornness, and incompetence.
But it is the centenary of WW1, and some academics are proposing a ‘revisionist’ view, notably of Haig, claiming trench war was his only option, and it won the war! Right-wing politicians and nationalists love these ideas because they believe that Britain could never have had incompetent generals!
After WW1, the song goes on to show other examples of ‘historical revisionism’.
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