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The idea behind this series of pages is to take a broader look at some individual topic which was of interest - almost certainly rousing controversy - during the Aftermath years and often for long beyond that period, stretching even to today.

Clearly some of the topics already covered on what is becoming a large website could easily fit under this heading, but you'll have to forgive me for being inconsistent.

The first subject to be discussed is Sir Douglas Haig, arguably (apart from the Kaiser) the most vilified personality of the Great War, and possibly the most misunderstood. It all depends which historian, which newspaper columnist you read.

I've chosen a few examples to begin with, but it may be that I'll add others, especially if they're pointed out to me. And if you have any comments of your own, do me, and maybe I'll set up a feedback page.

Articles so far:

A brief biography of Haig (attempting to be reasonably neutral about the man!)

Blood on their hands: a strident little piece about Haig and Lloyd George by Andrew Grimes, a Manchester journalist who prides himself on speaking his mind.

Some thoughts on Douglas Haig and his relations with his troops from Blighty by Gerard DeGroot

An account of Haig's Funeral from The Times 4th April 1928

The Greatest Betrayal: written for the Daily Express in 1998 by Alan Clark the flamboyant Tory MP, who died recently. Clark was the author of The Donkeys.

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Aftermath - when the boys came home

Tuesday 20 December 2005