20 of the Most Ironic Douglas Haig Quotes

Douglas Haig has famously been called ‘The Butcher of The Somme’, having been commander for the biggest British military offensive, and subsequent casualties, in history. What began on 1 July 1916 is often referred to as a slaughter – inadequate preparations and inneffective tactics meant the British 4th Army suffered 57,470 casualties on the first day. In total nearly 1 million men suffered a similar fate. Thanks to hindsight, many of Haig’s views on the situation are extremely ironic. Below are 20 of Douglas Haig’s most ironic quotes:


James Carson graduated from the University of York with a degree in English and History and have a keen interested in both World Wars and popular science - particularly space.