How field marshal May can get out of the Brexit trenches

By Dr Alan Mendoza

The name of field marshal Douglas Haig, commander-in-chief of the British Expeditionary Force from 1915-18, is not one that usually trips off the tongue in connection with Brexit.

But with the whole Brexit process having become mired in Flanders-type mud, and increasingly settling into First World War style trench warfare, he would seem a most apposite figure of study for the current situation.

Haig’s reputation has undergone several metamorphoses. To his contemporaries, he was a war hero whose bloody and ultimately futile offensives at the Somme and Passchendaele in particular – resulting in mass casualties of the type never seen before or since in British military history – were forgotten in the aftermath of the victory he helped fashion in 1918.


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