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Simkins wrong on Hundred Days campaign

Published 29/10/2012

Professor Peter Simkins is wrong to simplify the First World War into a period of failure followed by the successful 1918 Hundred Days campaign.

In 1918, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig had lost his nerve and nearly advised the Government to sue for peace, while ordering more grinding frontal attacks which cost Britain and the Commonwealth a further 400,000 casualties.

Zealots launched pointless attacks minutes before the ceasefire began at 11am.

If we remember this sacrifice, let's remember 1918 not as a victory, but as a chilling lesson in how not to conclude a war.

IAN McKENZIE

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