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Douglas Haig (1861-1928) was one of the most renowned soldiers during World War I. He became the Commander in Chief of the British Expeditionary Forces and led very decisive battles at the Battles of Some and Passchendaele. He also was able to stop the Germans last offensive (March-July 1918) which ultimately led him to create a veteran’s facility called the Royal British Legion.” This caused him to be elected to be an earl in 1919 . Douglas Haig became Commander in Chief of British Expeditionary Forces, led forces at the Battle of Some and Passchendaele, created the Royals British Legion, and became an earl in 1919.
Douglas Haig’s previous war experiences made him perfect for the position of Commander in Chief of the British Expeditionary Forces. One reason he was chosen was because of his performance at the Sudan and South African War (1899-1902).1 He held down administrative posts in India and was assigned to the War Office as director of military training from 1899-1902.2 With these experiences, he was suited for helping Richard Burdon Haledane (the war minister) form the Territorial Army and organize and expeditionary force for a future war on the European mainland.3 These experiences were pushing him forward in becoming the Commander in Chief of the British Expeditionary Forces. Another reason he was chosen was because of his leadership of 1 corps of the British Expeditionary Forces to Northern France.4 From here on, Douglas Haig seemed best fit for the new leader of the British Expeditionary Forces since Britain was becoming pessimistic about the war. Consequently, Haig was appointed the new Commander in Chief of the British Expeditionary Forces on December 10, 1915.5
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