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A letter sent to the editors of the main British newspapers by Sir Douglas Haig, May 1916
(Catalogue ref: WO 256/10)
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WO 256/10; Haig's letter to newspapers, May 1916

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  • What are the main points being made by Haig?
  • Does this suggest that Haig knew what the Battle of the Somme was going to be like?
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