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Douglas Haig

Douglas Haig

First World War commander

This Sandhurst-educated son of a Borders landed family rose to become commander of the British armies on the Western Front in the 1914—18 war; as such, he was responsible for the policy of attrition which was followed to the exclusion of any other strategy by the British forces on the Western Front for three years. It cost the lives of almost a million British troops alone, and its use has been the subject of great controversy ever since. Haig was honoured after the war. His family had interests in the whisky industry, and he became a director of the Distillers Company Ltd until his death.