General Sir Douglas Haig, 1916

John St Helier Lander

 
General Sir Douglas Haig, 1916
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

General Sir Douglas Haig, 1916.

Lithograph after John St Helier Lander, 1916. Published by the 'Illustrated London News Christmas Number', 1916.

The son of a wealth whisky distiller, Haig (1861-1928) was born in Edinburgh into a large family of ancient Scottish lineage. He joined the Army in 1884 where he excelled at polo, saw active service in Sudan and South Africa and became a recognised authority on cavalry warfare. Haig's assiduity, aptitude for staff work and social connections enabled him to rise swiftly though the ranks and to secure the prestigious command of the British Expeditionary Force in France in December 1915.

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