FIELD MARSHALL HAIG ASSESSES WAR SITUATION IN EUROPE
Paris, France (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, February 15, 1917, the Daily Telegraph published an interview with Field Marshall Douglas Haig* conducted at the Western Front here in France.
The Field Marshall said...
"We still have much to do (but) we (are making) a great effort to ensure that the army behind shall be equal in power to that in front. We (have) reached (maximum) output in the production of munitions. We (need more) guns and railroads. We should never have too many guns."
"We are furnishing material of all sorts to our friends...Russia, Italy and Romania. The Western Front is, and still will remain, the principle front of operations."
In assessing the progress of the war effort, the Field Marshall said...
"If Germany...cannot be entirely beaten this year, we shall not hesitate to carry on the war...there can be no peace without complete victory."
*Sir Douglas Haig (1861-1928) served as commander of the British Expeditionary Force fighting on the Western Front in France during World War I. He was commander at the Battle of the Somme, the Third Battle of Ypres, and the Hundred Days offensive.
DH was born in Edinburgh & attended Clifton College & Brasenose College, 1880-1883. He graduated from Royal Military College & was commissioned as a Lt. in the 7th Hussars 1885.
"Sir Douglas Haig on the Coming Struggle," February 15, 1917, The Daily Telegraph, www.telegraph.co.uk/