General Haig Speech

May 8th, 2014

After reading Martin Luther King and King George VI’s moving and powerful speeches we started to look at General Haig – Commander in Chief of the BEF.

 He commanded Battalions of men in the Somme offensive. Our task was to write the speech that he may have given to the troops before 1st July 1916.

 Together we decided on the rules of effective speech writing that we wanted to include. We felt these would have the most impact: 

Addressing the audience

Use of emotive language

Rule of 3



Here is our shared write:

Today. Together. We will fight for our King and Country.

Today. Together. We will fight: united as one on the battlefield.

Today. Together. We will fight for our nation’s future.

The brotherhood I see before me is unique – courageous and valiant – willing to penetrate our enemy’s defensives no matter what the cost. We must move forward in order to break the silent stalemate, which currently stands before us.

 Our nation stands as a family with courage, pride & bravery, who will rid this great land of its foul stench. Upon this brave offensive depends the survival of Christian civilisation: we are the masters of our own fate, leaders in our own destiny.

The greatest point to remember is it can be done: it will be done! Done beyond any possibility of doubt.

Trust me as I stand before you.

Trust me as I stand beside you.

Trust me as we stand, side by side, united.

We will achieve a resounding victory over our enemies.

God will ‘Send us Victorious’.

We will prevail.


For King and Country – go forth – God speed.


Victory is ours!

6 Responses to “General Haig Speech”

  1. 6CollinsonR on May 8, 2014 5:12 pm

    It really came on we started to concentrate

  2. Mrs Davis on May 8, 2014 7:19 pm

    You all have so many fabulous ideas Regan and you’re right, they come out more when you are all focused 🙂

  3. Alan Peat on May 8, 2014 6:53 pm

    superb! Thanks for letting me read this. I have retweeted so all 8,800 of my followers can read

  4. Mrs Davis on May 8, 2014 7:17 pm

    Thanks Alan – I’ll let you know when the independent speeches are posted

  5. Miss Taylor on May 8, 2014 8:41 pm

    Congratulations Yr 6 on an amazing piece of writing you should all be so very proud of what you’ve achieved. See what happens when you put your mind to it!!

  6. PEarl on May 9, 2014 12:47 am

    What a fabulous piece of shared writing. Can’t wait to read the Independent pieces!

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