One member of the College, who had a very prominent role to play in the First World War, was Douglas Haig. Haig came up to Brasenose in 1880 and was in residence at the College from Michaelmas term 1880 to Act term 1883, leaving two terms short of being awarded a B.A. degree. He went on to have a career in the military, enrolling in the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1884. From 1914 Haig played a prominent role in many major battles of the First World War, commanding at the Battle of the Somme, the Third Battle of Ypres and the Hundred Days Offensive.
In October 1919 the College Librarian was sent a letter with Haig’s compliments, which accompanied a map of the Western Front immediately prior to the breaking of the Hindenberg Line in September 1918. This German defensive position on the Western Front was built during the winter of 1916-1917 and was broken during the Hundred Days Offensive (the final period of the First World War when the Allies scored a rapid series of victories against Germany). This map is in fact a copy of one which Haig kept up from day to day in his writing room at Montreuil, which can be seen on the map.