Both Afraid…

“Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.” Andre Maurois (1885 to 1967) André Maurois, pseudonym of Émile Herzog, was a French biographer, novelist, and essayist, best known for biographies that maintain the narrative interest of novels. He was a liaison… Read More

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Interlude: War or Peace?

“I don’t know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace is an interlude during war.” Georges Clemenceau (1841 to 1929) Georges Clemenceau, byname The Tiger, French Le Tigre, was a statesman and journalist who was a dominant figure in the French Third Republic and, as premier (1917-20), a major contributor to the Allied… Read More

Ends the Same Way…

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899 to 1961) An American novelist and short-story writer who served in World War I (in 1918 as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army) and… Read More

Bolsheviks! The British Army, Discipline, and the Demobilisation Strikes of 1919

Research Paper Title “The British Soldier is no Bolshevik”: The British Army, Discipline, and the Demobilization Strikes of 1919. Background This article considers the breakdown in discipline in the British Army which occurred in Britain and on the Western Front during the process of demobilisation at the end of the First World War. Many soldiers,… Read More

The Western Front Way

A pathway stretching more than 1,000 kilometres has been opened along the First World War’s Western Front. Known as The Western Front Way, the route starts on the Belgian coast and finishes on the Swiss border and is marked along the way by flowers of remembrance. The inspiration for the project stemmed from a letter… Read More

Hong Kong Snack Grenade!

“BANGERS and mash? Workers at a Hong Kong snack factory discovered a grenade dating to the first world war in a consignment of potatoes from France. The 1-kilogram explosive was handled with a particularly delicate touch as the pin had been pulled some 100 years ago. Now that is what we call a delayed fuse.… Read More

Keep What?

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 to 1965) Conservative Prime Minister twice: from 1940 to 1945 (before being defeated in the 1945 general election by the Labour leader Clement Attlee) and from 1951 to 1955. A soldier (joined the Royal Cavalry in 1895) and part-time journalist (reported on the… Read More