Ashish Tiwari

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The start of the First World War was a seminal moment in modern history

It shaped almost every aspect of the world in which we now live – the first act in a drama that lasted until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991<p>The final weekend of peace was sunny and warm. On the Bank Holiday Monday, day trippers flocked to the most popular resorts, Blackpool and Brighton, …

World History

Never forget the bravery and the selfless sacrifice

Commentary: As Britain prepares to remember, Sajid Javid, the Culture Secretary, on why we should never forget<p>Within the rich earth of St Symphorien Military Cemetery, there is indeed “a richer dust concealed”. The site, just over a mile from the Belgian tourist town of Mons, is the resting place …

Indian Army

The First World War still touches Britain

The lost lives we commemorate have added meaning in light of the troubles of today<p>Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War, a chance to remember the fallen at church services or at wreath layings across the country. In the evening, many Britons will be lighting a …

World History

In war and peace, Britain can be proud

When plans were made for the commemoration of the First World War, it seemed like an exercise in history – a necessary and salutary process of remembrance, but not one that could have much resonance in an age where consumerism appeared to have replaced patriotism as society’s animating force.<p>Yet …


BBC Proms War Horse review: 'movingly elegiac'

Serena Davies on the 'beautiful reimagining' of Michael Morpugo's classic story at this year's proms<p>The 2014 Proms’ most explicit commemoration of the start of the First World War came the day before its outbreak. Sunday’s short, sweet concert invited us to remember the conflict by putting War …


Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

World History