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Wife and War

Siegfried Sassoon's double vision of war and peace

Until recently, most of what I knew about Siegfried Sassoon could be summed up in the following few words:<p>'Good-morning; good-morning!' the General said <br>When we met him last week on our way to the line. <br>Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead, <br>And we're cursing his staff for incompetent …

Live webchat with Siegfried Sassoon expert Jean Moorcroft Wilson

From what we've seen on the Reading group this month, Siegfried Sassoon was a complex, fascinating man. There are no easy answers about his attitude to the war, the English class system or even his attitude to the sport he describes with such nostalgia in Memoirs Of A Fox Hunting Man. During his …

RT @RoehamptonUni: New First World War poetry anthology by Roehampton Vice-Chancellor Paul O’Prey to be published by @I_W_M tomorrow http://t.co/yki5aH0D6M

Victoria Cross hero Lt Col Philip Bent excluded from commemoration

<b>A Victoria Cross recipient killed in World War I will be excluded from commemoration activities because of a "loophole".</b><p>Paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every UK Victoria Cross recipient for the centenary next year.<p>Lt Col Philip Bent lived in Leicestershire but his name will not be …

The Birmingham soldier who had Hitler in his sights in WW1... and then let him go

A Birmingham soldier had Adolf Hitler in the sights of his gun – but failed to take the kill shot.<p>Warwickshire-born Private Henry Tandey is said to …

A century on from the first world war, the old narratives feel long gone

Contrary to the idea of its critics that it will do no more than promote a blinkered patriotism, the approaching centenary of the first world war promises memorials to those who abstained from or opposed the fighting; anti-war memorials, if you like. Earlier in the summer, the Jimmy Reid Foundation …

The WW1 poetry they didn't let you read: Ribald and risque poems from the front

More than any other conflict, the First World War is credited with creating some of the finest poetry ever written.<p>The works of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Rupert Brooke beautifully described the pity and loss of the conflict raging around them and are still appreciated for their …

Literature

Catastrophe by Max Hastings; 100 Days to Victory by Saul David; Meeting the Enemy by Richard van Emden – review

These days, anniversaries come early. The centenary of the outbreak of the first world war is still a year off, but already we are knee-deep in books on the subject. So far they have come in three main varieties: lively portraits of the world <i>avant le déluge</i> by Florian Illies and Charles Emerson; …

The War No Image Could Capture

Photography has given us iconic representations of conflict since the Civil War—with a notable exception. Why, during the Great War, the camera failed.<p>The Great War: A Photographic Narrative<p>By Mark Holborn and Hilary Roberts (editors)<p>Knopf<p>The British photographers were stationed on the front lines …

First world war centenary is a year to honour the dead but not to glorify

On the morning of 18 August 1918, units of the Belgian army climbed out of their trenches and advanced. For the first time since the invasion of their country four years earlier, they drove the Germans back, and in doing so took the hamlet of De Kuiper. It was not recognisable any more as a place …

Revealed at last... secret diary of hell in trenches

But it is his accounts of the daily squalor of the trenches, where disease was rife and the German shelling incessant, that are most poignant.<p>Food …

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