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France: The Great War coach tour

It needs some explaining, this Great War battlefield tourism. You could be having a break in Barcelona or Bournemouth but instead are slogging around mainly featureless fields where millions were killed (or “fell”, in the jargon of Remembrance). Andrew Shemilt from Ashbourne in Derbyshire put it …

Mind

Gary Sheffield on First World War debate: 'A German victory would have been a disaster for Britain'

If Britain had stayed out of the First World War in August 1914, or even delayed its entry, it could well have resulted in Germany defeating France …

19th Century

RT @colour_history: 13th Royal Fusiliers with trophies of their successful attack on La Boisselle on 7 July 1916, at the Battle of Albert http://t.co/Kn78jDdyA3

The first casualty: truth

For too many years to remember, discussion about the teaching of history has centred on the question of knowledge. Just about everyone agrees that …

World History

First World War centenary: how the Great War changed Britain forever

Over a quarter-of-a-million Britons lost their lives in the First World War. As we approach the centenary, it’s time to pause, reflect, and pay tribute to their sacrifice, writes Andrew Roberts<p>The carnage of the <b>Great War</b> the centenary of whose outbreak we will be commemorating in 2014, had far more …

Memorial tourists head for France

<i>THIS year sees two major commemorative events in France: the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War - fought in large part in the</i> …

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

Michael Morpurgo remembers the stories of sacrifice and valour that inspired him to write the acclaimed War Horse<p>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 …

2014: Dawn of the Centenary

Cross of Sacrifice at Canada Farm Cemetery, Ypres<p>So here we are in 2014, a year that will see the start of over four years of events to commemorate …

The Shock of the Frontline: Psychological Trauma in the Great War

Related Articles<p>As the centenary of the outbreak of World War I approaches, we will be encouraged to remember the fallen of a conflict that tore the …