First World War

Knitting For Soldiers in the First World War

Juliet Bernard | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bernard

With World War I and its horrors so much in the public mind I wanted to share the impact that this war to end all wars had on the day-to-day life of women and children in this country through the most normal of items - a knitted sock. The formidable Queen Mary led the movement to keep our troops warm during winter in the trenches, when Lord Kitchener asked her to undertake the huge task of providing 30,000 pairs of socks for our brave lads.

Why Will I Be Remembering W.D. Fishlock?

Luke Smith | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Luke Smith

Lives of the First World, the permanent digital memorial, is part of the story of Imperial War Museums. It is how we are fulfilling a central part of ...

Teaching Children About War: Mum's Not the Word

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

The 70th anniversity of D-Day the centenary of the First World War pinpoint 2014 as a year of wartime nostalgia. Amongst fabulous stories of rebel veterans absconding from their care homes to Normandy and colourful re-enactment celebrations, one of the quieter questions being bartered around is 'do kids really know what's going on?.'

What Really Caused the Chaos in Today's Middle East?

Endeavour Press | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

One of the greatest myths of our time is also, today in 2014, one of the most dangerous. This is the idea that today's Middle East was created by an Anglo-French secret pact in 1916, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, signed by Sir Mark Sykes for Britain and M. Georges-Picot for France.

Top Four Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lorenzo Belenguer

For the first time in 30 years, Alan Titchmarsh, the BBC presenter, is designing and building a show feature. From the Moors to the Sea will celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the UK's biggest community gardening campaign - RHS Britain in Bloom, as well as Alan's own 50 years in horticulture.

Army-Navy Rugby Clash Hits Century in Great War Centenary: Victoria Cross Winner Remembered

Stephen Cooper | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Sport
Stephen Cooper

Before the Great War, Armed Forces rugby had to fight against the success of soccer - in 1906 the Army and Navy had 758 'Association' teams. A rugby Challenge match first held in 1878 was revived in 1905, became 'Official' in 1907 and an annual fixture in 1909, endorsed by no less than Admiral Lord Jellicoe...

An Irish Play About the First World War Opens at the National Theatre

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

A new production, The Silver Tassie, written by Sean O'Casey in 1928 about the Irish involvement in the First World War and the abrupt interruption that caused in the local communities opens at the National Theatre.

Heard Again: The Forgotten Voice of the Boys Who Won the First World War

Stephen Cooper | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Sport
Stephen Cooper

Much recent writing on the Great War has veered between the highest-ranked and the humble: a determined rehabilitation of Haig at one end, with plain-spoken voices from the ranks at the other, whether individual Tommies who survived to tell their story, or whole battalions of 'Pals'. Lost in all this has been the story of the men arguably most responsible for British obduracy and eventual success - the officers of the line.

The Changing Role of Women

Maria Miller | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Miller

This weekend we mark the 103rd International Women's Day. It's an opportunity to celebrate women's social, economic and political achievements and, just as importantly, to highlight the barriers to full equality that still exist, more than a century on.

World War 1 Battle Of The Somme Installation Marks Centenary

PA | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

A poignant installation made up of paper and cardboard takes visitors on a journey back in time to show the hardships and struggles of soldiers in the...

A Global Battlefield

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Lest we forget, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the war that shaped the 20th century. The first of three world wars (two hot and one cold), this conflict is remembered once a year as a lesson in human suffering, as a reminder that the war to end all wars was only the beginning of the human cost of the past century.

Imprisoned Conscientious Objectors Used 'Toilet Paper Journal'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Conscientious objectors who were imprisoned for their beliefs during the First World War kept in touch with each other in prison by circulating a jour...

BBC Coverage of First World War Will Take 2,500 Hours of Breath From Public

Gregor Smith | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

We should reflect on the causes and how to prevent a repeat of the massive, inhumane loss of life that the 'Great War' brought about. We should be doing that regardless of whether the number of years can make the graphics look pretty. But there are so many other conflicts that need documentaries made about them.

Why the World Won't Fall Out Over the First World War Centenary

Sunder Katwala | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sunder Katwala

As the British government seeks to ensure that centenary activities fully mark the contribution of Empire and Commonwealth soldiers, can it find common ground to reflect Australian and Canadian pride in the birth of a nation, Indian and Pakistani concerns about getting the form of recognition right, and South African scepticism about the contemporary relevance of a conflict fought between long lost Empires?

How Much Do You Know About WW1?

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK

How much do you know about the First World War? Trenches, the Western Front, the Somme, poison gas and young men being mowed down with industri...

WWI - Remember the World as Well as the War

John Worne | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
John Worne

Just like the courtesy of learning a few words of the language, for someone from the UK travelling to countries with different memories of WWI than ours, learning a little more about the scale and legacy of this truly global conflict can be invaluable in effectively navigating and building relationships of trust.

Why Things Can Only Get Worse in 2014

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The dawn of a New Year is a looking forward to what is to come and for reflection, a time for taking stock. There are two things we know will happen during 2014...

'Stress and the Strain': Personal Memories, National Narratives, and the First World War

Jamie Andrews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Jamie Andrews

My granddad died a year ago. We've been clearing out his papers. Like so many men of his generation (he was born in 1921), his early adult life was cut around the events of the Second World War. And, like many of his generation, his was not the first experience of war-service in the family. Amongst the papers he left, we also came across documents and letters about his own father's service in what became the First World War...

Baldrick Calls Gove's Blackadder Criticism 'A Very Silly Mistake'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Michael Gove has made "a very silly mistake" for criticising Blackadder as a "left-wing" whitewash of British pride in World War One, according to Bal...

Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Growth - a Journey of Personal Innovation and Adventure

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Keens-Betts

My Grandfather tragically lost his friend on the battlefield and suffered from depression for the rest of his life, which rendered him unable to speak for the days surrounding 11 November. My Great Uncle was severely, severely shell shocked and as an additional complication, the PTSD triggered psychotic episodes during which there was an attempt to break into Buckingham Palace.

Should We Also Remember Those Who Refused To Fight?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

On Remembrance Sunday, Britain falls silent to honour the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. But should those who refused to take part in the...

Matthew Tucker

'War Is Organised Murder'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

On Armistice Day, we can think of no better tribute than to give you the damning verdict on war, massacre and brutality, from the mouths of those who ...

Black History Month Is About Asians Too

Shahida Rahman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Shahida Rahman

October marks Black History Month which embraces the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people who have a direct link with the UK through slavery, colonialism or migration. Lascars, or South Asian sailors, must be included in this significant group of survivors.

Paxman Tells Dave: Only A Moron Would Celebrate War

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Jeremy Paxman has taken David Cameron to task for his comments that Britain's marking of the WWI centenary would be like the "Diamond Jubilee celebrat...

Why Do We Call Chemical Weapons "Weapons of Mass Destruction"? They're Nothing Of The Sort

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

All of us have a visceral, emotional reaction to the use of chemical weapons. It repulses us... Yet there's a question that must be asked: why are we more offended by the killing of civilians with chemical weapons than we are by the slaughter of far greater numbers of civilians with conventional weapons?