World War I

MI5 Suspected Children's Author Of Being Russian Spy, Files Reveal

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

MI5 has published top secret files revealing that celebrated children's author Arthur Ransome was suspected of being a Russian spy during World War I....

World War 1 Soldiers Killed In Battle Finally Identified

PA | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

Relatives have expressed shock and relief after receiving news of the formal identification of 10 soldiers who were killed during the First World War....

Outside Europe - Memorialising the Great War in the Colonies

Meor Alif | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Meor Alif

The First World War is not normally remembered for its epic battles outside the tranches of Europe, as there was nothing Ypres-like about, say, 'Edwardian' Southeast Asia. We just don't associate it to be as globally engulfing as World War Two. Yet, it would a mistake to think that there were geographical limits to the range in which this first (only if one discounts the Seven Years War) recognisable 'world war' was fought.

Leave Them Kids Alone!

Kevin Godlington | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kevin Godlington

Another day, and another journalist has laid into the young generation of today, insinuating they are weak and without moral fibre. As Jeremy Paxman put it this week, they are considered: 'materialistic, self-obsessed, hedonistic ... because of the decline of the traditional notion of duty and the influence of social media'.

Donmar Warehouse Commemorates WWI Anniversary with Show on the Versailles Treaty

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Not a play about the French monarchy, Versailles is an ambitious play from Peter Gill that dramatizes the controversial peace treaty that was signed in the French palace at the end of WWI.

An Army Marches On Its Stomach: And This Is What Is In Those Stomachs (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

"An army marches on its stomach", declared French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte back in 1800s, and indeed it still does. Though the armies of yestery...

'He Sent The Out Into The World, But 100 Of Them Never Grew Up'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

George Howson was the most idealistic of headmasters. When he took the helm at Gresham's School in Norfolk, he wanted to reinvent the standards of edu...

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.

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.

'Don't Celebrate World War One,' Says Tory Minister

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

Britain's First World War victory should not be celebrated with "dancing in the street", the Conservative minister in charge of marking the centenary ...

Charlotte Meredith

Outrage As Jeremy Paxman Brands Conscientious Objectors Of WW1 'Cranks'

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Jeremy Paxman has come under fire for branding conscientious objectors of World War One "cranks." The BBC veteran's new series for BBC One, Britai...

It Would Have Been Better for Britain to Stay Out of World War? I Disagree

Daniel W Smith | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Daniel W Smith

In terms of British standing in the world if we had opted to neglect our obligation and take a route of not just neutrality but isolation I would argue that would be just as damaging if not more so than the tragic blood bath that we saw take place over the fields of France in World War One.

Do You Find This Coin Offensive?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Calls have been made to scrap a coin marking the centenary of the First World War. The Royal Mint's recently issued commemorative £2 coin shows an...

Put Nurse Edith Cavell On £2 Coin, Not Kitchener

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Field Marshall Lord Kitchener is not everybody's choice as the heroic figurehead of the First World War. Yet it will be the War Minister's face on ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Is This Labour's Eurosceptic Moment?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 10 January 2013... 1) IS THIS LABOUR'S EUROSCEPTIC MOMENT? Rising Labour star Chuka Umunna, ...

Hate on War, But Don't Hate on Poppies

Louise Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

It is that time of year again where every poppy pinned to a lapel is joined by a newspaper column, blog or tweet on why no one should be wearing a poppy. To wear or not to wear a poppy is a debate raging everywhere, and unfortunately this controversy is dominating the discourse on commemoration and precluding the wider national debate we should be having on the subject.

Our Modern Remembrance Is All About Forgetting

Django Wylie | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Django Wylie

The worthy practice of donating first-hand, with its inherent 'nothing in return' aspect, has been replaced with the more morally ambiguous purchasing of an mp3. When you put pennies in the Chelsea Pensioner's box and collect your poppy, you are forced, however momentarily, to individually reflect on the meaning of the paper token you've acquired.

In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

By 7.45pm I'm standing inside this memorial, as people do every night of the year, to remember the fallen Commonwealth soldiers of the First World War, who have no other resting place. At 8pm four buglers from the local fire brigade sound the Last Post and silence the gently murmuring crowd.

Does History Matter?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Politicians love to invoke history. It's fodder for Syria, tax policy, welfare reform and what to do about the environment. The late historian Tony Judt once argued that we suffer from a dangerous illusion, namely "'that we live in a time without precedent . . . and that the past has nothing to teach us''. Sure enough.

LOOK: Heartbreaking Wills Written By Fallen Soldiers Of World War One

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

The poignant and heartbreaking last recorded words of thousands of Britain’s fallen heroes from WW1 are to be made available online. Her Majesty...

The New Archbishop, Fashion and a Pervasion of Purple

Michael Freemantle | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Purple, and variations thereof - mauve, indigo, violet, magenta, crimson and claret - are ubiquitous nowadays. But it was not always so.

University Remembrance Day Disgrace

Richard Pass | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Pass

Daniel Cooper, as acting President of the University of London Union (ULU), has brought shame on himself and the 120 000 students he is supposed to represent by refusing to place a wreath on their behalf at a remembrance service in London last Sunday.

A Day for Remembering

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

I'm sure many soldiers had opposition to the arguments politicians were making when they were being shot to pieces in horrible battlefields. But that's not what Remembrance Day is about; it's a neutral showing of respect for those who have died in conflicts, whether or not the conflicts themselves were agreed with.

Why I Won't Wear A Poppy

Assed Baig | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Assed Baig

Rather than wearing a poppy, if we really want to remember the dead, then why don't we stop engaging in new wars? Why don't we stop occupying other countries? Why don't we stop bombing and killing children?

A Journey Along the Western Front

Endeavour Press | Posted 30.12.2012 | Home
Endeavour Press

I have more than an academic interest in the upcoming centenary commemoration of the outbreak of World War One in 2015.