Tag Archives: First World War

THE HALL OF MIRRORS: War and Warfare in the 20th Century

by Jim Storr ‘The Hall of Mirrors’ is perhaps the first analysis of the wars and warfare of the 20th century as a whole. What can we learn from war, and warfare, in the 20th century? Surprisingly, the question has … Continue reading

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Diary of a first-time non-fiction Author

By Dennis Williams Yes! Made it! Result! I have now written a book – which has finally been published and printed – by HELION of course – or you would not be reading this attempt at a blog. Of course … Continue reading

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‘FUTILE EXERCISE’?

By Simon Batten Since 1985 I have taught History at Bloxham, a boarding school in rural Oxfordshire. After so long at one school, culminating in nine years as a Housemaster, I decided in 2013 in the interests of setting myself … Continue reading

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The Revd G. A. Studdert Kennedy – Much more to him than Woodbines

By Linda Parker. Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy became one of the most famous army chaplains of the Great War. He gained a place in popular imagination as ‘Woodbine Willie’, a popular and brave chaplain who gave our cigarettes with bibles … Continue reading

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Rowland Jones – Old Boy of Barnsley Holgate Grammar School

By Jane Ainsworth. I received an exciting New Year ‘gift’ when I was contacted ‘out of the blue’ (actually South Wales) by Robert Briggs, one of the nephews of Rowland Jones. Robert’s older brother David had recently given him and … Continue reading

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Gerhard Fieseler: The Man behind the Storch

By Nigel Holden On 23 October 1943 the owner of a medium-sized aircraft company in Kassel drove in shock and horror from his home to his main factory. The city was little more than smoking ruins following a massive RAF … Continue reading

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What Did You Do in the Great War, Grandfather?

By Charles Barrington The book primarily covers the First World, but also describes the years leading up to the war and the period between the wars. My motivation was the fact that my grandfather was involved in this seismic period … Continue reading

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Jack and Hopit: A Cavalryman and his war horse in the Great War

By Serena Merton Jack and Hopit tells the story of Second Lieutenant John Forrester Colvin and his charger Hopit who arrived in France in November 1914 and returned home together in April 1919. Their relationship began in 1912 when Jack … Continue reading

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Passchendaele: The Forgotten Last Act

With the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July-10 November 1917), popularly known as ‘Passchendaele’, imminent, most people remain unaware that the last attack of the controversial campaign actually occurred on 2 December 1917. Launched on the orders … Continue reading

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Centenary Commemorations: Passchendaele. 103 Days in Hell

A TV historian and author is set to mark the Centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres by telling the personal stories of those who fought during a nightmare struggle which has become known a Passchendaele.  South-West London-based Alexandra Churchill … Continue reading

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