In A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway described the desolate environment of the Soča Valley: “There was fighting for that mountain too … the branches were bare and the trunks black with rain. The vineyards were thin and bare-branched too and all the country wet and brown and dead with autumn.” It is hard to … More THE ELEVENTH BATTLE OF THE ISONZO: A FORGOTTEN SACRIFICE?
‘I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele)’ – Siegfried Sassoon, Memorial Tablet. On this day, exactly one hundred years ago, the Battle of Passchendaele began. Today, the conflict has become infamous, remembered across the world as one of the major battles of the First World War. Tragically, over 500,000 allied and German soldiers … More Winchester at War: the Battle of Passchendaele
With this being my last post for WUHstry, what better way to sign off than two of my favourite things: superheroes and history. Very rarely do films take my breath away, but that was not the case when I saw the most recent instalment of the DC Comics film universe. Logo of the DC Films … More Is this DC Comics film the best representation of WW1?
The First World War was the first use of compulsory military service in Britain, when in January 1916 the Military Service Bill was passed, and all men aged 18-41, later increased to 50 – apart from those in certain professions such as ministers of a religion, or medically unfit – were expected to be involved in … More First World War and Conscription: The Conscientious Objector
Not some much in the geological or pop culture sense as much as the explosive reverberations which you will come to feel yourself. Yes it’s that time of the month again for our centenary regression to the Great War and more explicitly the 7th of June 1917. That day alone saw two years of allied … More Messines Ridge mining: Why underground warfare rocks!
Philippe Pétain was 58 years old and a colonel when World War One broke out, and he had never seen active service. Yet within months he was a national hero and a commanding General and would soon command the entire French army and become known as ‘The Lion of Verdun’. He was later discredited as he … More Philippe Pétain – The Lion of Verdun
One of this month’s World War One topics is a review of the film Paths of Glory (1957), which depicts a fictionalized battle between the French and the Germans. This battle shows the French attempt to take a German stronghold, named the Anthill. Paths of Glory is set in the third year of the First … More Paths of Glory – A Film Review
Last week an excellent article was written detailing the American entry into World War One (WWI), so this week I thought I would address a different topic but within a similar period. This is about the Chinese Labour Corp (CLC) – a hidden force within WWI. As many know, WWI pitted many allied powers (including … More The Forgotten Labour Force of World War One
In the election of November 1916 Woodrow Wilson stood firm behind the idea of America staying out of the war, at least in terms of physical troops on the ground. This notion was supported by much of the public and as a result he won the election of 1916. America was certainly not against helping … More America Enters World War One- April 1917
Nikolai Aleksandrovich, known as Tsar Nicholas II, was the last Russian Emperor and a member of the illustrious Romanov dynasty that had sat on the imperial throne since the early seventeenth century. Born on the 18th of May in Tsarskoye Selo, now Pushkin, Nicholas was born to rule only to die in a bloody revolution … More Political Unrest in Russia: The Abdication of Nicholas II