1916

The professionals

CHRISTMAS 1916 FELT radically different. The exhaustion was so much greater. 1916 had been the year of the Somme and of Verdun. In sheer quantitative…

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The only way

REVENGE, ACCORDING TO The Godfather, is a dish which tastes best when eaten cold. During the second half of 1916, the Germans had been increasingly…


Cometh the hour

WHY DID ASQUITH GO, and why now? Politicians conspire and colludeā€Š ā€“ we all know that. In an age of mass electorates, people get bored…


Numberless fears

NATURE ABHORS A vacuum. Any hopes that the closing down of the Somme front might herald a respite were quickly eclipsed. This was a week…


A bombast and a bully

HERE WAS THE toxic reality of British politics in late 1916: a millionaire demagogue playing politics with a great nation. A queasy prospect indeed. For…