1918

The Dominatrix

HOW THE BOLSHEVIKS hated to lose. But they had run out of options. The Ukrainians went first. On 27th February, their Central Soviet accepted the…


Stand In The Corner

THE IRONIES AND caprices of war were inexhaustible. Russia’s defeat at the hands of the Germans was imminent. Of course, that was a fact widely…


Shafted

THIS WAS MUCH more than a bit of office politics. But that was how Haig saw it, at the time anyway. Lloyd George, his old…


Daring To Look Ahead

WAITING IN WAR was what you did. But this was different. For once, it was — at least nearly — all quiet on the Western Front. The great war…


Do You Hear The People Sing?

HISTORY HOLDS BRISK lessons. One is that, sometimes, the fate of the nation is decided by the people — not the rulers. At such moments, those who…