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Smile, boys, that’s the smile

BROKEN DOWN INTO individual lives and single moments, the intensity was unspeakable. At Cuinchy in France on 1st February, a lance corporal in the Irish…


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Their knavish tricks

19-25 January 1915   ON ONE LEVEL, the fighting in the Western Front during the week could be dismissed as a series of inconclusive local…


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Dead Poets’ Society

      IT HAS BEEN claimed that a famous Hollywood mogul once said that the story of the Western Front would never have made…


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His Master’s Voice

  STRATEGY SEEMED BEFUDDLED, although all parties stayed deep in war. In the West, the French continued their assault in Alsace and Champagne, blowing up…


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Cold turkey

AFTER THE TRUCE, what then? Staff Sergeant Clement Barker wrote on 29th December: Night came and still no shots. Boxing Day the same and has…