Nicole Girard-Mangin by Olivia Smith

L'ange Français - Nicole Girard-Mangin Today, our doctors and nurses have been indispensable, not just in the United Kingdom, but all over the world. They have kept those in need alive and ensured those who suffered were (and are) well looked after. The same sentiment can be attributed over a century ago. Nicole Girard-Mangin is... Continue Reading →

The Legendary Waler

With ancestors from South Africa, England, the Arabian Peninsula, Scotland and France, The Waler, although not an official breed, is a type of horse unlike any other. With the speed of a Thoroughbred, endurance of an Arab, intelligence of a Percheron and hardiness of a Timor Pony; the Waler's contribution in the Great War has... Continue Reading →

‘An army stands behind her, Lyra’

If you look up to the night sky this week, you may be lucky enough to catch The Lyrid Meteor shower. The Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded meteor showers known to man, first noted in 687 B.C in China as stars 'falling like rain', they have fascinated people for generations. Yet this spectacular... Continue Reading →


For months I have seen the film '1917' criticised on Twitter. Almost as soon as the film was announced, people were gathering like a pack of scholarly wolves on the scent of an Alan Clark shaped deer. When the trailer was released the baying began... *howl* the uniforms look incorrect in this 2 millisecond clip... Continue Reading →

Modern Conflict Research 2020

It's been a very busy few months, hence my unusual lack of posts but I hope to show my blog some love again soon! In the meantime, if you're in or near Manchester at the end of January, pop along to the 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium at IWM North where I will be giving... Continue Reading →

Guest post – James Wearn & Jenny Martin ‘Considering the Great War’s cartography of wounds’

A new paper published in the ‘Aftermath’ special edition of Stand To! The Journal of the Western Front Association offers a comparative perspective on the wounding and healing of soldiers and of the plants which surrounded them on battlefields of the First World War.  A lot of pieces of metal were hurled in reciprocal anger during the Great War.  A... Continue Reading →

The intolerance of our remembrance

It's that time of year again, remembrance season is upon us and it seems to me that the politics of remembrance this year is almost as ghastly as that in Westminster. Debates are raging daily between left and right, old and young, academics and non-academics over a variety of issues from the politicisation of the... Continue Reading →

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