‘One day I will find the right words and they will be simple’

Many of you will know that epitaphs of the First and Second World War are a keen interest of mine. The power of the words and the history behind the CWGC headstones is something I've written about many times before and I'm often found Tweeting various inscriptions which have caught my eye both at home … Continue reading ‘One day I will find the right words and they will be simple’

How the Great War helped to open the doors of the Cosmos

On the 4th October 1914 93 prominent German scientists, scholars and artists issued a manifesto ‘Aufruf an die Kulturwelt!’ (An Appeal to the Cultured World). It was not an appeal for peace or diplomacy as you might expect from such an ‘enlightened’ group, but a visceral defence of Germany and support for her military actions. … Continue reading How the Great War helped to open the doors of the Cosmos

‘With the tears a Land hath shed, their graves should ever be green’

I am extremely passionate about the philosophical and emotional power of visiting battlefields, it’s something I come back to time and time again. Whether this be the impact of battlefield pilgrimages on Veterans, or people gathering up the thread of their family history, following it to the foot of the grave of a relative whom … Continue reading ‘With the tears a Land hath shed, their graves should ever be green’

‘We can judge our progress on our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good’ – part II

Following on from my blog earlier in the week discussing why it is that myths continue to feature so prominently in the general public's understanding of the Great War, I wanted to add a few more thoughts: 4. The dead overshadow the living I may appear pretty cold and analytical on this one, but bear … Continue reading ‘We can judge our progress on our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good’ – part II