Tag Archives: Western Front

Wounded Soldier

A harrowing portrait of human devastation by Otto Dix. One of a series of fifty ‘sketches’ on display at the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Peronne. Dix did intimate horror like none of his contemporaries.

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Back on the Western Front – with students

Day one is in the bag and it was a big one. After a few initial hiccups (tardy arrivals, issues with check-in, and one encounter with a sniffer dog) our trip across the water went well. Delta got us to … Continue reading

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Searching for comic relief – in the Great War

Sometimes, when I encounter members of my seminar on the Great War at the end of term,  I can’t help thinking of Wilfred Owen’s Mental Cases, especially if it happens to be in the evening. “Who are these? Why sit … Continue reading

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‘We are making a new world’

I’ve been a Great War geek for as long as I can remember. My sense of historical awareness began with elementary school lessons surrounding Remembrance Day (that’s November 11th for you non Commonwealth types). It was all poppies and John … Continue reading

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Walking to Armageddon

Wanderings on the Western Front, then and now. A blog exploring the trinity of traumas experienced by soldiers of the Great War. Modern industrial warfare’s destruction of the body, of civilization, and of the natural world. More to follow in … Continue reading

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