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World War One WW1 will feature during November 2014 marking the 100th year of Remembrance
Moving enough to have caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, see this article, there are certainly significant reflections on WW1 in this the centenary. The BBC documentary looking at the concentration and significant influence of the WW1 Poets who were on the Somme, many of whom,died themselves during the Battles for the Somme, will certainly provoke some deeper reflections as well. In short the documentary concludes with the view that the intensely documented battles that took place on the Somme so vividly captured by the poets that included Sassoon, Owen and Tolkien plus those we should rember but have faded in our literary memory have skewed our perception of what actually happened in the rest of the war. It is a strong case and worthy of our consideration. Again and again historians from academia are trying to tell us, don’t base your entire view of WW1 on the Somme. Its certainly something that needs sensitive deliberation. 100 years on and sill so evocative the poets have always been the strongest voice for me at this poignant time of year. But the facts dispute it it a reflection of a more balanced reality. Just a glimpse of realisation makes us realise how much we all have as yet to learn. Along with so many I read Wilfred Owen at School but even in less than 30 years perception and literary history, thinking and interpretation has changed so much as this short BBC piece shows. Much to reflect upon.
With thanks to HM Royal Palaces for this video.
WW1 has to be our featured theme for November 2014, with so many followers of modern, family and social history it has poven to be nearer the public hearts and minds than perhaps many of the politicians may have anticipated at least here in the UK but also across the countries of our former allies and enemies alike. During this month and over the coming 4 years of this this centenary we hope to explore and learn about some of your and our connections with WW1 and the continuing impact those fateful events have had and continue to have upon our lives. Long shadows that suggest perhaps as a world we have not learnt enough as yet from our lessons from the history and hence we need to continue that quest. We will focus on how WW1 impacted on the lives of our families, their histories and the socio-economic, political and cultural climate of that time both in the UK, in the theatre of war itself and across the allies and colonies who shared the great losses that were suffered and endured by so many.