The Graveyard Detective has an interesting post here with pictures of a memorial card created by someone who visited the St. Julian battlefield in 1934. It’s a very moving artifact.
Drakegoodman has his photo in his collection on Flickr.com.
It reminds me of the 1950s fad of trying to stuff as many people as possible into a phone booth.
George Simmers, blogging at Great War Fiction, has the first review I’ve seen of Pat Barker’s new novel, “Toby’s Room.”
He writes: “Pat Barker’s latest novel, Toby’s Room, is a sequel of sorts to Life Class (2007) and is much better than the earlier book. Life Class wI found a rather disjointed ramble through the miseries both of peace and of war, whose unrelieved gloominess and grimness seemed rather in excess of the facts. … Don’t look to Toby’s Room for a continuation of the stories that were left arbitrarily unfinished in the middle of Life Class.”
I regret to report that the review contains spoilers. It didn’t especially bother me because I disliked “Life Class” and have no burning desire to read “Toby’s Room,” but others might be disappointed.
Anyway, reader beware.
I wrongly identified Mike Bullock and Laurence Lyons’ book “Missed Signals on the Western Front: How the Slow Adoption of Wireless Restricted British Strategy and Operations in World War I.”
I called it “Mixed Signals” — my apologies to the authors, and thanks to bochumshapenotesinger for pointing out the error.
Here’s more about the book:
Our Facebook friend Mustafa Emre Çınar has this question for you. Can you help?
Can anybody please help me to find pictures of the British submarine E-20 (commander,crew,interior etc) ?
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is proud to host Great War scholar Hew Strachan on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
Strachan, who is Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War, and a Fellow of All Souls College, will present a special lecture entitled, “The First World War: Commemoration or Celebration?”
“We are thrilled to welcome such a renowned expert to America’s only World War I museum,” says Interim Museum President & CEO Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen. “As the centennial of the Great War quickly approaches, it is increasingly important that we explore what it means to observe the anniversary of a global event whose effects are still felt today.”
The free lecture, made possible with funding support from Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., will take place in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. No reservation is necessary. Strachan will be available to sign books after the lecture, and copies of his work will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
About Hew Strachan
Strachan’s research focuses on military history from the 18th century to date, including contemporary strategic studies, but with particular interest in the First World War and in the history of the British Army. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books on military history, including European Armies and the Conduct of War (1983), The Politics of the British Army (1997), and The First World War: Volume 1: To Arms (2001). His multi-part documentary series for television formed the basis for The First World War: a New Illustrated History (2003), and Clausewitz’s On War: A Biography (2007).
Here, in chronological order, are the notes I posted to Facebook on the talks presented at the seminar Sept. 8-9 at the Marine Corps Career Colleges in Quantico, Va.:
Ghosts of 1914 posts a beautiful image from the Imperial War Museum’s collection, with some reflections the painting inspires.