Duncan Heining says Mike Westbrook's Marching Song shows how jazz in skilled hands can address complex questions of war, see it for what it was, what we have made of it but also what it could be.
As the centenary appoaches, historians today are re-writing the story of World War One as a "good war". But the poets had the deeper reality says Neil Faulkner
The pro-war voices on David Cameron's first world war committee co-ordinating next year's centenary events are getting louder and more shrill, says Chris Nineham
Harry Leslie Smith will no longer allow his obligation as a veteran to remember those who died in the great wars to be co-opted by current or former politicians to justify our folly in Iraq, our morally dubious war on terror
Supporting the troops is increasingly used as a substitute for supporting unpopular wars, and the poppy appeal is part of that process.