Hundreds of soldiers wrote to families on eve of battle that saw 57,000 British casualties on first day
When The Battle of the Somme was released as a feature film in August 1916, audiences were stunned by the feeling that they had witnessed the battle for themselves.
When the modern Middle East was carved up in the secret cabals of imperial statesmen a century ago, T E Lawrence suffered a slow-motion mental collapse.
The 1916 Military Service Act conscripted all single men between 18 and 41 – apart from the clergy, teachers, and those involved with essential industry. And conscientious objectors.
Muhammad Ali was a conscientious objector in a long line of those who said no to war - from WW1 until today: “Wars of nations are fought to change maps. Wars of poverty are fought to map change”
There's no record that 16-year-old Jack Cornwell did anything brave, but a hero was needed for war propaganda to deflect criticism.
The British army's response to the crisis of shell shock on the Somme lingers today in the stigma that prevents many soldiers from seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder.
This game risks creating a misleading portrayal of the period and may unintentionally resuscitate a perception of global conflict that WW1 very much helped to dismantle.
And when he saw them marching up Whitehall / I remember what old Arthur said / He said the donkeys are all wearing poppies / So I shall wear dandelions instead
Every year in May, International Conscientious Objectors’ Day (CO Day) is marked around the world to remember those who bravely refused to wage wars and destruction.
Beatle Paul McCartney's meeting with Betrand Russell, who was jailed for six months in the first world war for his anti-war views, led to John Lennon becoming anti-war.
The pointless slaughter of trench warfare, with lines of enlisted men mowed down in their thousands as they march slowly towards machine guns isn’t exactly a “fun” scenario.