First world war centenary is year to honour the dead, not glorify the war, says War Horse author Michael Morpurgo
I am sure, after all they went through, and died for, says Michael Morpurgo, they would wish to see us doing all we can to create a world that one day will turn its back on war for good.
Damaged by Iraq, ground down in Afghanistan, defeated over Syria, the jingoistic right are determined to rewrite the history of the First World War in an effort to rehabilitate imperialist war in the early 21st century.
Thousands of men who went over the top that morning thought they would meet little resistance. 57,000 were dead or wounded by the end of the day.
Military historian Max Hastings and education minister Michael Gove say we should should blame the Germans for World War I and celebrate the victory for 'freedom' and 'democracy'. Neil Faulkner disagrees..
We will hear celebratory speeches that attempt to present World War I as part of an unbroken tradition of noble British warfare that reaches from Flanders to Iraq and Helmand.
The parallels are not exact but -- with politicians playing with nationalism just as they did 100 years ago -- they are close enough for the world to be on its guard.
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.