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Passchendaele - The Untold Story

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Book review by Gary Sheffield. With the publication in 1992 of Command on the Western Front, Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson immediately took their place among the foremost authorities on the British Army of the Great War. Their cool analysis, based on impressive labours in the archives, was far removed from the crude 'lions led by donkeys' stereoty…


Haig’s Tower of Strength: General Sir Edward Bulfin – Irelands’ Forgotten General

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By John Powell Pen and Sword, £25.00, 240pp, 33 ills, 10 maps, glossary, notes and bibliog, index. ISBN: 978–152–672–260–7 My grandfather would have called General Edward Bulfin a man with ‘ballast’; a workman, capable, unshowy and determined. Rather than earning his commission at Sandhurst, he entered the army from the militia, did not attend St…


Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings

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[Another very interesting article from the recently digitised editions of Gun Fire is one entitled 'Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings'. It is reproduced below with the accompanying illustrations. It was originally published in edition 53 which would probably have been produced in the early 2000s. The text has had to be edited to make se…


Ep. 174 – Ypres and its meaning through time – Prof Mark Connelly & Dr Stefan Goebel

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Professor Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern British History, University of Kent and Dr Stefan Goebel, Reader and Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society, University of Kent, talk about their recent book on Ypres. This is published by OUP. Your browser…