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War Poetry: Ted Hughes: 'Bayonet Charge'

War Poetry: Ted Hughes: 'Bayonet Charge'
I have already said my piece about the AQA GCSE poetry syllabus and what it calls the 'Conflict' cluster. (I take 'cluster' to be the AQA's decorous abbreviation of a more accurate military term which, alas, cannot be used on a family-friendly blog.) Now I will do my best to help those unfortunates brought to this site in search of information about one particular poem: Ted Hughes's 'Bayonet Charge'. What follows is a set of loose notes. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Hughes wrote far better poems than 'Bayonet Charge'. Postscript: for an account of Jane Weir's 'Poppies', see here.

WW1 Poems Robert Laurence Binyon For the Fallen (1914) William Noel Hodgson Before Action (1916) Ewart Alan Mackintosh, MC In Memoriam (1916) Inspiration for In Memoriam John McCrae In Flanders Fields (1915) Inspiration for In Flanders Fields Moina Michael We Shall Keep the Faith (1918) Inspiration for We Shall Keep the Faith John William Streets Further Reading The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Paperback) Published by Penguin Classics (26 Oct 2006). 448 pages. In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem (Illustrated paperback) by Linda Granfield, Janet Wilson (author, illustrator), John McCrae (author) Published by Stoddart Publishing, Canada (new edition 13 Sep 2000). 32 pages. Violets from Oversea: Portraits of Poets of the Great War by Tonie Holt and Valmai Holt An illustrated collection of poetry from the First World War, which includes biographical details of the poets in addition to examples of their work. A Deep Cry: First World War Soldier-poets Killed in France and Flanders by Anne Powell

Wilfred Owen (1893–1918) Chronology Wilfred Owen in uniform Image © Wilfred Owen Estate Biography Owen was born on 18th March 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire, son of Tom and Susan Owen. His education began at the Birkenhead Institute, and then continued at the Technical School in Shrewsbury when the family were forced to move there in 1906-7 when his father was appointed Assistant Superintendent for the Western Region of the railways. During the latter part of 1914 and early 1915 Owen became increasingly aware of the magnitude of the War and he returned to England in September 1915 to enlist in the Artists' Rifles a month later. 1917 in many ways was the pivotal year in his life, although it was to prove to be his penultimate. Had Owen not arrived at the hospital at that time one wonders what might have happened to his literary career, for it was here that he met Siegfried Sassoon who was also a patient. Biography by: Dr. Disabled CPF, Vol. Literary Criticism of 'Disabled' More Poems & Letters Poems Letters

A Multimedia History of World War One The Causes and Effects That Led to World War I Sep 22, 2014 100 summers ago the countries of Europe collapsed quickly into war: it was sudden but also strangely inevitable. Countless books have been written since about the causes of The Great War, but in this video essay, offers an alternative history. By tracing the story backwards in time, they stumble upon a very unexpected cause and discover that sometimes the most harmless of things can have terrible consequences. Story Design & Direction: Adam Westbrook Additional Photography: Brett Walsh Animation: Adam Westbrook U.S. World War I Propaganda All images are digitized | All jpegs/tiffs display outside Library of Congress | View All During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division makes available online approximately 1,900 posters created between 1914 and 1920. Most relate directly to the war, but some German posters date from the post-war period and illustrate events such as the rise of Bolshevism and Communism, the 1919 General Assembly election and various plebiscites. The majority of the posters were printed in the United States.

World War One - What is a Trench? | HistoryOnTheNet Trench warfare characterised much of the fighting during World War One, particularly along the Western Front. Trench systems were complicated with many interlinking lines of trenches. Front Line Trench Cross Section Artillery Line The artillery line was where the big field guns were located. Communication Trench The communication trenches were used to move between the front and rear trenches. Support Trenches The support trenches provided a second line of defense in case the front line trench was taken by the enemy. Bunker The underground bunkers were used to store food, weapons and artillery. Traverse Trenches were not built in straight lines. Machine Gun Nest The machine gun nest was where the machine guns were located. Front Line Trench The front line trenches were generally about 8 feet deep and between 4 and 6 feet wide. Barbed Wire Barbed wire was used extensively in the trench warfare of world war one. Listening Post Listening posts were used to monitor enemy activity. No Man's Land Parapet

Australian War Memorial - First World War Official Histories < Previous | Next > Digitised records > First World War Official Histories | Second World War Official Histories The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 is a 12-volume series covering Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The series was edited by the official historian Charles Bean, who also wrote six of the volumes, and was published between 1920 and 1942. Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services, 1914–1918 Supplementary material Bean working on files during the writing of the First World War official history.

Why our WWI casualty number are wrong Illustration: John Spooner Search for details of Australia’s dead and wounded in the First World War and the figures thrown up are remarkably similar: of the 331,000 men who embarked from Australia with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 60,000 were killed and there were 155,000 admissions for wounding. These statistics are presented, with minor variations, on the websites of the National Archives of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the Australian War Graves Commission, the Australian Parliamentary Library, and in the records of the British War Office and Australia’s official history of the First World War by C.E.W Bean. Winning this war came at too high a cost for this young nation; for Australia, the First World War was indeed a pyrrhic victory. This means superficially around two out of three soldiers died or were wounded in the First World War. These figures have been quoted in every publication referring to Australia’s casualties since fighting stopped in 1918. Advertisement

30th Battalion: Australian War Memorial The 30th Battalion was raised as part of the 8th Brigade at Liverpool in New South Wales on 5 August 1915. Most of its recruits hailed from the Newcastle region and other parts of country New South Wales, but almost an entire company was composed of former RAN ratings from Victoria. The 8th Brigade joined the newly raised 5th Australian Division in Egypt and proceeded to France, destined for the Western Front, in June 1916. The 30th Battalion’s first major battle was at Fromelles on 19 July 1916. It was tasked with providing carrying parties for supplies and ammunition but was soon drawn into the vicious fighting. Following Fromelles, the battalion was rotated in and out of the front line along with others in the brigade, but played no major offensive role for the rest of the year. In early 1917, the German Army withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. Colour Patch Glossary Battle Honours Battle Honours source: Australian Army Orders (112), 1927. Casualties 458 killed, 1207 wounded Decorations

X Lighters - the Black Beetles Wyndham Deedes Brigadier General Sir Wyndham Henry Deedes,[1] CMG, DSO[2](10 March 1883 – 2 September 1956)[3] was a British Army officer and civil administrator. He was the Chief secretary to the British High Commissioner of the British Mandate of Palestine. Early life[edit] Military career[edit] After the war he was posted to Istanbul, Turkey, as a military attaché. He was posted to Cairo, Egypt, which was at that time a British protectorate, as public security director.[17] Here he helped to set up the Palestine Police Force.[18] From 1920 to 1922, Deedes served as chief secretary to the then British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel in Palestine.[17] Palestine was then under British mandate following the League of Nations decision in 1920 to hand it over to British control from 1923 onwards. Later life[edit] Upon returning to England, Deedes did not take up his heritage as a country squire, but moved to London and chose to do unpaid social work in one of the poorest quarters of the city.[5]