Articles Tagged 'World War I'

Sir Winston Churchill in 1929 (Pic: Fox Photos/Getty Images)

10 Things You May Not Know About Sir Winston Churchill

January 24 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, undoubtedly one of the giants of 20th century world politics and an enormously popular figure in Britain. Thanks to an eventful life played out during some of the most unsettled years in world history, his is a reputation that is not without […]

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Why Do the Brits Call the U.K. ‘Blighty’?

Homesickness can do funny things to people. It can create fierce patriotism where once there was just allegiance; it can create an idealized society in the mind, one in which no one is ever cruel or selfish or rude because that’s the society the homesick person wishes to return to; and it can distort language, so […]

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The Tower of London Marks the Anniversary of WWI with Poppies

A beautiful installation is to be officially unveiled at the Tower of London tomorrow (August 5) to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is an artwork by Paul Cummins for which he created hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies—the British ceremonial flower of […]

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10 Lingering Effects of World War I on Britain

Today (July 28) marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. A conflict of unimaginable scale that effectively redrew the maps of Europe and the Middle East and cost 16 million people their lives. The war also left its mark on British society in all kinds of subtle ways, changing social relationships […]

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Over There: ‘War Horse’ and World War I

The First World War (1914-1918) is revisited, in all its horror, in War Horse, the new film from director Steven Spielberg. Based on a novel of the same name by English author Michael Morpurgo, War Horse follows the adventures of its four-legged equine hero, Joey, as he is tamed and trained by a Devonshire farm […]