Historical Eye


In memory of Alfred Adams, 243 Machine Gun Corps, killed on the Gavrelle/Oppy sector on 26/11/17.

The First World War


We are now in the centennial period of remembrance for the First World War. All those who witnessed the war at the front are gone, although we have inherited a trove of primary materials, memoirs and artefacts. Indeed, such is the scale of the sources available that historians continue to argue and debate the details: from titanic battles down to an individual’s opinion of a particular day. My personal interest in the First World War was sparked by the story and fate of my great grandfather, Alfred Adams, who was killed in support trenches a few miles from the frontlines on the Gavrelle/Oppy sector in November 1917. His story can be found in the family history section of the Historical Eye.


In the meantime, much of the work presented here focuses on the German experience of the conflict, including a broad analysis of life in Munich from 1914-1919. Other articles examine areas away from the usual analysis of Western Front and I hope they will offer up much food for thought. I should add that my feature on horses and mules was written long before the phenomenon of War Horse. The success of the novel, play and film spurred further research by historians into the field and it is gratifying that my original title for this piece, The Forgotten Army, has been made redundant. However, I feel that my feature remains fresh, with new insights for those interested in the sterling service of the British army's horses and mules.


Note: Many of these articles first appeared on firstworldwar.com. However, this site hosts old drafts that I consider my juvenilia. I have thoroughly revamped and overhauled the features for this website, including a great deal of subsequent research. I've also spent much time improving the copy and flow of the words. In short, my work hosted on firstworldwar.com should be discounted.


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Horses and mules in the Britsh Army


Mountain Fury: the Battle of Trentino


The Christmas truce of 1914


Broken sabres and bloody lances


The bloodhounds of Berlin


World on fire: Munich after WW1


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