Historical Eye

The First World War

All those who witnessed the First World War 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 (and the mistakes that often come with this). I have thoroughly revamped and overhauled the features for this website, including  a great deal of subsequent research. I have also spent much time improving the copy and flow of the words. In short,  my work hosted on firstworldwar.com should be discounted. Requests for this material to be removed have gone unanswered.

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

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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