Category Archives: The World Wars

Gallipoli: The Centenary

Today was the centenary of the landing of Gallipoli, which was part of World War One.

It was a battle that turned out to be a disaster: Continue reading Gallipoli: The Centenary

In response to Sliver Threading's Writer's Quote Wednesday.

Sir Winston Churchill

On the 50th anniversary of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill,¹ here is a quote from the historical figure, to remember such a prominent man, who helped Great Britain win WWII. Like most legends, he did create some pretty awesome quotes about success, perseverance, the war, and a few other things, including this one…

¹ BBC History, Winston Churchill [Accessed 30 Jan 2015].

Quotes: Winston Churchill

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

– Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

Joyeux Nöel: Music Brings the World Together

This year – 2014 – marks the centenary of the outbreak of WWI; while, this month of December, is actually the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914¹. It was a special and poignant time, because the Christmas Truce was the one time in the whole war when soldiers all laid down their weapons, gathered together on No Man’s Land, and actually got to know each other.

Sainsbury’s, a popular Christmas supermarket here in England, have made a Christmas advert set in the times of the Truce; which is a lovely advert, but has received much criticism for being one so. However, I am glad they highlighted it, because the start of the war is remembered. But remembers those French, Scottish, and Germans, who actually halted the war for two days to keep Christmas as it should be? Continue reading Joyeux Nöel: Music Brings the World Together

Remembrance Day

Today, it is Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day. This is the day when everyone gives a Two Minute Silence at 11am, in thanks and remembrance, to all those who gave their lives in World War I, that stopped at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Also this year was the centenary of the start of WWI, when the war broke out, a hundred years ago, in 1914. I find it kind of strange that we are marking the centenary of the start, rather than the end (that is in four years – 2018!). That is probably why Remembrance Sunday was more poignant three days ago. I watched it. I had my Two Minutes Silence at 11am, and I shed a tear and two. Continue reading Remembrance Day