Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Great War Archive

The Battle of the Somme, August 1916. From Oxford University's Great War Archive:

The Great War Archive contains over 6,500 items contributed by the general public between March and June 2008. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home. Contributions were received via a special website and also through a series of open days at libraries and museums throughout the country.

The Great War produced some great poetry. Oxford's archive includes original manuscripts by among others Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, who wrote "A Mystic as Soldier":

And a poem about the life that still went on around them, "Sunday night in the army," by F.G. Barcock:

Mrs. Humphreys M.A. wrote to men in the armed forces.

A thank you for a Christmas gift to the men overseas:

1 comment:

  1. José María Salaverría, San Sebastián, 1918......¿Desconfiaba y recelaba de los hombres de Chicago?