Passchendaele – Review

Second World War

On this blog, my focus is the Second World War. However, anything on the First World War is directly relevant. Many of the same nations were involved and many of the battles took place in […]

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Lewis and Tolkien: War, Fantasy, and Modernism

C.S. Lewis

Two of my favourite authors are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Both authors served in the First World War and that experience shaped their later thought and writings. Ryan Reeves shares some thoughts on this […]

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The Armistice of 1918

Armistice

As I write this, we are days away from the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918 that was the beginning of the end of the First World War. Although I blog more about the […]

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SWWP 4 – The War That Didn’t End All Wars

Second World War

It is difficult to understand the Second World War without some concept of the First World War. Many of the seeds of what happened in 1939-1945 were planted in 1914-1918. Even some of the battles […]

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If He Hadn’t Seen Combat, J.R.R. Tolkien May Have Never Written A Word

Tolkien

I find the connection between J.R.R. Tolkien’s military service and his writing to be very interesting. Elliot Ackerman has written an interesting article for Task & Purpose. Perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Tolkien […]

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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War – Review

Joseph Laconte

If you were to look at my interests, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and military history would be near the top of my list. Therefore, I was quite pleased to come across A Hobbit, a Wardrobe […]

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How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

Tolkien

It is not a coincidence that some aspects of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth reflect experiences from World War One. Joseph Laconte wrote an interesting article for the New York Times on this. In the summer of 1916, […]

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