One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after;
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Websites

The Royal British Legion

"The Royal British legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. ... 100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. ... In 2018 the Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank you to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world..."

The Great War

"The focus of this site is to offer an overview of the First World War battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France, showing you where they are and what you can see today. Established in 1998, the website is dedicated to the memory of more than 20 family members who served in the military during the Great War of 1914-1918."

THE SECOND WORLD WAR:  The Unknown Warriors

"Hello, Thanks for visiting the website. Please have a good look around and hopefully you might find it interesting. As you can see, the main purpose of this site is to inform people about a book project that I started in Autumn of 2006 and also for people to order a copy. It was one of those things, where there wasn't that much thought about doing it, it just sort of happened. What happened... well I started to hear from World War Two veterans. I had sent out an appeal for memories and also what they thought about the UK in the 21st Century. The second bit is important..."

The Poppy Umbrella

"The poppy umbrella was inspired by Flanders poppies growing on the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France ... We supply the Poppy Umbrella to gift shops trading for welfare, educational and heritage organizations. Buying the Poppy Umbrella helps to support the work of these organizations in the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, and France..."

Forces Literary Organisation Worldwide

"Our mission is to 'help anyone affected by war', including the suffering shared by family members and friends too. All too often the many people who need this sort of help are worried about asking for help, they do not wish to be identified as being in need of assistance, especially servicemen and women ... Just reading poems or stories and realising that others have been through the same or similar things can be a great comfort..."

 

Books

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Stories of the Poppies  Short Story Collection by the Forces Literary Organisation Worldwide, (Silverwood Books, 2009)

"The stories in this anthology are the winning entries in the 2009 FLOW for All short story competition. FLOW for All is dedicated to offering assistance to those who have suffered from the effects of war, especially the suffering shared by servicemen and women, their relatives and their friends. Proceeds from the sales of the book will be used to support FLOW for All, helping them to become a registered charity and to employ counsellors for those in need of care and support."

The Great War

In Parenthesis  by David Jones  (1937)

In Parenthesis is "a deeply moving account of Jones' experiences in the trenches in the First World War ...  What stands out is the fundamental decency and humanity of those men as they made their way to the slaughter on the front line. This journey is described with such brilliance that the reader becomes immersed in the moment and almost forgets the horrors that await ... 'This writing has to do with some things I saw, felt, and was part of': with quiet modesty, David Jones begins a work that is among the most powerful imaginative efforts to grapple with the carnage of the First World War ... Fusing poetry and prose, gutter talk and high music, wartime terror and ancient myth, Jones, who served as an infantryman on the Western Front, presents a picture at once panoramic and intimate of a world of interminable waiting and unforseen death. And yet throughout he remains alert to the flashes of humanity that light up the wasteland."

The Muse in Arms  Edited by E.B. Osborn  (John Murray, 1917)

"The Muse in Arms is an anthology of British war poetry published in November 1917 during World War I. It consists of 131 poems by 52 contributors, with the poems divided into fourteen thematic sections. The poets were all from three branches of the armed services, land, sea, and air, from a range of ranks (though mostly officers) and from many parts of the UK. Twenty of the poets who contributed to this volume died during the war..."

The Second World War

Fighting Hitler from Dunkirk to D-Day  by Jeff Haward MM & Neil Barber  (Pen & Sword Books Ltd, Barnsley, 2015)

"Jeff Haward MM is a 'Die Hard', the historic name given to men of the famous Middlesex Regiment. He joined the 1/7th Battalion, a machine-gun Battalion, equipped with the British Army's iconic Vickers medium machine gun. Following evacuation from Dunkirk, the 1/7th, while refitting and equipping, carried out coastal defence duties in preparation for the German invasion. So desperate was the situation that on sentry duty, the one rifle per section had to be handed to the next sentry, along with the only ammunition available - three rounds!  In 1941, they were attached to the famous 51st Highland Division. The less than enthusiastic welcome from the Jocks gradually evolved into respect following the Middlesex's performance at El Alamein and the subsequent campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and North West Europe."

The Unknown Warriors  by Nicholas Pringle  (Lightening Source, Milton Keynes, 2009)

"They served across the globe: from the North African desert to the jungles of Burma, from the skies of Occupied Europe to the icy Arctic Ocean. 'The Unknown Warriors', as Winston Churchill named them, were the men and women who fought for the country during the Second World War. When an appeal for memories of wartime and what they think of their country in the 21st Century appeared in the local papers, many put pen to paper or dusted off their old typewriters to send in a response. The Unknown Warriors is a collection of letters, packed full of opinions and dramatic war memories from Land Army Girls, Far East ex POWs, Desert Rats, and RAF aircrew from Lancaster Bombers to name just a few, as well as from those who served in essential civilian services and occupations. It is a timeless record of written testimony from men and women who served their country with bravery and determination in the 1939-1945 War."

St Valery: The Impossible Odds  Edited by Bill Innes  (Birlinn Ltd, Edinburgh, 2004)

"The gallant rearguard action which led to the capture of the 51st Highland Division at St Valery-en-Caux (two weeks after the famous evacuation of the main British army from Dunkirk) may have burned itself into the consciousness of an older generation of Scots but has never been given the wider recognition it deserves. The introduction to this collection of first-hand accounts re-examines that fateful chain of events in 1940 and reassesses some of the myths that have grown up in the intervening years ... These vivid accounts bring alive the chaos and horror of war and the grim deprivation of the camps and forced marches which so many endured. Yet these personal stories resound with the spirit, humour and sense of comradeship which enabled men to fight on in desperate situations and refuse to be cowed by their captors."

 

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
  That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
  Loved and were loved, and now we lie
       In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
  The torch; be yours to hold it high.
  If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
       In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, MD,
Canadian Army (1872-1918)

 

 

 

"[T]he foe of which John McCrae wrote were not the people in the opposite trenches.
The foe were tyranny and dictatorship ... our soldiers knew this ...
Yes, we have indeed dropped the torch! Yes, we have indeed broken faith with those who died and lie in Flanders Fields! ...
and yes, we will have to bear the consequences in the years to come..."

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

 

 

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