'Existence' by Paul Nash (1917). Nash said of his work as an official war artist: ‘I am no longer an artist, I am a messenger to those who want the war to go on for ever… and may it burn their lousy souls’
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque. Few novels have described the reality of the First World War with such honesty and raw eloquence as All Quiet on the Western Front. The most famous German anti-war novel, it was based on Remarque’s own experiences in the trenches. Over a million copies were sold in the year after its first publication in 1929, and an award-winning film adaptation followed in 1930. The book was later banned by the Nazis, who also revoked Remarque’s…
The Shot at Dawn Memorial is situated at the National Memorial Arboretum and commemorates 306 soldiers who were executed in the First World War. The statue was funded by the artist and gifted to the nation on behalf of the relatives of the executed men.
Joanna Burton was born in South Africa but sent by her father to be raised in Yorkshire. There she dreams of the far-off lands she will visit and adventures to come. At 18, tall and flaxen-haired, she meets Teddy Leigh, a young man on his way to the trenches of the First World War. Joanna has been in love before but this is different