Soldiers

Anticipating the next war is a mug’s game: The Future of War reviewed

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Planning for the ‘war of the future’ is something generals and politicians have been doing for the past 150 years.…

A tribe of one's own

9 July 2016 9:00 am

In his preface Sebastian Junger tells us that this book grew out of an earlier article. It obviously didn’t grow…

The dancers are so attractive they should be arrested – & where Aladdin is set they would be

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Gauche, perhaps, to complain about Aladdin but it slightly deserves it. The terrific Genie opens the show and then disappears…

From the archives: the liberty of the battlefield

14 November 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Soldiers for the land’, The Spectator, 13 November 1915: It is certain that, when the war is over, tens of…

Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers: brutishly physical and powerfully striking

9 May 2015 9:00 am

In dance, it’s usually the moment the boys start fighting that challenges your suspension of disbelief. Synchronised fencing (MacMillan’s Romeo…

Why soldiers are the funniest people

14 February 2015 9:00 am

We were discussing wit. I uttered a self-evident truth which proved gratifyingly controversial. Of all the people I encounter, the…

Beasts in battle

29 January 2011 12:00 am

‘Never such innocence again’ wrote Philip Larkin of an unquestioning British people on the eve of the first world war, and much has been made, not unreasonably, of the trusting frame of mind in which young men of that time accepted the arguments for war in 1914.