World War One

Gripping, immersive and powerful: 1917 reviewed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Sam Mendes’s 1917 is the first world war drama that this week won the Golden Globe for best film and…

Credit: Photo by Frank Hurley/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘I don’t know how ever Jerry stands it’: diary of a world war one artillery man

16 February 2019 9:00 am

My sister’s boyfriend is a solitary man and easily overwhelmed by another’s presence. On his rare visits he flits in…

'We're using the same Aga and Belfast sink as Jill Archer': how Radio 4 made Home Front

3 March 2018 9:00 am

It feels like a long time since the launch of Home Front on Radio 4 back in June 2014, retracing…

Was there pleasure at Passchendaele?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

At ten to eleven we filed outside the church and assembled in the graveyard around a small cenotaph commemorating the…

A fallen comedy god, schoolroom panto and Trumpageddon: Edinburgh Fringe round-up

12 August 2017 9:00 am

What is the Edinburgh Fringe? It’s a sabbatical, a pit stop, a pause-and-check-the-map opportunity for actors who don’t quite know…

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…

Does history provide the answer to what happened in Tunisia?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

There’s a part of me that thinks OK, we’ve heard enough now, one year on from the beginning of the…

Keith Murdoch (Simon Harrison) appearing before the Dardanelles Commission (Photo: BBC)

Without Gallipoli, we’d have no Page 3

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Some years ago I paid a visit to the site of the Gallipoli landings because I was mildly obsessed with…

‘Exceptionally good’: Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in ‘Testament of Youth’

Shirley Williams: Saving my mother from the scriptwriters

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Jasper Rees talks to Shirley Williams about the forthcoming screen portrayal of her mother

‘A Battery Shelled’, 1919, by Percy Wyndham Lewis

The Imperial War Museum finds a deadly place to display first world war masterpieces

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The Imperial War Museum has reopened after a major refit and looks pretty dapper, even though it was overrun by…

The Spectator at war: ‘Why has it come?’

7 August 2014 8:00 am

From ‘Topics of the Day’, The Spectator, 8 August 1914: ‘How does it happen that within a week Germany and…