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On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'For you the war is over'. Nothing could be further from the truth. British Prisoners of War merely exchanged one barbed-wire battleground for another. In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage, with On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'For you the war is over'. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage, with a literal spanner put in the works of the factories and salt mines prisoners were forced to slave in.
British PoWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped.
Then escaped again. No less than 29 officers at Holzminden camp in burrowed their way out via a tunnel dug with a chisel and trowel in the Great Escape of the Great War. It was war with heart-breaking consequences; more than 12, PoWs died, many of them murdered, to buried in shallow unmarked graves. Using contemporary records - from prisoners' diaries to letters home to poetry - John Lewis-Stempel reveals the death, life and, above all, the glory of Britain's warriors behind the wire.
For it was in the PoW camps, far from the blasted trenches, that the true spirit of the Tommy was exemplified. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 9.
It took quite a while before this happening could be given the joking title it came finally to bear: ''The Battle of Los Angeles. Nobody could do anything for him; two men had already tried to save him, only to be shot themselves. Did they ask this question to every American female? I am sitting on the parapet listening for something to happen - five, ten, nearly fifteen minutes - not a sound - nor a shot fired - and only the usual flare-lights. How did this slippage in the most precious traditions of a free country come about?
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Feb 14, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: history , non-fiction , war. As my rating would suggest, I liked it; Lewis-Stempel writes well and he offered fascinating insights into the prisoner of war situation in WW1. But I had a few quibbles that—at least in my mind—held it back from a higher rating: 1 Though obviously true, I grated against the tacit assumption that Australian soldiers were "British" soldiers They fought for Empire and King, yes; but they were Aussies, not Poms!
Maybe it is just my historical naivety, but it bothered me. By , however, Western Union had laid the first transcontinental telegraph line, making it the first nationwide telegraph company. Telegraph systems spread across the world, as well. Extensive systems appeared across Europe by the later part of the 19th century, and by the first permanent telegraph cable had been successfully laid across the Atlantic Ocean; there were 40 such telegraph lines across the Atlantic by The electric telegraph transformed how wars were fought and won and how journalists and newspapers conducted business.
Rather than taking weeks to be delivered by horse-and-carriage mail carts, pieces of news could be exchanged between telegraph stations almost instantly. Even by the end of the 19th century, however, new technologies began to emerge, many of them based on the same principles first developed for the telegraph system.
In time, these new technologies would overshadow the telegraph, which would fall out of regular widespread usage. Although the telegraph has since been replaced by the even more convenient telephone, fax machine and Internet, its invention stands as a turning point in world history. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Italian inventor and engineer Guglielmo Marconi developed, demonstrated and marketed the first successful long-distance wireless telegraph and in broadcast the first transatlantic radio signal.
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