Warfare in News
Posted on Thursday 13th March
British and German soldiers marched off to war with secret 'vest pocket' cameras, determined to record what they thought would be a great adventure, but few were prepared for the horrors they were about to witness and photograph. Their photographs – many of which have not previously been released – provide a deeply moving document of their lives in the trenches and their rapid loss of innocence.
This is the war viewed from a new and surprising perspective – through the eyes of the men who fought in it.
In the absence of any living First World War veterans , the documentary produced by Testimony Films, joins close relatives of the men on emotional journeys of discovery as they go in search of the secrets hidden within their ancestors' photographs.
Author and WW1 expert Richard van Emden (Britain's Last Tommies, Teenage Tommy) has acted as historical consultant for the series. Jon Cooksey, editor of Stand To! and author of a number of military history books is also featured, telling the story of a family photograph album rescued from the bonfire which he later researched and used as a basis for his book, The Barnsley Pals.
See the incredible photos and discover what happened to the men behind the cameras tonight at 9pm on BBC 4.
Teenage Tommy(Hardback - 192 pages)
by Richard Van Emden
Benjamin Clouting was just sixteen years old when he embarked with the British Expeditionary Force for France in August 1914. The youngest man in the 4th Dragoon Guards, he took part in the BEF's celebrated first action at Casteau on August 22nd, and, two days later, had his horse shot from under him during the famous cavalry charge of the 4th Dragoon Guards and the 9th Lancers at Audregnies. Ben served on the Western front… Read more...
Of further interest...
Author talk: Richard Van EmdenWed 6th April
As his latest work, The Somme, is released, we chatted to best-selling Great War author Richard Van Emden about his career, Harry Patch and the Somme centenary Read article...
Greenhill Books RelaunchWed 9th November
Greenhill Books and Pen and Sword Books have announced a joint project to relaunch the Greenhill Books list. Read article...
RANDOLPH CHURCHILL FOLLOWS IN WINSTON'S FOOTSTEPSFri 22nd April
With Winston Churchill at the Front is the new release from Frontline Books. It follows the story of Winston Churchill on the front line in 1916, as told my his Adjutant Andrew Dewar Gibb. Read article...
The Untold Heroes of HelmandMon 15th August
Ten years on, and now the Heroes of Helmand are heard. Read article...