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The Great War

The war to end all wars.

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1914 - 1918
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All Members , Moderated
World War I, the Great War, as experienced and remembered

A community dedicated to the First World War.

- Written accounts and photographs of the Great War.
- Mini-biographies of prominent figures involved in the Great War.
- Stories about the Great War (stories of your ancestors are allowed).
- Pictures of artifacts (militaria, postcards, etc.) from the Great War.
- Intelligent debate relative to the Great War.
- Thoughts or essays on the Great War.
- Discussion of movies and books onthe Great War.
- Petty bickering and name-calling. This is actually very amusing.

- Introductory posts, unless they bring something relative to the table.
- Advertisements of other communities.
- Anything the dictator moderator decides is in poor taste.
- Posting of large images or large bodies of text without cut tags.

Your Moderators: baron_waste and sonja

The deathscape where the iron brambles writhe;
The sky at night
Is honoured with rosettes of fire,
Flares that define the corpses on the wire
As terror ticks on wrists at zero hour

Fear and a kind of love collaborate
To call each simple conscript up
For quick inspection:
Trenches' parapets
Paunchy with sandbags; bandoliers, tin-hats.
Candles in dugouts,
Duckboards, mud and rats.
Then, like patrols, tunes creep into the mind:
“A Long, Long Trail”, “The Rose of No-Man's Land”,
“Home Fire” and “Tipperary”:
And through the misty keening of a band
Of Scottish pipes the proper names are heard
Like fateful commentary of distant guns:
Passchendaele, Bapaume, and Loos, and Mons.
And now,
Whenever the November sky
Quivers with a bugle's hoarse, sweet cry,
The reason darkens; in its evening gleam
Crosses and flares, tormented wire, grey earth
Splattered with crimson flowers,
And I remember…

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