First World War

Books Podcast: The age of decadence

5 October 2017 16:43

In this week’s Books podcast, my guest is the journalist and historian Simon Heffer, author of the magisterial new The Age of…

The return of the What’s That Thing? Award for bad public art

16 March 2017 16:00

Wouldn’t it be nice, in these divided times, for humanity to have a common enemy – preferably an inanimate one. Welcome to the What’s…

How does Karl Jenkins get away with his crappy music?

4 July 2016 11:16

In a week that saw the UK vote itself out of the EU, the resignation of David Cameron followed by…

We haven’t had a pan-European war for 70 years. Why is that?

30 June 2015 14:15

The EU referendum makes me suspect that the grownups don’t know what they’re doing. I can see how we got…

The Spectator at war: Coastal retreats

15 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 19 December 1914: A SMALL squadron of German cruisers made an attack on…

The Spectator at war: An Englishman’s home

14 December 2014 8:30

From The Spare Bedroom, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: OUR national individuality has been threatened, with the result that all…

The Spectator at war: Modern warfare

13 December 2014 8:30

From The New German Artillery, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: We shall have to wait a long time, we surmise,…

The Spectator at war: The picture of guilt

12 December 2014 8:30

From The Crowning Proof, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: THE crowning proof that German intrigue and cynicism caused the war…

The Spectator at war: Fighting for peace

11 December 2014 8:30

From President Wilson’s Message, The Spectator, 12 December 1915: We quite agree that it is the greatness and glory of…

The Spectator at war: Blood and water

10 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: An incident connected with the naval action off the Falkland Islands…

The Spectator at war: Revenge on the seas

8 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 12 December 1914: The week has been a week of good news. Last…

The Spectator at war: The honourable spy

7 December 2014 8:30

From The Honourable Spy, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Decency is violated by the military spy when he becomes, for…

The Spectator at war: Censorship and mystification

6 December 2014 8:30

From The Policy of Mystification, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Let us say that we have not ourselves suffered from…

The Spectator at war: Military timetables

5 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Friday’s Times contains extracts from an interview with Lord Kitchener, published in…

The Spectator at war: The waste of war

3 December 2014 8:30

From The Waste of War, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: The destruction which the Germans have wrought in the towns…

The Spectator at war: The great game

29 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 28 November 1914: Professional football is something worse than an excuse for young men who refuse to…

The Spectator at war: Preachers of sedition

27 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 28 November 1914: If the press is to be muzzled, why do not the muzzling laws hold…

The Spectator at war: Digging for victory

26 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 28 November 1914: After discipline and rifle shooting comes entrenching. We suggest, as a practical proposal, that…

The Spectator at war: Topsy-turvy

23 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: Both at home and abroad this war has already caused us to wonder whether…

The Spectator at war: Dispatches from the front

21 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: The papers of Tuesday and Wednesday contained two exceptionally interesting despatches from an eyewitness…

The Spectator at war: The happiest young man in the world

20 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: We are glad to learn that the laudable persistence of the Prince of Wales…

The Spectator at war: Stamp of disapproval

19 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: If nations obtain the Governments that they deserve, it may be hoped that they…

The Spectator at war: Profound respect and sorrow

18 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: WE record with deep regret the death of Lord Roberts, which occurred last Saturday…

The Spectator at war: Signs of strain

17 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: Though we realize how terrible is the strain on our Army in Flanders, we…

The Spectator at war: Can’t get the staff

16 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: THACKERAY dealt a blow at domestic service which it has never quite recovered. He…