First World War

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…

The Spectator at war: State provision for state servants

15 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: A married man who was insured before the war may, if totally disabled, receive…