How did an evocatively named Flanders village become shorthand for a whole series of battles around the Belgian city of Ypres?
The first day of the Somme has become synonymous with incompetent leadership and a callous disregard for human life. Gary Sheffield offers a more complex picture of the battle and the role played by General Sir Douglas Haig.
Gary Sheffield casts his eye over the latest publications.
It is time to ditch the Blackadder view of history, says Gary Sheffield. Britain was right to fight Imperial Germany in 1914.