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11/02/2017
Blunden's War - Part 23: A German Performance

In the next article of 'Blunden's War' Martin Chown recalls a German raid on one of the coldest nights Blunden had endured out in the open.



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28/01/2017
Blunden's War - Part 22: January Full Moon, Ypres

In this article Martin Chown tells us about the visit to Ypres that inspired Blunden's unsettling poem: January Full Moon, Ypres.



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28/01/2017
Blunden's War - Part 21: We have come North

January 2017 and Blunden and his Battalion have 'come North'. They are on firm ground but are facing an uncertain future, much like we are today.



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05/12/2016
Blunden's War - Part 20: The Talisman - Sgt Worley

Part 20 reintroduces us to Blunden's 'henchman' Sgt Frank Worley. A calm and gentle soldier who was at Blunden's side for over two years. Together they faced every danger the war could throw at them.



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12/11/2016
Blunden's War - Part 19: Into German lines - 13 November 1916

Part 19 takes us back to 13 November 1916 to tell of the time Blunden got lost in enemy territory with a runner: 'we pulled ourselves out of the clay and ran.'




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12/11/2016
Blunden's War - Part 18: Messages from the heart of the battlefield

In Part 18 Martin Chown consults Blunden's Battalion War Diary for further insight into his war experience. In the Diary there is some absolutely amazing paperwork that puts the reader into the heat of the battle. The article focuses on one of a series of messages from 30/31 October from Colonel Harrison stationed in a deep dugout in St Martin's Lane.



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27/10/2016
Blunden's War - Part 17: Stuff Trench 21 - 23 October

Stuff Trench was 'three feet deep, corpses under foot, [and] corpses on the parapet.' In Part 17 of Blunden's War Martin Chown recalls the two day attack that secured the trench but at an enormous cost.



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18/10/2016
Blunden's War - Part 16: A day in the mill

Part 16 centres around the Mill on the Ancre River just down from Thiepval. Extracts of the poem indicate that it could have been written under fire. In any case the experience never left Blunden and it was the inspiration for his final war poem 'Ancre Sunshine', written fifty years later. The incident also tells us more about Blunden's relationship with his commander, Colonel Harrison, and demonstrates Blunden's youthful courage under fire.



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04/10/2016
Blunden's War - Part 15: Sprinkle me with kisses...

In part 15 of 'Blunden's War', Martin Chown explores the importance of humour in war.



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27/09/2016
Blunden's War - Part 14: Minenwerfers: what's really under the white headstones?

In this article we join Blunden during the continuing battle of the Somme when 'the battalion had practicably always been under fire, held trenches for scarcely tolerable periods, and shared three bewildering and devastating attacks.'



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