So here's an outline of what the BBC is going to do for next year's Great War centenary. Some good bits in there, but overall you have this great, swirly mist of miscellaneous content, a bit like the first gas attack at Loos. And I'm really not looking forward to people who'd basically rather the literature was more like Storm of Steel than Goodbye to All That getting all regretful about how people simply won't follow their natural leaders into the machine guns any more. And Jesus, people, quantity isn't the same thing as respect.
having said that, my wishlist would include items on:
the Tip and Run war in East Africa
the role the war played in the rise of Fascism, Communism or both. The Stab in the Back. 'We saw power lying in the street and picked it up'. I'm seeing Adam Curtis for this.
'what's wrong with our bloody ships?' there appears to be nothing about the Navy in this whole thing.
They all died together: the Pals battalions.
An investigation, based on recruitment/conscription records, of the actual physical state of the British male back in the glory years of the British Empire. How come we could staff entire battalions with men under 5'3''.
Well, that's just off the top of my head and I can see that none of these will necessarily Bring Us All Together. But how about you lot?