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The horrors of the Eastern Front

Nick Lloyd reinforces Churchill’s sentiment that the first world war in the East was ‘one of the most frightful misfortunes to befall mankind’

30 March 2024

9:00 AM

30 March 2024

9:00 AM

The Eastern Front: A History of the First World War Nick Lloyd

Viking, pp.448, 25

Ten years ago David Cameron, as prime minister, pledged £50 million for the centenary of the first world war. The focus was on ‘capturing our national spirit in every corner of the country, something that says something about who we are as a people’. Beyond a celebration of the Tommy on the Western Front and a belated acknowledgement of colonial Britain’s sacrifice, it was a missed opportunity.

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