WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
Throughout August the meat-grinding on the Somme continued with fruitless
assault following repulsed attack. On the minor fronts there was better
news with Britain making big advances in German East Africa. On the
home front Seaham was bombarded by a U-boat while the tragedy of the
Irish Easter Rising drew towards its close with the execution of Sir
Roger Casement. The end of the month saw Italy and Rumania declaring
war against Austria-Hungary and Germany, a move which the latter reciprocated.
Disquiet in Germany about how the war was being conducted was signified
by the appointment of Field Marshal von Hindenberg to succeed von Falkenhayn
as Chief of the General staff and Ludendorff being appointed as Quartermaster
General. The French resistance to the German assault of Verdun with
its failed aim of 'bleeding France white' undoubtedly contributed to
this change of leadership and on 31 August France declared that particular
costly battle to be over.
POEM FOR AUGUST
Many recent radio and television programmes have recounted how many war poets were present at the Somme. As a reminder that there were poets in conflict elsewhere this poem is by a naval airman.
The Dawn Patrol by Paul Bewsher
Sometimes I fly at dawn above the sea,
Then do I feel with God quite, quite alone,
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