Category Archives: British History

Words of endurance: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. All page numbers below refer to Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.┬áNew York: Penguin Classics, 2013. Embedded within the pages … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: Poems of Wilfred Owen

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. This is a short selection of poems by Wilfred Owen, who served as second lieutenant in the 2nd Manchesters. After suffering … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: A Passionate Prodigality

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. All page numbers shown below refer to Guy Chapman, A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography. Fawcett Crest Books: Greenwich, CT, 1966. … Continue reading

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Union Jack at Fort Salisbury

This is the eighth installment in a series about Rhodesia. It concludes this portion of the series. We will leave Rhodesia for a while to explore other topics, but we will return to the subject to cover the Matabele Wars … Continue reading

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The friendly Dr. Jim

This is the seventh installment in a series about Rhodesia. The party of Royal Horse Guards in their dashing uniforms had brought the Queen’s message to Lobengula: the “wisest and safest course” for him was to carry out his agreement … Continue reading

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The betrayal of Lobengula

This is the sixth installment in a series about Rhodesia. Lobengula had investigated the white concessionaires and the missionaries, and determined that the Rudd concession was a fraud. Its sole purpose was to deceive him into giving away his country. … Continue reading

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From Bulawayo to London

This is the fifth installment of a series about Rhodesia. Lobengula’s envoys and the two white men who accompanied them, Maund and Colenbrander, arrived in Southampton early March, 1889. Babayane and Mshete wore western-style hats and three-piece suits, not any … Continue reading

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