AIRFIELDS AND AIRMEN : SOMME (Battleground Europe) by Michael O'Connor

By Michael O'Connor

Following at the good fortune of Airfields and Airmen of Ypres, the writer turns his awareness to the main mythical area of the British attempt in global struggle I, the Somme. From 1916 to 1918 the British and German armies have been locked in a perilous fight right here, whereas the Royal Flying Corps and the Imperial German Air provider flew overhead. at the beginning appearing as scouts and artillery spotters, the ever extra refined airplane grew to become tools of struggle themselves, carrying out lethal clash some distance above the deadlocked armies under. This new quantity makes use of the Battleground Europe structure of maps and then-and-now illustrations to hide all of the airfields, crash websites and components linked to the devices, battles and person aces of the aerial clash of global battle I. insurance additionally comprises French activities, and some American devices that served within the quarter close to the top of the conflict.

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The focus of the founders of the Annales, and particularly of Lucien Febvre, on the contribution of dialectology and philology to the knowledge of past societies, and the role of words in the concept of ‘mental usage’ advanced by historians in order to better understand the terms of sensory experience, formed the foundation of the dialogue between history and the science of language, which, for historians, resulted in the utilization of etymology and semantics to supplement or illustrate their arguments.

One last stratum was formed by the significant enrichment of barracks slang from the 1880s until the beginning of the First World War, which reflected the generalization of the experience Problems and Challenges of a Historical Approach 27 of service during those years – an experience that was shared among most mobilized French between 1914 and 1919. In Germany and to a lesser extent in the United Kingdom too, dictionaries and lexicons that we can access now have shown the importance acquired by barracks slang and how it was reused in wartime and adapted to the day-to-day experience of the war.

2 Prefabricated buildings in Elisabethville, built 1916 (author’s photograph) and butchery store can still be seen, which possibly makes it the oldest prefabricated building in Europe. 2). The commemorative stones erected alongside the British war graves in Birtley Crematorium cemetery, Windsor Road, Birtley, are commonly referred to as a ‘pylons’ or ‘pylon blocks’. Although little more than a metre in height, they may be seen to have a shape like ‘pylons’ from Egyptian temple sites. The blocks are also known as Kipling memorials.

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