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Charley’s War and the Somme June 30, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

From Joe Mooney.  A reflection on how Charley’s War in Battle , illustrated by Joe Colquhoun an written by Pat Mills was a real effort to move beyond the jingoism of most stories in comics that had war as their subject. Charley’s War was a class conscious, hard-headed and cold-eyed appraisal of the reality. A world away from the pious stuff we’re going to be subjected to.


1. botheredbarney - June 30, 2016

If people want to learn about the horrors of trench warfare in the Great War from a pacifist viewpoint, they can read Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front (or watch the movie), or the autobiographical novel The Great Push by Glenties-born ‘navvy poet’ and novelist Patrick MacGill d.1963. Here’s an extract from his war novel: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/extract-the-great-push-by-patrick-macgill-1.2190772


2. Brian Hanley - July 2, 2016

Great post by Joe Mooney. ‘Charlie’s War’ had a big influence on me, it was quite a change from ‘Warlord’ and ‘Victor.’


3. Joe - July 2, 2016

Yes excellent. Charley’s War is a great example of how historical revisionism can contribute to a better understanding of history.


EWI - July 2, 2016

Was it revisionism, though? The true memory of participants was instead steadily censored in the decade after – in an Irish context, I’m thinking of Orpen and O’Casey (whose The Silver Tassie was angrily rejected by Yeats for the Abbey).


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