Historian and broadcaster Peter Barton, who has written several books and made documentaries about the first World War

On the night of December 18th, 1917, four privates of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers left their machine gun post east of the Somme, crossed No Man’s Land (...)

Soldiers in a trench outside a dugout at Verdun in November 1916. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

On a train journey across north-eastern France during the first week of August 1926, Joseph Probst, a German Catholic peace activist from the Baden re(...)

Men of Royal Irish Rifles resting in a communication trench during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 1916. Photograph: Royal Engineers no 1 Printing Company/IWM via Getty Images.

In late 1915, Allied leaders met to decide their strategy for the following year. It had been a year of disappointments characterised by high casualti(...)

Sr Conchita McDonnell and Sr Monica Devine. They have spent their lives educating the poorest of women. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Idealism, they say, dies with age. This was probably how that elderly former French prime minister Aristide Briand could say the person who wasn’t a s(...)