The start of Aspects of the Great War has been put back to 16 July from the earlier 2 July. Preparation has been somewhat hampered by loss FO the Central Wellington Library but the internet and Porirua Library are picking up the slack.
The Great War stated out to be the “War to end all Wars” that is now more starkly known as World War One; which itself speaks volumes.
The course is not a scholarly analysis of leaders, maps, monster battles and their supposed outcomes. It is more of an individual search into aspects that have often hardened over time into debatable snap judgements: lions led by donkeys, criminal slaughter on the Somme, hang the Kaiser for starting it, Gallipoli could have ended the war in just a few months, Sarajevo was the real start of the Second World War.
Each member of the group will receive a folder of short form web searches printed out for their own reading and to promote wider discussion. There are no experts - just enquiring minds.
Everyone will contribute on selected short topics like Pals Regiments, the American effect, dreadnoughts, shellshock, use of mustard gas and the like. We will look at aspects from thought- provoking films like All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory and La Grande Illusion while having some mindless fun with Blackadder and the songs of the 1960s movie Oh what a Lovely War.
The war poets will also get a canter along with any others aspects of this terrible conflict anyone in the group wishes to raise. One central theme will likely be that the War’s effects are still being felt in much the same way the “Big Bang” billions of years ago can still be appreciated and brought into contention.