Tag Archive: soldiers

Memoir of a Soldier Boy: Christmas Reflections in the Aftermath of the First World War

“Suddenly even Christmas paled by comparison…From that day on, I wanted only to be a soldier.”

Still Round the Corner: A Lord of the Rings Fan-Fiction Story

“I am Tuor Artirion, of the Citadel Guard of Minas Tirith, son of Galdor Artirion, lately of the White Company of the Prince of Ithilien…”

Those Souls for Whom the Bell Tolls: A Memorial Day Reflection

“It symbolizes the fulfillment a solemn promise to always remember what they had done in their selfless devotion to the call of duty…”

Tolkien’s War: The History behind The Lord of the Rings

This article focuses on the experiences of a young J.R.R. Tolkien as a British soldier in the trenches of WWI, and how his personal war shaped his fantasy universe in The Lord of the Rings.

Into the Valley of Death: An Analysis of “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Read this fascinating overview of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous epic, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, and the way that history, politics, and romance worked its way into the folk memory, even as complexity surrounding the actual military exploit divided the public.

“Gentleman Johnny”: The Life and Times of General John Burgoyne

The Right Honorable General John Burgoyne, General in the British Army and MP for Preston, is probably most famous for commanding the losing Army at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, during the… Continue reading

The Violet Phantom and the Yellow Conquistidor: Part 1

Meet Austin Slaymaker, an eligible young gentleman in Regency England who finds that telling tall tales to a bevy of adoring females can have consequences…namely, getting one drafted into the army to fight “Bold Bonaparte” in sunny Spain!

For the Glory of the Marines: The Life and Legacy of Major John Pitcairn

Immerse yourself in the dramatic and engaging story of this inescapably paradoxical and unflinchingly heroic Royal Marine who fought and died during the American War for Independence.

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