The going down of the sun

9th November 2017 Socialist Action 0

The article below, by Paul Atkin, addresses how the slaughter of World War One is commemorated in Britain. It was originally published here in August 2017 at the time of the Passchendale commemoration.

As with the Somme commemoration in 2016, such rituals were set on the hundredth anniversary of the start of the battle. It is relevant to read the article now, not only because of Remembrance Sunday on 12 November, but because the battle itself did not end until 10 November 2017, with a post script at Cambrai between 20 November and 30 December.