First World War Centenary Community Podcast 136

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Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #136 commemorating the outbreak of the First World War on 28th July 1914  hosted by Ruth Golding [RuthieG].

Duration: 40:15

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Featuring ExEmGe, MaryAnnSpiegel, J_N, Sebey, mhhbook, commonsparrow3, Tlaloc, lynnet, Sue Anderson, WordyCause, ShiNeko, MartinGeeson, k5hsj.

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00:00 Oh, It’s a Lovely War by J.P. Long and M. Scott, a soldiers’ favourite, sung by Courtland and Jeffries, 1918.

00:22 Introduction by Ruth Golding.

03:25 Andy Minter [ExEmGe] reads an extract from No Man’s Land: A Point of Detail, by Sapper.

05:07 MaryAnn [MaryAnnSpiegel] talks about her recordings, including her solo recording of An English Woman-Sergeant in the Serbian Army.

7:21 Julia Niedermaier [J_N] tells us a little about her solo recording of Menschen im Krieg. An English translation of this book is available at Project Gutenberg: Men in War by Andreas Latzko.

09:07 Sebastian Stephenson [Sebey] tells us about his reading, Neutral Nations and the War by Viscount Bryce.

11:29 Mary in Arkansas [mhhbook] explains why she chose her contributions.

13:08 Maria Kasper [commonsparrow3] tells us of her interest in the experience of non-combatant journalists covering the war.

15:32 What soldiers liked to read: Herman Roskams’ [Tlaloc] recording of Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke by Rilke, a favourite book of German soldiers at the Front; the British War Library (Ruth).

18:28 The effect of the war on all areas of life:

19:12 Lynne Thompson [lynnet] reads from her recording of The Children of our Dead by Thomas Tiplady.

21:33 War as a catalyst in advances in surgery; MaryAnn reads an excerpt from Early Care of Gunshot Wounds of the Jaws and Surrounding Soft Parts.

22:35 The experiences of nursing staff, featuring excerpts of recordings by Sue Anderson (The Last Ride from Fanny Goes to War by Pat Beauchamp) and MaryAnn (Eighteen Months in the War Zone, Chapter 1 by Kate Finzi).

23:40 The logistics of war, with an excerpt from Feeding an Army by Albert Kinross.

24:08 Advances in technology, including communications.

25:08 Frank Lennon [WordyCause] talks about his reading of a selection of letters home from a young American airman (The American Spirit by Briggs Kilburn Adams).

26:35 Herman talks about his other recordings for the collection: Avec une batterie de 75: Ma pièce, souvenirs d’un canonnier 1914 and Alphabet de la grande guerre, 1914-1916 pour les enfants de nos soldats. Herman refers also to a website about André Hellé, the author and illustrator of that alphabet. It can be seen at

29:19 The multilingual character of the collections; languages represented; excerpt from Anastasiia Solokha’s [ShiNeko] recording of Мама и убитый немцами вечер (Mama and the Evening Killed by the Germans) by Mayakovsky.

30:42 Notes on poetry.

31:07 Martin Geeson reminisces about his grandfather, and reads The Chances by Wilfred Owen, in the speech of the Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire border.

35:22 Ruth remembers the effect of the war on her own grandfather.

36:36 Edmund Blunden, a poet who ‘survived’; the war poets who did not.

38:06 Winston Tharp [k5hsj] speaks of Wilfred Owen’s poetry, and reads his Preface from the Poems.

39:54 Excerpt from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon.

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The LibriVox First World War Centenary Collections may be found here:




Other LibriVox recordings of books of First World War interest are listed on this page of the LibriVox Wiki.


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1 comment

  1. Mary Hayward says:

    I found the idea of the WWI-Beginnings project very intriguing, and decided to contribute. The amount and variety of written material available on the war made me quickly realize that what I knew about this “Great War” barely scratched the surface. Listening to Ruth Golding’s narration, as well as other readers’ comments on the podcast has further intrigued my interest and, especially, my respect for those who lived through this time and the consequences of this war.

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