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Charley's War Vol. 1: Boy Soldier: The Definitive Collection: Volume 1

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Sadistic German officer who runs the POW camp that Charley and Jack are confined in during the summer of 1918. His “Secret History” account of the series creation features as part of his ongoing subscription-based Iconoblastnewsletter, the first two chapters available as free-to-read introductions, here and here. The platoon advances towards Germany during the final weeks of the war, taking part in the crossing of the St. Last week’s post wrapped up the Marshal Law section of my new book, The Secret History of Comics , which also sadly turned out to be a farewell and eulogy to my co-creator on Law , Kevin O’Neill.

Whilst in hospital he meets a nurse Kate and after a frosty start, the former realises Charley is no coward and the two begin a romantic relationship. Charley soon becomes disillusioned at the incompetence and cowardice amongst the Whites, some of whom change sides and join the Reds. Let's talk about graphic novels – from action-packed adventures to intimate memoirs, from meticulous non-fiction to wild surrealism!See the Characters page for his profile) The real story of this event can be read in the book The Monocled Mutineer by William Allison and John Fairley (which the BBC also made into a series in 1986) and although Toplis has recently been proved not to have been at the camp at that time it is one of the most, if not only, in depth accounts of the Mutiny available. So that new generations today will believe that the Great War was a just war, that Britain was ‘the good guy’, and the generals and politicians were heroes, not the mass-murderers of our forefathers. Against this background, you can perhaps see why it was definitely not okay for Charley’s War to be shown to a mass audience at the British Library.

Charley's brother-in-law, he arrives at the front as a private during the Somme Campaign and soon proves to be a snivelling coward. I think I cheered out loud when the bully RMP, Sgt Bacon, was about to beat Charley up, but he was foiled by the appearance of a pair of huge Aussie soldiers, who proceeded to administer some well deserved Karma! Needless to say, the original word that would have been sung in the trenches wasn't "bless", and would never have been allowed in Battle!If your case is strong, if truth is on your side, it can happily and easily take alternative views and criticism. I remember telling my Grandmother about the Silvertown munitions factory explosion, only to be astonished when she told me she remembered all the windows in her neighbourhood being smashed by the blast. As a bemused Jim MacGregor asked me at the time, why doesn’t anyone ask that all important question? The challenges these poor devils had to face are understood and we’re empathising with them as they ‘clay-kick’ their way through the earth.

Norman Dixon, a former British officer and author of The Psychology of Military Incompetence , believed Haig was mentally unstable. An old pre-war Regular soldier, he was one of the BEF's ' Old Contemptibles' who fought at Mons in August 1914. A vicious, pompous and war-loving officer, Snell treats the war as a marvellous sport and his men as expendable examples of the lower classes who must be kept in their place.Although Lisa, my wife, was present and, like me, remembers the offer very well, so it’s no good denying it now. The vast majority of anti war art has aimed squarely at those already opposed to wars, or at least the war in question.

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