"CUNNING PLANS" -
Tommy Atkins’ hidden tactics to avoid combat on the Western Front in WW1
Why ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ could have been a lot funnier (and more subversive)
By Roger Ball
Mass refusals, mutinies, disobedience, strikes and out-right rebellion were all part of the British armed forces’ experience in World War 1. But on a day-to-day level, many soldiers were also actively constantly resisting the war effort - shirking, skulking, and avoiding combat. Though by its nature, these practices are usually clandestine and hard to document, ‘Cunning Plans’ briefly lifts the lid on this hidden resistance...
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