Mixing memory and desire
British and German war memorials after 1918
in The silent morning
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The Armistice, bringing the fighting of the First World War to an end, allowed barely a pause before the next phase began memorialising the events and the victims of the past four years. War memorials and war cemeteries have themselves become historic monuments, the meaning of which is open to reinterpretation. This chapter focuses on the different ways, with a particular emphasis on the post-war creation first of cemeteries in Belgium and France and then in England and Germany, of civic and local war memorials. Guidebooks such as Muirhead's Blue Guide to Belgium and the Western Front, complete with maps showing lines of advance and retreat and summaries of the military action associated with each location, appeared in 1919. Near Mons, the cemetery of St Symphorien contains the graves of both the first and the last known British soldiers to be killed in the First World War.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy

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