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Where Poppies Blow
Author: John Lewis-Stempel

ISBN: 9780297869269
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8 November 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.3 x 3.4
Description:
The natural history of the Western Front during the First World War by the author of Meadowland, winner of the 2015 Wainwright Prize Where Poppies Blow is the unique story of the British soldiers of the Great War and their relationship with the animals and plants around them. This connection was of profound importance, because it goes a long way to explaining why they fought, and how they found the will to go on. At the most basic level, animals and birds provided interest to fill the blank hours in the trenches and billets - bird-watching, for instance, was probably the single most popular hobby among officers.

But perhaps more importantly, the ability of nature to endure, despite the bullets and blood, gave men a psychological, spiritual, even religious uplift. Animals and plants were also reminders of home. Aside from bird-watching, soldiers went fishing in village ponds and in flooded shell holes (for eels), they went bird nesting, they hunted foxes with hounds, they shot pheasants for the pot, and they planted flower gardens in the trenches and vegetable gardens in their billets.

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