Last year publishers put out an unprecedented number of new books on World War I, in observance of the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities. My personal favorite was The Great And Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade by Philip Jenkins (HarperOne), whose basic premise is that all sides fought this “war to end all wars” invoking God-Is-On-OUR-side.
So why, one-hundred-and-ONE years later, should we remark on this war? Two reasons: 2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the great Catholic Welsh-English poet, David Jones. Second: 2015 marks one hundred years since Jones was sent to fight in World War I with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
When we think of the great...READ MORE