Trench warfare: the facts remain

22nd November 2013 at 00:00

I thought it was cheap and spiteful for your correspondent to follow Martin Stephen in denouncing Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen as reflecting a "middle class" view. By contrast, writer Alan Sillitoe thought that the First World War had put back the cause of the working class by a generation because the men who would have been the most able, socially responsible and likely to organise politically in the 1920s and 1930s were killed in the trenches, as they would have taken leadership roles as non-commissioned officers and officers. I feel much the same about the men who served in the 1940s in the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command.

Mike Brett, North London.

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