ANGELS IN THE TRENCHES


ANGELS IN THE TRENCHES

LEO RUICKBIE    Book Number: 87666    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'Spiritualism, Superstition and the Supernatural During the First World War' people were asking the question "If a man dies, shall he live again?" After their miraculous escape from the German military juggernaut at Mons in 1914, many British soldiers really did believe that they had been saved by angels. On the Home Front, interest in spiritualism, as made popular by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and others, increased dramatically as the death toll rose. The unimaginable slaughter of the Great War brought a sudden and concentrated interest in the paranormal. Could one communicate with the dead? Were the British on the side of the angels? Could lucky charms avert bombs and bullets? Was the war predicted? Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for Sherlock Holmes, would become a propagandist for the State and Spiritualism, and lose a son and many close relatives during those terrible years. W. B. Yeats would investigate spirit communication for himself and Lord Kitchener would have his fate foretold. War poet Rupert Brooke would return from the dead, Sir Oliver Lodge would talk again to his son, killed in action. Whether through Spiritualism, psychical research or superstition, the experience of the paranormal would become a central if not defining aspect of the First World War. "I seemed suddenly to see that this subject was really something tremendous, a call of hope and of guidance to the human race at the time of its deepest afflictions." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1918. 418pp in large softback.
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ISBN 9781472139597
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