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The Battle of the Somme
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
A British victory at tragic cost, in which both sides had to learn a new way of fighting.

THE first day of the Battle of the Somme, which began on the 1st of July, 1916, with the Battle of Albert, constituted a heavy defeat for the Germans, and overall the Somme was declared a victory for the Allies.

But the British lost over 60,000 men on that one day, the bloodiest in the history of the British Army.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Declare. Declaim. Denounce.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Line. Noise. Mark.

Use together in one sentence: Behind. Like. Large.

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The Great War (11) History (342)
Mr Ivery Gets Away
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Richard Hannay tracks a German spy down to a French château, but Hannay’s sense of fair play gives his enemy a chance.

‘HULLO, Mr Ivery,’ I said. ‘This is an odd place to meet again!’

In his amazement he fell back a step, while his hungry eyes took in my face. There was no mistake about the recognition. I saw something I had seen once before in him, and that was fear. Out went the light and he sprang for the door.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Must. Ought.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Mistake. Step. Use.

Use together in one sentence: Parquet. Door. Dark.

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Captain Charles Fryatt
Music: Sir John Blackwood McEwen
A civilian ferry captain was court-martialled by the Germans for thumbing his nose at their U-Boats.

ON July 27th, 1916, Captain Charles Fryatt, a civilian, was brought before a German military court in Bruges.

Entered into evidence were two gold watches presented to the captain by his employers, the Great Central Railway and the Great Eastern. One commemorated the occasion on March 3rd, 1915, when under Fryatt’s command SS Wrexham escaped the clutches of a U-Boat in a breathless pursuit over forty nautical miles.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Channel. Rush. Position.

Use together in one sentence: Torpedo. Evidence. Clutch.

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The Great War (11) History (342)
Collateral Damage
Music: Gustav Holst
Richard Hannay reflects on the innocent lives lost, when the lust for power or the desire for revenge makes us less than human.

THAT night I realized the crazy folly of war. When I saw the splintered shell of Ypres and heard hideous tales of German doings, I used to want to see the whole land of the Boche given up to fire and sword. I thought we could never end the war properly without giving the Huns some of their own medicine.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Hear. Attend. Listen.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hand. Want. Leave.

Use together in one sentence: Poor. We. Used.

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Max Woosnam
Music: Sir Hubert Parry
Max fully deserves his reputation as England’s greatest all-round sportsman.

THE oddest of Max Woosnam’s many sporting achievements must be defeating Charlie Chaplin at table tennis, wielding only a butter knife. His more conventional sporting career began with cricket at Winchester College, and a century against the MCC for Public Schools.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: See. Notice. Watch.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Team. Career. Leave.

Use together in one sentence: School. Cricket. Tennis.

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Kindergarten Politics
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
John Buchan didn’t think much of our ‘new manners’ in foreign policy during the 1920s.

SANDY was furious about the muddle in the Near East and the mishandling of Turkey. His view was that we were doing our best to hammer a much-divided Orient into a hostile unanimity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Coarse. Course.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Cry. Floor. View.

Use together in one sentence: Sides. Nursery. Of course.

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