Top picks of the week: WWI guides

History has been a hot topic in recent days - from news of the discovery of what could be King Alfred's pelvis, to the return of Mr Selfridge to TV screens


But what we’ve been enjoying most of all is the new series of interactive online guides on World War I, put together by the BBC. The guides, which feature the likes of historian Dan Snow and The Choir‘s Gareth Malone, explore different aspects of life during the conflict.


Broadcaster Kate Adie explains what the war did for women, while doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley explores the plastic surgery techniques that were pioneered to help injured soldiers.

Dan Snow reveals what life was really like for British troops on the frontline, and Gareth Malone recalls how Pack Up Your Troubles became the viral hit of World War I.

The guides are designed to work on laptops, tablets and smartphones. To take a look for yourself, visit

This coming week

We’re really excited to read Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters Sent During Wartime.

Bringing together photos, letters and diaries, the book reveals what it was like to be a soldier in love – and how their partners coped while they were away. It focuses on 50 real-life wartime romances – from the flirtatious banter between an 18-year-old officer and a schoolgirl, to a soldier who had to leave behind his pregnant wife and their young daughter.

The book is inspired by the First and Second World War archives of the National Army Museum.


Wives and Sweethearts is published on Thursday 30 January. To find out more, click here