War historian and writer Brian Pohanka is a major contributor
to this site. Over the past decade, Brian has visited
a number of Great War battlefields on his trips to France.
He shares his photos, observations, and historical information
with visitors of this site.
When asked about his interest in the Great War, Brian
writes on August 28, 2000:
"...I became interested in WWI over time. In part,
my interest developed as a study of history and Western
culture -- asking how did we get where we are today --
and the realization that WWII was in many ways simply
a continuation of, or end result of, WWI....
"WWI ended an age of gentility and culture in the
most horrendous slaughter, thus leading to the cynicism
and self-gratification that motivates many people today....
Those who were put in that hell on earth were from a different,
more mannered and structured background -- and emerged,
if they survived, as our 'modern' people...."
the photo above, Brian wears the uniform of an officer
with the 5th New York Duryée Zouaves, his Civil
War re-enactment group. Brian writes of this image on
May 28, 1999:
"Here is a photo of me reading the poem 'Spring
Offensive' at Wilfred
Owen's grave near the village of Ors, France, last
See the Site
Dedication page for a tribute to Brian Pohanka who
passed away on June 15, 2005.