This article re-examines the twenty-one months that Wyndham Lewis, the modernist artist and writer, spent with the British army’s heavy artillery during the First World War. Using fresh contextual sources, including a previously unknown diary kept by one of his colleagues, it reconstructs his time in the gunners to an unprecedented depth. In so doing, it brings a military historical perspective to our understanding of Lewis’s home and active service. The findings change our understanding of him as a soldier and adjust significantly the image projected in his reminiscences. This is part two of two, with focus on active service at the front.
|Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research
|Accepted/In press - 23 Jan 2024