World War 1 Pathos and Romance: The Crimson Field

The_Crimson_FieldHave you seen the British drama television series from 2014 that’s available right now on BBC called The Crimson Field? It’s highly rated (8.0 on IMDb and 88% on Rotten Tomatoes), and we’re really enjoying it, although I’m sad to say they axed it after only one season. Still, I think it’s worth watching for its historical value…and hopefully as yet another inoculation against the horrors of war.The_Crimson_Field_cast The Crimson Field tells the stories of various patients and of the medics who volunteer at a field hospital in northern France. VAD volunteers from The Crimson Field Although it’s fictional, it sounds very believable to me, particularly after Joel and I just finished reading A Diary without Dates to each other on our recent road trip. A Diary without Dates was written by Enid Bagnold, who was one of the 38,000 British volunteers  (along with such notables as Agatha Christie and Amelia Earhart) who served during World War 1 with the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment).  I feel certain that the script writer for The Crimson Field, Sarah Phelps, studied Bagnold’s journal (and doubtless others too) as part of her research. If you want to get a tiny feel for what war is like, with all its atrocities pitted against the buoyancy of the human spirit—filled with terror and courage, hatred and nobility—then I recommend The Crimson Field. I find myself pondering the dilemmas after every episode.

“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil” (Isaiah 1:16).


4 responses to “World War 1 Pathos and Romance: The Crimson Field

  1. Hi Kathy, have you seen the film “Gallipoli” (1981)? If you are interested in this genre it’s worth a look. WWI was very influential in forming the identity of Australia as a nation (before 1901 it was divided into a number of British colonies); perhaps akin to the impact the American Civil War had on your own country’s identity. A whole generation of young men (some women also served, primarily as nurses) was either killed or maimed in the conflict… There’s a good review of the film here:

  2. Charylene Powers

    Thank you for recommending this film series – we enjoy British films and we have ordered it from Netflix’s – they have informed us that it will be awhile before it is shipped but we will enjoy it when it arrives.

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