In Britain, the Great War was the first to be documented and the material made widely available. Newspapers such as The War Illustrated covered the battlefronts at sea, on the ground, and in the air for the interested-but-detached to read over the breakfast table. Propaganda in a time of war. But personal involvement conveyed different experiences. With harrowing stories to tell of loss of innocence. The key to bringing this terrible period of history alive is to convey what it was like to be an ordinary person like you or me caught up in events. Here are some pieces I have written about my research sources and techniques, and my drive to get it right.