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November 11, 2017:  "The Bowmen" by Arthur Machen

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Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on November 11th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), November 5th], for a discussion of "The Bowmen" by Arthur Machen. 

World War I ended at the eleventh hour the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 with a cease fire.  Germany had agreed to allied terms at a peace conference that same morning at five A.M. with the cessation of hostilities scheduled for six hours later.  President Woodrow Wilson declared a national holiday,  Armistice Day, to honor those who had served in that war.  The holiday was renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954 to include veterans of WW II, the Korean War, and subsequent conflicts involving U.S. Military Forces.  Unlike the Memorial Day Holiday in May which honors those American military members killed in combat, Veterans Day honors all those who served.

This week's story is tells an imaginative tale of the British defense of a salient in the allied lines (although not specified in the story, it is likely that the defense of the salient during the German counterattack early in the Somme Campaign in the late Autumn of 1916 was the action described.)  It provides a possible way that an hard pressed and greatly outnumbered force of tommies held against the Hun.

The story is available at:  https://americanliterature.com/author/arthur-machen/short-story/the-bowmen

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Happy Veterans Day, thanks to all who have served, and I hope to see you all at our discussion.

 

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