There was an intriguing story in The Guardian a month ago about one of Siegfried Sassoon’s most famous poems, on the subject of British atrocities against German prisoners, having been edited to make it less controversial. You can read the story, and the poem – restored to its original form – here.
Among the comments below the article, I thought this (unconfirmed) anecdote might be worth sharing:
My great uncle who was a veteran of the Gallipoli campaign and later served on the western front, told me how British soldiers who were shell-shocked, were sent on ” snaffle raids” where they would attack Turkish lines, at night, armed only with a bayonet. Needless to say, they never returned, but were never intended to.
I recently saw the almost comically bad propaganda film, Canakkale 1915 (and as you’ll see if you look at the other comments to the Guardian article, jingoistic political capital is still being made out of the Great War by British politicians, too). Inclusion of such an episode might have added some much-needed nuance to the representation of the enemy!