Technology and war have always gone hand in hand. Now it is being used to teach a new generation about the horrors of battle and to make sure those who gave their lives are remembered. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved.
This new app is just the latest development in the ever-popular War Horse franchise. It is based on the beloved novel War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, which has so far been turned into a spectacular stage performance and a movie directed by Stephen Spielberg.
Launched ahead of Remembrance Day, at £9.99, it may be more expensive than most apps, but it’s packed with features and offers real educational value, bringing World War I to life.
Not only is there a complete, unabridged version of the original book included, its author has recorded a personal audiobook for fans.
With the story of Joey, a farm horse who goes to war at its centre, War Horse has moved children and adults alike. The app includes a timeline of World War I, with photographs, film footage and maps putting the history of the conflict into context.
Developed by Egmont Press and Touch Press, it includes more than 200 original images along with an 80-minute performance of the stage version and audio recordings of both British and German soldiers talking about their experience of war.
Mr Morpurgo said he was “delighted” with the way readers and viewers had taken War Horse to their hearts. “When I wrote my story all those years ago in Devon,” he said, “I never dreamed that Joey would gallop on like this. First the National Theatre’s amazing production, then a wonderful movie by one of the world’s greatest directors and now an app which truly has the spirit of my original story right at its centre.”
Gift a poppy
While virtual Facebook gifts can often verge on the silly, this one has a serious message. So far, 7,000 people have downloaded this Facebook app, which allows you to gift a poppy with one click. Gift yours now or wait until the day itself.
The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to take to social media to mark their respects. It will be using Thunderclap technology to mark November 11th’s two-minute silence.
Created by product development studio De-De group, Thunderclap stockpiles tweets, which are then released simultaneously to gain maximum impact.
Thunderclap spokesman Hashem Bajwa, said: “Twitter is a wonderful way to say something, but it’s difficult to be heard. Thunderclap lets people be heard by saying something together.”
Download the Poppy Day e-book
Written by Amanda Prowse, wife of Major Simeon Prowse MBE, Poppy Day is available to download on your Kindle. It gives an insight into what happens when there is that knock on the door that every Forces’ wife or husband dreads. All proceeds from the book go straight to the Royal British Legion to help the charity fund its Battle Back Centre, which supports injured Service personnel. A worthy cause indeed.