Monthly Archives: October 2013

World War I trenches restored at Berkhamsted

Trenches used for training World War I troops at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, have been mapped and partially restored. The Hemel Gazette reports the trenches were used by more than 14,000 troops from the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps that prepared … Continue reading

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Mata Hari birthplace in Leeuwarden burned down

The Netherlands birthplace of exotic dancer and World War I spy Mata Hari has been gutted by fire. Hari was born in the Frisian city of Leeuwarden, about 90 miles north of Amsterdam, as Margaretha Geertruida Zelle on 7 August … Continue reading

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Prophetic note to John Buchan’s Greenmantle

This afternoon’s torrential downpour in London saw me safely ensconced in my library. With its leather armchair, wood panelling and green shaded lamp, it does look slightly as though it could have been the setting for a scene from a … Continue reading

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Welsh trench experience brings history to life

A trench system has been created to educate school children across Wales about life on the Western Front in World War I. Wales Online reports that the Back to the Front Experience has been created at Morfa Bay Adventure in … Continue reading

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Stow Maries airfield to be restored for Centenary

Stow Maries airfield, one of the most complete World War I aerodromes in the UK, is set to be completely restored, following a campaign by a group of volunteers. In World War I pilots flew from the Essex base on … Continue reading

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1913 inspires Imperial War Museum’s Christmas range

The Imperial War Museum’s Christmas range is this year inspired by the last Edwardian Christmas in 1913. Christmas celebrations in Britain at this time would have been busy, memorable and fuelled by food and drink – at least at the … Continue reading

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War as a great game in 1915

‘I stood with Maynard Greville on the stone terrace outside the School House studies at Oundle in the spring of 1915. ‘I vote we chuck all this at the end of term and join up,’ said he. ‘Wouldn’t it be … Continue reading

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