Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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Belgium’s Fort de Loncin recalls devastation of 1914

One of the major focuses of Belgium’s commemorations to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of World War I will be the Fort de Loncin. The fortress, one of 12 that formed a defensive semi-circle around the city of Liege, … Continue reading

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British prisoners at Arras, May 1917

A interesting photograph from the Imperial War Museum’s collection showing British prisoners being transported to camps in Germany after the Battle of Arras in May 1917. The prisoners’ expressions range from relief, to hostility, to worry. The German guard smokes … Continue reading

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Memorial to Christmas Truce footballers

In December 1914 the field behind the cross contained a crop of turnips, but that didn’t stop men of the German and British armies playing football between their front lines. The author Henry Williamson, who served with the London Rifle … Continue reading

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France considers pardons for World War I deserters

A report requested by France’s Ministry of Veteran Affairs recommends that French soldiers who were executed by their own side during World War I should have their records reassessed. France 24 reports that a document delivered to France’s Ministry of … Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman slams David Cameron’s Centenary comments

Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman has criticised UK prime minister David Cameron for comments he made about how Britain will mark the centenary of the World War I. Cameron promised a ‘truly national commemoration’ to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of … Continue reading

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Royal Fusiliers badge at Ploegsteert

  The Royal Fusiliers’ badge on a headstone at the CWGC cemetery at Ploegsteert, Belgium. In 1915 and 1916 this was deemed a relatively quiet area, but there are still more than 11,000 names on the memorial to the missing … Continue reading

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