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The Battle of Rafa

The Battle of Rafa

The battle at Rafa, (or more accurately "Action at Rafa") which took place on 9 January 1917, was a small affair that rarely receives any mention in accounts of the First World War. It was, however, a victory that ended the Sinai campaign of 1916.



The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples of incidents and accidents throughout the Great War that resulted in injury, loss of life or damage to property. Perhaps the most...


The Heilsberg 39: A New British First World War Cemetery in Poland

The Heilsberg 39: A New British First World War Cemetery in Poland

Between August and December 1918 a number of British Prisoners of War died at Heilsberg Prisoner of War camp in the east of Germany. It is likely their deaths were a result of insufficient food, overwork or one of the diseases that often swept throug...


A Tragedy at Gainsborough for the 4th KOYLI, 19 February 1915

A Tragedy at Gainsborough for the 4th KOYLI, 19 February 1915




At the turn of the last century the Heavy Woollen area of the West Riding of Yorkshire, centred around Dewsbury, was a hive of industrial activity, specialising in the production of heavyweight cloth. One of the main activities in t...


English Heritage and the First World War In England

English Heritage and the First World War In England

As the centenary of the First World War approaches, English Heritage – the government's adviser on the historic environment - like many other bodies in the United Kingdom and around the world, is preparing to help commemorate the conflict. Integral...


24 April 1918 Gnr Miles Calvert

24 April 1918 Gnr Miles Calvert

76751 Gnr Miles Calvert, 137th Heavy Battery RGA.

Born in Gayle, Yorkshire in 1882, Miles had lived in York before moving to Liverpool where he was conscripted on 15 April 1916. He was sent to France in November 1916 and was employed as a cook before ...


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newlogo50hThe Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.

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The Meuse-Argonne Offensive (silent film, 1936)

Dramatic footage of a battlefield under heavy artillery barrage. It was published in 1936.

Streamed courtesy of the The fog of War and YouTube

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