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Languages and the First World War

Languages and the First World War

The problem was that 2014 would bring a rush of books, TV programmes and websites about the First World War, discussing, analysing, arguing and, that by the time 4 August 2014 came round, it would feel like everything had been said. So we are pleased...

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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...



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The Red Baron’s Broken Engine: Fighter Aces and the Later Air War 1917 to 1918

The Red Baron’s Broken Engine: Fighter Aces and the Later Air War 1917 to 1918

'Find the enemy and shoot him down! All else is nonsense!'
 - Baron Manfred von Richthofen, German flying ace.

 

Image: the funeral of Manfred von Richtofen at Bertangles cemetery, 22 April 1918. Officers lower his coffin into the ground (cour...




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Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles, Somerset House, London. 27 January 1924.

Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles, Somerset House, London. 27 January 1924.

Early this year (2014) we saw the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of a memorial to the Civil Service Rifles which can be found on the river frontage of Somerset House, a building off the Strand in central London.. The origins of the regiment go bac...

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Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills – the clifftop Amazon

Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills – the clifftop Amazon

Following the early death of her father, Janet Stancomb and her sister were adopted by their uncle, Sir William Henry Wills. The Wills family amassed their vast fortune in the 18th century in the tobacco trade when slave produced tobacco was imported...





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The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

Recent British television programmes gave us the views of leading historians on where the blame for the Great War lay and, in particular, whether Britain should have joined in or could have avoided it. We have also been treated to a dramatic account ...

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12 July 1916 Edward Vincent Johnson

12 July 1916 Edward Vincent Johnson

Edward Vincent Johnson was born in Chelsea, London in October 1891. He was the fourth child of Albert Benedict Johnson and Isabella Johnson (nee Billing). He had four brothers and three sisters, one of whom was my maternal grandmother.

He grew up in t...

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Chairman's report, June 2014

Chairman's report, June 2014

As most of you will know, Bruce Simpson has been granted leave of absence until the AGM for personal reasons. I am therefore delighted to take on the role of acting chairman until that date. For those who do not know me, may I assure everyone that I ...


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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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German footage of the Great War

Rarely seen footage of the First World War, 1914-1918, from a German perspective. See all three videos in this collection.

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2014: hello to all that - the WFA in conversation with Prof Gary Sheffield

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Inaugural meeting of the WFA Manx branch

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Executive Committee Announcement June 2014

At the Executive Committee (EC) held on 14 June 2014, it was agreed that WFA Chairman Bruc...

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