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Here come the girls! The women volunteers at the Army Pay Office Woolwich from August to October 1914

Here come the girls! The women volunteers at the Army Pay Office Woolwich from August to October 1914

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August 2014 will witness the centenary of the start of the First World War. It is considered that much of the historical aspect will be focused on the all-male fighting army, with little attention being paid to the women's contribution during...

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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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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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26 July 1916 Pte William Utley Illingworth

26 July 1916 Pte William Utley Illingworth

402547 Pte William Utley Illingworth, 1st Bn CEF

Born in Skipton, Yorkshire on 3 September 1889, William was a watch maker by trade. He emigrated to Canada in 1913 and was living in Stratford, Ontario until his enlistment into the CEF on 23 January 19...

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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.

Streamed courtesy of YouTube

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