British Prisoner of War Deaths - a case study from one PoW camp

British Prisoner of War Deaths - a case study from one PoW camp

Lidzbark Warminski, previously known as Heilsberg, is a town in northern Poland. In 1918, the area was part of East Prus…

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'1917' - using the Pension Records to track down the characters in the film (if they'd been real!)

'1917' - using the Pension Records to track down the characters in the film (if they'…

The new film '1917' by Sam Mendes is about to be released in the UK (and has already been released in the USA). It has b…

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The Infamous Dutch Lady And Other Famous Espionage Agents of the Great War

The Infamous Dutch Lady And Other Famous Espionage Agents of the Great War

Arguably the two most famous, or infamous, individuals engaged in espionage during the Great War were an tall exotic dan…

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Identifying the Dead: a Short Study of the Identification Tags of 1914-1918

Identifying the Dead: a Short Study of the Identification Tags of 1914-1918

Introduction to Identification Discs and Tags of the First World War   Article by David O'Mara whose website is 'At So…

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Handbook of the 18 Pounder Field Gun

Handbook of the 18 Pounder Field Gun

This is the 1913 edition of the British Army Handbook of the 18 Pounder Field Gun of the British and Commonwealth Armies…

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Truth in the Telling: A Review of 1917

Truth in the Telling: A Review of 1917

There is much to write about the film 1917. But in the interest of those prospective cinema-goers who will journey to th…

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The father and son killed on the same day

The father and son killed on the same day

There are of course lots of coincidences in the First World War, but one that is quite remarkable is that of the father …

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1917: Right Story, Wrong Location

1917: Right Story, Wrong Location

The following piece, by military historian Andrew Rawson discusses the location implied in the new film '1917'. I am no …

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The Action at Rafa

The Action at Rafa

The battle at Rafa, (or more accurately the 'Action at Rafa') which took place on 9 January 1917, was a small affair tha…

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Some instances of the award of the Albert Medal in the First World War

Some instances of the award of the Albert Medal in the First World War

During the Great War, the Albert Medal was awarded to fewer than one hundred servicemen. Less than one third of these aw…

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Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings

Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings

[Another very interesting article from the recently digitised editions of Gun Fire is one entitled 'Hooge Tunnel, Essex …

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Sentenced to Death. The Public Record Office Court Martial Files.

Sentenced to Death. The Public Record Office Court Martial Files.

[This article originally appeared in Gun Fire No.31. It has been lightly edited for the purposes of publishing on the WF…

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