Duds On The Western Front

Duds On The Western Front

Introduction There were two military meanings to the word 'Dud'. The first was the obvious well known one referring to …

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When and Why the Doughboys Finally Joined the War

When and Why the Doughboys Finally Joined the War

When the First World War began in August 1914, none of the 48 autonomous states that then made up the United States of A…

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Pension Record Cards - claims for soldiers who were killed

Pension Record Cards - claims for soldiers who were killed

The next major release of images of the Pension Record cards saved by the WFA has now been made available to WFA members…

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The Real Birdsong: The Kilian Tunnel

The Real Birdsong: The Kilian Tunnel

In the BBC adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' ‘Birdsong' we have seen how the character Stephen Wraysford escaped in a some…

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The day my family came

The day my family came

The 20th August 2013 was a hot day. Probably not as hot as the 20th July 1918. Despite these dates being separated by ne…

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Leonard Maidment: missing, found, now remembered

Leonard Maidment: missing, found, now remembered

As Serjeant Leonard Maidment nervously waited in the pre-dawn gloom of the morning of 20 July 1918 preparing for his fir…

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The German Spring Offensive March 1918

The German Spring Offensive March 1918

The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which marked Russia’s withdrawal from the war, was signed on 3rd March 1918 by the new Russ…

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The Great War March Casualities

The Great War March Casualities

During the early years of the war, March on the Western Front was a time of preparation for the spring offensives both s…

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Lewes and the Great War February Casualites

Lewes and the Great War February Casualites

February’s Lewes casualties provide a glimpse of the contrasting life experiences and backgrounds of residents of differ…

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Lewes and the Great War 1914-1918 January Casualties

Lewes and the Great War 1914-1918 January Casualties

By the end of autumn 1914 the German advance on Paris had been halted and both sides had dug in for the winter, creating…

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The Battle of the Somme - A Royal Flying Corps perspective

The Battle of the Somme - A Royal Flying Corps perspective

On 1st July 1916, the Battle of the Somme opened. With 60,000 casualties (including 20,000 dead) on the first day, this …

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Götterdämerung – June 1919  The End of the German High Seas Fleet  by Robin Brodhurst

Götterdämerung – June 1919 The End of the German High Seas Fleet by Robin Brodhurst…

The surrender and scuttling of the Kaiser’s High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands is a perfect example of …

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