Reduced and Reconstituted British Divisions, 1918

Reduced and Reconstituted British Divisions, 1918

During the spring and summer of 1918, both the War Office and GHQ in France faced a difficult dilemm…

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The workhorse of the staff: The Vauxhall D-Type staff car

The workhorse of the staff: The Vauxhall D-Type staff car

If asked to suggest the most numerous (or even preferred) type of ‘Staff Car’ used by British Genera…

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A soldier of the Cheshire Regiment - thrice missing: Private Peter Mahon

A soldier of the Cheshire Regiment - thrice missing: Private Peter Mahon

On the day I began writing this article - 11 November 2020 – I reflected, as did we all, upon the bu…

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The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

Despite the disappointments in the opening months of the First World War – when the idea that "It Wi…

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From cruiseship to armed merchant cruiser and spy catcher….

From cruiseship to armed merchant cruiser and spy catcher….

The ship that was HMS Viknor was built in 1888 as a passenger liner, the ‘Atrato’, for use on routes…

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The Road to Sheik Sa’ad

The Road to Sheik Sa’ad

On the outbreak of war, the 1st Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders were in India but were ordered…

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The First World War paid off?

The First World War paid off?

This article was originally published in 'Stand To!' number 104 in September 2015. Members of The We…

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The Loss of HM Yacht Iolaire

The Loss of HM Yacht Iolaire

Hogmanay 1918….and many families in the Western Isles awaited with great anticipation the imminent r…

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A Christmas party – then tragedy

A Christmas party – then tragedy

The band of the Royal Marines played….a film show ran…….and then tragedy…..as a series of explosions…

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How to research Canadian Soldiers from the First World War

How to research Canadian Soldiers from the First World War

We are sometimes asked about how to undertake research for servicemen who were killed in the Great W…

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The First Phosgene Attack on British troops

The First Phosgene Attack on British troops

The first use of phosgene gas against British troops by the German army took place on 19 December 19…

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A Sobering Aspect of the Christmas Truce

A Sobering Aspect of the Christmas Truce

Many of the accounts of the Christmas ‘Truce’ in 1914 focus on the exchange of gifts and the suppose…

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