Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

The 'battle' of Aubers Ridge - it appears ridiculous to call it so - fits perfectly the stereo-typical vision of the Bri…

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British Corps Commanders in the Great War

British Corps Commanders in the Great War

As identified by Andrew Simpson in his PhD thesis,[1] there is remarkably little written about British Corps command in …

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The Chatsworth Rifles raid at Richebourg

The Chatsworth Rifles raid at Richebourg

An ideal way to obtain an understanding of the First World War is through reading the memoirs of those who served in the…

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The Battle of the Boar's Head

The Battle of the Boar's Head

Lord Kitchener's famous call for volunteers "Your Country Needs You" resulted in an overwhelming response with hundreds …

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The Coldstream Guards and Irish Guards at Cuinchy

The Coldstream Guards and Irish Guards at Cuinchy

Cuinchy is a village astride the La Bassée Canal and is referred to by Robert Graves in his classic memoir Goodbye to Al…

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The (other) man who shot down the Red Baron

The (other) man who shot down the Red Baron

By far the most famous ‘ace’ of the Great War was Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, popularly known during the war in Ger…

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Two men with five names: The Curious Case of Cornelius Costello

Two men with five names: The Curious Case of Cornelius Costello

The image of the headstone below - which is in Dover (St James's) Cemetery - is perhaps not terribly unusual. It names a…

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The loss of HMS Bulwark

The loss of HMS Bulwark

Losses of life in the First World War are more often than not attributed to engagements in battle or enemy action of som…

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The Battle of Dogger Bank

The Battle of Dogger Bank

The naval arms race between Britain and Germany had, in the early years of the 20th Century, been a major contribution t…

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Escape from the Desert

Escape from the Desert

This article could almost be taken from a “Boys Own” story of Great War adventures.  It features a daring raid by one of…

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The VC that never was: Colonel Souter's gallantry against the Senussi, 1916

The VC that never was: Colonel Souter's gallantry against the Senussi, 1916

Colonel Hugh Maurice Wellesley Souter was born in India in 1872. Originally commissioned into the Manchester Regiment, h…

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One of the last true cavalry charges: The Charge of The Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia, Western Desert, 26 February 1916

One of the last true cavalry charges: The Charge of The Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia, We…

Britain's declaration of war on Turkey on 5 November 1914 created a threat to the vital artery of the British Empire – t…

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