The British Route to War

The British Route to War

Britain's entry into the Great War is far more complex than the reason for the country embarking on the Second World War…

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A training exercise goes horribly wrong: The tragedy at Gainsborough, 19 February 1915

A training exercise goes horribly wrong: The tragedy at Gainsborough, 19 February 191…

At the turn of the last century the Heavy Woollen area of the West Riding of Yorkshire, centred around Dewsbury, was a h…

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The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

In the autumn of 2009, during excavation work for a building project, human remains were discovered between the villages…

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Zeppelins over Norfolk

Zeppelins over Norfolk

The First World War was a conflict of many firsts. While the Great War saw the debut of mass public recruitment as well …

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Medo and Mbalama Hill, Portuguese East Africa, 12 - 24 April 1918

Medo and Mbalama Hill, Portuguese East Africa, 12 - 24 April 1918

In late November 1917 Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and his men crossed the Rovuma River from German territory into Po…

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We Rest Below the Waves

We Rest Below the Waves

Stoker 1st Class Herbert Allcorn had already served five years in the Royal Navy and was on Reserve when he was called b…

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The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples…

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Battle of the Falklands 1914

Battle of the Falklands 1914

“We landed to bury our dead.  The dignified memorial service in Port Stanley Cathedral, and the sight of four boy bugle…

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New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

Whilst the vast majority of First World War actions took place in France and Belgium, there were other theatres of war i…

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Drunk as a Lord? The dismissal and redemption of Lord Edward Seymour

Drunk as a Lord? The dismissal and redemption of Lord Edward Seymour

Cambrai - Attack and stalemate The British attack at Cambrai on 20 November 1917 is well known for the mass-use of tank…

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The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong?

The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong?

The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signpost showing how to b…

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The Loss of the Britannic : 21 November 1916

The Loss of the Britannic : 21 November 1916

Some years ago there was much publicity around the 100th anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic, which - as is well …

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