Running the Rufiji Gauntlet: The destruction of SMS Königsberg

Running the Rufiji Gauntlet: The destruction of SMS Königsberg

Early on the morning of 6 July 1915 two warships slipped away from Tirene Bay on Mafia Island, and s…

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Gilbert the Filbert

Gilbert the Filbert

Captain Basil Hallam Radford, No 1 Army Kite Ballon Section, Royal Flying Corps was born on 3 April …

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'Roasting a sausage': Balloons, their crews, and those who shot them down

'Roasting a sausage': Balloons, their crews, and those who shot them down

Although observation balloons had been used as early as 1794 the static nature of the conflict in th…

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Great War Crested China

Great War Crested China

Webinars which have been produced by The Western Front Association and watched live or via the Faceb…

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A Liverpool Lad at Ypres

A Liverpool Lad at Ypres

“The Valley of the Shadow, 31 July 1917. Down in the valley the Steenbeek flows, A brook you may cr…

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The First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight

The First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight

In 1913, the Daily Mail newspaper offered a prize of £10,000 to ‘the aviator who shall first cross t…

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Vivian Hicking - a Grimsby Chum in India

Vivian Hicking - a Grimsby Chum in India

After the armistice, many men would have been returning to their homes after receiving their dischar…

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The Gotha Air Raid on London – 13 June 1917

The Gotha Air Raid on London – 13 June 1917

German air raids on Britain during the First World War began in early 1915 when Zeppelins were used …

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The Entertainer - Frederick Lauraine

The Entertainer - Frederick Lauraine

During Project BIG PUSH, an interesting looking pension card was brought to the team leader’s attent…

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A Mother’s pilgrimage

A Mother’s pilgrimage

Private Joseph French was born in Dallas, Morayshire in December 1895, the son of William and Elizab…

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Chilwell – the VC factory

Chilwell – the VC factory

In 1914 the British armaments industry was primarily geared to supplying the needs of the Royal Navy…

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The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary

The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary

In February 1918, 55th (West Lancashire) Division took over trenches in the Givenchy sector. The div…

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