Pantomime at sea: Q-ships in WW1

Pantomime at sea: Q-ships in WW1

The use of deception in warfare at sea was not new to the First World War – as an example, in 1681, HMS Kingfisher was d…

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U-36 and the Prince Charles

U-36 and the Prince Charles

SM U-36 was a type U 31 submarine, commissioned on 14 November 1914 under the command of Kapitanleutnant Ernst Graeff. …

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Was Lord Kitchener gay?

Was Lord Kitchener gay?

Ever since the publication of the biography entitled ‘Kitchener: Portrait of an Imperialist’ by Philip Magnus in 1958 th…

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The air raid on Chatham Drill Hall 3 September 1917

The air raid on Chatham Drill Hall 3 September 1917

On 3 September 1917, the Chatham Drill Hall – then a glass roofed building – was being used as a temporary overflow dorm…

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The restoration of a ‘lost’ war memorial – Woodborough Road Baptist Church, Nottingham

The restoration of a ‘lost’ war memorial – Woodborough Road Baptist Church, Nottingha…

The Woodborough Road Baptist church in Nottingham was an imposing late Victorian building, designed by the eminent archi…

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Balloonatics

Balloonatics

There are many groups of combatants who could claim to be the ‘unsung’ heroes of the First World War. One group with a p…

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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 slowly headed towards…

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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 1888 and lived on Cr…

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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 the First World War pr…

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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 Facebook page have been a…

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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 cross with an easy str…

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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 the Atlantic in an ae…

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