A Lonely Island War Memorial: Stroma in the Pentland Firth

A Lonely Island War Memorial: Stroma in the Pentland Firth

Two miles north-west of John O’Groats lies the island of Stroma. The name translates from Old Nors…

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Horses on the Western Front by Elspeth Johnstone

Horses on the Western Front by Elspeth Johnstone

Horses on the Western Front by Elspeth Johnstone (This article first appeared in Gun Fire pp38-52. …

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Hooge in the the ‘Wipers Times’

Hooge in the the ‘Wipers Times’

The Wipers Times was published by soldiers fighting in the front line. It was produced by British so…

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The African American Experience in World War One

The African American Experience in World War One

There are several reasons why most Americans are not interested in World War One: they came to it …

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HMS Zubian:  A Tale of Two Halves

HMS Zubian: A Tale of Two Halves

On 15 February 1907 the first of the new Tribal Class destroyers, HMS Cossack, was launched and over…

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Education 2022 : Animals at War – The Winners

Education 2022 : Animals at War – The Winners

This year’s autumn competition for school invited students in Key Stage 3 students (12-14 year olds)…

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The Even Shorter, Sadder Military Career of Thomas Beech

The Even Shorter, Sadder Military Career of Thomas Beech

Thomas Beech’s military service in the Great War lasted officially for thirty-five days. He attested…

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Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve by Sue Light

Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve by Sue Light

A permanent reserve for Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNS) was f…

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Drowned close to shore: the loss of two American Troopships in 1918

Drowned close to shore: the loss of two American Troopships in 1918

In 1918 the small island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland would witness the full brunt of the…

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From Munich Trench to Ziggy Stardust

From Munich Trench to Ziggy Stardust

One of the frequently ‘bypassed’ places on the Somme Battlefield is the Redan Ridge. Scorching in su…

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Shackleton’s Pall Bearer

Shackleton’s Pall Bearer

William Sandison, oldest of eight children, was born on the 4th of January, 1898.  His post-war expe…

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The Munitionette’s First Heavy Shell. The Struggle to produce Munitions 1915 to 1918 by John Hughes-Wilson

The Munitionette’s First Heavy Shell. The Struggle to produce Munitions 191…

If, in modern warfare, fuel is the blood of victory, then munitions – in all their varied forms – ar…

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