Just because it’s official doesn’t mean it’s right

Just because it’s official doesn’t mean it’s right

It’s an ill wind …  The pandemic has certainly limited options, but at the same time it has focused minds.  In my case a…

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First World War Memorial at Galle, Sri Lanka

First World War Memorial at Galle, Sri Lanka

The Great War of 1914-1918 was a truly global conflict which was felt in countries like Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon)…

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The ‘Battle' of May Island

The ‘Battle' of May Island

This was neither a ‘battle’ nor an engagement of any kind with the enemy….but nonetheless, it left over a hundred famili…

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Do WWI helmets protect against shock waves as well as modern designs?

Do WWI helmets protect against shock waves as well as modern designs?

Medical engineers from Duke University have demonstrated that, despite significant advancements in protection from balli…

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Eton Street 'Shrine' in Hull and the loss of the Earl

Eton Street 'Shrine' in Hull and the loss of the Earl

At the corner of Eton Street and Hessle Road in Hull stood until recently a branch of the Yorkshire Bank. As with most c…

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How Far was the Shells Crisis of 1915 Exploited by David Lloyd George for his own Political Gain?

How Far was the Shells Crisis of 1915 Exploited by David Lloyd George for his own Pol…

This article is by 17-year old Jack Moyse and is based on his essay which was the runner-up for the Colin Hardy Memorial…

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To What Extent was the Empire’s Commemoration of Those who Served During the First World War Equal?

To What Extent was the Empire’s Commemoration of Those who Served During the First Wo…

This article is by Matthew Cogan aged 19, and is based on his essay which won the Colin Hardy Memorial Prize. Matthew is…

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Reduced and Reconstituted British Divisions, 1918

Reduced and Reconstituted British Divisions, 1918

During the spring and summer of 1918, both the War Office and GHQ in France faced a difficult dilemma. Having already re…

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The workhorse of the staff: The Vauxhall D-Type staff car

The workhorse of the staff: The Vauxhall D-Type staff car

If asked to suggest the most numerous (or even preferred) type of ‘Staff Car’ used by British Generals and other officer…

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A soldier of the Cheshire Regiment - thrice missing: Private Peter Mahon

A soldier of the Cheshire Regiment - thrice missing: Private Peter Mahon

On the day I began writing this article - 11 November 2020 – I reflected, as did we all, upon the burial of the 'Unknown…

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The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

Despite the disappointments in the opening months of the First World War – when the idea that "It Will Be Over By Christ…

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From cruiseship to armed merchant cruiser and spy catcher….

From cruiseship to armed merchant cruiser and spy catcher….

The ship that was HMS Viknor was built in 1888 as a passenger liner, the ‘Atrato’, for use on routes between Britain and…

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