Firsts of World War I – Gas
Sep01

Firsts of World War I – Gas

If we were to ask : Who used gas first in WWI and when? The chances are that most people wouls say ‘The Germans as 2nd Yrpres in April 2015’. The surprising fact is that it was not.
It was , in fact, the French, who first used gas as a weapon of war and they did it in the very first month of the war

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How did WWI End ?
Apr04

How did WWI End ?

The First World War, which has become a byword for a static war of attrition, ended in 1918 just as it had begun in 1914, as a mobile war. But it was a final throw of the dice by the Germans in the Sping of 1918 that was to be a ‘catalyst of the end’.

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Did the British’s experiences in the Boer War help or hinder fighting strategies at the start of the First World War?
Feb21

Did the British’s experiences in the Boer War help or hinder fighting strategies at the start of the First World War?

World War I for the British – Would it have been worse or was it indeed better than it could have been because of Britain’s experiences in the Boer War some 12 to 15 years earlier ?

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Kaiser Wilhelm II – The Man Who Changed Europe Forever
Jan24

Kaiser Wilhelm II – The Man Who Changed Europe Forever

History can often turn on the actions of a single individual, either singly or over a period of time. Personality traits and the whims, especially of absolute monarchs, for either ill or good, can shape our world. Such could be said of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

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Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story
Oct04

Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story

It may surprise you to know that the lovable bear, Winnie the Pooh, is actually based on a real Bear. A Canadian bear actually with a direct link to World War I.

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4 More Myths About World War I Debunked
Apr12

4 More Myths About World War I Debunked

2014 was the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the supposed “war to end all wars”. It was the first ‘modern mechanised war’ and a lot of myths about it have been built up over the years. In this article we look at some of the bigee “facts” that are just plain wrong

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5 Inventions Brought about by World War I
Jan15

5 Inventions Brought about by World War I

In wartime nations are often galvanised into frenzied action to innovate and invent in order to try to gain the upper hand in their struggle for survival. In this article we look at some of the seemingly more trivial and rather inexpected things that were invented or developed as a result of the WWI.

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The Poppy and the Bleuet – Symbols of Enduring Rememberence
Nov10

The Poppy and the Bleuet – Symbols of Enduring Rememberence

“In Flanders Fields” is a poem which contains some of the most famous lines ever written about the Great War. In it lies the seeds of why we use the Poppy as the symbol of remembrance.

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Otto von Bismarck – The Iron Chancellor
Nov03

Otto von Bismarck – The Iron Chancellor

On the 1st of April 1815 a little boy was born in Kniephof, Prussia, a little boy destined to be known by history as “The Iron Chancellor”. A man around whom history would pivot, a man who would be the subject of many historical “What Ifs” with regard to his demise at the hands of the unstable “Kaiser Bill” and the path to World War I.

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Terms Coined from World War I
Sep15

Terms Coined from World War I

In wartime nations are often galvanised into frenzied action to innovate and invent in order to try to gain the upper hand in their struggle for survival. As well as technical innovation the language and grammer of war changes also. In this article we look at some of the terms, still in use today, that owe their origins to this conflict.

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How Did So Many Soldiers Survive the Trenches ?
Jul07

How Did So Many Soldiers Survive the Trenches ?

One of the most common myths about World War I was that ‘Most Soldiers Died’. The horrific stories and images from the front line all reinforce the idea that fighting in the trenches was one long bloodbath. However the fact is that nearly 9 out of 10 British ‘Tommies’ survived the trenches. But how?

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The Guernsey Scottish – The Men from Guernsey who served with the Scots in WWI
Apr28

The Guernsey Scottish – The Men from Guernsey who served with the Scots in WWI

In October 1914 the States of Guernsey decided to offer volunteers from the Militia to serve overseas. As part of the agreement to offer these men, these ‘sub-unit’s were to be kept together with a Guernsey identity. This is the story of one of those units the 9th Scottish Divisional Ammunition Column and teh Guernseymen that made it up.

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The Guernsey Irishmen – The Men from Guernsey who fought with the Irish in WWI
Apr24

The Guernsey Irishmen – The Men from Guernsey who fought with the Irish in WWI

At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the Guernsey the Militia was mobilised in order to free the Regular Army units of the garrison for overseas service. The States of Guernsey decided to offer volunteers from the Militia to serve overseas. The majority in 1915 went to the 16th Irish Division. This is their story.

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Was Hitler’s Life Spared in World War I by a British Soldier ?
Mar31

Was Hitler’s Life Spared in World War I by a British Soldier ?

During the Great War Hitler claimed that he was wounded on the Western Front and recalled that a British soldier pointed his gun at him and then deliberately did not fire. But who was this mysterious British Soldier ?

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Sowing the Seeds of Future Conflict : Germany’s first emperor is crowned in France
Mar13

Sowing the Seeds of Future Conflict : Germany’s first emperor is crowned in France

Wednesday the 18th of January 1871 was a bitter cold day. At noon, with the smell of smoke in the air from nearby Paris, burning under the Prussian siege and bombardment, a fateful gathering took place in the Palace of Versailles. An event that would play on the minds of the French 43 years later and help to propel Europe’s slide into World War I.

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