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21 July, 1918 - The Attack on Orleans

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On 21 July, 1918 the American town of Orleans, Massachusetts found itself the target of a German attack. A U-boat opened fire on some merchant vessels, with several shells landing on the nearby Nauset Beach, This gave the town a unique claim to fame - it was the only piece of United States soil attacked by the enemy during World War I...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Battle of Fromelles

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On 19 July 1916 British and Australian forces attacked the Germans at Fromelles. Their aim was to exploit the weakening German defences, but the strength of the defenders was grossly underestimated. The Allied troops went into the attack ill-prepared, unaware that they were heavily outnumbered...Continue Reading

4 July 1918 - The Battle of Hamel

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World War I saw warfare transform as new technology and tactics were brought to the field. This was certainly true of the Australian Corps’ attack on Hamel on 4 July 1918, the first time in history that an attack would be launched with infantry, artillery, aircraft and tanks all operating in mutual support...Continue Reading
On 28 June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg were assassinated. It was an event that would shake Europe and spark the First World War...Continue Reading

Caption Contest Winners!

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After chuckling my way through the lengthly list of captions sent to us, I can finally announce the winners...Continue Reading

4 ways to avoid conscription

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The 5th of June, 1917 marked the start of conscription in the United States with the ‘Army registration day’. With that in mind we've gone for something a little different with our list this week, giving you some examples of British appeals for exemption from conscription...Continue Reading
After a lengthy absence the caption contest has returned! This week we are heading back to the First World War, where we find a group of German pilots with an unlikely dinner guest. We need your help with working out what is going on...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Gallipoli Landings

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On the 25th of April 1915 the Allied powers launched the Gallipoli campaign, an attempt to take control of the Dardanelles and secure the sea route to Russia. All that stood in their way was the Ottoman Empire...Continue Reading
Ever wondered where Osprey authors dig up their information? In the latest Book Diaries blog, Mark Lardas gets some much-needed help from a local expert 4,700 miles away.Continue Reading
The good folk at the University of Leeds have been in touch to tell  us about a great opportunity they've created. In association with the BBC, the university has developed a free, online course investigating the evolution of the concept of heroism in World War I.  Read on for more information!Continue Reading

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