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Somme 100: Weapons of the Somme

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One hundred years ago today one of the bloodiest battles in history began, with French, British and Commonwealth troops charging across No Man's Land to attack the Germans. In this blog we look at some of the weapons used in the fierce fighting as the armies looked to break the bloody stalemate of the Somme...Continue Reading
Today marks the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the only major fleet engagement of World War I and the biggest battleship action of all time. Here we have some commemorative desktop backgrounds available for you to download...Continue Reading

Jutland: The Centenary

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Today marks the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the only major fleet engagement of World War I and the biggest battleship action of all time. To commemorate the anniversary we will be focussing on Jutland throughout the day, starting with a look at the British Admirals...Continue Reading
120 years ago Ernst Udet, a German World War I flying ace second only to the Red Baron himself, was born...Continue Reading
For this week’s Sunday photo we are looking at Henri Giraud, a French general who was captured in both World Wars but escaped each time...Continue Reading

Book Diaries - Putting Text to Paper

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Osprey author Mark Lardas details his writing process in the latest instalment of the Osprey Book Diaries...Continue Reading

Book Diaries - Writing the Book

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In the latest instalment of the Osprey Book Diaries author Mark Lardas talks about writing the book...Continue Reading

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Verdun

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At 4:00AM on 21 February 1916 the German artillery began their bombardment of Verdun, marking the start of a battle that would go on for over 9 months. The target had been selected by German General Erich von Falkenhayn, who was convinced that, by defeating the French at Verdun, ‘England’s best sword would be knocked out of her hand.’  However, he gravely underestimated the resilience of the French forces, who fought courageously to hold off the Germans...Continue Reading

Book Diaries - The Cutaway

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Mark Lardas talks about creating the cutaway plates for New Vanguard series books in the latest instalment of the Book Diaries...Continue Reading

The Victoria Cross

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On the 29 January 1856 Queen Victoria introduced the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration available to British and Commonwealth forces, to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War...Continue Reading

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