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The Treaty of Versailles was signed exactly 100 years ago, ending World War I. To commemorate this centenary, we look at the reactions and the aftermath to the treaty with an extract from Prit Buttar's The Splintered Empires.Continue Reading
The Treaty of Versailles was signed exactly 100 years ago, ending World War I. To commemorate this centenary, we look at an extract from Alistair McCluskey's Amiens 1918: The Black Day of the German Army focussing on the aftermath of the battle of Amiens that ultimately led to the end of the war. The battle was a turning point of World War I, confirming to all that the strategic initiative had decisively returned to the Allies. It also demonstrated the arrival of new strategic, tactical and operational methods of attack for the AlliesContinue Reading
The German High Seas Fleet was one of the most powerful naval forces in the world, and had fought the pride of the Royal Navy to a stalemate at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. After the armistice was signed, ending fighting in World War I, the fleet surrendered to the British and was interned in Scapa Flow pending the outcome of the Treaty of Versailles. One hundred years to this day, on 21 June 1919, the entire fleet attempted to sink itself in the Flow to prevent it being broken up as war prizes. Of the 74 ships present, 52 sunk and 22 were prevented from doing so by circumstance and by British intervention. To mark this momentous centenary, on the blog today we are sharing some images of the wrecks as they are today, drawn from the incredible Scapa 1919 by Innes McCartney.Continue Reading

The RAF Centenary Flypast

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Tomorrow, 10 July 2018, the largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory takes to the skies of London to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Continue Reading

Somme 100: The First Day

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We wanted to try something new for the centenary commemorations of the battle of the Somme, and so we reached out to the talented team at Epic History TV with the idea of a special video examining the first day of the conflict...Continue Reading

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

Jutland's Missed Opportunity

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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. Osprey author Mark Lardas has delved into his research to provide an interesting look at one of the lesser known aspects of the battle...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
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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