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Posts tagged as “WW1”

Power of the Poppy

After a long, cold winter the weather the Spring of 1915 was unusually warm.  Among the trampled soil and burnt out carcasses of trees, the poppies grew.  Of all the symbols which stand as testimony to the First World War, the red poppy is at the forefront.  In May 1915 Lieutenant…

Gas Masks, Please!

In the First World War poisonous gas was used frequently in an attempt to destroy the enemy. The gas used ranged from the barely noticeable to the extremely toxic; the latter used more towards the end of the War to defeat stalemate which had been difficult to overcome. It was…

Soldiers Armed With Lucky Charms

The harsh conditions and horrific nature of World War One are well documented, from having to live in trenches and deal with hazardous weather conditions to killing an enemy soldier and paying the ultimate price. What is often overlooked is perhaps the biggest hurdle British soldiers had to face, the…

Riding Through History

The look of confusion and astonishment on the locals isn’t surprising. They are greeted with the sight of men on horseback moving slowly up the main road, dressed from head to toe in First World War army uniforms. For some of the onlookers it is almost as if they have…

July Crisis

The 28th June 1914 not only marked the anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo in which the Ottoman army defeated the Serbians at tremendous human cost, it commemorated the 14th wedding anniversary of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. Crucially, it would also mark the beginning of the July Crisis…