It was mud, mud, everywhere: mud in the trenches, mud in front of the trenches, mud behind the trenches. Every shell-hole was a sea of filthy oozing mud. I suppose there’s a limit to everything, but the mud of Passchendaele … I think it absolutely finished me off. Tucked close to the coast amid the canals and rivers of Flanders in western...
The History 2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele. The previous two battles were initiated by the Germans against the allied control around Ypres, which restricted German access to the English Channel. The Third Battle however, was conducted by the British with the aim to destroy any...
2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, one of the bloodiest campaigns of the First World War. According to Adam Hochschild , author of the book “To End All Wars” over 9 million soldiers and around 12 million civilians lost their lives during the First World War. The campaign ran until November 10th 1917 when the British declared...
2017 marks a momentous year for British Military history as we commemorate 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres and also the 35 th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. As a country, we have an incredibly rich Military history, and it is from these battlefields that we have inspirational stories of great courage from figures such as Douglas...
Remembrance. ‘Lest We Forget’- Lord Kipling Every year, we come together to remember the brave men and women of our armed forces that have given their lives defending our country and its people from harm. The first national act of remembrance in modern times was held on November 11th 1919, one year to the day after the signing of the Armistice...
On the build up to remembrance day we are bringing you stories of unsung heroes from the Great War to remember those from both the front line as well as those back home. Cher Ami Cher Ami, was part of the Allied forces and she saved 194 men from friendly fire, she was also a pigeon. War pigeons were very popular during WWI . They were extremely...
On the build up to remembrance day we are bringing you stories of unsung heroes from the Great War to remember those from both the front line as well as those back home. Journalists in WWI The outbreak of World War I saw the obsession of the British Government’s need to censor the story themselves and they began to police how the story was told...
On the build up to remembrance day we are bringing you stories of unsung heroes from the Great War to remember those from both the front line as well as those back home. Eleanor Vachell was an outstanding Welsh amateur botanist who was born in Cardiff in 1879. Vachell is remembered mostly for her work identifying and studying the flora of...
On the build up to remembrance day we are bringing you stories of unsung heroes from the Great War to remember those from both the front line as well as those back home. The Bantam Battalions The introduction of conscription in January 1916 saw the government’s desperation for soldiers. However, this did not mean that there were stipulations for...
2019 marks 250 years of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest military heroes – The First Duke of Wellington. To celebrate this monumental anniversary The London Mint Office unveiled a very special new coin collection – The Wellington 250 Sovereign Collection. Designed by Angela Pistrucci, the Gold coins depict the First Duke of Wellington,...