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Latest hand-picked First World War news and articles

Video: Finnish divers find century-old German sub
Finnish divers have released an unprecedented video showing the well-preserved wreck of a German submarine from the First World War in the Gulf of Finland
(yle)

Gurkhas: Nepalese warriors in World War I
Deutsche Welle takes a look at the contribution of the Gurkhas to the British war effort, fighting alongside Allied forces on European soil.
(dw.de)

Achtung Sturmtruppen! 10 Amazing Facts About The Kaiser`s Stormtroopers
The Kaiser`s 1918 Spring Offensive on the Western Front, codenamed Operation Michael, could be described as the early 20th Century equivalent of `Shock and Awe`. Shortly after 4 a.m. on March 21, more than 6,500 German heavy guns and 3,500 mortars unleashed one of the most devastating artillery bombardments in the history of warfare all of it concentrated on a tiny 150-square-mile patch of the Allied lines along the Somme. In five hours, 3.5 million shells had shattered British command posts and gun batteries while salvos of deadly chlorine and mustard gas rained down on the trenches. Tommies manning the parapets watched in dismay as squads of heavily armed enemy soldiers advanced out of the smokey gloom hanging over No Man`s Land. The attackers were no ordinary German soldiers. They were the Kaiser`s elite sturmtruppen or `storm-troopers` handpicked teams of specially equipped, highly trained shock troops.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

In pictures: World War One battlefields 100 years on
Photographs of the landscapes of World War One battlefields as they are today, by photographer Michael St Maur Sheil, are to go on show in St James's Park from 4 August, the centenary of Britain's declaration of war. The Fields of Battle/Lands of Peace exhibition, sponsored by The Royal British Legion, features 60 pictures.
(bbc.com)

Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War, by Elisabeth Shipton
`My good lady, go home and sit still.` This was the response of a Royal Army Medical Corps officer to Elsie Inglis, a Scottish woman and doctor who applied to serve as a physician in the British Army during the First World War. It characterises precisely what was not done by Inglis and the other `female Tommies` discussed in Elisabeth Shipton`s compelling account of militarised women in the war of 1914 to 1918.
(timeshighereducation.co.uk)

History Under Ice: Glacial Thaw Reveals WWI Remains
One of the more unexpected consequences of climate change has been the appearance of the frozen bodies of soldiers who fell during WW1 while stationed in the far north of the Italian Alps. The frozen and well-preserved bodies of these soldiers have been found near the tiny Alpine village of Peio, and it appears that they were casualties of a little-known factor of WW1 that historians refer to as The White War. This discovery is the latest in a line of many fascinating stories that are still being revealed a century later.
(ablogabouthistory.com)

First World War shell explodes at former Ypres battlefield killing two people
A grenade from the First World War exploded at the site of an old battlefield in Belgium killing two construction workers almost 100 years after the conflict started.
(express.co.uk)

World War One: 10 interpretations of who started WW1
As nations gear up to mark 100 years since the start of World War One, academic argument still rages over which country was to blame for the conflict.
(bbc.com)

WW1 German soldier recalls moment he bayoneted foe to death
A series of previously unseen interviews with First World War veterans are to be made available online via the BBC iPlayer. Here is the transcript of one of them. Stefan Westmann was a German medical student when called up for national service in April 1914. He served as a Corporal with the 29th later as a Medical Officer.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Historic wreckage of German WW1 U-boat revealed in low tide in Kent
This is the wreckage of a German First World War U-boat which has been marooned on mudflats off the Kent coast for nearly a century. Experts say it is the only German submarine visible in UK waters today. They believe it could be UB-122 - one of more than 100 U-boats surrendered to the British at the end of the war. Today the wreckage can still be seen beached in a remote area of mudflats on the banks of the River Medway in Hoo, Kent.
(telegraph.co.uk)

10 big myths about World War One debunked
Much of what we think we know about the 1914-18 conflict is wrong, writes historian Dan Snow. (1) It was the bloodiest war in history to that point. Fifty years before WW1 broke out, southern China was torn apart by an even bloodier conflict. Conservative estimates of the dead in the 14-year Taiping rebellion start at between 20 million and 30 million. Around 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed during WW1. (3) Men lived in the trenches for years on end.
(bbc.com)

Nearly 4,000 first world war diaries made available online
First-hand accounts of trench warfare, gas attacks and horseback battles digitised by National Archive and Imperial War Museum.
(theguardian.com)

World War One: Circus animals like elephants helped Britain
As World War One raged, the military purchased most of England's horses and sent them to the Western Front. Many farmers and traders had to find alternative beasts of burden, but none more exotic than elephants. On the cobbled streets of industrial Sheffield an Indian elephant dutifully lumbered along. Her task was important - she had to cart munitions, machines and scrap metal around the city, a job previously done by three horses. Lizzie - as she was known - was used to performing tricks as part of a travelling menagerie. But with the outbreak of WW1 she was conscripted to help with heavy labour, fitted with a harness and sent to work at a scrap metal merchants.
(bbc.co.uk)

Harry Drinkwater's WWI diary paints vivid and visceral picture
"This is not war it's slaughter. No man, however brave, can advance against a sheet of bullets from the front and a shower of shells from overhead - it appears to me that the side who will win will be the one who can supply the last man." That bitter assessment of WWI was written in pencil by Harry Drinkwater in a pocketbook he kept in his tunic pocket. He joined the Birmingham Pals Battalion as a Private at the outbreak of the war, and served as a front-line soldier all through the conflict, becoming an officer and winning the Military Cross. He won the medal in 1918 after he continued to lead a trench raid despite being badly wounded in his leg.
(bbc.co.uk)

The First World War in 100 Objects
A book telling the story of the First World War through the objects that shaped it is to be published. Designed to commemorate the centenery of the outbreak of the Great War, The First World War in 100 Objects features a collection of eclectic items such as a flying helmet, rum jar, Mills bomb and Winston Churchill's cigar. Fully illustrated, each object is put into context and its significance highlighted. The items have been chosen by Professor Gary Sheffield, one of the world's leading experts in military history of the First World War.
(historyextra.com)

World War One in Wales digital archive launches with 220,000 digitised documents
The Welsh Experience of the First World War highlights newspapers, photographs, film and other items from sources including universities and BBC Wales. The National Library of Wales project has digitised 220,000 documents, including telegrams informing people that their loved one had been killed. Oral history recordings from the South Wales Miners' Library are also part of the archive, and BBC Wales has included more than 500 minutes of audio and audio visual material.
(bbc.co.uk)


The First World War (August 1914 to November 1918) is also known as the Great War, The War to End All Wars, World War I and WW1.

Many of the bloodiest battles in military history occurred during the First World War. In trench warfare hundreds of soldiers died for each yard of land captured. Artillery with fragmentation shells caused the most casualties and made massed infantry attacks futile.