Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War
Written by a Professor and the Director of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery and Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, it doesn`t read like an educational or academic manuscript. Published in such a timely and poignant year it`s a readable, logical and significant. Professor Hallett has published extensively on World War One Nursing and you can tell she knows her subject. It is so comprehensive, plus the bibliography is exhaustive in offering additional reading material. Included are historical writings and first hand accounts, sometimes these can distract when reading but in this book they add to the books logical format, they make the book as brilliant as it is.
Half of Brits admit to knowing NOTHING about the First World War
Britain is preparing to honour those who sacrificed everything at Sunday's Remembrance Day tributes, but many appear to have forgotten the significance of the day. A third of those surveyed had no idea that the centenary of the 'Great War' was marked last year, while almost half of people openly admitted to knowing nothing about the conflict, which claimed 17 million lives.
10 Largely Forgotten First World War Facts
In these centennial years of the First World war, lets look back at some of the more unknown facts about WW1. Were the Generals leading the troops all incompetent fools and is media manipulation really something new? We will take a look at that and more!
Photos: Red Baron's WWI German Fokker triplane rebuilt by flying enthusiast
Image gallery: Red Baron's WWI German Fokker triplane rebuilt by flying enthusiast.
Images: Forgotten fronts of the Great War
Image gallery: The First World War was fought not only in Europe, but on several continents, making it a truly global war.
The only German ever to escape from a British POW camp
The policeman didn't give a second glance to two men trudging down a country lane just before dawn on a damp May morning in 1915. A few hours later, the police officer would have cause to reconsider. Two German officers had escaped from Donington Hall, the Leicestershire country house which served as a POW camp. One would soon be recaptured. The other would become the only German PoW to escape from Britain during two world wars. His was an astonishing tale of derring-do which would end in tragedy, thousands of miles from the lanes along which he began his escape. Gunther Plüschow was born in Munich in 1886. He joined the German marines as a cadet and on the outbreak of war in August, 1914, found himself on the Chinese peninsula colony of Tsingtao.
Why are so few WW1 heroines remembered?
World War One had many heroines, including 'she-soldiers', spies and martyrs. Their heroism was praised during the war but they were not always remembered in a positive light afterwards, says Prof Alison Fell.
How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?
The first major gas attack in war occurred 100 years ago this weekend, in what is now Poland. Gas soon became a routine feature of trench warfare, horrifying soldiers more than any conventional weapon. But was it actually as deadly as its terrible reputation suggests?
The schoolboy sailors who died at Gallipoli
Much has rightly been written of the boy soldiers who were able to lie their way into serving and dying on the Western Front. But what about the schoolboy sailors deliberately sent to war, writes Andrew Thomson. It's estimated that both sides lost 130,000 dead as the Allies unsuccessfully battled the Ottoman army for control of the Dardanelles strait. Among the dead were two 15-year-old boys from Scotland - best friends Torquil MacLeod and Ronnie Faed, who served aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Goliath.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.