Postcard sent by Bosnian WW1 soldier delivered by American Collector who met soldier's grandson
A postcard sent home by a Bosnian WWI soldier has reached his family after 95 years, thanks to a U.S. antique collector who delivered it to the soldier's grandson after buying it at a Long Beach antique show. "Oh my God," was all Nadir Bicakcic could say when he saw the face on the card. For Nihad Eric Dzinovic it was as if one of his 200,000 postcards had come alive: In front of him stood someone who greatly resembled a face on the card. Dzinovic, who often travels to Sarajevo, accidentally met Bicakcic whose name rang a bell. The next day he tracked Bicakcic down and showed him a postcard...
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association retracing the route of the 1919 U.S. Army Convoy
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is retracing the route of the first U.S. Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy across the America, along the Lincoln Highway. In 1919 the U.S. Army made a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the country on the newly formed Lincoln Highway. The route began at the White House in Washington, D.C., and ended at Lincoln Park in San Francisco - 3,250 miles and 62 days later. The original convoy's objectives were to put the equipment through a grueling test, and to say thanks to the American people for their support during the First World War.
Man to traces his grandfather's entire journey across the Western Front
Visits to First World War battlefields have increased in recent years as more people trace their family history. The unexpected discovery of a grandfather's war diary inspired one man to trace his entire journey across the Western Front. For years the diary of WWI soldier Edgar Lucas (the 7th Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry) lay forgotten. It was only when his grandson Rob was browsing through items after the death of his father Dennis that he came across the book, which recorded Pte Lucas's journey across the Western Front. The find inspired Lucas to tour WWI battlefields and visit each of the sites.
Pupils' WWI battlefields tour brings home war horror
Kids from Bath have visited France and Belgium to learn more about their relatives who fought in World War I. Staff and 38 pupils from Culverhay School toured WWI battlefields after researching their family connections to the Great War. Philip Durham had researched his great-grandfather Sidney Ernest Edwin Hare and the 3 medals his ancestor was granted - the Mons Star, the British War Medal and the British Victory Medal - and learnt their nicknames: Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. "I didn't really think about people in the war before, but when I was out in France it was very cold and very muddy and I could imagine what it would've been like. I probably wouldn't have coped."
Photographer races clock to honor last few First World War vets
Photographer David DeJonge plans to capture a fading bit of history on a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, hoping to photograph 107-year-old Frank Buckles, one of the few men still alive who fought in the Great War. Buckles will lay a wreath at the grave of General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, who led American WWI forces. He has raced the clock to photograph the surviving WWI veterans, a mission he embraces with a keen appreciation for the ticking clock: 8 of 12 veterans he has photographed in the past two years are now dead. "In my view, America has missed the boat in documenting this part of history."
What J.R.R. Tolkien taught me about the Battle of the Somme
J.R.R. Tolkien and the Somme were inextricably connected. He remembered vividly the ceaseless danger of German artillery shells, falling with their screech and roar, and clouds of earth and mud, and the fearful cries of men who had been hit. Like all World War I soldiers Tolkien knew that his stories appeared antique compared to the memories of those who had fought in WWII. Several times he told me, in words he was later to use in his introduction to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings: "It seems now often forgotten that to be caught by youth in 1914 was no less hideous an experience than to have been involved in 1939 and the following years."
17-hour road trip: Legionnaires pay visit to WWI veteran Frank Buckles (Article no longer available from the original source)
Freezing temperatures didn't stop 4 Legionnaires of Edgewater American Legion Post 285 from a 17-hour road trip to see the last living American World War I veteran. Their mission: Present a hero's plaque to Frank Woodrow Buckles, who lied about his age to get into the U.S. Regular Army in 1917. He drove motorcycles, cars, and ambulances in England and France during The Great War. He once drove General John J. Pershing, America's WWI commander. "This was the highlight of my military and American Legion career: meeting this last-of-a-kind American," said Tom Coe.
A World War One blogger - Experiences of Private Harry Lamin
The story of a World War I soldier is holding thousands around the world on tenterhooks after his account of life in the trenches was turned into a blog. Letters of Private Harry Lamin, who served with the York and Lancasters, are being posted as an online diary, with each published 90 years to the day after it was originally written. Now thousands who have become hooked on Private Lamin's story are waiting to see whether he survived or died in battle. Issuing the stories in real time was the idea of Private Lamin's grandson, Bill Lamin, who put together the remnants of his grandfather's war-time correspondence.
Stamp honours the heroes of Passchendaele: Lest We Forget series
It is a blood-red corn poppy in full bloom. But closer inspection reveals silhouettes of soldiers emerging from its centre. This design has been chosen for a special first-class stamp commemorating the 90th anniversary of World War I battle of Passchendaele, the village whose name is synonymous with the carnage and futility of war. The offensive began on July 31, 1917, and lasted 99 days. By the time it was over 325,000 Allied soldiers had perished for the gain of 5 miles of mud. The stamp is the second in the Royal Mail's Lest We Forget series. The first commemorated the Battle of the Somme.
Horsemen reenact World War I battle: Capture Be'er Sheva in 1917
50 Australian horsemen crossed the plains of the Negev. They wore green cavalry uniforms, high boots and Australian bush hats adorned with a feather. The riders were kicking off a reenactment of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) cavalry campaign that led to the capture of the city of Be'er Sheva in 1917. The reenactment of the WWI battle is a joint project of "World War I Heritage in the Land of Israel" organization and an organization of Australian equestrians dedicated to preserving the memory of the ANZAC cavalry divisions.
UK's last WWI veteran Harry Patch pays tribute to 'heroes'
Harry Patch, Britain's last living veteran of the Great War trenches, paid tribute to his fallen colleagues as he helped launch local poppy appeal. He served during the 1917 Passchendaele offensive and was in the Auxiliary Fire Service in World War II. Parch was guest of honour in Weston-super-Mare where a cannon blast marked the start of the commemorations. "I have been to many such occasions, and at each one I feel humbled that I should be representing an entire generation. Today is not for me, it is for the countless millions who did not come home with their lives intact. They are the heroes. It is also important we remember those who lost their lives on both sides."
Governor honors WW1 veteran Frank Woodruff Buckles
On the 90th anniversary of the day Frank Buckles enlisted in the U.S. Army, he sat and chatted with the governor about his memories from the war to end all wars. Buckles, who turned 106 in Feb., was honored when Gov. Joe Manchin presented him with the Distinguished West Virginian Award for his military service. Manchin also asked Buckles about seeing an airplane and a Ford automobile for the first time. Buckles has been recognized many times during his life. One of his most significant awards came from President Jacques Chirac in 1999 at the French Embassy in Washington, when Buckles received the French Legion of Honor pin.
Shrapnel Soldiers - Models from the Great War battlefields shells (Article no longer available from the original source)
Ivan Sinnaeve uses remains of the millions of shells that fell on Flanders' killing fields to make his own tribute to the Scots who fought and fell in the First World War. A symbol of hope has been created from the debris of death left in the WWI battlefields. A Belgian craftsmen known as Shrapnel Charlie is using tiny pieces of lead shrapnel which still litter the killing fields of Flanders to make 10in models of Highland soldiers. Wheelchair-bound Ivan Sinnaeve sells the detailed figures for £35 from Passchendaele Museum.
More people visit Commonwealth war graves than ever
More people now visit Commonwealth war graves than ever. Julie Summers thinks the plea of "Lest We Forget" has not fallen on deaf ears. Summers, author of "Remembered: The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission" marking the 90th anniversary of the commission that tends 23,000 graveyards in 150 countries, said: "The further you move away from the two world wars, you would have expected them to decrease." She attributed the greater numbers to inspired teaching and people tracing their roots. In WW1 Fabian Ware saw the need to record and look after graves in France. He built the commission into a global empire paying tribute to those who died in two world wars.
A submarine surprise - Welcome to Holbrook, the Submarine Town (Article no longer available from the original source)
On the drive to Sydney a sign caught our eye: "Welcome to Holbrook, the Submarine Town." Then we saw a model sub about 1/5 the size of the real thing - a model of B11 submarine. Then we saw by the road the massive frame of a real submarine. This submarine, the upper shell of the 90m former HMAS Otway, in Holbrook since the 1990s, has attracted a lot of visitors to the sleepy town. Until 1915, the town was known as Germanton. But when WW1 broke out, being associated with Germany was not the in thing. So the townspeople renamed the town, choosing Holbrook, after the British naval officer who was the first to win the Naval Victoria Cross in WWI.
Distinguished visitor brings World War One to life
It started out as a school project and ended up as a living history lesson. When pupils in Tamworth wrote a series of letters to war veterans, Britain's oldest man Henry Allingham offered to answer their questions about World War 1 face-to-face. "How would you like to be remembered?" The question was posed by a schoolgirl sitting opposite Henry Allingham, Britain's oldest surviving veteran of the First World War. "I couldn't care less," he said, to much laughter and with a twinkle in his blue eyes that belies his age.
Queen unveils Canada World War I memorial
The Queen has paid tribute to thousands of Canadian troops who lost their lives in WWI as she unveiled a restored monument in France. The memorial remembers the Battle of Vimy Ridge in which more than 3,500 Canadian soldiers died. The Queen said it was at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place 90 years ago, that Canadian troops scored a major victory that inspired Allied forces. "No fewer than 4 Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery in the battle, though it could easily be said that every solider in the field demonstrated conspicuous bravery, such was the verve of the Canadian attack. It was a stunning victory."
Open day for Craven's Great War Website
Following on from the successful launch of a website commemorating the part played in the Great War by men and women from the Craven district of the Yorkshire Dales, a local group is set to hold an event with members of the public invited to learn more about the site and the gigantic research task behind it. Feedback from the launch of Craven's Part in the Great War indicated that a full day event would be welcomed by local people, so that more time could be spent looking at the research and learning about the site. The event will include exhibitions, members of The Association for Military Remembrance, and a living history group 'The Khaki Chums.'
Bricks Honor Heroes on World War I Museum's Walk of Honor
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial honors those who served in defense of liberty. You too can honor a friend or relative who served in the Great War or pay tribute to someone who served in another conflict by making a contribution to the Museum's Walk of Honor. Three sizes of bricks are available and a personalized message can be included for each brick. Through a personalized granite brick, your donation will become a part of history at the largest monument and only public museum in the US dedicated to WW1. More than 5,900 names adorn this national treasure, but space is limited.
Mourners bid goodbye to World War 1 vet Antonio Pierro
An honor guard for the Massachusetts National Guard escorted the hearse carrying the body of Antonio Pierro, the last surviving World War 1 veteran in Massachusetts, to his burial at the Swampscott Cemetery. Outside the church, a seventh member of the honor guard unfolded an American flag and draped it over the coffin of Antonio Pierro. "He is united with comrades of his who gave their life in that world war in which he fought to end all wars."
Hunt for a roll of honour that commemorated vets of the Great War
Roger Christian is hunting for a roll of honour that commemorated Manx veterans of the Great War. The roll of honour, presented to a relative of a war casualty Lance Corporal Arthur Cannell, was put on display in the window of the Ramsey Courier in Sept 1923. It listed 1,100 soldiers who fought with the Liverpool Scottish Regiment, including many Manx names. Roger is compiling a database of the Island's war memorials for the Imperial War Museum. He learnt about the roll while reading a vintage copy of the Ramsey Courier and Northern Advertiser dated 21 Sept 1923. "I would love to discover the whereabouts of the document, if it still exists."
Remembrance Day - a 4 day trip to visit the battlegrounds
A group of history pupils from High Wycombe have been gaining an insight into the importance of Remembrance Day by taking a four day trip to Europe to visit the battlegrounds and cemeteries of World War One. The trip to Europe has been run since 2002 and has become so popular amongst students that this year two groups were taken. Some were even able to find the graves of their relatives who had fought in the war. "The impact on the boys is just phenomenal. I get a lot of boys saying I'm coming back here."
Man walking from London to France for the Battle of Somme
A fundraiser Ian Squire is walking from London to France to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. He will arrive on 1 July for a ceremony marking the first day of the battle in which thousands of soldiers died. The 1916 Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of World War I, with more than one million casualties. It is remembered for its first day when the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 who died.
Historic Pilgrimage - Royal Newfoundland Regiment (Article no longer available from the original source)
The last time the Royal Newfoundland Regiment deployed in force to Europe, it endured four years of heavy fighting, devastating losses and earned enduring respect at home and abroad. 9 decades later, the regiment is preparing to deploy once again to those same battlefields where a generation of Newfoundlanders made unimaginable sacrifices. Later this month, some 160 army reservists from both the first and second battalions and the regimental band will travel to France on an historic pilgrimage. It will mark the first time since the First World War that the regiment will parade in strength on European soil.
Two cyclists plan 400-mile charity ride along western front
Two cyclists are planning a 400 - mile charity ride along the line of World War I's western front. The 10 - day challenge to raise money for the Royal British Legion will take them past some of WWI's bloodiest battles. The pair will cycle through the Vosges mountains, and The Somme, before finishing in Nieuwpoort, Belgium. The route is now littered with monuments and cemeteries that mark the bravery of those who fought here.