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Letters from the Trenches
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The Action-Packed Diary of a WW1 Cavalryman The Action-Packed Diary of a WW1 Cavalryman

A free article by Letters From The Trenches author Jacqueline Wadsworth has been published by the online magazine Warfare and is available to read here. The article focuses on the Great War story of Sergeant George Fairclough, through his letters and diary entries.

Letters From The Trenches is the history of the First World War told through the letters exchanged by ordinary British soldiers and their families. As seen in the Sunday Mirror.

 

The Escape From Elba
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On this day in history – 26 February 1815

Napoleon’s escape from Elba

On 26 February 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte made a daring escape from his exile to Elba.

The Escape From Elba tells the heroic story of Napoleon’s exile and phoenix-like return. In this classic account, now republished in paperback, Norman MacKenzie chronicles this extraordinary year: the tense last hours of Napoleon’s empire, his humiliating exile, his midnight escape and his whirlwind march over snowbound mountains to Grenoble where, in a dramatic confrontation with the French army, he became a reigning prince again. Described in vivid detail are Napoleon’s adventures as the head of Elba. He brought society, splendour, organization and political intrigue to this run-down backwater. And he displayed on this small stage the many sides of his charismatic personality.

 

Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
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Captain Bruce Bairnsfather recognition campaign update

A campaign initiated in 2014 by authors Major and Mrs Holt has made significant progress thanks to the support of Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Patron of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, Chairman of the All Party War Heritage Group and an active worker in the field of commemoration.

Lord Faulkner offered to support the campaign and put a written question to the House of Lords. Lord Astor, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded as follows:

‘I have no doubt about the contribution Bruce Bairnsfather’s work made to the war effort a hundred years ago… Bruce Bairnsfather was a popular and successful artist when this country was involved in the First World War and he was held in the highest regard at that time. After nearly a century later, Bruce’s cartoons and illustrations remain entertaining and in some instances current. I am pleased to offer my own recognition to the contribution that Bruce Bairnsfather made by his work.’

For more information on the campaign ahead of the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Bairnsfather’s most famous cartoon, The Better ‘Ole or to sign the online petition, visit www.iPetitions.com.

 


 

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Fort Douaumont
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Fort Douaumont

On this day in history: 25 February 1916

Fort Douaumont – the largest fort protecting Verdun – was captured by German troops, entered and occupied without a fight in February 1916.

The Battle of Verdun, which lasted from 21 February to 15 December 1916, was a turning point in the First World War and Fort Douaumont was the heart of the battle. Situated at 395 metres above sea level, Fort Douaumont was in 1914 the strongest and most modern of the forts around Verdun. It formed the keystone to the French defence around the city andits possession allowed for unrivalled observation over the whole sector. Using both French and German sources this book introduces the reader to the fortress system around Verdun, explains the construction, reinforcement and armament of the fort and describes its surprise capture by the Germans in February 1916. The terrible blow to French morale caused by the loss of the strategically important fort, their attempts to retake it and the conditions of life inside are portrayed in detail. As the months ground on and the Battle of Verdun turned into stalemate, the desire to keep or to recapture Fort Douaumont, whatever the cost, became the reason for both sides to go on fighting.

 

ShipCraft 18: Titanic and her Sisters Olympic and Britannic
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ShipCraft 18: Titanic and her Sisters Olympic and Britannic

On this day in history: 26 February 1915

Titanic‘s younger and virtually identical ‘triplet’ Britannic was launched 100 years ago.

The ‘ShipCraft’ series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeller through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers. This is the first volume in the ShipCraft series not devoted to a naval vessel, but the most famous liner of all time is a suitable subject as one of the most popular of all ship modelling subjects. Apart from Titanic herself, this volume also covers her sister ships Olympic and Britannic which enjoyed longer and more varied careers, including wartime service as troopship and hospital ship.

 


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