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Armistice Centenary - Update on French events

The battlefield of Verdun will be among sites visited by President Emmanuel Macron in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire ending the Great War on 11 November 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

President Macron will meet the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at Compiègne - and also tour regions of France devastated by the First World War as part of nationwide events marking the Armistice Centenary. 

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Armistice Centenary - Australian War Memorial events in Canberra

The Australian National Memorial at Villers Bretonneux commemorates all Australians who fought in France and Belgium during the Great War, and bears the names of more than 10,000 troops who have no known grave (Photo: Centenary News)

A display of 62,000 poppies, representing Australia's fallen in WW1, and a beam of light are among events announced by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to commemorate  the centenary of the Armistice.

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Latest Armistice Centenary exhibitions open at IWM

The first British prisoners of war to reach the Belgian city of Tournai, 14 November 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 9687)

Four exhibitions have opened at the Imperial War Museum in London as part of Making a New World - IWM’s season of events for the close of the First World War Centenary.

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The Battle of Megiddo - Ottoman Army in Palestine destroyed

Under escort: a column of 1,200 prisoners captured by the Desert Mounted Corps, 22 September 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 12326)

Major Paul Knight on the Allied attack in September 1918 that dealt a fatal blow to the Central Powers in the Middle East.

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Project launches to trace WW1 Belgian refugees

The Belgian Memorial on London's Victoria Embankment was presented to Britain in gratitude for welcoming refugees. The sculpture is by the Belgian artist Victor Rousseau, who was himself a refugee, in a setting designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, architect of the Menin Gate at Ypres (Photo: Centenary News)

Researchers are trying to discover more about the stories of 250,000 refugees who came to Britain from Belgium after Germany invaded in August 1914.

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New Zealand events marking Le Quesnoy Centenary

New Zealand troops broke into Le Quesnoy by climbing the town walls with ladders (Photo: Henry Armytage Sanders Ref: 1/2-013791-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)

New Zealand announces more details of events taking place in France on November 4 to mark the centenary of its last major First World War action - the liberation of Le Quesnoy.

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Call for Papers -The First World War: Past, Present, Future

The year 1919 is often inscribed on British memorials as the end of the Great War, marking the Paris peace conference and Versailles Treaty signed with Germany on 28 June 1919, five years to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination in Sarajevo (Photo: Centenary News)

The First World War Network of early career and postgraduate researchers is seeking papers for a conference in Edinburgh in June 2019 embracing multiple aspects of WW1.

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100 Years Ago - Last Push against Bulgaria from Salonika

General Louis Franchet d'Esperey drove forward the Salonika campaign after becoming commander of Allied forces in June 1918. He's pictured landing in the Ottoman capital, Constantinople, in February 1919 (Photo © IWM Q 13947)

Allied troops started their final advance on the Macedonian Front on 15 September 1918, knocking Bulgaria out of the First World War two weeks later.

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St Mihiel Campaign - The US First Army goes into battle​

Victorious US troops change a street sign in Vignuelles - the heart of the St Mihiel salient - from Hindenburg Strasse to Wilson U.S.A. (Photo: US National Archives & Records Administration - 55201512/Wikimedia Commons/public domain)

The newly created First Army of the American Expeditionary Force went into battle for the first time in northeast France on 12 September 1918, as Patrick Gregory explains.

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'Diggers & Doughboys' - special exhibition at US National WWI Museum

A century of military ties between Australia and America, beginning on the Western Front in 1918, is explored through art in a new exhibition opening at the US National WWI Museum & Memorial, Kansas City.

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Poppy sculpture 'Wave' in Centenary finale at IWM North

'Wave' is at IWM North, Manchester, until 25 November 2018 (Photo: Centenary News)

Wave, one of the touring Tower of London poppy sculptures, is going on display at Imperial War Museums' waterfront site in Manchester, its final stop of the First World War Centenary. 

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Chelmsford’s leaf 'Tommy' in Centenary vigil

This foliage sculpture of a soldier stands in Chelmsford, Essex. Created by the city council for the final WW1 Centenary year, Tommy's vigil will continue until claimed by approaching winter frosts. (Photo: Centenary News)

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CWGC tribute to lives lost in the final ‘Hundred Days’ of WW1

CWGC cemeteries at Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, (left) - and at St Symphorien, Mons, where both Commonwealth and German soldiers killed in the last days of fighting are commemorated (Image: Centenary News)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is sharing 120 personal stories of men and women who died in the last three months of the First World War, from the Battle of Amiens to the Armistice.

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Central Powers start to break - September 1918

Present-day view of the St Quentin Canal from Riqueval Bridge, crossed by British troops in the Allied breach of the Hindenburg Line, 29 September 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

A glance at events 100 years ago this month, as Bulgaria was forced out of the First World War, and multiple offensives on the Western Front convinced Germany's supreme commanders of the need for a ceasefire.

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Centenary revival for opera of love & betrayal in WW1 France

An opera based on the true story of stranded British soldiers who were sheltered by French villagers from 1914-16 is being revived for a First World War Centenary production.

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Britain presents SS Mendi bell to South Africa

Most of the South Africans who died in the 1917 Mendi disaster are commemorated in Southampton, on the CWGC Hollybrook Memorial to members of Commonwealth land and air forces who have no known grave but the sea (see separate article below). This photo - taken during the Centenary commemorations in 2017 - shows a section of the memorial. Nineteen men from the Mendi whose bodies were recovered rest in cemeteries along England's south coast, in France and in the Netherlands (Centenary News)

The bell from the troopship SS Mendi, sunk with the loss of more than 600 South African soldiers during the First World War, has been handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to commemorate their sacrifice.

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Focus on the Hollybrook War Memorial, Southampton

The Hollybrook Memorial is cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - CWGC (Photo: Centenary News)

Britain’s Maritime Archaeology Trust has released an online guide to the Hollybrook Memorial, which honours 1,930 members of Commonwealth land and air forces lost at sea, among them the South African soldiers on SS Mendi.

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France & Germany to host Armistice Centenary ‘Youth for Peace’ forum

The German and French flags, together with that of the European Union, flying above Fort Douaumont in February 2016, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. For the Centenary commemorations, 4,000 young people placed a symbol of peace at the Verdun Memorial as part of the Franco-German Youth Office's World War 1 commemorative programme. It'll culminate with 'Youth for Peace' this November (Photo: Centenary News)

Hundreds of young people from Europe and neighbouring countries will meet in Berlin in November 2018 to develop present-day ideas for peace in the light of issues raised by the end of the First World War 100 years ago.

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First World War censorship under scrutiny in New Zealand

New Zealand soldiers reading the daily news sheet posted on a building - probably in Bertrancourt on the Somme - April 1918 (Photo: Henry Armytage Sanders/Ref: 1/2-013145-G, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)

The impact of information curbs imposed during the Great War is scrutinised in a collection of essays, cartoons and a video from New Zealand’s WW100 Centenary programme.

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Purple Poppy Day launches - August 23 - in memory of First World War horses

'Poppy', the UK War Horse Memorial unveiled in Ascot in 2018, wearing a commemorative garland for the inaugural National Purple Poppy Day appeal (Photo: Centenary News)

A new appeal for equine charities, commemorating horses, donkeys and mules lost in 1914-18, is intended to become an annual event, building support in future years as a legacy of the Centenary.

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Liverpool remembers the Chinese Labour Corps

Wreaths and floral tributes laid at the CLC graves in Anfield Cemetery on August 10 (Photo: Centenary News)

The latest in a series of events across the UK commemorating the First World War service of the Chinese Labour Corps has been held at Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool.

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The Battle of Amiens, and what it meant for ending WW1

CWGC's Chief Historian, Dr Glyn Prysor, at Amiens Cathedral for the Centenary commemorations (Photo: Centenary News)

Dr Glyn Prysor, Chief Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - talking to Centenary News - summarises the significance of the Battle of Amiens.

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Royal tribute for Battle of Amiens Centenary

Britain hosted an international ceremony at Amiens Cathedral on August 8, attended by representatives of the Allied nations and Germany (Photo: Centenary News)

At this week’s centenary commemorations, the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to Allied cooperation delivering the success of the Battle of Amiens in August 1918. 

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100 years ago - Battle of Amiens & start of the 'Hundred Days'

A crowd of German prisoners taken at the Battle of Amiens, August 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 9271)

The first in a series of Allied offensives which culminated in the First World War Armistice was launched against German positions near the French city of Amiens on 8 August 1918.

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The American First Army comes into being

General Ferdinand Foch, Allied supreme commander, in conversation with US General John Pershing at Le Château Du Val Des Ecoliers, Chaumont (Photo © IWM Q 58390)

Patrick Gregory on the creation of the American First Army in August 1918,  a sign of growing US strength in World War I.

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'Storming the Skies' - The First World War in Italy in photos

The Army & Navy Club exhibition includes pictures of British soldiers arriving in Italy in 1917, as well as dramatic scenes from the Alpine war, La Guerra Bianca (Photo © Army & Navy Club)

Centenary News toured an exhibition of photographs at the Army & Navy Club in London offering a rare glimpse, for UK eyes, of the First World War campaigns on the Italian Front.

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Purple Poppy appeal to commemorate WW1 horses

On a blustery evening, purple poppies cascade over Berkshire to mark the start of the War Horse Memorial's appeal (Photo © Tracey Keogh)

A million purple poppy petals have fallen from the skies of the UK, at an event launching a new appeal in memory of horses, donkeys and mules lost in the Great War.

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New film remembers 'forgotten' Salonika campaign

'Salonika', commissioned by Away from the Western Front, presented by historian Alan Wakefield, and produced by Khaki Devil, can be watched online at the AFTWF website (Image © Khaki Devil)

A newly-released short film focusses on the First World War campaign in the Balkans which drew in 600,000 Allied troops from across the globe.

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'Making a New World' - IWM opens final WW1 Centenary programme

Armistice celebrations in Birmingham, 1918: This image will feature in an exhibition of more than 100 photos 'Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs' - at IWM London from September 21 (© IWM Q 63690)

A season of events exploring 'how the First World War has shaped today’s society' is starting at Imperial War Museums with Lest We Forget? - an exhibition at IWM North, Manchester. 

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Turn of the tide on the Marne - July 1918

French troops and a British soldier escort German prisoners bringing back British and French wounded, 23 July 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 11099)

Battles in northeastern France 100 years ago signalled a crucial shift in the First World War, as the Allies gained the advantage over the Germans.

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