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Armistice Centenary - Paris to host Peace Forum

Memorial in Fresnoy-le-Grand, Aisne, liberated in October 1918 after the Allies broke through the nearby Hindenburg Line (Photo: Centenary News)

France is convening an international forum in Paris on November 11 to promote peace, 100 years after the guns fell silent in the First World War. 

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CWGC staff return to Iraq after 12 years

The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 Commonwealth troops who died in operations in Mesopotamia from 1914-1921 and whose graves are not known. Under Saddam Hussein's rule, the memorial was moved from its original site in a naval dockyard and rebuilt in the desert (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission staff have made their first working visit to Iraq since 2006 to inspect CWGC memorials and cemeteries around Basra.

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UK ticket ballot launches for Centenary Armistice Day 'People's Procession'

The Cenotaph in Whitehall, Britain's national memorial to the dead of the Great War designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was unveiled by King George V on Armistice Day 1920 (Photo: Centenary News)

Britain is inviting the public to enter a ballot for tickets to march past the Cenotaph in London on November 11 as part of national events marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.  

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WW1 British sailor laid to rest on Arras battlefield

Able Seaman James Robertson was carried to his last resting place at CWGC Orchard Dump Cemetery by a Royal Navy bearer party (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

A Royal Navy sailor of the Great War has been buried with full military honours in France, more than 100 years after he was killed in action at the Battle of Arras.

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100 days remembering Wilfred Owen in Shropshire

Wide-ranging commemorations for the life and work of the British First World War poet and soldier Wilfred Owen have been announced in the county of his birth.

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100-aircraft flypast celebrates RAF Centenary

More than 20 Typhoon fighters forming the figure '100' above the velodrome at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Photo: Centenary News)

One of Britain’s biggest flypasts in recent years has taken place over London as the Royal Air Force marked the 100th anniversary of its foundation during the First World War.

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Compiègne centenary appeal for historic Armistice memorial

La Dalle Sacrée, or Sacred Stone, in the Glade of the Armistice wlll be at the heart of this November's commemorations (Photo © Mairie de Compiègne)

The city of Compiègne is making a crowdfunding appeal to renovate La Dalle Sacrée, the memorial at the site of the ceasefire agreement ending the Great War on 11 November 1918.

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Centenary News countdown to the Armistice

General Ferdinand Foch, Allied Commander-in Chief: He ordered a return to the offensive in July 1918, capitalising on the German retreat from the Marne. In August, he became a Marshal of France (Photo: Centenary News

A reminder of some of the main events shaping the last four months of the First World War in 1918 - together with an update on forthcoming centenary commemorations. 

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US to sound ‘Bells of Peace’ on Armistice Centennial

Bells will be rung across America on November 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I in 1918, the US Centennial Commission announces.

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Leeds Minister tribute to lives lived & lost in the First World War

The life size 'There But Not There' silhouettes at Leeds Minster, West Yorkshire (Photo © There But Not There)

Tributes are being paid to 76 British soldiers named on the church war memorial at Leeds Minster as part of 'There But Not There' - a commemorative art installation touring the UK in the final WW1 Centenary year.

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Belleau Wood finally falls - 26 June 1918

Belleau Wood after the fighting in 1918 (Image: Creative Commons & Flickr - From the collection of Adolph B. Miller (COLL/1068), United States Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections)

A reflection on the closing stages of the Belleau Wood battle and the special place it commands in the annals of US military history – and of the Marines in particular. 

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To End All Wars? - Legacies of WW1 conference in Ypres, August 2018

The ruined Cloth Hall in Ypres after the Great War (Photo © In Flanders Fields Museum)

Leading historians will discuss the aftermath and commemorative legacies of the First World War at a conference in Ypres from August 22-25.

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Remembering the 1918 Chilwell explosion

Tributes to 134 workers killed in an explosion at the Chilwell shell-filling factory will culminate in the dedication of a new memorial at St Mary's Church, in Attenborough, near Nottingham, on the July 1 centenary (Image courtesy of St Mary's Church/IWM Q 30036)

The 100th anniversary of one of the worst  disasters on Britain’s home front in WW1 is to be commemorated in Nottinghamshire with talks, exhibitions and a special remembrance service.

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100 Years Ago: Last Austro-Hungarian push in Italy

Italian Marines landing from barges to take up positions on the Piave Front (Photo © IWM Q 19081)

What turned out to be Austria-Hungary’s last major offensive of the First World War began in Italy on 15 June 1918.  

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Raymond Chandler on the Western Front, 1918

Slightly wounded sitting outside a casualty clearing station near Arras, August 1918 (Dept. of National Defence, Canada / Library and Archives Canada / PA-040224)

The US-born crime novelist, Raymond Chandler, was concussed by German shelling while serving with Canadian forces near Arras on 19 June 1918. Chris Dickon tells his story.

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Global heritage honour for CWGC Casualty Archive

Etaples Military Cemetery, France: Grave Registration Reports held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record burial locations of the fallen and basic details such as their name, service number, rank, regiment and date of death (Photo: Centenary News)

Archive documents recording the commemoration of the 1.7 million Commonwealth dead of the First and Second World Wars are to be added to a UNESCO world heritage register. 

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Memorial dedicated to millions of horses lost in the Great War

State trumpeters of the Household Cavalry sound the Last Post at the unveiling of 'Poppy the Warhorse' in Ascot, Berkshire (Photo: Centenary News)

The horses, mules and donkeys from all sides who never returned from the First World War have been honoured with their own memorial in Britain.

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US Marines in battle for Belleau Wood - June 1918

The American commander at Belleau Wood, Major General James Harbord, pictured after World War I (Photo: Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)

100 years ago, a fight against the German advance to the Marne was developing into a defining moment for the US Marines, as Patrick Gregory explains:

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Centennial Countdown Blog: Romania out of WW1 & Germany attacks again in France

Events in Eastern Europe and Russia, the German offensive on the Aisne and President Wilson's declaration that 'politics is adjourned' are discussed by US blogger Dennis Cross in his latest WW1 post, covering May 1918.

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100 years ago: Battle of Cantigny - America shows its mettle

Troops with flamethrowers fighting at Cantigny - French forces supported the US attack (Photo: Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)

The first full US-led offensive of the Great War began at Cantigny in the Somme on 28 May 1918, as Patrick Gregory reports.

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Downing Street reception for RAF Centenary

The RAF Memorial, Westminster (Photo: Centenary News)

A replica of an RAF aerobatic team jet was stationed outside 10 Downing Street for a reception hosted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

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Featherstone ‘War Horse' honours WW1 sacrifice

The War Horse looks over a memorial woodland of 353 recently planted saplings - one for each of Featherstone's lost servicemen (Photo: Centenary News)

A majestic sculpture of a horse has been unveiled to commemorate 353 soldiers from the Yorkshire town of Featherstone who fell fighting for Britain in the First World War.

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Update on Shrouds of the Somme & 'The Trench'

For the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, 72,396 individually hand-stitched shrouds will be laid out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, as this visualisation shows (Image © Shrouds of the Somme)

A trench of shrouded figures, each representing a First World War soldier who has no known grave, is the latest tribute from Shrouds of the Somme creator Rob Heard, ahead of a display marking the Armistice Centenary in November 2018.

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Article - 'America’s neglected conflict: The First World War'

Bellicourt American Monument, near the French city of St Quentin, commemorates US forces who served alongside British troops in 1917-18. It's among more than 20 American WWI memorials in France, Belgium and the UK (Photo: Centenary News)

Eclipsed by the Second World War, WWI seems in danger of being America’s forgotten war, historians Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee and Frans Coetzee write in an Oxford University Press blog.

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Flanders exhibitions, '1918 - The Final Offensive'

A display at Hippo.WAR, Waregem - one of the three venues taking part in the 'Final Offensive' exhibition project

Three exhibitions now under way in Zonnebeke, Heuvelland and Waregem highlight different aspects of the last year of the First World War in Flanders.

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Navies pay combined tribute to 'Tuscania' and 'Otranto' off Islay

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, whose grandfather was Islay's police sergeant at the time of the 1918 tragedies, casts a wreath at the Tuscania's wreck site (Photo © Warren Media 2018)

Scotland’s commemorations for the American and British dead of the WW1 troopships SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto got under way with tributes at sea by the British, US, French and German navies.

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Stars & Stripes return to Islay, 100 years on

The Islay Stars and Stripes flag in 2018, with US curator Jennifer Jones and WW1 women’s uniforms (Photo: Richard Strauss, courtesy of the National Museum of American History, Washington DC)

An American flag made by Scottish islanders to honour US soldiers of the Great War who perished in a U-boat attack has travelled back to Islay for international commemorations taking place on Friday (May 4).

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Spring 1918 - The US air effort takes off

Eddie Rickenbacker in the cockpit of his Spad aircraft (Photo © IWM Q 114172)

The rise of American power in WWI, told by Patrick Gregory on the Centennial of 'Ace of Aces' Eddie Rickenbacker scoring his first victory in the skies.

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Australia's new Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux

The Sir John Monash Centre, pictured in March 2018 as it neared completion. In the background is the tower of the Australian National Memorial (Photo: Centenary News)

Australia has opened a new multi-media visitor centre in France, commemorating Australian forces on the Western Front at the scene of some of their most successful WW1 actions.

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German push halted at Villers-Bretonneux, 25 April 1918

The Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and inaugurated by King George VI in July 1938 (Photo: Centenary News)

Australian troops, supported by British units, scored a notable victory on Anzac Day 1918, halting a German advance towards  Amiens with its strategically important railway junction.

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