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100 Years Ago Today: Romania enters First World War

King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie of Romania awarding decorations to Romanian soldiers © IWM (Q 77084)

Romanian troops attacked Transylvania on August 27th 1916, opening a new front against Austria-Hungary in the Balkans.

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Centenary Book Review - Forest of the Hanged, by Liviu Rebreanu

For the centenary of Romania's entry into the Great War, CN contributor William Illsley reviews Liviu Rebreanu's classic 1922 novel set during the Romanian campaign.

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'Understanding the Great War' - education resource launched in US

The United States WWI Centennial Commission and America’s National World War I Museum & Memorial have teamed up to create a new online teaching resource aimed at increasing awareness of the Great War.

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'Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict' - Call for community-led projects

An Indian soldier exchanging coins with a man of the Greek Labour Corps at Salonika (Photo © IWM Q 13716)

Researchers based at King's College London are offering an opportunity to showcase community-led projects focussing on the colonial or dominion contribution to the First World War.

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British WW1 warship HMS Falmouth 'recreated' on centenary of sinking

The 3D scan of HMS Falmouth by Historic England's imaging team superimposed on a seabed survey of the wreck (Image © Historic England)

A Royal Navy cruiser torpedoed in August 1916 has been visualised as a 3D model in her last resting place beneath the waters of the North Sea.

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Surviving HMS Falmouth naval boat to be restored at Portsmouth

'Armed Steam Cutter 26' - carried by HMS Falmouth at the Battle of Jutland - on a hoist at Boathouse 4, Portsmouth (Photo: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard)

A ship's boat from the British cruiser HMS Falmouth, torpedoed in the North Sea in August 1916, has arrived at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for restoration.

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Zeppelin crash centenary to be marked in UK village

The forced-landing of a German Zeppelin near the village of Little Wigorough in eastern England 100 years ago will be marked with a programme of events in September 2016.

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'Light in the Darkest Hour' - Somme Centenary tribute at Shorncliffe

Lanterns were placed on more than 400 First World War graves at Shorncliffe Military Ceremony, near Folkestone in Kent, on August 6th 2016 (Photo: Dr Stephen Summerfield)

Hundreds of lanterns have been lit on First World War soldiers' graves at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery in the UK as part of commemorations marking the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme.

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'100 Cities' campaign to restore US war memorials for 2017 Centennial

(Image: US World War I Centennial Commission)

The US Centennial Commission and Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library have launched a new initiative ahead of next year’s centennial commemorations to restore old World War I monuments.

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UK protects German U-boat wreck in the Channel

Side scan sonar survey of submarine U-8, showing conning tower, radio masts and periscope (Image © Historic England)

The wreck site of a German submarine sunk off the Kent coast during the First World War has been given protected status by the British Government.

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Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary 2017 - Aisne call for projects

General Charles Mangin, ally of General Robert Nivelle, joined the French Army chief in losing his command after the failure of the 'Nivelle Offensive' on the Aisne. This memorial is in Verdun, where the two men led the successful French counter-attacks in late 1916 (Photo Centenary News)

Centenary News looks ahead to a significant French anniversary, as the Aisne region prepares for commemorations marking the Battle of the Chemin des Dames, also known as the Nivelle Offensive and the Second Battle of the Aisne.

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Centenary tribute to British seafarer executed in 1916

The Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Captain Flavian D’Souza (right), laid a wreath at Captain Charles Fryatt's memorial in London on July 27. He was accompanied by the Clerk of the Company, Commodore Angus Menzies (Photo: Centenary News)

A century after his execution for attempting to ram a German U-boat, tributes have been paid to the North Sea ferry captain, Charles Fryatt.

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Three unknown soldiers buried as Australia marks Pozières Centenary

The burial service for three Australian soldiers at Pozières British Cemetery (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Australia has remembered its first action on the Somme with commemorations on July 23rd marking the Battle of Pozières in the summer of 1916.

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Australia honours the Fallen at Fromelles

The centenary remembrance service at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery on July 19 (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Australia is holding commemorations in Northern France marking the first major battles fought by its forces on the Western Front a century ago.

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'India Remembers' - campaign to highlight Indian sacrifice since 1914

Memorial to Indian forces who fell in Flanders, unveiled next to the Menin Gate, Ypres, in 2011. 'India Remembers' suggests the marigold should join the poppy as a new symbol of Indian remembrance (Photo: Centenary News)

A campaign 'to transform the culture of remembrance' in India has been launched in Delhi on the centenary of a noted Indian cavalry charge during the Battle of the Somme.

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Somme Centenary: Memorial honouring all South Africans unveiled at Delville Wood

President Zuma speaking at the South African National Memorial in the Somme (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

President Jacob Zuma inaugurated a new memorial at Delville Wood on July 12th 2016 honouring South Africans of all races who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

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Centenary revival for First World War 'Shakespeare Hut'

A replica of the soldiers' lounge at the Shakespeare Hut has been created at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which now stands on the site. The scene is based on an original photograph (Photo: Centenary News)

The story of a 'forgotten' building that entertained First World War soldiers with Shakespeare's plays is being rediscovered for the Centenary.

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'Ambulance Trains' - UK rail museum explores WW1 hospitals on wheels

View of the infectious ward on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's ambulance train No. 24 (Photo: National Railway Museum)

A new exhibition focussing on the ambulance trains used to transport wounded First World War soldiers has opened at Britain's National Railway Museum in York.

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Team building full scale replica of British tank appeal for funds

The replica is based on this Mark IV tank which reached Poelkapelle in 1917.

Enthusiasts in a Belgian village just outside Ypres are building a full-scale working replica of a British tank which took part in the Battle of Paschendaele – and have issued an appeal for funds.

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Somme exhibition tribute to New Zealander who fought for France

Lieutenant-Colonel James Waddell, awarded the Croix de Guerre with seven palms, and Commander of the Legion of Honour (Photo courtesy of the Waddell family)

A new exhibition for the Somme Centenary aims to raise awareness of James Waddell, a much decorated New Zealander who served in the French Foreign Legion.

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Somme Centenary: Welsh troops remembered at Mametz Wood

The Welsh dragon memorial at Mametz Wood. Raised by the South Wales branch of the Western Front Association in 1987, it's been refurbished for the Centenary with Welsh Government funding (Photo: Centenary News)

Wales has paid tribute to its soldiers who fell in fighting for control of Mametz Wood during the opening days of the Battle of the Somme.

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Somme Centenary – British & French leaders attend National Commemorative Event at Thiepval Memorial in France

Photo: Copyright Centenary News

The British National Event to remember the Battle of the Somme was held in front of the Thiepval War Memorial during the morning of July 1st 2016 – 100 years after the start of the battle.

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More photos of the Battle of Somme event at Thiepval

People arriving at the Thiepval event (Photo: Centenary News)

Here are more photos taken of the Somme national centenary event held at Thiepval on the 1st July 2016 .

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Friends of Lochnagar remember the Battle of the Somme centenary at La Grande Mine

Lochnagar Crater - July 1st 2016 (Photo: Karen Thomas)

Centenary News volunteer writer Karen Thomas attended the memorial event at Lochnagar Crater on July 1st 2016, and has sent this report.

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Royal family join Newfoundland tributes to 'defining moment' on the Somme

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France, surmounted with a bronze caribou, emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (Photo: Centenary News)

Princess Anne attended Newfoundland's centenary commemorations on July 1st 2016 remembering soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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Somme Centenary - UK national commemorations in Manchester

The march past at Manchester Town Hall: the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, takes the salute, accompanied by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister), George Osborne (left) and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News reports from Manchester on the day the city hosted Britain's national remembrance ceremonies for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

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More photos of Manchester's Somme commemorations

Crowds filled Albert Square for the march-past by the armed forces, veterans and community organisations in front of Manchester Town Hall (Photo: Centenary News)

More photos from Centenary News of the UK national commemorations in Manchester marking the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st 2016.

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Round-up of other Somme centenary memorial events

'The Night Before the Somme' at the Imperial War Museum on June 30th (Photo: Centenary News)

As well as the commemorative events at Thiepval and Manchester, there were many other events in the UK and France that marked the centenary. 

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'We are here' - Centenary live tribute to soldiers of the Somme

The Somme remembered on a London tube train (Photo courtesy of 14-18 NOW)

Volunteers dressed as First World War soldiers made unannounced appearances across the UK on July 1st, for a centenary project bringing home the scale of Britain's losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

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100-second gun salute for Somme Centenary in London

Artillery smoke drifting across Big Ben at the start of the UK nationwide two-minute silence (Photo: Centenary News)

London's Parliament Square echoed to the boom of artillery on the morning of July 1st 2016, as troops fired a salute to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

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