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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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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.

Uploaded on 10th May 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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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'Battle for the North Sea' exhibition in Flanders unites 11 Victoria Crosses

The main gallery - featuring an illustration of a UB-1 type submarine, the smallest German U-boat of the Great War. With a shallow draught, it was ideally suited to operating in Belgian coastal waters (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News tours a new exhibition in Bruges, bringing together all the Zeebrugge Raid Victoria Crosses - and highlighting both sides of the WW1 struggle between Flanders -based German submarines and Britain's Royal Navy.           

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Dover salutes courage of the Zeebrugge Raid

A Royal Marines bugler sounds the Last Post at the CWGC Zeebrugge Plot in St James's Cemetery, Dover (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News rounds off coverage of the 2018 Zeebrugge Raid Centenary events with a report from Dover's commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the strikes against German U-boat bases.

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Blankenberge's tribute to George Nicholson Bradford VC

Andrew Cremer pauses for reflection at the memorial dedicated to his great uncle, Lieutenant Commander George Bradford VC, on Blankenberge seafront. It's inscribed with words from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel - Peace is our gift to each other (Photo: Centenary News)

The family of Lt Cdr George Bradford - one of the only pair of brothers both to receive the Victoria Cross in WW1 - have expressed their ‘heartfelt thanks’ for a new memorial to him in Flanders marking the Zeebrugge Raid Centenary. 

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Zeebrugge honours fallen of 1918 naval raids

Representing the UK and Germany, Princess Anne and Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, bear wreaths to the St George’s Day monument in Zeebrugge (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News watched Zeebrugge's commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the British naval attacks targeting German First World War U-boat operations in Flanders. 

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100 Years Ago - The Royal Navy raids on Zeebrugge & Ostend

HMS Vindictive's bow stands as a memorial on the harbour wall at Ostend. The cruiser led a perilous operation to land British naval forces on the Mole at Zeebrugge on 23 April 1918 and was later sunk as a blockship at Ostend. 'Vindictive' is currently undergoing maintenance (Photo: Centenary News)

As cross-channel commemorations get under way, Centenary News reports from the Flanders coast on Britain’s daring attempt to cut off German submarine bases at a critical moment in the First World War.

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Death of the Red Baron - 21 April 1918

Formal portrait of newly-promoted Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen wearing the Pour le Mérite ('The Blue Max') awarded to him by Kaiser Wilhelm in May 1917 (Photo © IWM 107381)

Captain Manfred von Richtofen, leading ace of the German Air Service during the First World War, was killed on this day 100 years ago by enemy fire near Amiens. 

Uploaded on 21st Apr 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

Seicheprey – America's WWI Baptism of Fire

Aerial view of Seicheprey in 1919, following the World War I fighting in April and September 1918 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

On the Centennial of America's first significant clash of the Great War, Patrick Gregory tells the story of the encounter at Seicheprey, on  20 April 1918.  


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Final '100 Cities/100 Memorials' US Centennial awards announced

Pershing Park in Washington DC, commemorating General John Pershing, Commander of American forces in France 1917-18, is the chosen site for the new US National World War I Memorial (Photo: Patrick Gregory, Centenary News)

Fifty more memorials in US cities commemorating America's Great War dead have been officially designated, and awarded grants, as national 'WW1 Centennial Memorials'.

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100 Years Ago - Field Marshal Haig calls for 'Backs to the Wall' fight to the last

Sir Douglas Haig's statue in Montreuil-sur-Mer, where British General Headquarters was based from 1916 (Photo: Centenary News)

'There is no other course open to us but to fight it out,' British commander Sir Douglas Haig ordered on 11 April 1918, rallying his troops against fresh German advances threatening the Channel ports.  

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The Defence of Givenchy - holding the German Spring Offensive, April 1918

The 55th (West Lancashire) Division's memorial in the village of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, near Béthune in Northern France (Photo: Paul Knight)

Major Paul Knight describes how British troops of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division held the line against a German push towards the Channel ports 100 years ago.

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French & Portuguese leaders mark Battle of the Lys Centenary

The Portuguese National Cemetery & Memorial at Richebourg, near Neuve Chapelle (Photo: Centenary News)

President Macron and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, led tributes at Richebourg today (9 April 2018) to Portuguese soldiers who fell on the Western Front.

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Zeebrugge Centenary - Dover events

The Zeebrugge Plot at St James's Cemetery, Dover. Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes' memorial is in the background (Photo: Centenary News)

In the UK, the 100th anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid will be marked with special events in Dover on April 23.

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15,000 visitors at RAF Museum for Royal Air Force Centenary

The RAF100 Baton arrives at Hendon, with Maggie Appleton, the RAF Museum's Chief Executive Officer, joining the Royal Air Force relay team (Photo © Anne-Marie Sanderson)

The RAF Museum in London says its Easter weekend of events marking the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force drew more than 15,000 visitors.

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War Memorials ‘listed’ for RAF Centenary

Captain Eric Lubbock's Memorial at High Elms Country Park, Bromley - commended by Historic England as an 'eloquent witness' to the growing importance of the air services and their sacrifices during the First World War (Photo: Centenary News)

Fourteen war memorials have been newly listed or upgraded for conservation by the UK Government to mark the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force.

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100 Years Ago: Royal Air Force founded

Royal Air Force mechanics preparing targets representing German aircraft at the RAF Gunnery School south of Etaples, July 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 10367)

The world’s first independent air force was created on 1 April 1918, with the merger of Britain's Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service into the RAF.

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UK newspaper comment welcoming the RAF in 1918

The Manchester Guardian and The Observer welcomed the newly-formed Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918, as articles republished for the Centenary show.

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'Side by Side' - America’s WWI war effort remembered in Britain

'Side by Side: America and World War I' at the American Museum, Bath, from March 28-October 29

Patrick Gregory reports on the opening of a new exhibition at the American Museum in Britain commemorating US involvement  in the First World War.

Uploaded on 28th Mar 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

Centenary salutes to the leadership of Marshal Foch

The Guard of Honour at the London statue commemorating Marshal Foch was provided by the 35e Régiment d'Artillerie Parachutiste, based in the French commander's home city of Tarbes (Photo: Centenary News)

Ceremonies have been held in both the UK and France to mark the centenary of Ferdinand Foch's appointment as Allied Supreme Commander on 26 March 1918, at a critical moment in the Great War.

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Doullens on parade for Foch Centenary

Veterans march past the Hôtel de Ville in Doullens on their way to the Salle du Commandement Unique (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News watches commemorations in the Somme town where Allied leaders took the historic decision to appoint Marshal Foch supreme commander on 26 March 1918.

Uploaded on 25th Mar 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

100 Years Ago: German Spring Offensive launched

Operation Michael: German reserves marching forward, March 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 51466)

German forces began a thrust across Northern France on 21 March 1918, initially threatening to overwhelm the Allies.

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Zeebrugge Centenary - 'Battle for the North Sea' exhibition coming up in Bruges

The crucial struggle waged between the British navy and the Flanders-based German submarine fleet during the First World War is explored in a new exhibition, opening in Bruges on April 21.

Uploaded on 20th Mar 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

Book Review - The Last Battle: Victory, Defeat, and the End of World War I, by Peter Hart

Centenary News review

'A timely and compelling account of the Hundred Days Offensive which defeated Germany in 1918, told through the words of the troops and their commanders, interwoven with Peter Hart's forthright analysis.'

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100 Years Ago: Flu emerges as new enemy

Demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington DC during the influenza pandemic of 1918 (Photo: Library of Congress - Prints & Photographs Division)

As an unusually deadly outbreak of influenza confronted the Great War armies, US WWI historian James Taub considers its impact on American forces. 

Uploaded on 16th Mar 2018 | ARTICLES & BLOGS | Read More ▸ | Comment
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