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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.

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

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.  


Uploaded on 20th Apr 2018 | ARTICLES & BLOGS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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'.

Uploaded on 12th Apr 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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.

Uploaded on 9th Apr 2018 | ARTICLES & BLOGS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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.

Uploaded on 9th Apr 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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 6th Apr 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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.

Uploaded on 6th Apr 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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.

Uploaded on 4th Apr 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

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.

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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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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

Update on Zeebrugge Raid conference at Royal Navy Museum

Memorial to Sir Roger Keyes, the Dover Patrol commander who led the St George's Day raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend in April 1918. It stands in the CWGC Zeebrugge Plot at St James's Cemetery, Dover (Photo: Centenary News)

The National Museum of the Royal Navy announces more details of its April conference marking the centenary of Britain's attempt to block German U-boat bases in Flanders.

Uploaded on 16th Mar 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

Tributes paid to the Chinese Labour Corps at Shorncliffe

The remembrance service, co-hosted by the Meridian Society and the British Army's Shorncliffe base, was held at the graves of six members of the Chinese Labour Corps in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, near Folkestone (Photo: Centenary News)

Commemorations honouring the Chinese Labour Corps have been held on the Kent coast as part of a WW1 Centenary programme raising awareness of the CLC’s support for the British war effort.

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New memorial to British West Indies Regiment on Sussex coast

The Nubian Jak Community Trust's tribute to the British West Indies Regiment: it was unveiled at Seaford railway station by the town's Mayor, Linda Wallraven, and Jon Chapman, of Sussex Community Rail Partnership, with local historian Kevin Gordon (Photo: Centenary News)

Soldiers from the West Indies who volunteered to serve Britain in WW1 have been commemorated with a Nubian Jak Community Trust blue plaque in Seaford, where their regiment was formed in 1915.

Uploaded on 13th Mar 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

Battle of Amiens Centenary - Ballot opens for August commemorations

British supply tanks passing a group of infantry on the way to action between Amiens and Bonchoir (Photo © IWM Q 56443)

A ticket ballot opens today (March 9) for commemorations in France marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, the UK Government announces.

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

Doullens & London to mark Marshal Foch command centenary

Doullens Town Hall, where French and British leaders met in response to Germany's spring offensive. This picture was taken at the start of the Great War Centenary in July 2014 (Photo: Centenary News)

Events are coming up in France and Britain on March 25/26 to commemorate the centenary of Ferdinand Foch becoming Allied commander-in-chief in 1918.

Uploaded on 9th Mar 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

Lookahead to the Royal Air Force Centenary

The Royal Air Force Memorial, unveiled in 1923, overlooking the Thames on the Victoria Embankment in Central London (Photo: Centenary News)

A mass flypast, 100-day baton relay and the unveiling of new galleries at the RAF Museum, Hendon, are among events coming up to mark the 100th birthday of Britain’s Royal Air Force.

Uploaded on 6th Mar 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

100 Years Ago: Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

German and Bolshevik soldiers fraternising at the time of the Brest-Litovsk peace talks (Photo © IWM Q 86960)

Russia's First World War involvement formally ended on 3 March 1918 with acceptance of tough peace terms at German headquarters on the Eastern Front.

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WW1 ‘Tommies’ launch final year Centenary campaign

Centenary News caught up with the Great War 'Tommies' standing guard at the Merchant Navy Memorial, near the Tower of London (Photo: Centenary News)

Life-size figures of British soldiers are appearing as part of a new charity art project -There But Not There - commemorating the 2018 centenary of the end of the First World War.

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

‘Gassed’ in US Midwest debut at WWI Museum

John Singer Sargent’s giant masterpiece, ‘Gassed’ being installed on a specially built wall in the National WWI Museum’s new Wylie Gallery (Photo: National WWI Museum & Memorial)

One of the best known First World War paintings, depicting the aftermath of a gas attack, is the focus for a new exhibition at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City.

Uploaded on 27th Feb 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

100 years ago: Hospital ship Glenart Castle sunk

Matron Katy Beaufoy is among medical staff of HMHS Glenart Castle remembered at the CWGC Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton (Photo: Centenary News

More than 160 lives were lost when the hospital ship Glenart Castle was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the early hours of 26 February 1918.

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Call to share WW1 stories with ‘unaware’ Millennials

Winston Churchill was mistakenly named Britain's Great War Prime Minister by almost half of those questioned for the SSAFA poll - rather than David Lloyd George (statue in the background) who took over from Herbert Asquith in December 1916 (Photo: Centenary News)

UK armed forces charity SSAFA is urging families to pass on their First World War stories, after research suggesting many young people don't know facts about the conflict.

Uploaded on 23rd Feb 2018 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment
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