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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.

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Latest UK Centenary comment: BBC urged to reflect Allied victory - and was WW1 just?

A glance at two recent articles about the First World War and this year's Armistice Centenary, published in the British media.

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100 Years Ago: War resumes on the Eastern Front

'The most comical war I have ever known', German commander Max Hoffmann on the unopposed advance against Soviet Russia in February 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 24067)

The Central Powers drove towards Russia on 18 February 1918, following the breakdown of peace talks with the new revolutionary government.

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France invites New Zealanders to create Le Quesnoy peace garden

The walls of Le Quesnoy, scaled by New Zealand soldiers on 4 November 1918. The proposed site for the peace garden is next to the existing New Zealand Memorial (Photo by Henry Armytage Sanders, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)

New Zealand landscapers are invited to submit plans for a memorial peace garden in Le Quesnoy, the French town liberated by New Zealand troops in the last week of the First World War.

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New Cambrai tank museum opens, March 2018

Tank D51 'Deborah' in her final resting place at the Cambrai Tank 1917 Museum in Flesquières (Photo © Cambrésis Tourisme)

A museum built to mark the Battle of Cambrai Centenary will open to the public on March 15, with the British tank Deborah as its centrepiece.

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Update on Islay's Tuscania centenary tribute

Piper Isobel Ferguson plays at the American Monument on the Mull of Oa, alongside flag bearers David MacArthur (left), from Islay Lifeboat Station, and Gus Newman (centre) from Port Ellen Coast Guard. The memorial was built for the American Red Cross in 1920 to commemorate the losses of the troopships SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto in 1918 (Photo © Warren Media 2017)

People on the Hebridean island of Islay gathered on February 5 for the first in a series of events in 2018 commemorating First World War tragedies on their shores a century ago.

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100 Years Ago: Troopship Tuscania sunk carrying US soldiers

Kilnaughton Military Cemetery, looking out to sea from the Scottish island of Islay towards the scene of the tragedy, was created to bury Tuscania's dead (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission - CWGC)

The liner Tuscania was torpedoed on 5 February 1918 near the end of a voyage bringing 2,000 US troops to Europe - as Patrick Gregory explains.

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100 Years Ago: First UK women given the vote

A blue plaque commemorating Dame Millicent Fawcett, leader of the suffragist movement, at her former home in Bloomsbury, London. She'll be the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square later this year (Photo: Centenary News)

Campaigners for women's suffrage in Britain achieved a victory during the First World War, with some women winning the right to vote in 1918.

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CWGC Article: Film producer Guy de Beaujeu on 'Journey's End'

Producer Guy de Beaujeu writes for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission about the latest screen adaptation of RC Sheriff's classic play, Journey's End.

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Islay remembers 1918 troopship losses

Piper Isobel Ferguson will play a lament during centenary commemorations for the Tuscania at CWGC Kilnaughton Military Cemetery on Monday, February 5. Private Roy Muncaster is the only American serviceman still buried on Islay (Photo: WW100 Scotland)

The Scottish island of Islay is embarking on events to commemorate the sinking of the Tuscania and Otranto, with the loss of 700 American and British lives.

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UK Government backs new memorial to Sikh troops

A woman pins flowers to a soldier's tunic during a march past (Photo © IWM Q 70214)

Plans for a national memorial in London to honour Sikhs who fought for Britain in both world wars have won government support.

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100 Years Ago: 'In Flanders Fields' poet John McCrae dies

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae and his dog Bonneau (Photo: Library and Archives Canada)

The Canadian doctor, soldier and poet who wrote In Flanders Fields died in France on 28 January 1918. Author Chris Dickon reflects on John McCrae's life and legacy. 

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Record visitors at Austria's Military History Museum

The Museum of Military History, Vienna, is housed in a former arsenal built by Emperor Franz Joseph (Photo: Centenary News)

Visitor numbers at the Vienna-based museum dedicated to Austrian military history hit a new record in 2017 - with the First World War again a significant draw.

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Argonne project remembering America's bloodiest WWI battle

Meuse-Argonne veterans who went on to become leading figures in the Second World War included Douglas MacArthur, seen here receiving the Distinguished Service Cross from General Pershing, commander of American forces on the Western Front. Looking on (right) is William Donovan, later head of the OSS intelligence agency, precursor of the CIA (Photo: US Army/Wikimedia Commons)

A project highlighting key sites in the US Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918 has been launched by France's National Forestry Office.

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The Great War Symphony - a 'Monument in Music' for the Centenary

Centenary News has listened in to recording of 'The Great War Symphony' - a new choral work specially written for the closing WW1 commemorations by British composer Patrick Hawes.

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Mission Centenaire backs more than 1,200 projects for 2018

The Monument aux Morts - War Memorial - at Frelinghien on the French/Belgian border between Lille and Armentières (Photo: Centenary News)

The number of projects endorsed for the final year of WW1 commemorations by France's lead Centenary organisation is close to that of 2014, with more still pending.

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Urgent appeal to find British WW1 soldier's family

The grave of an unknown soldier at a CWGC cemetery. Such headstones also bear the inscription 'Known unto God' - chosen by the author and poet Rudyard Kipling who lost his only son in the Great War. A regimental badge is added if an unknown soldier's unit can be identified (Photo: Centenary News)

British military officials trying to identify a First World War soldier's remains want to trace the family of Edward Norton, a Durham Light Infantry sergeant killed in France in September 1918.

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Schools' WW1 Centenary quilt display in Cardiff​

One of the quilts that's being exhibited in the Welsh capital (Photo: Monmouthshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society - Affiliated to the Arts Society)

Two commemorative quilts designed and handmade by 130 Monmouthshire schoolchildren for the First World War Centenary are on display at the Welsh Assembly's Pierhead Futures Gallery.

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The Americans who served with Allied forces through WW1

A recruiting streetcar toured the Canadian city of Toronto in 1915 promising a free and easy trip to Europe. Any Americans who might have been in Toronto were welcome to get on board (Photo: City of Toronto Archives)

Author Chris Dickon explains how many American volunteers were already Great War veterans in 1918 as the US built up its own army for action in Europe.

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100 Years Ago: Woodrow Wilson sets out his Fourteen Points

President Wilson travelled to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 to promote the Fourteen Points. He's pictured here (right) with the Italian, British and French Prime Ministers - Vittorio Orlando, David Lloyd George and Georges Clemenceau. Wilson was the first sitting US President to visit Europe (Photo © IWM Q 48222)

Patrick Gregory discusses US President Woodrow Wilson's vision, outlined in a speech to Congress on 8 January 1918, for a new world order after the Great War, 

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Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2018

After more than four years of war, the guns fell silent silent at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

A Centenary News summary of major anniversaries that shaped 1918, the final year of the First World War - and news of some of the 2018 event programmes announced so far.

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How 1918 unfolded - Year of Decision in the Great War

Centenary News considers how years of deadlock came to an end in 1918, as first the Germans and then the Allies went on the attack.

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Focus on Armistice Centenary - Mons 2018

The grave of Private George Price - killed minutes before the Armistice - at CWGC St Symphorien Cemetery in Mons. This picture was taken at commemorations on 23 August 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Mons in 1914 (Photo: Centenary News)

Two days of commemorations are planned in Mons on November 10 & 11 to mark the centenary of the Belgian city's liberation at the very end of the First World War.

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France names 2018 'Year Clemenceau' for close of WW1 Centenary

Georges Clemenceau, appointed French Prime Minister in November 1917 (Photo: Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)

Themes for France's final year of Great War Centenary commemorations include a focus on Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, remembered as the 'Father of Victory'.

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Article: French WW1 Centenary energy undiminished in final year

Historian Antoine Prost tells La Croix newspaper that the French people are as determined as ever to commemorate the First World War Centenary in 2018.

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Armistice Day at the Cenotaph, London

The Cenotaph in Whitehall, built in tribute to the dead of the Great War and unveiled by King George V on Armistice Day 1920 (Photo: Centenary News)

With the Armistice Centenary on November 11 coinciding with Britain's Remembrance Sunday, the traditional ceremony at the Cenotaph will conclude with an expanded march-past.​

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2018 Events - 'Shrouds of the Somme' in Armistice Centenary tribute

Shrouds of the Somme, displayed at Exeter and Bristol in 2016, and now destined for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the close of the WW1 Centenary in November (Photo: Centenary News)

British artist Rob Heard is individually stitching more than 72,000 shrouded figures to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the First World War.

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Final Tower Poppies tour venues named

Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and IWM North - among chosen locations for the 2018 poppy displays. 'Wave' and 'Weeping Window' will join Imperial War Museums' permanent collections at the close of the WW1 Centenary (Photo: Centenary News)

Six cities are to host the Tower of London Poppies in 2018, the last year of their UK tour marking the First World War Centenary.

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'Making a New World' - 2018 Centenary events coming up at IWM

William Orpen's 1918 painting 'Harvest' will feature at the Imperial War Museum, London, in next year's exhibition,'Generation Hope: Life after the First World War' (Image © IWM ART 4663)

As well as displaying the Tower of London Poppies, Imperial War Museums announce they will also hold a programme of special events in 2018 to close their First World War Centenary commemorations.

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Hundred Days: The end of the Great War, by Nick Lloyd

Publisher's Description:

'Using unpublished archive material from five countries, this new account reveals how the Allies managed to beat the German Army, by now crippled by indiscipline and ravaged by influenza, and force her leaders to seek peace.'

Read the full description here.

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