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US WWI Museum seeks your vote on historic Great War posters

Choose between these five designs, all dating from 1917 (Image © National World War I Museum & Memorial)

Ahead of a new war poster exhibition, the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, is holding a global ballot to find the most popular choice with the public.

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100 Years Ago: The Silvertown Explosion

Police officer Edward Greenoff, posthumously awarded the King's Police Medal for his role in evacuating the burning Silvertown TNT plant, is remembered at the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in Postman's Park, City of London (Photo: Centenary News)

More than 70 people were killed, and hundreds more injured, in a blast at a munitions factory in London's docklands on 19 January 1917.

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'War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-18'

Sopwith Camels leaving their aerodrome on patrol over the Asiago Plateau (Image © Imperial War Museums (Art.IWM ART 2679)

An exhibition at the Estorick Collection in London offers a rare glimpse of Britain's First World War Italian campaign, writes CN Editor Peter Alhadeff.

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Article: The Spectator on 'the greatest hackers of the First World War'

The story of how British intelligence experts intercepted and decoded Germany's proposal for an alliance with Mexico in January 1917 is told in The Spectator magazine.

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'Women and the Royal Navy: Pioneers to Professionals' - Exhibition opening February 2017

Two members of the Women's Royal Naval Service cleaning depth charges during WW1 (Photo courtesy of National Museum of the Royal Navy)

The role of women in the British navy will be highlighted in a centenary exhibition opening at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, in February.

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Battle of Vimy Ridge Centenary - Canada pays tribute, April 2017

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, towering above the former Western Front battlefields, commemorates all Canadians who fought in the First World War (Photo: Centenary News)

Canada will hold ceremonies on 9 April 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War victory seen as a defining moment for the country.

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'The Earth Remembers' - Arras honours New Zealand tunnellers for 2017 Centenary

Visual of 'The Earth Remembers': Created by NZ artist Marian Fountain, the bronze sculpture will stand outside the Carrière Wellington Museum in Arras (Image © Marian Fountain)

A new memorial honouring New Zealand's WW1 tunnellers is due to be inaugurated during the Battle of Arras Centenary commemorations in France in April 2017.  

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NZ's new Prime Minister visits WW1 battlefields in Belgium

More than 800 missing soldiers are remembered on the New Zealand Memorial, Messines (Photo: Centenary News)

New Zealand's recently appointed Prime Minister, Bill English, has made an early visit to First World War memorials at the centre of Centenary commemorations in 2017.

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Visitor numbers at US National World War I Museum hit another record

Visitors entering the National World War I Museum's Main Gallery cross the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge, suspended over a symbolic poppy field. Nine thousand poppies, each representing 1,000 dead, are a reminder of the nine million military dead during the Great War (Photo: National World War I Museum & Memorial)

More than 300,000 people visited the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City in 2016, setting a new record for the third year in a row.

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Was Jutland the battle that won the First World War? - Debate

The National Museum of the Royal Navy's Jutland Centenary exhibition opened in May 2016 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Photo: Centenary News)

British and German naval historians will answer questions about the Battle of Jutland in a public debate organised by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, on 2 February 2017.

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Book launch - 'National Myth & the First World War in Modern Popular Music'

A new book exploring how the First World War has influenced songwriters from the 1950s to the present day will be launched with a lecture by author Peter Grant in London on 7 March 2017.

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Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary - UK ticket ballot opens

CWGC's Tyne Cot Cemetery, last resting place for thousands of soldiers killed on the battlefields of Passchendaele and Langemarck, and the focus for remembrance in summer 2017 (Photo: Centenary News)

Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele are invited to apply for tickets to attend the UK's centenary commemorations in Belgium on 31 July 2017.

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Article: 'Russians agonise over how to mark 1917 revolutions'

The Guardian reports that President Putin faces a dilemma of how to commemorate the events which shook Russia and the world in the penultimate year of the Great War.

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Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2017

Pictured (clockwise, from bottom left): Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery, Passchendaele; Lenin, leader of Russia's Bolshevik Revolution; Brookwood American Cemetery & Memorial; the Canadian National Vimy Memorial (Image © Centenary News)

The penultimate year of the Great War unleashed events that would reshape the world in the 20th century.

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WW1 Centenary Year 2016 - Remembered in Centenary News pictures

Shrouds of the Somme: artist Rob Heard's 19,240 figurines commemorating the number of British troops killed on the first day of the Somme were displayed in Exeter and Bristol (Photo: Centenary News)

Pictures taken by the Centenary News team recall some of the many events over the past year, marking First World War anniversaries from 1916.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Verdun ends after 10-month struggle

Douaumont Ossuary and the French National Military Cemetery, pictured in February 2016 (Photo: Centenary News)

The longest battle of the First World War ended at Verdun on 18 December 1916, after a campaign costing hundreds of thousands French and German casualties. 

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100 Years Ago: Joffre loses French army command to Nivelle

General Joffre (left) with his British counterpart, General Sir Douglas Haig, and General Ferdinand Foch at Chateau de Beauquesne, Haig's forward headquarters on the Somme, August 1916 (Photo © IWM Q 951)

General Joseph Joffre was replaced as French army chief in December 1916, in the latest leadership shake-up among the big powers midway through the First World War.

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Cyclists rally for 'India Remembers' commemorative ride

Col. B. S. Varma, 'India Remembers' Project Evaluator, and Mr Manoharlal Bahanwal, Manager of Kirkee War Cemetery, laying a marigold wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice before the cycle rally was flagged off from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site (Photo © India Remembers).

Cyclists from Pune have rallied for a 130-kilometre (80-mile) bike ride as part of an initiative to promote remembrance of India's war dead since 1914.

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Execution of first British officer in WW1 - December 10 1916

Canadian-born Eric Poole's grave at Poperinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium (Photo: Centenary News)

Second lieutenant Eric Poole, shot by firing squad on 10 December 1916, was the first British army officer to be executed in the Great War, despite evidence of shell shock. 

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Focus on Prague photographer's tribute to the Czechoslovak Legionnaires

Czech and Slovak forces at the Battle of Zborov - part of Russia's 'Kerensky Offensive' in July 1917 - featured by Milan Kabelka in his centenary calendar for 2017 (Photo © Milan Kabelka)

Centenary News views Milan Kabelka's photos, evoking actions fought by Czech and Slovak volunteers who sided with the Allies in pursuit of independence.

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100 Years Ago: Lloyd George becomes UK Prime Minister

David Lloyd George's statue in Parliament Square, London (Photo: Centenary News)

David Lloyd George took office as British Prime Minister on 7 December 1916, replacing Herbert Asquith who resigned amid criticism of his war leadership.

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Bucharest falls to the Central Powers - December 6 1916

German troops entering captured Bucharest (Photo © IWM Q 87112)

Bucharest became the latest European capital to fall to the Central Powers during the Great War when German-led troops entered the city 100 years ago.

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'A legacy for future generations' - Auckland Museum's new remembrance gallery

Collections at Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre include hundreds of war medals, each linked to a personal story (Photo: Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira)

A new gallery for New Zealanders to discover and commemorate those who've served their country in war has opened at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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WW1 soldier's Victoria Cross donated to Australian War Memorial

Corporal Lawrence Weathers VC (Photo courtesy of the Australian War Memorial - HO 6789)

A Victoria Cross awarded to New Zealand-born soldier Lawrence Carthage Weathers has gone on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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Oxford seminars to explore 'how we can best commemorate war'

International commemorations in Belgium marking the Battle of Mons Centenary, August 2014 (Photo: Centenary News)

Leading figures from the arts and politics will discuss post-war commemoration and reconciliation at a series of seminars in 2017-18, Oxford University announces. 

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Book Review - HMS Hampshire: a Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled, by 12 authors

'Meticulous and enthralling' - CN Editor Peter Alhadeff on this centenary account of the naval disaster that claimed the lives of Britain's War Minister Lord Kitchener and most of the crewmen on a Royal Navy cruiser in 1916.

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The Western Front: Landscape, Tourism and Heritage, by Dr Stephen Miles

Publisher's Description:

'The Western Front: Heritage, Landscape and Tourism is a timely addition to our increasing interest in the First World War and the places where it was fought. It will be indispensable to those who seek a deeper understanding of the conflict from previously undervalued perspectives.'

Read the full description here.

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100 Years Ago: Emperor Franz Joseph dies

Emperor Franz Joseph's statue in the Burggarten, Vienna (Photo: Centenary News)

Austria-Hungary became the first major Great War power to lose its head of state, when Emperor Franz Joseph died on 21 November 1916.

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'Mixed emotions' on Emperor Franz Joseph Centenary - Radio Prague

Prague Castle (Photo: Centenary News)

A Radio Prague programme reports 'mixed emotions' among Czechs in the week that marked the 100th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph's death.

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'Shrouds of the Somme' - Artist's Centenary tribute in Bristol

The shrouded figurines created by Rob Heard laid out at Bristol Cathedral (Photo: Centenary News)

As the 2016 Somme commemorations draw to a close, Centenary News finds the public deeply moved during another display of the 'Shrouds of the Somme' installation following its July debut in Exeter.

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