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100 Years Ago: Armistice on the Eastern Front

Soviet and German negotiators arriving for peace talks at Brest-Litovsk. Facing the camera is the Soviet delegate, Adolph Joffe. Photograph probably taken in December 1917 (© IWM Q 86710)

Russia's new revolutionary socialist leaders agreed an armistice with the Central Powers on 15 December 1917, suspending the Great War on the Eastern Front.

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100 Years Ago: Jerusalem falls to British-led forces

General Allenby's arrival on foot at the Jaffa Gate - in the foreground is Brigadier General William Borton, Jerusalem's newly-appointed military governor. Allenby was also accompanied by the commanders of French and Italian troops in Palestine (Photo © IWM Q 12616)

General Sir Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem on 11 December 1917 after a six-week campaign against the Ottomans in Palestine, as Major Paul Knight explains.

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The US declares war on Austria-Hungary, 7 December 1917

The Habsburg double-headed eagle, symbol of an empire described by President Woodrow Wilson as 'the vassal of the German government' (Photo: Centenary News)

America extended its WW1 involvement as 1917 drew to a close, declaring war on Germany's ally, Austria-Hungary.

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First US WW1 destroyer loss commemorated for Centenary

Britain's Maritime Archaeology Trust is telling the story of USS Jacob Jones, torpedoed on 6 December 1917 in the southwest approaches to the English Channel. 

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100 Years Ago: The Halifax Explosion

A devastated street in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Photo © IWM Q 71057)

A ship loaded with high explosives blew up following a collision in the Canadian port of Halifax on 6 December 1917, killing 2,000 people and leaving thousands more homeless.

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WWI veteran USS Texas battles for survival

USS Texas in service (Image: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)

Campaigners are urgently appealing for support to save the last surviving American battleship of both world wars from the scrapyard, reports Patrick Gregory.

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Military Wives Choirs campaign to record 2018 Centenary album

More than 70 British Military Wives Choirs are uniting with military bands from all three services to record a new album commemorating the end of the WW1 Centenary in 2018.

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Scotland honours pioneering WW1 doctor Elsie Inglis

Wreaths were laid at Dr Elsie Inglis's grave in Edinburgh on November 26, the centenary of her death. Re-enactor Ailsa Clarke is dressed in a replica of the uniform worn by doctors of the Scottish Women's Hospitals during the Great War (Photo: WW100 Scotland/Lenny Warren)

Tributes are being paid to the doctor who defied disapproval to set up hospitals, staffed by women, to treat wounded soldiers in France and the Balkans.

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Article: 250 cemeteries in France to be lit for close of Great War Centenary

Illuminated vigils are planned at war graves in the Arras region on Armistice eve 2018 to mark the return of peace 100 years ago, La Voix du Nord newspaper reports.

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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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Cambrai tank veteran 'Deborah' keeps vigil in new home

The Mark IV tank, discovered by local historian Philippe Gorczynski after lying buried for decades, sits at the heart of the new Cambrai Tank Museum 1917 in France (Photo: Nord Tourisme)

A first glimpse of the Battle of Cambrai veteran Deborah in her final resting place, 100 years after she fought in the first mass tank attack.

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Cambrai Centenary - tank tribute at London's Cenotaph

A replica First World War tank stood guard in Whitehall for Battle of Cambrai Centenary commemorations on November 19 (Photo: Centenary News)

Soldiers and veterans of Britain's Royal Tank Regiment paraded before a replica Mark IV tank at the Cenotaph in tribute to their predecessors who fought at the Battle of Cambrai 100 years ago.

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Cambrai Centenary - Special Order No.6 recited at Cenotaph

The eve of battle order to British tank crews at Cambrai in 1917 was recited during the centenary commemorations at the Cenotaph, London.

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Battle of Cambrai Centenary events get under way

Councillor Winston Michael, Mayor of Ashford, lays his wreath at the town's tank memorial on November 17 (Photo: Centenary News)

A surviving Great War tank has been the focus for a remembrance service in the UK town of Ashford, as Cambrai Centenary commemorations start in Britain and France this weekend.

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The Battle of Cambrai - told by The Tank Museum

Britain's Tank Museum is releasing a documentary ahead of the Battle of Cambrai Centenary on November 20, telling the story of the first mass tank attack in history.

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Armistice Centenary - France to invite world leaders

Leaders of the countries involved in the First World War will be invited to Paris for the November 2018 Centenary of the Armistice, President Macron announces.

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US digs in for start of 'long overdue' WW1 National Memorial in Washington

Soil from the Meuse-Argonne battlefields of France, where 26,000 US soldiers fell in 1918, is turned to mark start of work on the National WWI Memorial in Pershing Park, Washington DC (Photo courtesy of United States World War I Centennial Commission)

The new US National World War I Memorial has taken a significant step forward, with a ground-breaking ceremony to get the project under way in the nation's capital.

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Zeebrugge Raid Centenary 2018 - Call for Papers

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is inviting papers for an April 2018 conference marking the centenary of Britain's attempt to seal off German U-boat bases on the Belgian coast.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Passchendaele ends

Australian troops walking along duckboards through the remains of Chateau Wood, October 1917 - one of the best known images of the Great War, taken by the Australian photographer Frank Hurley (Photo © IWM E(AUS) 1220)

Canadian troops completed the capture of Passchendaele on 10 November 1917, ending the Allied offensive in Flanders known also as the Third Battle of Ypres.

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CWGC launches new charity 'bridging generation gap' in remembrance

Scarlett Watkins and Andrew Williams, who took part in CWGC's new internship scheme in the summer, at the Merchant Navy Memorial, London, for the launch of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (Photo: Centenary News)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is embarking on a new venture, encouraging young people to take forward remembrance of the dead of both world wars.

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Remembering cricketer Colin Blythe - Killed in Flanders 100 years ago

The Kent & England bowler, Colin Blythe, who fell on 8 November 1917 in the last hours of the Battle of Passchendaele (Photo courtesy of Kent County Cricket Club)

CN contributor Andy Moreton pays tribute to the champion cricketer, Colin Blythe, on the centenary of his death in the Great War.

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100 Years Ago: Bolsheviks seize power in the Russian Revolution

Statue of Lenin, founder of the Soviet state, in St Petersburg. Russia's former capital bore the name Leningrad from 1924 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 (Photo: Centenary News)

On the Centenary of the Bolshevik coup, Patrick Gregory looks back at the turmoil which propelled Lenin's revolutionaries to power in Russia during the First World War.

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Article: 'There was nothing inevitable about the Bolshevik revolution'

The Russian uprising of November 1917 could have been short-lived, like so many other failed revolutions of that era, Simon Sebag Montefiore writes in The New York Times.

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'Hold High The Torch' - CWGC global remembrance event, November 11

Photos can be shared on November 11, using CWGC's new 'Hold High The Torch' app (Image courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission invites people to take part in a global remembrance event on Armistice Day, using digital technology to create 'a wave of light from Sydney to London.'

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Armistice Centenary - Australia pledges $7.5m for local projects

The 'Cobbers' memorial in Northern France to Australians who fell at the Battle of Fromelles in 1916 (Photo: Centenary News)

Applications open on 11 November 2017 for a $7.5 million Australian community grants programme to mark the 2018 Centenary of the First World War Armistice.

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100 Years Ago: The Balfour Declaration

The text of the Balfour Declaration (Image: Wikipedia/Public Domain)

Britain pledged its support for the establishment of a 'national home for the Jewish people' in Palestine, in a letter written by Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour on 2 November 1917.

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Article: 'The Contested Centenary' - Britain's Balfour Declaration

The centenary of the British Government's First World War promise to 'establish a Jewish national home' in Palestine is being 'revisited with passion and anger', an article in The Guardian says.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Beersheba opens Allied way to Palestine

The Imperial Camel Corps Brigade outside Beersheba, 1 November 1917 (Photo © IWM Q 13159)

Allied fortunes in the Sinai campaign turned following the arrival of a new commander, and victory at Beersheba on 31 October 1917, writes Major Paul Knight.

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US Centennial article: 'Perpetuating the French-American legacy'

Monuments to General John Pershing and the Marquis de Lafayette have been rededicated in Versailles, 80 years after they were first conceived as a Great War tribute (Photo: US World War I Centennial Commission)

WWI Centennial Commissioner Monique Seefried highlights the involvement of many young people at a ceremony in France commemorating the historical bonds with the US.

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First World War Italian campaign photos discovered in Australia

An artillery unit, from the collection of WW1 photos that has come to light in Perth, Western Australia

Centenary News reader Vick Kristoff tells us about his discovery of hundreds of glass photographic negatives revealing scenes from the Italian front in the Great War.

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