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100 Years Ago: Jerusalem falls to British-led forces

Author: Paul Knight. Date: 11 Dec 2017

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.

WWI veteran USS Texas battles for survival

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 03 Dec 2017

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

Remembering cricketer Colin Blythe - Killed in Flanders 100 years ago

Author: Andy Moreton. Date: 08 Nov 2017

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

100 Years Ago: Bolsheviks seize power in the Russian Revolution

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 07 Nov 2017

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.

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

Author: Paul Knight. Date: 31 Oct 2017

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.

'A Soldier's Journey' explored - with US WWI Memorial sculptor Sabin Howard

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 27 Sep 2017

US sculptor Sabin Howard tells Centenary News how a visit to New Zealand is helping to shape his designs for America's new National World War I Memorial. 

Discovering the Unknown - Asian Indian soldiers in the US Military during WWI

Author: Tanveer Kalo. Date: 30 Aug 2017

Stories of Asian Indians who served America in the Great War are being rediscovered and shared by researcher Tanveer Kalo - as he explains here in Centenary News.

Centenary visit to France honours Edward Foster VC

Author: Evelyn McDermott. Date: 03 Aug 2017

Evelyn McDermott joined a delegation from Wandsworth honouring a south London soldier awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917, forging post-WW1 ties with Villers Plouich, near Cambrai.

From Parsonage to Passchendaele - A British nurse under fire in Flanders

Author: Tim Luard. Date: 30 Jul 2017

As the Passchendaele commemorations start, ex-BBC correspondent Tim Luard recalls the harrowing experiences of his great aunt as a senior nurse at the Third Battle of Ypres.

July 1917 - Building the US Air Service for action in WWI

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 24 Jul 2017

President Wilson signed legislation on 24 July 1917 earmarking $640 million to create an American air force for war, as Patrick Gregory explains. 

The Good, the ‘Bad’ and the Ugly - British aircraft of 1917

Author: Matthew Warner. Date: 20 Jul 2017

Matthew Warner explores the mixed fortunes of three planes introduced by Britain's Royal Flying Corps in 1917.

General Pershing arrives - 13 June 1917

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 13 Jun 2017

100 years ago today: US commander General John Pershing was welcomed enthusiastically in France, as Patrick Gregory reports.

100 Years Ago: Americans register for Great War draft

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 11 Jun 2017

In June 1917, millions of American men went to their local draft boards to register under the Selective Service Act – the first step in a conscription process for WWI.

The False Armistice - 7 November 1918

Author: James Smith. Date: 27 May 2017

In a special article for Centenary News, James Smith describes how news broke prematurely of an end to the First World War.

100 Years Ago: Britain’s Mercantile Marine and its first convoys

Author: Roger Hoefling. Date: 15 May 2017

Britain introduced transatlantic convoys in May 1917 to protect merchant ships from an increasingly dangerous German U-boat campaign.


'Face-to-Face' in Arras with troops of the Great War

Author: Peter Alhadeff. Date: 13 Apr 2017

A street display of pictures in Arras brings visitors close to soldiers and many others who served here during the First World War.

100 Years Ago: America declares war on Germany

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 06 Apr 2017

The US finally entered the First World War on 6 April 1917, ending President Wilson's attempts to stay neutral, as Patrick Gregory explains.

America Goes to War - WWI Centenary photo tribute to the 'Doughboys'

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 06 Apr 2017

Photographer Mike Sheil's latest touring exhibition, marking the US Centennial of entry into the First World War, has opened in the City of London.

100 Years Ago: Baghdad falls to British/Indian forces

Author: Major Paul Knight. Date: 11 Mar 2017

Major Paul Knight considers how a renewed Allied campaign in Mesopotamia resulted in Baghdad's capture on 11 March 1917.

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

Author: Peter Alhadeff. Date: 18 Jan 2017

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.

Focus on Prague photographer's tribute to the Czechoslovak Legionnaires

Author: Peter Alhadeff. Date: 09 Dec 2016

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

November 7 1916 - Americans go to the polls in close Presidential race

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 07 Nov 2016

President Woodrow Wilson narrowly won a second term in November 1916 on a platform of 'He Kept Us out of War', reflects Patrick Gregory.

'France at War' - Kipling reports from the Front, 1915

Author: Andy Moreton. Date: 29 Oct 2016

Collector Andy Moreton delves into his prized copy of a book of reports from the Western Front by the British writer Rudyard Kipling.

Painting the Somme - Centenary exhibition in London

Author: Patrick Gregory. Date: 29 Jun 2016

Artist Hughie O'Donoghue talks to Patrick Gregory about  'Seven Halts on the Somme' - a special display of his paintings at Leighton House Museum, London.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Lukigura in East Africa

Author: Andrew Kerr. Date: 24 Jun 2016

Inspired by the story of his soldier grandfather and the Kashmir Rifles, Andrew Kerr discusses the gruelling East Africa campaign on the centenary of the Battle of Lukigura.

America prepares to remember - US views of WW1 Centennial

Author: Patrick Gregory. Date: 10 Jun 2016

As the US National World War I Museum announces major expansion plans, Patrick Gregory asks if the approaching Centenary will raise American interest in the First World War.

Lt General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude – the 'unknown victor' in the Middle East

Author: Major Paul Knight. Date: 26 May 2016

The General who rebuilt British and Indian forces for the Mesopotamia Campaign after the fall of Kut in April 1916 is discussed by Paul Knight.

Centenary tribute to America's WWI pilots in France - April 20

Author: Patrick Gregory. Date: 18 Apr 2016

As the US and France prepare for a rededication ceremony to mark the centennial of a group of American pilots entering the First World War, Patrick Gregory looks back at the impact of the volunteer airmen. 

Centenary News focus on US First World War volunteers

Author: Patrick Gregory. Date: 14 Apr 2016

Patrick Gregory discusses how America's voluntary effort took shape in WW1, as a new exhibition opens at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri

100 Years Ago: Battle of the St Eloi Craters

Author: Matt Warner. Date: 24 Mar 2016

March 27th 2016 marked the centenary of the largely forgotten ‘Battle of the St Eloi Craters’, fought in a landscape pitted by mine explosions near Ypres. Matt Warner tells the story. 

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