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100 Years Ago: Flu emerges as new enemy

Author: James Taub. Date: 16 Mar 2018

As an unusually deadly outbreak of influenza confronted the Great War armies, US WWI historian James Taub considers its impact on American forces. 

100 Years Ago: Troopship Tuscania sunk carrying US soldiers

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 07 Feb 2018

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.

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

Author: Chris Dickon. Date: 28 Jan 2018

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. 

The Americans who served with Allied forces through WW1

Author: Chris Dickon. Date: 12 Jan 2018

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.

100 Years Ago: Woodrow Wilson sets out his Fourteen Points

Author: Patrick Gregory . Date: 08 Jan 2018

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, 

How 1918 unfolded - Year of Decision in the Great War

Author: Peter Alhadeff. Date: 03 Jan 2018

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.

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.

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