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100 Years Ago - The Royal Navy raids on Zeebrugge & Ostend

21 April 2018

As cross-channel commemorations get under way, Centenary News reports from the Flanders coast on Britain’s daring attempt to cut off German submarine bases at a critical moment in the First World War.

Death of the Red Baron - 21 April 1918

21 April 2018

Captain Manfred von Richtofen, leading ace of the German Air Service during the First World War, was killed on this day 100 years ago by enemy fire near Amiens. 

Final '100 Cities/100 Memorials' US Centennial awards announced

12 April 2018

Fifty more memorials in US cities commemorating America's Great War dead have been officially designated, and awarded grants, as national 'WW1 Centennial Memorials'.

100 Years Ago - Field Marshal Haig calls for 'Backs to the Wall' fight to the last

11 April 2018

'There is no other course open to us but to fight it out,' British commander Sir Douglas Haig ordered on 11 April 1918, rallying his troops against fresh German advances threatening the Channel ports.  

French & Portuguese leaders mark Battle of the Lys Centenary

09 April 2018

President Macron and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, led tributes at Richebourg today (9 April 2018) to Portuguese soldiers who fell on the Western Front.

Zeebrugge Centenary - 'Battle for the North Sea' exhibition coming up in Bruges

06 April 2018

The crucial struggle waged between the British navy and the Flanders-based German submarine fleet during the First World War is explored in a new exhibition, opening in Bruges on April 21.

Zeebrugge Centenary - Dover events

06 April 2018

In the UK, the 100th anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid will be marked with special events in Dover on April 23.

15,000 visitors at RAF Museum for Royal Air Force Centenary

05 April 2018

The RAF Museum in London says its Easter weekend of events marking the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force drew more than 15,000 visitors.

War Memorials ‘listed’ for RAF Centenary

04 April 2018

Fourteen war memorials have been newly listed or upgraded for conservation by the UK Government to mark the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force.

100 Years Ago: Royal Air Force founded

01 April 2018

The world’s first independent air force was created on 1 April 1918, with the merger of Britain's Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service into the RAF.

'Side by Side' - America’s WWI war effort remembered in Britain

28 March 2018

Patrick Gregory reports on the opening of a new exhibition at the American Museum in Britain commemorating US involvement  in the First World War.

Centenary salutes to the leadership of Marshal Foch

26 March 2018

Ceremonies have been held in both the UK and France to mark the centenary of Ferdinand Foch's appointment as Allied Supreme Commander on 26 March 1918, at a critical moment in the Great War.

Doullens on parade for Foch Centenary

25 March 2018

Centenary News watches commemorations in the Somme town where Allied leaders took the historic decision to appoint Marshal Foch supreme commander on 26 March 1918.

100 Years Ago: German Spring Offensive launched

21 March 2018

German forces began a thrust across Northern France on 21 March 1918, initially threatening to overwhelm the Allies.

Update on Zeebrugge Raid conference at Royal Navy Museum

16 March 2018

The National Museum of the Royal Navy announces more details of its April conference marking the centenary of Britain's attempt to block German U-boat bases in Flanders.

Tributes paid to the Chinese Labour Corps at Shorncliffe

15 March 2018

Commemorations honouring the Chinese Labour Corps have been held on the Kent coast as part of a WW1 Centenary programme raising awareness of the CLC’s support for the British war effort.

New memorial to British West Indies Regiment on Sussex coast

13 March 2018

Soldiers from the West Indies who volunteered to serve Britain in WW1 have been commemorated with a Nubian Jak Community Trust blue plaque in Seaford, where their regiment was formed in 1915.

Battle of Amiens Centenary - Ballot opens for August commemorations

10 March 2018

A ticket ballot opens today (March 9) for commemorations in France marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, the UK Government announces.

Doullens & London to mark Marshal Foch command centenary

09 March 2018

Events are coming up in France and Britain on March 25/26 to commemorate the centenary of Ferdinand Foch becoming Allied commander-in-chief in 1918.

Lookahead to the Royal Air Force Centenary

06 March 2018

A mass flypast, 100-day baton relay and the unveiling of new galleries at the RAF Museum, Hendon, are among events coming up to mark the 100th birthday of Britain’s Royal Air Force.

100 Years Ago: Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

03 March 2018

Russia's First World War involvement formally ended on 3 March 1918 with acceptance of tough peace terms at German headquarters on the Eastern Front.

WW1 ‘Tommies’ launch final year Centenary campaign

28 February 2018

Life-size figures of British soldiers are appearing as part of a new charity art project -There But Not There - commemorating the 2018 centenary of the end of the First World War.

‘Gassed’ in US Midwest debut at WWI Museum

27 February 2018

One of the best known First World War paintings, depicting the aftermath of a gas attack, is the focus for a new exhibition at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City.

100 years ago: Hospital ship Glenart Castle sunk

26 February 2018

More than 160 lives were lost when the hospital ship Glenart Castle was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the early hours of 26 February 1918.

Call to share WW1 stories with ‘unaware’ Millennials

23 February 2018

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.

100 Years Ago: War resumes on the Eastern Front

19 February 2018

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

France invites New Zealanders to create Le Quesnoy peace garden

13 February 2018

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.

New Cambrai tank museum opens, March 2018

12 February 2018

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.

Update on Islay's Tuscania centenary tribute

08 February 2018

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.

100 Years Ago: First UK women given the vote

06 February 2018

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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