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'Congress and the World Wars'- Capitol Hill marks Centennial

22 March 2017

America's entry into WW1 in 1917 is being commemorated with an exhibition at the US Capitol Visitor Center, highlighting the response of Congress to both world wars.

'1917 - How One Year Changed the World': US Jewish history museum exhibition

21 March 2017

A centennial exhibition exploring the dramatic events of 1917 that reshaped America's role in the world has opened at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

100 Years Ago: German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line

20 March 2017

German troops pulled back to new defensive positions on the Western Front in spring 1917 as they prepared to face renewed Allied onslaughts in France.

Passchendaele Centenary opening for 'Zonnebeke Church Dugout'

17 March 2017

A preserved WW1 dugout will be specially opened to the public for the Battle of Passchendaele Centenary in 2017, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele announces.

100 Years Ago: Tsar Nicholas II abdicates in 'February Revolution'

15 March 2017

Nicholas II was the first of Europe's imperial rulers to fall during the Great War, forced to abdicate on 15 March 1917 by mass protests in the Russian capital, Petrograd.

Centenary tributes to Captain Archibald Bisset Smith VC

14 March 2017

Ceremonies have been held in Scotland and New Zealand to honour Archibald Bisset Smith, a First World War merchant ship's captain awarded the Victoria Cross, and the crewmen lost with him on the SS Otaki. 

Royal opening for 'Women and the Royal Navy' centenary exhibition

13 March 2017

Princess Anne has opened a centenary exhibition at the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth, dedicated to the role of women in the British navy.

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

10 March 2017

Cultural historian Dr Peter Grant talks about his new book charting the influence of the Great War on songwriters from the 1950s to the present day. 

Three more WW1 Victoria Crosses displayed at the Australian War Memorial

07 March 2017

Victoria Cross medals awarded to three Australian soldiers in 1917-18 have been added to the Centenary display in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour.

Matching Centenary tributes to fallen Durham soldier

06 March 2017

The family of a British soldier killed on the Somme battlefields in March 1917 have marked the centenary of his death with simultaneous wreath layings in the UK and France.

100 Years Ago: The Imperial War Museum founded during WW1

05 March 2017

The Imperial War Museum was founded on 5 March 1917 when the British Government approved a proposal for a national museum to record events taking place while the First World War was still being fought.  

'Remembering World War I is essential' - US Centennial Commissioner

01 March 2017

The First World War was the 'shaping event' of the 20th century, and America should continue to learn from 'this great tragedy', says Dr Monique Brouillet Seefried, a US World War I Centennial Commissioner.

'Posters as Munitions, 1917' - Centennial exhibition at US WW1 museum

27 February 2017

A special exhibition illustrating the use of the poster as a propaganda weapon has opened at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Battle of Chemin des Dames: Centenary dossier from Mission Centenaire

27 February 2017

Articles and videos explaining the Battle of the Chemin des Dames have been released together online by Mission Centenaire for the April 2017 Centenary.

Remembering the SS Mendi - South Africa leads centenary tributes

22 February 2017

Centenary News reports from the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton, where South Africa held a service on February 20, commemorating more than 600 troops lost in the sinking of the SS Mendi.

100 Years Ago: South African troops lost in SS Mendi disaster

21 February 2017

The troopship SS Mendi sank after a collision in the English Channel on 21 February 1917, claiming the lives of more than 600 South Africans being sent to the Western Front.

Appeal for information about 15 First World War soldiers

18 February 2017

Researchers are appealing for help to discover the personal stories of 15 First World War soldiers commemorated at the offices of Lloyd's Register in London.

'Passchendaele Remembered' - 3rd Battle of Ypres Centenary events update

15 February 2017

The latest on commemorations coming up in Flanders in 2017 to mark the centenary of a WW1 campaign fought in some of the most atrocious conditions on the Western Front.

New Zealand marks Battle of Messines Centenary - June 2017

14 February 2017

New Zealand will hold events in Belgium on June 7 to commemorate its role in the Battle of Messines, a dramatic prelude to the main Allied offensive at Ypres in 1917.

France prepares for Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary

10 February 2017

Commemorations will be taking place in the Aisne region at Easter to mark the centenary of the First World War battle that shook French morale to the core in April 1917.

US national ceremony to mark WWI Centennial - April 2017

08 February 2017

America will commemorate the centenary of its entry into the First World War with a national ceremony on April 6, the US WWI Centennial Commission announces.

WW1 Submarine Centenary: Historic U-boat wreck photos released

06 February 2017

German submarines wrecked on the Cornish coast after the First World War have been revealed by conservationists in photos newly acquired by the Historic England archives.

WW1 Submarine Centenary: UK memorial wins added heritage protection

06 February 2017

Conservationists have upgraded the protected status of Britain's national memorial to submariners to safeguard its preservation for future generations.

'Away from the Western Front' project to highlight 'overlooked' campaigns

03 February 2017

A new project aims to raise awareness of the men and women from Britain and its former empire who served in the 'often overlooked' WW1 campaigns in Salonika, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Africa.

'Salonika Remembers' - schools invited to explore CWGC sites in Greece

03 February 2017

A project for schools commemorating the centenary of the Salonika Campaign has been launched by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in partnership with the British Council in Greece.

100 Years Ago: Germany resumes 'sink on sight' U-boat war

01 February 2017

Germany took the fateful step of resuming unrestricted submarine attacks on merchant ships from 1 February 1917, in an attempt to cut off Britain's vital supplies.

'War Beneath the Waves' - Germany's U-boats in Flanders

01 February 2017

German U-boat operations on the Flemish coast were discussed by marine archaeologist Tomas Termote at a lecture launching the English edition of his book on the WW1 submarine campaign.

War artist Wyndham Lewis to feature in IWM's 2017 Centenary events

27 January 2017

A major retrospective devoted to the First World War work of modernist painter Wyndham Lewis is among the special exhibitions announced for Imperial War Museums' Centenary year.

US WWI Museum seeks your vote on historic Great War posters

25 January 2017

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.

Poppy seeds highlight WW1 Centennial on US Inauguration Day

21 January 2017

US Centennial Commission volunteers handed out Flanders poppy seeds during the Presidential inauguration in Washington to raise awareness of America's forthcoming Great War commemorations.

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