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Turn of the tide on the Marne - July 1918

18 July 2018

Battles in northeastern France 100 years ago signalled a crucial shift in the First World War, as the Allies gained the advantage over the Germans.

100 Years Ago: Revolutionaries kill Russian royal family

17 July 2018

Tsar Nicholas II - last Tsar of Russia and the first of Europe's imperial rulers toppled in WW1 - was killed, together with his family, by Bolshevik revolutionaries on 17 July 1918.

Armistice Centenary - Paris to host Peace Forum

16 July 2018

France is convening an international forum in Paris on November 11 to promote peace, 100 years after the guns fell silent in the First World War. 

CWGC staff return to Iraq after 12 years

13 July 2018

Commonwealth War Graves Commission staff have made their first working visit to Iraq since 2006 to inspect CWGC memorials and cemeteries around Basra.

UK ticket ballot launches for Centenary Armistice Day 'People's Procession'

12 July 2018

Britain is inviting the public to enter a ballot for tickets to march past the Cenotaph in London on November 11 as part of national events marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.  

WW1 British sailor laid to rest on Arras battlefield

11 July 2018

A Royal Navy sailor of the Great War has been buried with full military honours in France, more than 100 years after he was killed in action at the Battle of Arras.

100 days remembering Wilfred Owen in Shropshire

10 July 2018

Wide-ranging commemorations for the life and work of the British First World War poet and soldier Wilfred Owen have been announced in the county of his birth.

100-aircraft flypast celebrates RAF Centenary

10 July 2018

One of Britain’s biggest flypasts in recent years has taken place over London as the Royal Air Force marked the 100th anniversary of its foundation during the First World War.

Compiègne centenary appeal for historic Armistice memorial

05 July 2018

The city of Compiègne is making a crowdfunding appeal to renovate La Dalle Sacrée, the memorial at the site of the ceasefire agreement ending the Great War on 11 November 1918.

Centenary News countdown to the Armistice

04 July 2018

A reminder of some of the main events shaping the last four months of the First World War in 1918 - together with an update on forthcoming centenary commemorations. 

US to sound ‘Bells of Peace’ on Armistice Centennial

04 July 2018

Bells will be rung across America on November 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I in 1918, the US Centennial Commission announces.

Leeds Minister tribute to lives lived & lost in the First World War

01 July 2018

Tributes are being paid to 76 British soldiers named on the church war memorial at Leeds Minster as part of 'There But Not There' - a commemorative art installation touring the UK in the final WW1 Centenary year.

Belleau Wood finally falls - 26 June 1918

29 June 2018

A reflection on the closing stages of the Belleau Wood battle and the special place it commands in the annals of US military history – and of the Marines in particular. 

To End All Wars? - Legacies of WW1 conference in Ypres, August 2018

21 June 2018

Leading historians will discuss the aftermath and commemorative legacies of the First World War at a conference in Ypres from August 22-25.

Remembering the 1918 Chilwell explosion

20 June 2018

The 100th anniversary of one of the worst  disasters on Britain’s home front in WW1 is to be commemorated in Nottinghamshire with talks, exhibitions and a special remembrance service.

100 Years Ago: Last Austro-Hungarian push in Italy

19 June 2018

What turned out to be Austria-Hungary’s last major offensive of the First World War began in Italy on 15 June 1918.  

Global heritage honour for CWGC Casualty Archive

13 June 2018

Archive documents recording the commemoration of the 1.7 million Commonwealth dead of the First and Second World Wars are to be added to a UNESCO world heritage register. 

Memorial dedicated to millions of horses lost in the Great War

08 June 2018

The horses, mules and donkeys from all sides who never returned from the First World War have been honoured with their own memorial in Britain.

Downing Street reception for RAF Centenary

23 May 2018

A replica of an RAF aerobatic team jet was stationed outside 10 Downing Street for a reception hosted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

Featherstone ‘War Horse' honours WW1 sacrifice

22 May 2018

A majestic sculpture of a horse has been unveiled to commemorate 353 soldiers from the Yorkshire town of Featherstone who fell fighting for Britain in the First World War.

Update on Shrouds of the Somme & 'The Trench'

15 May 2018

A trench of shrouded figures, each representing a First World War soldier who has no known grave, is the latest tribute from Shrouds of the Somme creator Rob Heard, ahead of a display marking the Armistice Centenary in November 2018.

Flanders exhibitions, '1918 - The Final Offensive'

10 May 2018

Three exhibitions now under way in Zonnebeke, Heuvelland and Waregem highlight different aspects of the last year of the First World War in Flanders.

Navies pay combined tribute to 'Tuscania' and 'Otranto' off Islay

04 May 2018

Scotland’s commemorations for the American and British dead of the WW1 troopships SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto got under way with tributes at sea by the British, US, French and German navies.

Stars & Stripes return to Islay, 100 years on

03 May 2018

An American flag made by Scottish islanders to honour US soldiers of the Great War who perished in a U-boat attack has travelled back to Islay for international commemorations taking place on Friday (May 4).

Australia's new Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux

25 April 2018

Australia has opened a new multi-media visitor centre in France, commemorating Australian forces on the Western Front at the scene of some of their most successful WW1 actions.

German push halted at Villers-Bretonneux, 25 April 1918

25 April 2018

Australian troops, supported by British units, scored a notable victory on Anzac Day 1918, halting a German advance towards  Amiens with its strategically important railway junction.

'Battle for the North Sea' exhibition in Flanders unites 11 Victoria Crosses

25 April 2018

Centenary News tours a new exhibition in Bruges, bringing together all the Zeebrugge Raid Victoria Crosses - and highlighting both sides of the WW1 struggle between Flanders -based German submarines and Britain's Royal Navy.           

Dover salutes courage of the Zeebrugge Raid

24 April 2018

Centenary News rounds off coverage of the 2018 Zeebrugge Raid Centenary events with a report from Dover's commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the strikes against German U-boat bases.

Blankenberge's tribute to George Nicholson Bradford VC

24 April 2018

The family of Lt Cdr George Bradford - one of the only pair of brothers both to receive the Victoria Cross in WW1 - have expressed their ‘heartfelt thanks’ for a new memorial to him in Flanders marking the Zeebrugge Raid Centenary. 

Zeebrugge honours fallen of 1918 naval raids

23 April 2018

Centenary News watched Zeebrugge's commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the British naval attacks targeting German First World War U-boat operations in Flanders. 

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