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First world war diaries reveal 'sports' played in the trenches

'Games programme' including pillow fights and other diversions among documents now published online by National Archive<p>Pillow fights, wheelbarrow races, and wrestling on mules were among entertainments arranged by officers to maintain morale among British troops in the trenches during the first …

World War One: Thomas Highgate first to be shot for cowardice

<b>He was caught, tried and shot "as publicly as possible" within 48 hours, in the first few weeks of World War One. The 19-year-old soldier's grave is lost and his name is not on the war memorial in his birthplace.</b><p>Thomas James Highgate was the first British soldier to be executed for desertion in WW1.<p>…

First world war: the soldier's perspective – in pictures

The British army banned the use of personal cameras on Christmas Eve in 1914, but privates and officers carried on using them. Over the last 25 years, the historian Richard van Emden has assembled a vast collection of their photographs. From al fresco cooking to swimming expeditions, he illuminates …

Look again – the first world war poets weren't pacifists

A review of Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew, by Max Egremont. This chronological anthology puts the spotlight on the poets' patriotism<p>If the poets of the first world war probably enjoy a higher profile now than they have done at any time in the last 100 years, it has not …

Cameron and European leaders attend first world war ceremony in Ypres - video

European leaders including David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel attend a ceremony on Thursday in Ypres, Belgium, to commemorate 100 years since the first world war. The ceremony kicked off a two-day EU summit during which Cameron faces defeat over the appointment of the next president …

WW1: Was it really the first world war?

<b>We now call it the First World War or World War One, but is this really an accurate description? Was it really a global war? And was it really the "first"?</b><p>Contemporaries certainly thought it was a world war and called it that. The term "World War" (Weltkrieg) first appeared in Germany in 1914. The …

World War I in Photos: A Century Later

Jun 29, 2014 |<p>Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths …

Nationalism and the lessons of World War I, 100 years on

The human genius for turning small differences into big wars was never more apparent than 100 years ago this week. The world was on the verge of a slaughter that took 17 million military and civilian lives. The causes were a suicide attack on an archduke, followed by a series of casual decisions by …