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Army chiefs 'bungled intelligence from German prisoners that could have stopped Somme disaster'

British commanders planning for the disastrous Somme offensive misinterpreted detailed intelligence reports that may have prevented the bloodiest day in the Army’s history, a new book on the First World War battle claims.<p>Prisoners taken in the run up to the battle gave their British captors …

Unseen World War I photos: German Trenches

The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World …

April 17, 1917

<b>French attack extends eastwards to a point beyond Auberive, which is taken; advance on a seven-mile front from Prunay, carrying heights south of</b> …

War

‘The roaring of the shells was diabolical.’ It was zero hour on the Somme

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore draws on diaries and letters from the front to reveal that on 1 July 1916 many German troops feared that this dawn would be their last<p>For many Germans, the first indication that they were about to be attacked was the sight of what they took to be clouds of poison gas floating …

World War I centenary: Paving stones to honour heroes

<b>Special paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every UK soldier awarded the Victoria Cross as part of 2014's World War I centenary events.</b><p>The specially-commissioned stones will be given to councils in the areas where the VC recipients were born.<p>A total of 28 will be unveiled next year to …

World History