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The Red Baron and the Croydon connection

<b>How a south London teenager fought the German flying ace in the skies above northern France 100 years ago, during a pivotal year of World War One.</b><p>Lionel Morris was 19 when he died.<p>In September 1916, with relatively little experience in the air, he had the misfortune to find himself in dogfight with …

Fight to save WW1 Kent stables taken to War Horse audiences

<b>Audiences at the final performances of War Horse in London have been given leaflets from campaigners fighting to save World War One stables.</b><p>The stables on the Shorncliffe camp in Kent housed the original war horses before they were shipped across the English Channel to the Western Front.<p>The …

WW1 soldiers spent 'half their time' on the front line

<b>World War One (WW1) soldiers spent less than half their time on the front line, according to researchers.</b><p>A study led by Goldsmiths, University of London, found British army infantry troops spent less than 47% of their time on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918.<p>While there, they spent one in …

Solving the mystery of Rudyard Kipling’s son

<b>It is 80 years since the death of Rudyard Kipling. The author of The Jungle Book and If died without finding out what had happened to his son, who disappeared during World War One. Now researchers think they have definitively solved the mystery that transformed Kipling, writes Hannah Sander.</b><p>At the …

War poets' comrade rare photos found

<b>Lost photos of a soldier who fought alongside World War One poets Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves have been uncovered by his old school in Powys.</b><p>David Cuthbert Thomas, killed by a sniper at the Somme at the age of 20, inspired some of their greatest work.<p>The photos found at Christ College, …

1915 WW1 diary gives account of second Christmas truce

<b>A diary from a World War One soldier has come to light providing details of a Christmas Day truce in 1915.</b><p>Pte Robert Keating's account explains how a ceasefire was held by some men despite orders from officers who did not want a repeat of a 1914 truce.<p>A military historian said the account …

Rare color photos of the men who fought World War I

World War I in color<p>A rare record of quiet on the Western Front<p>June 16, 1917<p>In 1917, World War I was dragging into its fourth bloody year.<p>On the …

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War and peace

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This Week in World War I:August 29-September 4,1915

Paul von-Lettow-Vorbeck and the War in Africa<p>General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Berlin Military Parade March 2, 1919<p>Among the most iconic characters to emerge from World War I was the German General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. As commander of German forces in German East Africa, he succeeded in holding …

How the Horrors of World War II Lived On

Image <i>Allied troops huddle in a trench near Ypres, Belgium during World War I. (AP Photo/files)</i>Tens of millions were murdered or expelled from their …

The Lusitania Mystery: Why British Codebreakers Didn't Try To Save It

One hundred years ago, 128 Americans died among more than a thousand in the sinking of what was then the greatest ocean liner in the world. In response, the U.S. entered World War I.<p>That's the story of the Lusitania, right? But Erik Larson, one of this country's most successful narrators of …

Leicester museum publishing WW1 soldier's letters

<b>Letters written by a soldier to his family during the World War One are being posted online exactly 100 years after each one was written.</b><p>Leicester City Arts & Museums Service is posting letters written by Capt John David Hills, who served with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, on a blog.<p>Between …

Six unexpected WW1 battlegrounds

<b>Not all crucial battles in World War One took place on the muddy fields of Europe. Some significant fights took place in little-known places much further afield, says the BBC's Deborah Basckin.</b><p>The Somme, Ypres, Passchendaele, all iconic battles of WW1. But what made it a truly global war are the …

What if Archduke Franz Ferdinand had lived in 1914?

<b>World War One was a tragedy with particularly Austrian roots, sparked by the assassination of the heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. But could the war have been avoided if he had not been killed? And would the Austro-Hungarian Empire have survived?</b><p>Those are the …

The teenage soldiers of World War One

<b>As many as 250,000 boys under the age of 18 served in the British Army during World War One. Fergal Keane remembers the sacrifice they made.</b><p>War confers many things on boys who pick up a weapon to fight. They learn the true meaning of fear. They test their own capacity for courage and the limits of …

Amputation pain 'still a challenge' for medics

<b>In the century since World War One, doctors still haven't worked out how to treat the pain commonly felt after a limb is removed.</b><p>Phantom limb pain, as it is called, is thought to affect around 60% of amputees.<p>With loss of limbs among military casualties a feature of recent conflicts in Iraq and …

Bones and barbed wire, poetry and poppies

I believe that Jonathan Jones’ critique of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower (1 November) does a disservice to the many people who have been moved by the poppies, and the important consequences of expressing those feelings, in passing on a shared memory. My great-uncle …

Viewpoint: Why are so few WW1 heroines remembered?

<b>World War One had many heroines, including 'she-soldiers', spies and martyrs. Their heroism was praised during the war but they were not always remembered in a positive light afterwards, says Prof Alison Fell.</b><p>World War One created new kinds of heroes and heroines. The main route to heroism for men …

WW1 100 years: From the trenches to Versailles

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1098000/1098501_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529275512_19a237a47d8567ff7ae27eb8adc9c739<p><b>World War One stretched from Belgium in August 1914 to the palace of Versailles in France in 1919, where the treaty to create a new world order was</b> …

Idealism

The First War to Run on Oil

World War I made gasoline central to combat and world politics.<p>Half a century ago, on the 50th anniversary of World War I, the diplomatic historian William L. Langer described the war as "the wellspring of our discontents." It remains that now, as we mark its 100th anniversary: Many of today's most …

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10 golden rules of fitness for First World War soldiers

The outbreak of war in 1914 prompted the recruitment and training of British soldiers on an unprecedented scale. They all needed to be prepared for …

Kindle Fire

WW1 women at work: In pictures

Kitchener: The most famous pointing finger

<b>A recruitment poster of the stern-eyed Lord Kitchener has become a defining image of World War One. A clever illustrator's psychological trickery has spawned a thousand imitations, writes Adam Eley.</b><p>It is perhaps history's most famous pointing finger.<p>The image of British war minister Lord …

How Silicon Valley Is Hacking Global Pandemics

<i>An initial version of this story ran on Tech in Asia.com.</i><p>In the world's hardest-to-reach and most under-resourced areas, how do we establish an ability to collect, track and share data on emerging disease pandemics with global implications? Over the past two years, international grant-maker Skoll …

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

From the Monitor archives: Britain declares war on Germany in WWI

Britain's declaration of war on Germany, 100 years ago today, finished drawing the battle lines for the initial days of the war. The Christian …