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Why was the Zimmermann Telegram so important?

<b>Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of a remarkable success for British intelligence: but one that involved spying on the United States and then conspiring with its senior officials to manipulate public opinion in America.</b><p>On the morning of 17 January 1917, Nigel de Grey walked into his boss's …

Secret WWI telegram holds lessons for today, historians say

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — In a secret telegram a century ago, Germany tried to get Mexico to join its side during World War I by offering it territory in …

Hit Your Irons A Full Club Longer

If you have trouble making solid contact with your irons and frequently leave your approach shots short and right, your release may be the problem. …

British, Dutch WWII shipwrecks vanish from Pacific Ocean

<b>(CNN) —</b> Several World War II shipwrecks have vanished from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, prompting the British and Dutch governments to seek answers.<p>Divers first found the WWII wrecks -- which were declared war graves -- off the coast of Indonesia in 2002.<p>According to the Guardian, the Dutch …

The nine pieces of bad advice that you should ignore on the golf course

As we've noted in this space before, it's bad enough to give unsolicited advice to a playing partner on a golf course. It's a different animal of awfulness when that counsel is wrong.<p>For whatever reason, certain suggestions and tips have become accepted as doctrine, when, in reality, this supposed …

Wreckage of U-boat sunken by 'sea monster' found off UK

<b>(CNN) —</b> A German submarine from World War I that was said to have been taken down by a sea monster has been discovered off the coast of Scotland.<p>Incredible sonar images show the 100-year-old wreck to be mostly intact, and the find has led to the resurfacing of nautical folklore. Experts say the …

Exhausted, filthy but unbowed, the birth of the SAS

Exhausted and filthy, the soldiers of the newly-formed SAS stand side-by-side in the desert.<p>Hours earlier, an abortive raid had seen more than half their comrades either killed or captured, but the men of the soon-to-be-famous force still manage to raise a grin.<p>The newly-discovered photograph from …

Northern Ireland

Fix Your Grip By the Weekend

Hold the club like you'd hold a suitcase, not diagonally<p>Fundamentals are called fundamentals because if you get them wrong you'll have a hard time hitting good shots.<p>The grip might be the most basic fundamental--it's the only link between you and the club--but it's the one thing many players get …

Battle of the Somme: Royals at Somme centenary commemoration

<b>Thousands of people, including members of the Royal Family, have attended a ceremony in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.</b><p>The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were at the Thiepval Memorial for the event.<p>Earlier, a …

The Somme: The battle that France forgot

<b>When President Hollande attends the centenary on Friday, he will be the first French head of state at a Somme commemoration in more than 80 years.</b><p>President De Gaulle did not attend the 50th anniversary in 1966. Nor have his successors been at any subsequent event.<p>In fact the last time a French head …

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 …

Scenes from the Somme: surreal, sickening spectacle

In a terrain that was recently farmland, the most depressing detail is the featureless, scrubby horizon<p>A century ago, European nations vented their aggression by making war, not playing football. The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and lasted until mid-November; by the time it ended, more …

World War I

Battle of Jutland: The North Sea reveals its secrets

The road to Thyboron is paved with – or, at least, flanked by – furrowed fields and plains of water. They are there on both sides of Highway 181 as I head north through the village of Harboore, grey and silver in turn, equal evidence of the low-lying nature of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. The …

Incredible story of how six WW2 airmen survived at sea by using their underpants as a fishing net

The crew also created a sail by sewing two of their shirts together using copper wire<p>A diary which reveals how six airmen survived 11 days at sea in a dinghy by using their underpants for a fishing net and their shirts for a sail emerges for sale after 73 years.<p>The daily log of Flying Officer Eric …

Spitfire funds: The 'whip-round' that won the war?

<b>The power and the glamour of the Spitfire would make the aircraft a firm favourite from almost the moment it first flew, in March 1936. Eighty years on, the Spitfire remains one of the most admired of all fighter aircraft, but the story of its unique connection with the British public - who dug</b> …

Angela Orosz Richt-Bein told Reinhold Hanning he enabled the murder of victims by assisting and not asking questions<p>A woman born inside the Auschwitz concentration camp has accused a former guard on trial for being an accessory to the murders of 170,000 Holocaust victims of “making hell …

World History

William Ash: The cooler king

<b>World War Two threw up many extraordinary characters. But even among this exalted company William Ash - the model for the character played by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape - stands out, writes the author of a new biography, Patrick Bishop.</b><p>Ash was an American who, while his country was still …

Holocaust survivor: 'I did my best acting during the war - it deserved an Oscar'

Ruth Posner, 84, is starring in a new play that tells the remarkable story of her escape from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. She tells Radhika Sanghani what life was like under the Nazis - and how it feels to relive it on stage<p>Ruth Posner was seven years old when her life started to …

Long-Lost Color Photos from 1939 Reveal Life in England on the Brink of WWII

After the death of his grandmother in February of this year, Barney Britton found an unexpected treasure while cleaning out her attic: a wooden box filled with dozens of 35mm slides documenting his grandparents' honeymoon trip in 1939. Although Britton's mother remembered seeing the photos as a …

How the British and Americans started listening in

<b>A secret visit to Bletchley Park 75 years ago gave birth to an alliance between two British and US intelligence agencies which continues today.</b><p>It was late on 8 February 1941 when four Americans arrived at Bletchley Park. Black-out curtains made the mansion appear even darker. The journey of the …

Q+A: How the flag voting process works

Meet the contenders: (L-R) the black and blue silver fern; the koru; red peak; the black and white silver fern; the red and blue silver fern.<p>It's …

Polling

The Great War and education

As the nation commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of WWI, Prof Gary McCulloch looks at the impact the First World War had on education<p>The Great War was first and foremost a military event on a global scale, but it was also a social and political landmark. Education was a fine example of …

WW1 Lena Ashwell parties: Shining a light on the young women who brought music to the trenches

WW1 centenary: A new play seeks to shine a light on the brave young British women who toured the battlefields of the First World War to perform for soldiers. One of the authors, Dr Anne Farthing, explains all<p>As we <b>commemorate the centenary of World War One</b>, we are finally starting to build a more …

First World War sketches by Winnie the Pooh illustrator discovered in trunk

E H Shepard documented his time in the trenches through a serious of caricatures which had been locked away for 100 years<p>He has delighted generations of children with his charming drawings of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet Eeyore and Tigger.<p>Now it has emerged that before he found fame as A A Milne’s …

Winnie-the-Pooh

Big Ben's clock 'needs £40m of work' to keep bongs sounding

Drastic repairs of Parliament's Great Clock would see it stopped for four months so it does not grind to halt from bearings problem<p>The taxpayer faces a bill of up to £40 million to keep the famous "bongs" of Big Ben sounding, according to a report.<p>Parliament's Great Clock is said to be so …

Price of Football: How much is your club?

<b>This BBC Price of Football study finds out how much it costs a fan to watch their team.</b><p>Each year the BBC contacts over 200 clubs and asks them the price of tickets, food, drink and merchandise at their ground. We then compare the costs and let supporters see how their club compares with others in …

Raising the ghosts of the Second World War

75 years after it crash-landed in the Cambridgeshire Fens, the excavation of a Spitfire has uncovered the remarkable - and gruesome - remains of a wartime tragedy<p>On November 22 1940, eight-year-old Tony Redhead was sitting on the front step of his parents’ farm house in the Cambridgeshire Fens. …

Archaeology

Prince Charles and Camilla attend Battle of Loos remembrance service

The service took place in Dundee on the 100th anniversary of one of the biggest battles of the First World War<p>The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have joined around 1,000 people in Dundee to remember those who fought in one of the biggest battles of the First World War.<p>Scotland's First …

Life on the eve of war: preparing the Navy for battle

As the prospect of war loomed, Winston Churchill had the task of preparing the already impressive Royal Navy for what lay ahead. In doing so he faced a political struggle on his own shores. By Con Coughlin<p>When Winston Churchill, in his capacity as the First Lord of the Admiralty, staked his …

‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ Oskar Gröning says ‘I’m truly sorry’ as verdict due earlier than expected

The verdict in the trial of Oskar Gröning, 94, accused of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews, is to be given on Wednesday morning, a week earlier than expected<p>Oskar Gröning, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, apologised in court for what could be the final time before the verdict …