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The Battle of Dogger Bank 1915.

The Battle 24 January 1915. Positions in the battle Sighting the smoke from a large approaching force, Hipper headed south-east by 07:35 to escape but Beatty’s ships were faster than the German squadron, which was held back by the slower armoured … Continue reading

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Ashton under Lyne munitions explosion.

On the day of the accident, Wednesday 13 June 1917, it was business as usual at the works in Ashton-under-Lyne. Ironically, Lucien Gaisman was on his way back from a meeting in London to discuss the future of the company … Continue reading

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Violent explosion at the 18 Ponts munitions depot Lille.

Violent explosion at the 18 Ponts munitions depot Lille.   On 11 January 1916, at 3.30 a.m., Lille was rocked by a violent explosion that could be heard as far away as Holland. A bright yellow flash lit up the … Continue reading

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Winter 1916-17

IWM Podcast 25 http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/podcasts/voices-of-the-first-world-war/podcast-25-winter-1916-17 The winter was so cold that I felt like crying. In fact the only time… I didn’t actually cry but I’d never felt like it before, not even under shell fire… After the close of the … Continue reading

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Christmas truce of 1914 was broken when German snipers killed two British soldiers

A previously untold account of Christmas Day casualties has now come to light in the Herts at War project, an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the war. German snipers shot and killed two British soldiers … Continue reading

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Aftermath Nov 1918.

The British public was notified of the armistice by a subjoined official communiqué issued from the Press Bureau at 10:20 am, when British Prime Minister David Lloyd George announced: “The armistice was signed at five o’clock this morning, and hostilities … Continue reading

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