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A century of illusion

This coming weekend will see many events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. Over the next four years, as each significant battle reaches its centenary, we shall be reminded of the futile waste of millions of lives, the horrendous conditions, the death on an industrial scale. 3,153 more words

Fiction

Frederick Armatage Hewens: WWI Pilot

We have no picture of this young man but his grave can be found in St Mary’s Churchyard, Hayes: findagrave.com

Lieutenant Frederick Armatage Hewens joined the Royal Flying Corps (later to become the RAF) and was listed as potential flying officer material on the 21st September 1917, in the London Gazette. 128 more words

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NEWS: Ukraine, Reform Movement, and Forest Fires

What is ADRA doing in the Ukraine? (ADRA Canada, 29 July 2014; link)

ADRA is supporting people displaced by fighting from the eastern part of Ukraine. 369 more words

Current Issues

Dr Annika Mombauer on ‘Newsnight’

Dr Annika Mombaur, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, was interviewed on BBC1’s Newsnight on 29 July 2014 for a segment about the First World War. 39 more words

In The News

WWI: 30th July

Telegrams sent from Rome http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/italianneutrality.htm

No. 101.
M. René Viviani, President of the Council, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the French Ambassadors at St. Petersburgh and London. 8,071 more words

WWI Liveblogging

Hunting for the Photo Story - Roger Allen

On Monday and Tuesday of this week Roger had two spreads in the Daily Mirror relating to stories of the First World War. For each story his brief was pretty loose and had he only done what was required we wouldn’t know as much about these two instances as we do now. 283 more words

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Thoughts for July 30 from Fr Willie Doyle

From the last letter of Fr Doyle to his father describing the events of July 30, 1917, 97 years ago today:

For the past week we have been moving steadily up to the Front once more to face the hardships and horrors of another big push, which report says is to be the biggest effort since the War began.

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