Monthly Archives: August 2013

Spencer Jones: Was the Kaiser’s ‘Old Contemptibles’ telegram a fabrication?

On 19 August 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II issued the following instructions to the German First Army and its Commander, Alexander von Kluck. ‘It is my Royal and Imperial command that you concentrate your energies – for the immediate present – … Continue reading

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Who was the first soldier to be killed in Northern Ireland during the Troubles? by Ken Wharton

On August 14-15, 1969 British troops were deployed onto the streets of a part of the United Kingdom for the first time – other than during the exigencies of wartime – since the ‘General Strike’ of 1926. This part was … Continue reading

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‘The Troubles’ begin: Northern Ireland 44 years on by Ken Wharton

On Thursday, 14 August 1969 I was a young soldier – only 19 with so little experience of this great big world – and I was watching a television set in a NAAFI club at a barracks in the deep … Continue reading

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Hiroshima: A Perspective by Earl J. McGill

An image burned into my memory 68 years ago is still vivid. It was VE Day – 8 May, 1945.  The Germans had surrendered and there was joy and celebration in the streets. People were hugging and kissing those they … Continue reading

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