Tag Archives: First World War

The Revd G. A. Studdert Kennedy – Much more to him than Woodbines

By Linda Parker. Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy became one of the most famous army chaplains of the Great War. He gained a place in popular imagination as ‘Woodbine Willie’, a popular and brave chaplain who gave our cigarettes with bibles … Continue reading

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Rowland Jones – Old Boy of Barnsley Holgate Grammar School

By Jane Ainsworth. I received an exciting New Year ‘gift’ when I was contacted ‘out of the blue’ (actually South Wales) by Robert Briggs, one of the nephews of Rowland Jones. Robert’s older brother David had recently given him and … Continue reading

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Gerhard Fieseler: The Man behind the Storch

By Nigel Holden On 23 October 1943 the owner of a medium-sized aircraft company in Kassel drove in shock and horror from his home to his main factory. The city was little more than smoking ruins following a massive RAF … Continue reading

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What Did You Do in the Great War, Grandfather?

By Charles Barrington The book primarily covers the First World, but also describes the years leading up to the war and the period between the wars. My motivation was the fact that my grandfather was involved in this seismic period … Continue reading

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Jack and Hopit: A Cavalryman and his war horse in the Great War

By Serena Merton Jack and Hopit tells the story of Second Lieutenant John Forrester Colvin and his charger Hopit who arrived in France in November 1914 and returned home together in April 1919. Their relationship began in 1912 when Jack … Continue reading

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Passchendaele: The Forgotten Last Act

With the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July-10 November 1917), popularly known as ‘Passchendaele’, imminent, most people remain unaware that the last attack of the controversial campaign actually occurred on 2 December 1917. Launched on the orders … Continue reading

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Centenary Commemorations: Passchendaele. 103 Days in Hell

A TV historian and author is set to mark the Centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres by telling the personal stories of those who fought during a nightmare struggle which has become known a Passchendaele.  South-West London-based Alexandra Churchill … Continue reading

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The Battle of Arnhem and conflict on film

Helion’s new book features at a book signing and talk at the Open Book Literary Festival, Hertfordshire on 29 July 2017 By Allan Esler-Smith Think back to all those UK war films that you may have watched over the decades … Continue reading

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Lost Opportunity – The Battle of the Ardennes, 22 August 1914

By Simon J House The story of the ‘Lost Opportunity’, afforded to the French Armies in August 1914 and squandered, had its origins in a ‘Moment of Madness’ – or more properly a ‘Moment IN Madness’. For I was researching … Continue reading

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Facial wounds, surgery and the First World War

By Dr Andrew Bamji During my training to be a doctor, I ended up specialising in the treatment of arthritis, and I hardly expected to write a book about plastic surgery in the First World War. But when I started … Continue reading

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