To earn a Victoria Cross you have to be either slightly mad, phenomenally brave, or a combination of the two. These two heroes might well fall into the ‘a bit of both’ category as we remember their actions, 100 years later.
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Author Archives: nicki giles
Did you know that the Paralympics came about through the efforts of one doctor to rehabilitate paraplegic WW2 veterans through sport?
Read on to find out about the life of a truly exceptional and incredibly brave nurse.
One hundred years on from Fromelles, the first and costliest day of Australian action on the Western Front in the Great War, we remember the high death toll of this most valueless of battles.
To commemorate all those who bought on the battlefields of the Somme we take a look at shell shock and how it affected those who would have fought, and survived the bloodiest battle in WW1 and in British History
Somme piper for McCrae's Battalion has been honoured to 'right a wrong', almost 90 years after he was buried in an unmarked grave.
Although airships were in many ways an impractical invention, Germany had a special fondness for these strange crafts, and at the start of World War One nothing provoked terror in the hearts of the British public like the glimpse of a brooding Zeppelin, poised to attack.
On this Day, March 5th 1936, the Spitfire made its first successful test flight. Read on to discover more about this legendary aircraft’s history.
Known as Hitler’s Black Book and listing ‘enemies of the state, traitors and undesirables, marked for punishment or death’, it has been painstakingly translated from the original German by Forces War Records’ excellent researchers. It documents 2,820 of the Reich’s ‘most wanted’ people in Britain, for targeting following invasion. There are many notables within the collection: probable and improbable politicians, intelligentsia, even entertainers.
When George V died, the nation went into deep mourning for a king who had exceeded all expectations of his leadership during the Great War, and earned the hearts of the whole Empire in the process.
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