British Army

Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart by Sir William Orpen

The Un-killable Soldier: Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart

Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO, (5th May 1880 – 5th June 1963,) was a British Army Officer of Belgian and Irish descent who saw active service in three major conflicts spanning over six decades. His life and military career are widely recognised as legendary amongst various …

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The Lost Tommies of World War I in Colour

In 2011 a team of researchers, led by Australian journalist Ross Coulthart made an incredible discovery, when they uncovered a collection of hundreds of photographs from World War One. The photographs were taken by a French couple, Louis and Antoinette Thuillier during the First World War and are a fantastic and very natural collection of …

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"Dingane kaSenzangakhona in Ordinary and Dancing Dresses", by Captain Allen Francis Gardiner.

Biography of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona – Zulu Kingdom

South African history has produced many notorious figures, one of whom is the second king of the Zulu nation, Dingane kaSenzangakhona. Nervous about white encroachment on his land, he had a party of Boers murdered in February 1838; the Boers retaliated by defeating the Zulu at the Battle of Blood River, which culminated in Dingane’s …

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Sous Lieutenant Legros wielding his axe through the North Gate, Hougoumont.

Then & Now: The Defence of Hougoumont (1815)

If Waterloo was the pivotal moment of Napoleon’s return during the Hundred Days, then Hougoumont was linchpin of the Battle of Waterloo itself. The Duke of Wellington, commander of the Allied forces during the battle, later said “The success of the battle of Waterloo, however, turned upon the closing of the gates of Hougoumont.” That …

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Erwin Rommel Portrait

Operation Flipper: Assassination Attempt on Erwin Rommel

The Commando raid in an attempt to assassinate Erwin Rommel at his HQ in Sidi Rafa, Libya in November 1941, was called Operation Flipper. It resulted in a failure. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was never one to shy away from thinking big. When he saw the plans for General Claude Auchinlek’s offensive, Operation Crusader, …

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Albert William Venus died at Bellewaarde Ridge (via the Hull Daily Mail)

6 British Soldier of World War I were buried today in Ieper

The remains of Gunners Joseph William Rowbottom and Albert William Venus, along with the unknown remains of four other soldiers of the Great War were buried today at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ieper Town Cemetery Extension, Ieper, Belgium on April 20, 2016.  Both Gunners Joseph W. Rowbottom (born 1888) and Albert W. Venus (born 1893) …

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Soldiers found in Langemark-Poelkapelle 2

Remains of 19 Soldiers from World War I found in Flanders

The archeological department of the Flemish intercommunal CO7 have discovered the remains of nineteen soldiers from the First World War. The remains of nineteen soldiers that were killed in action during World War One were discovered in the past days in Langemark-Poelkapelle. According to the first information, there are at least 2 German soldiers and 9 British …

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