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200 years have elapsed since the Battle of Waterloo, a watershed moment in European history that simultaneously ended more than twenty years of war on the European continent and halted French attempts of domination. The 200th anniversary, in June 2015, has inspired a slew of tie-in publishing and commemorative products. There are also grand plans underway to mark the anniversary, including a 3-D film and the…

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Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915 – 9 January 1916 The Gallipoli Campaign was one of the Allies’ major disasters of  World War One. Carried out between 25th April 1915 and 9th January 1916 on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire, the doomed campaign was spearheaded by Winston Churchill in the hope of creating a new war-front that the Ottomans could not cope with. The…

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‘Stille Nacht. Heilige Nacht. Alles schläft, einsam wacht’.  Just after dawn on a cold Christmas day in 1914 one of the most extraordinary events of the Great War was to unfold. It began with carol-singing in the trenches and both sides eventually ventured in “no man’s land” to mingle and exchange gifts. The temporary ceasefire of The Christmas Truce came only five months after the outbreak of the…

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When thinking about World War I, the image of soldiers in trenches immediately comes to mind. Trenches were an effective way to protect against gun shots and assaults and – despite many attempts – proved impossible for enemy soldiers to break through.     The first trenches The first trenches were dug after the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Stretching over 400 miles between…

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The romantic pictorial postcards of World War I When war erupted in August 1914, postcards were the perfect medium to provide a link between the men on active service and their loved ones back home. Fearing that seperation could be forever, postcards helped to boost the morale of the people both at home and the troops on the war fronts. Here is a collection of…

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Throughout World War II, The Council on books in Wartime distributed almost 123 million paperback editions of classic literary titles to American troops overseas. Battling against the disapproval of the American publishing houses, within a couple of years, the Council had inspired thousands with the thrill of a good book. Cheap mysteries to literary classics Before the war, books were a luxury item and scarcely…

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