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The importance of clothing and fashion were changed significantly by the Great War. The flowing lines and tight skirts of the Edwardian era slowly vanished making way for clothes that were more practical to wear. Women’s fashion from 1914 onwards The outbreak of war changed the roles of women in society leading to the need for a different kind of fashion. As their men left to…

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

Posted by Published on December 1, 2014

‘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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