As a military historian, battlefield enthusiast and all-round history nerd(!) I take great pleasure in going to the Western Front with and without groups to discover new places and new stories. As a battlefield guide, I have spent many a rainy and windy day telling students about the First World War and hope to doContinue reading “My favourite time to guide…”
As you will be well aware by now, I have been highlighting some of the key battles that the 46th (North Midland) Division participated in during the First World War. So far, I have written about Gommecourt in 1916, Lens in 1917 and the St Quentin Canal in 1918. For this particular blog post, weContinue reading “46th (North Midland) Division at the Hohenzollern Redoubt”
In previous posts about the 46th (North Midland) Division, I have often highlighted the, what I believe to be, unfair assessments made of the division’s capabilities after the attack on the village of Gommecourt on 1st July 1916. The reputation of having ‘a lack of offensive spirit’ followed the division until almost the end ofContinue reading “46th (North Midland) Division – Battle of the St Quentin Canal – 29th September 1918”
Due to there being a large number of significant events in September, this post had to be split in two parts. This is Part 2, make sure not to miss Part 1! 1916 1st – Bulgaria declares war on Romania. 3rd – The Battle of Guillemont – a phase of the Battle of the SommeContinue reading “What happened during the First World War? – September Part 2”
This is Part 1 of 2 in highlighting key dates of the First World War in September. I have had to split up September as there was simply too much that happened during that month throughout the war, and the posts will still be incredibly long! 1914 1st – The Action at Néry took placeContinue reading “What happened during the First World War? – September Part 1”
A while back, I published a post about the 46th (North Midland) Division. I have decided that I will write a post about each of the main attacks that the division was involved in during the First World War, starting with the attack on Lens/Liévin in July 1917. 1st July 1916 was not a goodContinue reading “46th (North Midland) Division – Lens 1st July 1917”
As part of an ongoing feature, every so often I will be watching a film, TV series or documentary and assessing how I feel is represents the First World War. I won’t be giving a complete run down of the media sources that I write about, but I hope to give an insight into theContinue reading “Part 3 of Portrayals of the First World War in Media: Beneath Hill 60”
Continuing on with this monthly series on key events that happened during this First World War, this post will focus on what happened during the month of August. 1914 1st – Germany declares war on Russia and mobilizes its army. France also commences mobilisation. Italy declares its neutrality in the coming conflict. Denmark, Sweden andContinue reading “What happened during the First World War? -August”
Last week I wrote a post about a research task that I had set for myself during lockdown; to find out how many men from my town were killed during the First World War. Whilst carrying out this task, I found that four men were had received gallantry awards; two being awarded the Distinguished ConductContinue reading “The task continues…”
I live in a town called Rowley Regis in the West Midlands. The town itself is more like a district in size and as such, there are five smaller towns that make up the wider area which are Blackheath, Whiteheath, Rowley Village, Old Hill and Cradley Heath. When I went out one day for myContinue reading “A lockdown task…”
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