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The Armistice - the Guns of the Great War fell silent 100 years ago today

11 November 2018

The Armistice ending the First World War was agreed in Marshal Foch’s train at Compiègne early on the morning of 11 November 1918, coming into effect at 11 o'clock.

The last days of WW1 - October/November 1918

26 October 2018

A Centenary News glance at key events in the closing days of the Great War, as the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires stopped fighting, and Germany too edged towards a ceasefire. 

100 Years Ago - Bulgaria exits the First World War

30 September 2018

The Central Powers were left exposed in the Balkans, after Bulgaria dropped out of WW1 under an armistice which came into effect on 30 September 1918.

100 Years Ago - 'Tout Le Monde à La Bataille', Allies strike across Western Front

26 September 2018

In the dying days of September 1918, an Allied onslaught in Northern France and Flanders, coupled with defeats for the Central Powers on other fronts, forced German overtures for an armistice.

The Meuse-Argonne: Remembering America's biggest battle

26 September 2018

Patrick Gregory reports from US commemorations in France, marking the Centennial of the battle that opened the last Allied campaigns on the Western Front.

100 Years Ago - Last Push against Bulgaria from Salonika

14 September 2018

Allied troops started their final advance on the Macedonian Front on 15 September 1918, knocking Bulgaria out of the First World War two weeks later.

Central Powers start to break - September 1918

02 September 2018

A glance at events 100 years ago this month, as Bulgaria was forced out of the First World War, and multiple offensives on the Western Front convinced Germany's supreme commanders of the need for a ceasefire.

The Battle of Amiens, and what it meant for ending WW1

10 August 2018

Dr Glyn Prysor, Chief Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - talking to Centenary News - summarises the significance of the Battle of Amiens.

Royal tribute for Battle of Amiens Centenary

09 August 2018

At this week’s centenary commemorations, the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to Allied cooperation delivering the success of the Battle of Amiens in August 1918. 

100 years ago - Battle of Amiens & start of the 'Hundred Days'

08 August 2018

The first in a series of Allied offensives which culminated in the First World War Armistice was launched against German positions near the French city of Amiens on 8 August 1918.

'Storming the Skies' - The First World War in Italy in photos

01 August 2018

Centenary News toured an exhibition of photographs at the Army & Navy Club in London offering a rare glimpse, for UK eyes, of the First World War campaigns on the Italian Front.

New film remembers 'forgotten' Salonika campaign

27 July 2018

A newly-released short film focusses on the First World War campaign in the Balkans which drew in 600,000 Allied troops from across the globe.

Turn of the tide on the Marne - July 1918

25 July 2018

Battles in northeastern France 100 years ago signalled a crucial shift in the First World War, as the Allies gained the advantage over the Germans.

CWGC staff return to Iraq after 12 years

23 July 2018

Commonwealth War Graves Commission staff have made their first working visit to Iraq since 2006 to inspect CWGC memorials and cemeteries around Basra.

Centenary News countdown to the Armistice

04 July 2018

A reminder of some of the main events shaping the last four months of the First World War in 1918 - together with an update on forthcoming centenary commemorations. 

100 Years Ago: Last Austro-Hungarian push in Italy

19 June 2018

What turned out to be Austria-Hungary’s last major offensive of the First World War began in Italy on 15 June 1918.  

Flanders exhibitions, '1918 - The Final Offensive'

10 May 2018

Three exhibitions now under way in Zonnebeke, Heuvelland and Waregem highlight different aspects of the last year of the First World War in Flanders.

'Battle for the North Sea' exhibition in Flanders unites 11 Victoria Crosses

25 April 2018

Centenary News tours a new exhibition in Bruges, bringing together all the Zeebrugge Raid Victoria Crosses - and highlighting both sides of the WW1 struggle between Flanders -based German submarines and Britain's Royal Navy.           

Australia's new Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux

25 April 2018

Australia has opened a new multi-media visitor centre in France, commemorating Australian forces on the Western Front at the scene of some of their most successful WW1 actions.

German push halted at Villers-Bretonneux, 25 April 1918

25 April 2018

Australian troops, supported by British units, scored a notable victory on Anzac Day 1918, halting a German advance towards  Amiens with its strategically important railway junction.

100 Years Ago - Field Marshal Haig calls for 'Backs to the Wall' fight to the last

11 April 2018

'There is no other course open to us but to fight it out,' British commander Sir Douglas Haig ordered on 11 April 1918, rallying his troops against fresh German advances threatening the Channel ports.  

French & Portuguese leaders mark Battle of the Lys Centenary

09 April 2018

President Macron and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, led tributes at Richebourg today (9 April 2018) to Portuguese soldiers who fell on the Western Front.

Zeebrugge Centenary - Dover events

06 April 2018

In the UK, the 100th anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid will be marked with special events in Dover on April 23.

100 Years Ago: Royal Air Force founded

01 April 2018

The world’s first independent air force was created on 1 April 1918, with the merger of Britain's Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service into the RAF.

100 Years Ago: German Spring Offensive launched

21 March 2018

German forces began a thrust across Northern France on 21 March 1918, initially threatening to overwhelm the Allies.

Zeebrugge Centenary - 'Battle for the North Sea' exhibition coming up in Bruges

20 March 2018

The crucial struggle waged between the British navy and the Flanders-based German submarine fleet during the First World War is explored in a new exhibition, opening in Bruges on April 21.

Battle of Amiens Centenary - Ballot opens for August commemorations

10 March 2018

A ticket ballot opens today (March 9) for commemorations in France marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, the UK Government announces.

100 Years Ago: Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

03 March 2018

Russia's First World War involvement formally ended on 3 March 1918 with acceptance of tough peace terms at German headquarters on the Eastern Front.

100 Years Ago: War resumes on the Eastern Front

19 February 2018

The Central Powers drove towards Russia on 18 February 1918, following the breakdown of peace talks with the new revolutionary government.

Argonne project remembering America's bloodiest WWI battle

24 January 2018

A project highlighting key sites in the US Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918 has been launched by France's National Forestry Office.

Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2018

04 January 2018

A Centenary News summary of major anniversaries that shaped 1918, the final year of the First World War - and news of some of the 2018 event programmes announced so far.

Focus on Armistice Centenary - Mons 2018

02 January 2018

Two days of commemorations are planned in Mons on November 10 & 11 to mark the centenary of the Belgian city's liberation at the very end of the First World War.

The US declares war on Austria-Hungary, 7 December 1917

10 December 2017

America extended its WW1 involvement as 1917 drew to a close, declaring war on Germany's ally, Austria-Hungary.

US digs in for start of 'long overdue' WW1 National Memorial in Washington

14 November 2017

The new US National World War I Memorial has taken a significant step forward, with a ground-breaking ceremony to get the project under way in the nation's capital.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Passchendaele ends

10 November 2017

Canadian troops completed the capture of Passchendaele on 10 November 1917, ending the Allied offensive in Flanders known also as the Third Battle of Ypres.

First World War Italian campaign photos discovered in Australia

24 October 2017

Centenary News reader Vick Kristoff tells us about his discovery of hundreds of glass photographic negatives revealing scenes from the Italian front in the Great War.

100 Years Ago - Italy defeated at Battle of Caporetto

23 October 2017

The Central Powers launched an offensive against Italy on 24 October 1917, achieving a significant breathrough after more than two years of fighting on the Isonzo river.

New projects mark 1917 Centenary of China joining WW1

14 August 2017

China's entry into the Great War 100 years ago is being marked with the launch of new initiatives by the UK-based Ensuring We Remember campaign.

100 Years Ago: Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele starts

31 July 2017

British-led forces began an offensive in Flanders on 31 July 1917 that is still mired in controversy.

New 'War Horse' reading for 2017 Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary

16 July 2017

Author Michael Morpurgo will read a new short story in Ypres on Sunday 30 July at the start of commemorations for the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele. 

Cork conference recalls US Navy in Ireland during WW1

03 July 2017

International scholars gather at University College Cork this week for a public conference marking the centenary of the US Navy's First World War deployment to Ireland. 

100 Years Ago: Battle of Messines

07 June 2017

The capture of Messines Ridge by Allied forces in June 1917 was a dramatic prelude to the British-led Flanders offensive later that summer.

Rare Ottoman Great War carpet for Australian War Memorial

11 May 2017

A silk carpet commemorating Turkey's victory over Allied naval power in the Dardanelles in March 1915 has been acquired by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

100 Years Ago: The Chinese Labour Corps arrives

19 April 2017

Chinese workers recruited to support Britain's war effort on the Western Front started arriving in France on 19 April 1917.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Arras & Vimy Ridge

09 April 2017

British and Commonwealth forces attacked the German lines at Arras on 9 April 1917, in a renewed attempt to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

US Centennial tribute to women of World War I

03 April 2017

The US Centennial Commission has paid tribute to the vital role of American women in WW1 ahead of this week's events marking US entry into the Great War in April 1917.

100 Years Ago: German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line

20 March 2017

German troops pulled back to new defensive positions on the Western Front in spring 1917 as they prepared to face renewed Allied onslaughts in France.

Passchendaele Centenary opening for 'Zonnebeke Church Dugout'

17 March 2017

A preserved WW1 dugout will be specially opened to the public for the Battle of Passchendaele Centenary in 2017, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele announces.

Battle of Chemin des Dames: Centenary dossier from Mission Centenaire

27 February 2017

Articles and videos explaining the Battle of the Chemin des Dames have been released together online by Mission Centenaire for the April 2017 Centenary.

'Passchendaele Remembered' - 3rd Battle of Ypres Centenary events update

15 February 2017

The latest on commemorations coming up in Flanders in 2017 to mark the centenary of a WW1 campaign fought in some of the most atrocious conditions on the Western Front.

France prepares for Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary

10 February 2017

Commemorations will be taking place in the Aisne region at Easter to mark the centenary of the First World War battle that shook French morale to the core in April 1917.

US national ceremony to mark WWI Centennial - April 2017

08 February 2017

America will commemorate the centenary of its entry into the First World War with a national ceremony on April 6, the US WWI Centennial Commission announces.

WW1 Submarine Centenary: Historic U-boat wreck photos released

06 February 2017

German submarines wrecked on the Cornish coast after the First World War have been revealed by conservationists in photos newly acquired by the Historic England archives.

WW1 Submarine Centenary: UK memorial wins added heritage protection

06 February 2017

Conservationists have upgraded the protected status of Britain's national memorial to submariners to safeguard its preservation for future generations.

'Salonika Remembers' - schools invited to explore CWGC sites in Greece

03 February 2017

A project for schools commemorating the centenary of the Salonika Campaign has been launched by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in partnership with the British Council in Greece.

'War Beneath the Waves' - Germany's U-boats in Flanders

01 February 2017

German U-boat operations on the Flemish coast were discussed by marine archaeologist Tomas Termote at a lecture launching the English edition of his book on the WW1 submarine campaign.

100 Years Ago: Germany resumes 'sink on sight' U-boat war

01 February 2017

Germany took the fateful step of resuming unrestricted submarine attacks on merchant ships from 1 February 1917, in an attempt to cut off Britain's vital supplies.

Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary - UK ticket ballot opens

03 January 2017

Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele are invited to apply for tickets to attend the UK's centenary commemorations in Belgium on 31 July 2017.

Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2017

01 January 2017

The penultimate year of the Great War unleashed events that would reshape the world in the 20th century.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Verdun ends after 10-month struggle

18 December 2016

The longest battle of the First World War ended at Verdun on 18 December 1916, after a campaign costing hundreds of thousands French and German casualties. 

100 Years Ago: Joffre loses French army command to Nivelle

17 December 2016

General Joseph Joffre was replaced as French army chief in December 1916, in the latest leadership shake-up among the big powers midway through the First World War.

Cyclists rally for 'India Remembers' commemorative ride

16 December 2016

Cyclists from Pune have rallied for a 130-kilometre (80-mile) bike ride as part of an initiative to promote remembrance of India's war dead since 1914.

Bucharest falls to the Central Powers - December 6 1916

06 December 2016

Bucharest became the latest European capital to fall to the Central Powers during the Great War when German-led troops entered the city 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago: Battle of the Somme ends

18 November 2016

The Battle of the Somme drew to a close on 18 November 1916 after more than four months of fighting, and more than a million casualties on all sides.

Verdun, 100 years ago - France recaptures Fort Douaumont

24 October 2016

French colonial troops entered Fort Douaumont on 24 October 1916, ending an eight-month German occupation of the biggest of the Verdun fortresses. 

CWGC launches Somme battlefield guide

13 October 2016

Centenary News reports from an event at the Canadian High Commission in London, marking publication of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Somme Battlefield Companion. 

CWGC highlights 'forgotten' Salonika Front

06 October 2016

A remembrance service has been hosted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Greece as part of a joint effort with the British Embassy in Athens to raise awareness of those lost in the Salonika campaign.

Lincolnshire WW1 aviation project ready for take-off with UK lottery grant

26 September 2016

A centenary project in Lincolnshire has been awarded a £423,500 grant from the UK's Heritage Lottery Fund for a project highlighting the county's role in pioneering First World War aviation.

Somme Centenary events in France honour New Zealand's Fallen

19 September 2016

New Zealand held a series of commemorations in France on 15 September 2016 to mark the centenary of the New Zealand Division joining the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Centenary - New Zealand remembers at Longueval Sept 15

07 September 2016

Prince Charles is to join New Zealanders in France next week for commemorations honouring those who fought at the Battle of the Somme a century ago.

100 Years Ago Today: First German airship shot down over UK

03 September 2016

William Leefe Robinson became the first British pilot to shoot down a German airship over England in the early hours of September 3rd 1916.

100 Years Ago: Hindenburg & Ludendorff take over in German high command reshuffle

29 August 2016

Field Marshal Hindenburg and General Ludendorff took over command of the German Army on August 29th 1916, dominating Germany's military leadership for the rest of the First World War.

100 Years Ago Today: Romania enters First World War

27 August 2016

Romanian troops attacked Transylvania on August 27th 1916, opening a new front against Austria-Hungary in the Balkans.

Three unknown soldiers buried as Australia marks Pozières Centenary

26 July 2016

Australia has remembered its first action on the Somme with commemorations on July 23rd marking the Battle of Pozières in the summer of 1916.

'India Remembers' - campaign to highlight Indian sacrifice since 1914

24 July 2016

A campaign 'to transform the culture of remembrance' in India has been launched in Delhi on the centenary of a noted Indian cavalry charge during the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Centenary: Memorial honouring all South Africans unveiled at Delville Wood

19 July 2016

President Jacob Zuma inaugurated a new memorial at Delville Wood on July 12th 2016 honouring South Africans of all races who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of the Somme

01 July 2016

One of the most controversial battles of the First World War started on July 1st 1916, with a massive British-led attack on German positions in the Somme region of Northern France.

100 Years Ago: German offensives peak at Verdun

23 June 2016

French troops defending Verdun came under renewed pressure in June-July 1916 as the German Army made its closest advances to the town.

100 Years Ago: Russia's Brusilov Offensive on Eastern Front

04 June 2016

General Aleksei Brusilov launched one of Russia's most successful attacks of the Great War on June 4th 1916, advancing against Austro-Hungarian forces in present-day Western Ukraine.

CWGC marks Siege of Kut Centenary

30 April 2016

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has published an article and audio clips on its website, remembering the fall of Kut 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago Today: Siege of Kut ends in Ottoman victory

29 April 2016

The Ottoman Army captured the Mesopotamian town of Kut-al-Amara on April 29th 1916 when British-led forces surrendered after almost five months under siege. 

IWM focus on historic Somme film for 2016 Centenary

22 April 2016

The pioneering documentary,The Battle of the Somme, is at the centre of Imperial War Museums' events marking the centenary of the 1916 offensive.

Centenary study doubles New Zealand troop numbers at Gallipoli

31 March 2016

The number of New Zealanders who fought at Gallipoli is 'certain to have been more than 16,000', military historians in New Zealand say. 

100 Years Ago: Russia's Lake Naroch offensive against the German Army

18 March 2016

Russia attacked on the Eastern Front on March 18th 1916, in a failed attempt to ease German pressure on France at Verdun.

100 Years Ago Today - Fort Douaumont falls at Battle of Verdun

25 February 2016

French forces defending Verdun suffered a disaster on February 25th 1916, when the biggest of the fortresses fell to a few German troops without a fight.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Verdun starts

21 February 2016

A massive artillery bombardment on the morning of February 21st 1916 signalled the start of the German attack on Verdun, the longest single battle of the First World War.

100 years ago in Caucasus campaign - Erzurum falls to Russia

16 February 2016

Russian troops captured the fortress town of Erzurum on February 16th 1916, a month after launching a surprise midwinter offensive against Turkey.

100 Years Ago Today: The Gallipoli campaign ends

09 January 2016

The last Allied positions were evacuated at Cape Helles on January 9th 1916, ending the controversial Gallipoli campaign.

Focus on Marmolada Grande Guerra: Italian museum remembering Alpine war

27 December 2015

Centenary News profiles Marmolada Grande Guerra, a museum remembering Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops who fought in the ice and snow of the Dolomite Mountains.

100 Years Ago Today: Last Allied soldiers leave Anzac Cove & Suvla

20 December 2015

The withdrawal of Allied troops from Suvla and Anzac Cove on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula was completed on December 20th 1915. 

100 Years Ago Today: Sir Douglas Haig takes over British command on the Western Front

19 December 2015

General Sir Douglas Haig succeeded Field Marshal Sir John French as commander-in-chief of British forces in France and Flanders on December 19th 1915.

100 Years Ago Today: British ministers order Gallipoli pull-out

07 December 2015

The British Government ordered the withdrawal of Allied troops from Anzac Cove and Suvla on December 7th 1915, signalling the end of the Gallipoli campaign.

100 Years Ago Today: Ottoman siege of Kut starts in Mesopotamia

07 December 2015

Ottoman troops trapped a British-Indian force in the town of Kut-al-Amara on December 7th 1915, heralding a siege that lasted almost five months. 

Gallipoli Centenary Education Project completes battlefield tours programme

06 December 2015

Staff and students from a Devon school in the UK have visited the battlefields of the Dardanelles on the third and final tour of a programme organised by the Gallipoli Centenary Education Project.

VC soldier's 'shovel' rescue of Gallipoli comrade remembered

27 November 2015

The heroism of a British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded comrade under fire at Gallipoli is remembered on a new memorial in his home town of Reading.

100 Years Ago: Ottomans halt British/Indian advance in Mesopotamia

22 November 2015

British and Indian troops were halted in their march towards Baghdad at the Battle of Ctesiphon from November 22nd-25th 1915.

100 years Ago: UK War Minister backs Gallipoli pull-out & Churchill resigns

19 November 2015

Britain's War Minister, Lord Kitchener, visited Gallipoli and Winston Churchill left the Government in November 1915 amid fading support for the Dardanelles campaign.

100 Years Ago: Gallipoli commander Sir Ian Hamilton ordered home

16 October 2015

General Sir Ian Hamilton, British commander-in-chief at Gallipoli, was recalled on October 16th 1915 amid arguments about the future of the campaign.

100 years ago: Belgrade falls, Bulgaria enters war & Allies land at Salonika

09 October 2015

The Central Powers captured Belgrade on October 9th 1915 as the Allies launched a belated attempt to help Serbia by landing troops in neighbouring Greece.

100 Years Ago Today: Kut falls to British/Indian force in Mesopotamia

28 September 2015

British and Indian forces captured the town of Kut al-Amara on September 28th 1915 during their advance up the Tigris Valley towards Baghdad.


100 Years Ago: Tsar Nicholas takes Russian supreme command

10 September 2015

Russia entered September 1915 with Tsar Nicholas II as the new commander-in-chief of his armies, replacing Grand Duke Nicholas, a fellow member of the royal family.

100 Years Ago Today: August offensive starts at Gallipoli

06 August 2015

The last major Allied offensive at Gallipoli was launched on August 6th 1915, with an attempt to break out of Anzac Cove and a British landing at Suvla Bay.

100 Years Ago: Warsaw falls to the German Army

04 August 2015

The German Army captured Warsaw on August 4-5th 1915 as part of an offensive against the Russians across the Eastern Front. 

100 Years Ago Today: the start of the First Battle of Isonzo

23 June 2015

On June 23rd 1915, Italy began the First Battle of Isonzo by launching an offensive from northeast Italy across the border into Austria-Hungary.

100 Years Ago Today: Russians ousted from Przemyśl

03 June 2015

German and Austro-Hungarian forces recaptured the fortress town of Przemyśl in southern Poland on June 3rd 1915.

Online project explores Middle Eastern front during First World War

02 June 2015

Cardiff University is leading the project 'Vews of an Antique Land' that aims to bring attention to the First World War campaigns in Egypt and Palestine, and honour the men who fought in them.

Italian President leads commemoration of country's entry into First World War

25 May 2015

President Sergio Mattarella attended commemorations in Rome and Fiuli Venezia Giulia to mark the 100th anniversary of Italy's entry into the First World War on May 24th 2015.

100 Years Ago Today: Allied troops land at Gallipoli

25 April 2015

One of the most controversial campaigns of the First World War began on April 25th 1915, when the Allied powers invaded the Gallipoli peninsula with the aim of knocking Turkey out of the war.

Edinburgh petition for centenary memorial to conscientious objectors

30 March 2015

Campaigners are calling for the creation of a memorial to conscientious objectors in Edinburgh in 2016, the centenary of Britain introducing conscription during the First World War.

'Dying for Trento': new exhibition remembers the Italian Front

24 March 2015

A new Italian exhibition explores the lengthy campaign between Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces in the Alps.

'Walk of Peace'- border trail between Italy and Slovenia commemorates the Isonzo Front

23 March 2015

Italy and Slovenia launched a cross-border trail, the Walk of Peace, on March 21st 2015 to remember the battles on the Isonzo Front during the First World War.

Turkey starts programme of events to mark Centenary of Gallipoli campaign

19 March 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leads commemoration of Gallipoli campaign.

100 Years Ago Today: Germany intensifies U-boat war

04 February 2015

Germany stepped up its submarine campaign, with a warning on February 4th 1915 that all merchant ships in the seas around the British Isles risked attack without warning.

Campaign to recognise sacrifice of Gallipoli reinforcements

21 January 2015

David Crampin has shared with Centenary News a piece about the troopship Royal Edward and his campaign to ensure the men who gave their lives receive equal and just recognition.

Descendants of Gallipoli campaign invited to take part in London commemoration event

20 January 2015

Descendants of the Galipoli campaign have been invited by the British government to take part in a commemoration event - to be held in London in April 2015

100 Years Ago Today: The First Battle of Champagne

20 December 2014

The First Battle of Champagne began on December 20th 1914 in the Champagne region of France. It was the first offensive by the Allies since initiation of trench warfare on the Western Front. 

The World War I in Africa Project: A visual exploration of an overlooked history

19 November 2014

'The World War I in Africa Project' has been launched to provide information on one of the most overlooked theatres of the war: Africa. 

Kenya remembers start of East Africa campaign in 1914

01 September 2014

The spread of the First World War to East Africa has been remembered with a series of Centenary events in Kenya.

UK wide poppy planting scheme to go ahead after funding difficulties

12 September 2013

The Royal British Legion has announced that the Centenary Poppy Scheme - which recently failed in its application for funding support from Heritage Lottery Fund - will go ahead.

Campaign to plant poppies for First World War Centenary in English county goes global

05 September 2013

A Facebook campaign by a man in Huntingdonshire, England, to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, has led to plans for poppy fields to be sown around the world.

Academics, actors and politicians are among those who criticise Britain's plans to mark the Centenary of the First World War

21 May 2013

A wide ranging group of British public figures have signed an open letter, criticising the nature of national Centenary plans in Britain.

Articles & Blogs

Kick-starting the Meuse-Argonne: The American Army goes again on Western Front

07 October 2018

Patrick Gregory on the relaunch of America's stalled offensive in northeastern France 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago: Meuse-Argonne Offensive begins

26 September 2018

The opening stages of the First World War campaign that remains the largest single battle in US history, described by Patrick Gregory.

The Battle of Megiddo - Ottoman Army in Palestine destroyed

19 September 2018

Major Paul Knight on the Allied attack in September 1918 that dealt a fatal blow to the Central Powers in the Middle East.

St Mihiel Campaign - The US First Army goes into battle​

12 September 2018

The newly created First Army of the American Expeditionary Force went into battle for the first time in northeast France on 12 September 1918, as Patrick Gregory explains.

The American First Army comes into being

08 August 2018

Patrick Gregory on the creation of the American First Army in August 1918,  a sign of growing US strength in World War I.

The Aisne-Marne counter-attack: America’s part in rolling back German forces

24 July 2018

The significance of the US Army's actions at the Battle of Soissons in July 1918, discussed by Patrick Gregory.

US Marines in battle for Belleau Wood - June 1918

07 June 2018

100 years ago, a fight against the German advance to the Marne was developing into a defining moment for the US Marines, as Patrick Gregory explains:

Centennial Countdown Blog: Romania out of WW1 & Germany attacks again in France

01 June 2018

Events in Eastern Europe and Russia, the German offensive on the Aisne and President Wilson's declaration that 'politics is adjourned' are discussed by US blogger Dennis Cross in his latest WW1 post, covering May 1918.

100 years ago: Battle of Cantigny - America shows its mettle

28 May 2018

The first full US-led offensive of the Great War began at Cantigny in the Somme on 28 May 1918, as Patrick Gregory reports.

Spring 1918 - The US air effort takes off

29 April 2018

The rise of American power in WWI, told by Patrick Gregory on the Centennial of 'Ace of Aces' Eddie Rickenbacker scoring his first victory in the skies.

Seicheprey – America's WWI Baptism of Fire

20 April 2018

On the Centennial of America's first significant clash of the Great War, Patrick Gregory tells the story of the encounter at Seicheprey, on  20 April 1918.  


The Defence of Givenchy - holding the German Spring Offensive, April 1918

09 April 2018

Major Paul Knight describes how British troops of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division held the line against a German push towards the Channel ports 100 years ago.

How 1918 unfolded - Year of Decision in the Great War

03 January 2018

Centenary News considers how years of deadlock came to an end in 1918, as first the Germans and then the Allies went on the attack.

100 Years Ago: Jerusalem falls to British-led forces

11 December 2017

General Sir Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem on 11 December 1917 after a six-week campaign against the Ottomans in Palestine, as Major Paul Knight explains.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Beersheba opens Allied way to Palestine

31 October 2017

Allied fortunes in the Sinai campaign turned following the arrival of a new commander, and victory at Beersheba on 31 October 1917, writes Major Paul Knight.

From Parsonage to Passchendaele - A British nurse under fire in Flanders

30 July 2017

As the Passchendaele commemorations start, ex-BBC correspondent Tim Luard recalls the harrowing experiences of his great aunt as a senior nurse at the Third Battle of Ypres.

July 1917 - Building the US Air Service for action in WWI

24 July 2017

President Wilson signed legislation on 24 July 1917 earmarking $640 million to create an American air force for war, as Patrick Gregory explains. 

General Pershing arrives - 13 June 1917

13 June 2017

100 years ago today: US commander General John Pershing was welcomed enthusiastically in France, as Patrick Gregory reports.

100 Years Ago: Americans register for Great War draft

11 June 2017

In June 1917, millions of American men went to their local draft boards to register under the Selective Service Act – the first step in a conscription process for WWI.

100 Years Ago: Britain’s Mercantile Marine and its first convoys

15 May 2017

Britain introduced transatlantic convoys in May 1917 to protect merchant ships from an increasingly dangerous German U-boat campaign.


100 Years Ago: America declares war on Germany

06 April 2017

The US finally entered the First World War on 6 April 1917, ending President Wilson's attempts to stay neutral, as Patrick Gregory explains.

Centennial Countdown Blog: US Cabinet backs war

02 April 2017

The events of March 1917 which resulted in President Woodrow Wilson summoning a special session of Congress to declare war are told in this latest post from US blogger Dennis Cross.

100 Years Ago: Baghdad falls to British/Indian forces

11 March 2017

Major Paul Knight considers how a renewed Allied campaign in Mesopotamia resulted in Baghdad's capture on 11 March 1917.

Focus on Prague photographer's tribute to the Czechoslovak Legionnaires

09 December 2016

Centenary News views Milan Kabelka's photos, evoking actions fought by Czech and Slovak volunteers who sided with the Allies in pursuit of independence.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Lukigura in East Africa

24 June 2016

Inspired by the story of his soldier grandfather and the Kashmir Rifles, Andrew Kerr discusses the gruelling East Africa campaign on the centenary of the Battle of Lukigura.

Lt General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude – the 'unknown victor' in the Middle East

26 May 2016

The General who rebuilt British and Indian forces for the Mesopotamia Campaign after the fall of Kut in April 1916 is discussed by Paul Knight.

Centenary tribute to America's WWI pilots in France - April 20

18 April 2016

As the US and France prepare for a rededication ceremony to mark the centennial of a group of American pilots entering the First World War, Patrick Gregory looks back at the impact of the volunteer airmen. 

100 Years Ago: Lancastrians reformed as Britain's 55th Division on Western Front

14 January 2016

CN contributor Paul Knight tells the story of the British Army's West Lancashire Division, experienced Territorial soldiers reformed as the 55th Division in France in January 1916.

Kut-al-Amara: How & why the siege began

07 December 2015

General Sir Charles Townshend's controversial decision to stand against the Ottomans at Kut-al-Amara in December 1915 is discussed in this article by Major Paul Knight.

100 Years Ago: The Latvian Rifles go into battle on the Eastern Front

12 November 2015

Newly-formed Latvian units went into action with the Imperial Russian Army 100 years ago to resist a German push. Patrick Gregory has recently visited the Baltic, and tells the story of the Latvian Rifles. 

Campaign to recognise the sacrifice of Gallipoli reinforcements on torpedoed troopship

21 January 2015

David Crampin has shared with Centenary News a piece about the ship Royal Edward which was torpedoed on its way to Gallipoli and his campaign to ensure those whoe died receive recognition. 


'No Glory in War 1914-1918' campaign launch video

09 September 2013

The Stop the War Coalition has uploaded a video to its YouTube page of the launch of the No Glory in War 1914-1918 campaign, which criticises the nature UK Centenary plans.


Book Review - The Western Front: Landscape, Tourism and Heritage

03 March 2017

Battlefield guide Victor Piuk discovers new perspectives in this study of how the landscapes of the Great War have influenced a century of commemoration and tourism.

War Beneath the Waves: U-boat Flottilla Flandern 1915-18

01 February 2017

Centenary News verdict

'Belgian marine archaeologist Tomas Termote has amassed a wealth of information, personal stories, and rare photos for this encyclopaedic history of Germany's U-boat crews on the Flemish coast. The author's newly-published English edition provides a welcome insight into the German side of the story for an Anglophone readership.'

Read the full description here.

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