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Legends, myths and realities of the Christmas truce, 1914

The article on the truce which has been in this site for many years has now undergone a thorough expansion: see http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/winter-operations-1914-15-western-front/legends-myths-and-realities-the-christmas-truce-1914/


How many battalions held the Western Front?

A report considered by the British War Cabinet held on 30 December 1916 included details of the relative infantry manpower on the Western Front in France and Flanders at that time: British front (Boesinghe to…


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Removal of “Feedback” tab from this site

A note for visitors: the “feedback” tab that previously appeared on the right-hand side of this website has been removed. The tab was added for visitors to point out errors or make suggestions about the site. I am…


How to find a soldier’s number

Millions of men served in the army. You need to do everything you can to make sure that you can spot your man from among others. Certainly you can begin to look for his military…




The Salonika Campaign Society

The Salonika Campaign Society is an excellent association for anyone interested in the campaign in Salonika during the Great War. Full adult UK membership costs only £10 per year, for which you receive copies of…


Rev. George Smissen MC

George Smissen is no ordinary hero: in many ways he can be ranked up there with with some better-known Chaplains of the British Army such as Tubby Clayton and G.A. Studdert Kennedy. George was no stranger…


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Frank Hubert Wilson

This whole site is dedicated to the memory of Frank Hubert Wilson. Frank was born in Birmingham in September 1879. At the time of the Great War, he was married and living at 1 Back of…