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Women and the British Army in the First World War

It is a well-documented fact the the Great War brought many new opportunities for women. They moved into areas of public, commercial and industrial life that had previously been out of bounds. Women’s efforts in…


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The Royal Artillery in the First World War

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the British artillery. “The war of 1914-18 was an artillery war: artillery…



Life in the trenches of the First World War

What were the trenches? Although most of us think primarily of the Great War in terms of life and death in the trenches, only a relatively small proportion of the army actually served there. The…


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The Corps of Royal Engineers in the First World War

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the Royal Engineers. The war of 1914-1918 relied on engineering. Without engineers…


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The Army Service Corps in the First World War

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the Army Service Corps. Note that the ASC is the same as…




Records of British prisoners of war 1914-1918

During the Great War of 1914-1918 some 7,335 officers and 174,491 other ranks of the British Army were captured by the enemy. Of these, about half fell into captivity between 21 March and 11 November…