On 6 February 1918 the Representation of the People Act received Royal Assent and women aged 30 or over who resided in a constituency or occupied land or premises with a rateable value above £5, or whose husbands did, were given the right to vote in parliamentary elections in Great Britain and Ireland. Any women aged 21 … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 43 – Votes for Women!
This is going to be a rather short post because what I really want to do is send you off to read the article I found in the Smithsonian Magazine detailing China’s role in the war and the damage the Treaty of Versailles did to their relationship with the west. It seems foolish to try … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 42 – China’s role in WWI
I was going to write a post about each of the four Christmases during WWI. However I found that the Imperial War Museum had, unsurprisingly, got there before me, so I will instead direct you to their “Voices of the First World War: Christmas at the Front” which includes a podcast. I will also direct … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 41 – Christmas at the Front
I have been attending the Remembrance service at the Cenotaph for many years now; hustling myself out of my warm and cosy hotel room at 7am to zoom down to Whitehall, often in the company of heavily armed police, to nab a spot right next to the memorial where the Queen and so many other … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 40 – Remembrance at the Cenotaph
The Third Battle of Ypres, which has become known in popular parlance as Passchendaele, was one of the most miserable offensives of the war on the Western Front. Starting in July, with an attack on Messines, and finishing in November with the taking of the ridge just beyond Passchendaele. Having spent months fighting the terrain … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 39 – They Called It Passchendaele
Now most often referred to as “Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration” this letter was really a statement that Sassoon issued to his commanding officer, declining to return to duty after he had been on convalescent leave due to contracting gastric fever in August 2016. This refusal to fight was, Sassoon believed, the best … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 38 – Finished with the War; A Soldier’s Declaration.
A look at the major events of the conflict during August 1917: August 1st The Vatican publishes a Peace Note from Pope Benedict XV suggesting an initiative on which a peace might be based. August 2nd General Lavr Kornilov succeeds General Brusilov as Russian Commander-in-Chief August 3rd Austrian-German forces recapture Czernowitz in Bukovina on the … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 37 – Another Month of War
On 7 July 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the first all-women unit in the British Army, was officially instituted. Between 1917 and 1921 over forty thousand women served, of whom around seventeen thousand served overseas (although not all at the same time). The WAAC owes its creation to two Scottish women who were … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 36 – Centenary of the WAAC
America had, in the first two and a half years of WWI, adopted a policy of neutrality and though that attempted to broker peace between the Central Powers (Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire) and the Allies (United Kingdom, Serbia, Russia, France, Italy and Belgium). However the cumulative effect of German use of U … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 35 – Here Come the Yanks!
A look at the major events of the conflict in May 1917: May 1st The Polish Council of State present their demands to the Central Powers regarding the creation of an independent Poland. May 2nd The first USA destroyer flotilla arrives at Queenstown in Cork, Ireland May 3rd The Third Battle of the Scarpe and … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 34 – Another Month of War