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Here come the girls! The women volunteers at the Army Pay Office Woolwich from August to October 1914

Here come the girls! The women volunteers at the Army Pay Office Woolwich from August to October 1914

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August 2014 will witness the centenary of the start of the First World War. It is considered that much of the historical aspect will be focused on the all-male fighting army, with little attention being paid to the women's contribution during...

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The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples of incidents and accidents throughout the Great War that resulted in injury, loss of life or damage to property. Perhaps the most...



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Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles, Somerset House, London. 27 January 1924.

Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles, Somerset House, London. 27 January 1924.

Early this year (2014) we saw the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of a memorial to the Civil Service Rifles which can be found on the river frontage of Somerset House, a building off the Strand in central London.. The origins of the regiment go bac...

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More casualties identified from Fromelles 1916

More casualties identified from Fromelles 1916

As many readers of the WFA's website and e-newsletter will be aware, the recent discovery of the remains of a large number of soldiers from the 1916 Battle of Fromelles has resulted in a major effort to try to identify the men who were buried by the ...

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The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

Recent British television programmes gave us the views of leading historians on where the blame for the Great War lay and, in particular, whether Britain should have joined in or could have avoided it. We have also been treated to a dramatic account ...

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29 July 1917 Infanterist Jakob Koenigbauer

29 July 1917 Infanterist Jakob Koenigbauer

Infanterist Jakob Koenigbauer, 7 Komp Kgl Bayr Inf Regt 16

A miller from Vilsoell, Bavaria, Jakob was born in 1897. Called into full time service in 1915, he had seen frontline service for little under a year when he was killed in action in Flanders o...

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Chairman's report, July 2014

Chairman's report, July 2014

After what feels like waiting for an an eternity, August at last approaches which with it brings the start of many official events to commemorate the beginning of the Great War 100 years ago. The Centenary is now here. There are quite a few events in...


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newlogo50hThe Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.

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German footage of the Great War

Rarely seen footage of the First World War, 1914-1918, from a German perspective. See all three videos in this collection.

Streamed courtesy of YouTube

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