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German WW1 submarine emerges off French coast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The wreck is attracting curious visitors at low tide The wreck of a World War One German submarine is gradually resurfacing on a beach in northern French after decades of being buried in the sand. Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917. The crew flooded the vessel and abandoned it and by the 1930s the submarine had largely been buried. It is now becoming a tourist attraction again, although the local mayor…

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‘Suddenly real’: Colour brings new life to archival WW1 photos

Image copyright Courtesy The Vimy Foundation Image caption Canadian wounded enjoying a cup of tea at Advanced Dressing Station, October 1918 With a dose of colour, a Canadian charity has breathed new life into archival images from World War One. The Vimy Foundation pored over hundreds of old Canadian black and white photos to select a final 150 to painstakingly colourise. The hope is to create a personal connection to the war experience for a new generation through the restored images. The photos have been published in the book They…

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Southampton students’ union president resigns in WW1 mural row

Image copyright University of Southampton Image caption Emily Dawes apologised after sending the initial tweet A student leader who sparked outrage by saying a mural dedicated to soldiers in World War One should be painted over has resigned. The artwork, in the University of Southampton Senate Room, shows a degree being given to an unknown soldier. Union president Emily Dawes faced a backlash online after saying the “mural of white men” would be taken down or daubed over. She said she “acted impulsively” and would step down with immediate effect.…

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Harwich WW1 U-boat surrender marked with willow model

Image copyright Jamie Sayers Image caption The 15ft (4.6m)-long willow U-boat sits on Dovercourt Beach as part of a celebration of the centenary of the surrender at Harwich A model U-boat has been created to commemorate the mass surrender of Germany’s submarines on the Essex coast at the end of World War One. More than 160 U-boats surrendered at Harwich in November 1918, at one point stretching in a line two miles (3km) long. While most were taken to go on display, many were left beached at Harwich before eventually…

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Chelsea Pensioners’ verdict on WW1 VR experience

Nothing to be Written is a virtual reality (VR) experience that moves you between war trenches, hospitals, trains and anxiously waiting at home for field postcards sent by soldiers during World War One. BBC Click visited two Chelsea Pensioners, Michael Allen and Michael Paling asking them to put on VR headsets to try out the immersive journey and give their verdict. What would they make of it? Produced by BBC VR Hub, Nothing to be Written has been created jointly by composers, Anna Meredith, and the award-winning company of artists,…

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Armistice Day: Growing criticism of Trump WW1 no-show

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Trump is in France to mark 100 years since the end of World War One A British minister has appeared to join growing criticism of US President Donald Trump’s decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday due to rain. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood took an apparent swipe at the president on Twitter, saying “rain did not prevent our brave heroes from doing their job”. Mr Trump is in France to commemorate the centenary of World War One’s end. He cancelled a visit to…

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Armistice Day: Remembrance events around world mark end of WW1

Image copyright EPA Image caption Crowds turned out for the ceremony in Canberra, Australia Commemorations are taking place around the world to mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War One. In Australia, a ceremony was held at the National War Memorial in Canberra, while in Adelaide an aircraft dropped thousands of red paper poppies. In New Zealand, a gun salute took place in the capital, Wellington. And in India, memorials were held for the 74,000 troops who died fighting on the other side of the world. The…

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Grace Jones, 112, heard singing as WW1 ended

The oldest person alive in Britain says people were “screaming, laughing and singing” when they knew World War One had ended. Sunday marks 100 years since the 1918 Armistice which ended the war. Grace Jones, 112, has strong memories of the joy that spread across the nation, but also recalls the sorrow of losing her brother and the start of the war. Source link

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Former MP killed in WW1 finally added to Parliament’s memorial

Image copyright Lancashire County Council/Burnley Borough Council Image caption Gerald Arbuthnot was briefly MP for Burnley A forgotten hero has finally been remembered on Parliament’s World War One memorial. The marble installation recognises the sacrifice of peers, MPs, MPs’ sons, and senior officers of Parliament, who died in service during the Great War. But 96 years after its completion, a leading historian realised one MP had been left off. Now Lieutenant Gerald Arbuthnot, once the Conservative MP for Burnley, has had his name belatedly added. The 44-year-old was killed in…

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President Macron salutes BBC man’s ‘beautiful’ WW1 story

French President Emmanuel Macron has thanked a BBC radio presenter for the “very beautiful story” of his grandfather, a pilot in World War One. Dave Monk was invited to an Armistice centenary commemoration in France by President Macron. It was after the president was told about how Mr Monk’s grandfather was killed in 1916 and buried in the country. The BBC Essex presenter only found out recently, when details of his ancestry were revealed to him on his radio show, which he said was an “incredibly emotional moment”. He went…

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