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‘Understanding the Great War’ – education resource launched in US

The United States WWI Centennial Commission and America’s National World War I Museum & Memorial have teamed up to create a new online teaching resource aimed at increasing awareness of the Great War, writes CN’s Patrick Gregory. 'Understanding the Great War' is a bi-monthly electronic newsletter featuring information and features from WWI organisations across [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:00:19+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Aisne-Marne counter-attack: America’s part in rolling back German forces

Historian John S.D. Eisenhower described it as ‘the turning point’. And certainly many of the key American participants of the time said they felt a decisive shift against the German Army after the Battle of Soissons in July 1918. Patrick Gregory has been looking at how US troops on the Western Front spearheaded Allied counter-attacks 100 years ago. American heavy artillery used [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:01:39+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘Shrouds of the Somme’ in London – Artist’s Armistice Centenary tribute

The 72,396 shrouded figures - individually created by Somerset artist Rob Heard - on display in London until Sunday, November 18 (Photo: Centenary News) The final leg of the WW1 Shrouds of the Somme installation  is at London's Olympic Park for a 10-day tribute marking the Armistice centenary. The work, involving over 72,000 small [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:05:13+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘Seven Halts on the Somme’ – Centenary exhibition in London

Hughie O'Donoghue pictured at Leighton House with 'The Sucrerie, Longueval' and 'Warlencourt Ridge' (Photo: Kevin Moran Photography) A new exhibition to commemorate the beginning of the Battle of the Somme has opened in London at Leighton House Museum in Holland Park. Artist Hughie O'Donoghue talks to Patrick Gregory about his work. The seven paintings, [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:05:49+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Seicheprey – America’s WWI Baptism of Fire

Aerial view of Seicheprey in 1919, following the World War I fighting in April and September 1918 (Image: Wikimedia Commons) On 20 April 1918 soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force engaged in their first significant military encounter of World War I at Seicheprey, near the St. Mihiel salient in north-east France. Troops [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:08:04+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Meuse-Argonne: Remembering America’s biggest battle

On Sunday 23 September 2018 the American WW1 cemetery at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon in north-east France played host to a centennial ceremony, paying tribute to the 26,000 fallen of the United States’ Meuse-Argonne offensive 100 years ago. The campaign – which began the Allies’ last push of the war – remains the largest single battle ever fought by the [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:08:39+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Centenary News focus on US First World War volunteers

Patrick Gregory discusses how America's voluntary effort took shape in the Great War, as a new exhibition opens at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Abram Piatt Andrew - founder of the American Field Service (Photo courtesy of AFS Foundation) ‘The world must be made safe for democracy……We have [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:09:10+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘Rearranging History’ – US exhibition pieces together story of giant WW1 painting

Missing fragments from a Great War masterpiece are back on display for the first time in decades at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. CN contributor Patrick Gregory retraces the truncated history of 'Panthéon de la Guerre', the world's largest painting when it was first unveiled in Paris in 1918. The National [...]

By |2020-11-26T16:10:13+00:00April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments