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‘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 |2020-07-23T13:45:49+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|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 |2020-07-23T14:06:50+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|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 |2020-07-23T14:21:24+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|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 |2020-07-23T15:11:41+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|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 |2020-07-23T15:27:42+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|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 |2020-07-23T16:37:40+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|0 Comments

General Pershing arrives – 13 June 1917

100 years ago today, General John Pershing arrived in France at the head of the first contingent of the American Expeditionary Force, the first official US troops to set foot in Europe. As CN’s Patrick Gregory reports, the small size of this initial WWI deployment belied the importance attached to its arrival by the Allies. General [...]

By |2020-07-23T16:45:06+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Meuse-Argonne Offensive begins

On 26 September 1918 troops of the First Army, American Expeditionary Force aided by a corps of French soldiers began a major offensive in north-east France, kicking off what would the last six-week Allied push on the Western Front in WW1. The Meuse-Argonne campaign as it came to be known would enter the history [...]

By |2020-07-24T10:36:25+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|0 Comments

Kick-starting the Meuse-Argonne: The American Army goes again on Western Front

After four days of intense fighting in the Meuse-Argonne, beginning on 26 September 1918, American Expeditionary Force commander General John Pershing called a temporary halt to most – though not all – offensive operations along the front. It had been hard going in the difficult uphill terrain and he wanted time to regroup his [...]

By |2020-07-24T11:00:55+00:00April 25th, 2020|Articles|0 Comments