Shooting Round Corners Great War Style – Defence of Communication Trenches

Hunting through archives and historical records, I often get distracted by things which I had no intention of looking for. One such document I recently stumbled across had the very underwhelming title of “Defence of Communication Trenches”, written by Major H F Whinney and dated to July 1915. Lt Col Harold Fife Whinney D.S.O. O.B.E.Continue reading “Shooting Round Corners Great War Style – Defence of Communication Trenches”

Behind Enemy Lines in 1914 – The Fate of A Squadron, 11th Hussars.

On the morning of the 26 August 1914, the retreat from Mons was in full swing, with widespread confusion sweeping through British troops. The men of the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own), had now found themselves as rear guard for the retiring British Expeditionary Force (BEF) at the Battle of Le Cateau. The events thatContinue reading “Behind Enemy Lines in 1914 – The Fate of A Squadron, 11th Hussars.”

Dorset in the Great War Website

Back in 2014, I created the Dorset in the Great War website, with the aim of commemorating those from the county who served during the Great War. A major part of this site, was and still is, to list all those who are remembered on war memorials around Dorset. At the time, I was undertakingContinue reading “Dorset in the Great War Website”

Photos of the Great War – Frederick Charles Yetman – Hampshire Regiment

From time to time I come across an old postcard of a Great War soldier with a name written on it. It’s not always possible to identify them, but occasionally I get lucky. This particular photo was initially of interest to me as part of my research on helmet flashes. I was fairly certain thatContinue reading “Photos of the Great War – Frederick Charles Yetman – Hampshire Regiment”

Distinguishing Marks of The Great War – Signallers of the British Army, an illustrated guide.

The evolution of distinguishing marks and armbands worn by Signallers during the Great War.

Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry

With the introduction of the steel helmet in 1915, it wasn’t long before British, and it’s then Empire, troops began to embellish them with unit signs. These ‘distinguishing marks’ as they were known were intended to identify the unit of the wearer. Some markings were as simple as a cap badge soldered to the frontContinue reading “Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry”

Sneak Preview! – Upcoming Publication on “The Distinguishing Marks of The Somme 1916”

For several years now, I have had an increasing interest in the distinguishing marks adopted by the British Army during the Great War. These include the cloth badges worn on uniforms, those painted on helmets and vehicles’ signboards as well as the Divisional and other Formation Signs. The subject is absolutely fascinating, and up untilContinue reading “Sneak Preview! – Upcoming Publication on “The Distinguishing Marks of The Somme 1916””

A Coincidental Find

Some time ago I purchased a photographic postcard of a WW1 soldier serving with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). As is most common with these photographs, it was unnamed and my interest was in the distinguishing mark he was wearing on his shoulder (as part of a long on-going research project). The onlyContinue reading “A Coincidental Find”

Armoured Cars at Ctesiphon 1915

A look at the early use of Armoured Cars during the campaign in Mesopotamia, focusing on the Battle of Ctesiphon, November 1915. Back in August 2013, The Tank Museum published an online article by David Fletcher about two mysterious armoured cars that were recorded as taking part in the Battle of Ctesiphon. David Fletcher hadContinue reading “Armoured Cars at Ctesiphon 1915”