Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Two – The Ball Rohr Stielhandgranate

This is the Ball Rohr Stielhandgranate (stick grenade), once attached to a cardboard handle (as in the replica inset), remnants of which you can still see inside the ball in the main picture.  Continue reading

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A Quartet of Curious French Postcards

I shan’t be saying much about these cards. Continue reading

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‘How It Feels To Be Shot’

‘Then there came a crash. It sounded to me like someone had dropped a glass bottle into a porcelain bathtub. A barrel of whitewash tipped over and it seemed that everything in the world turned white.’  Continue reading

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Arras – London Cemetery, Neuville Vitasse

How about we start the New Year with a random cemetery visit?  I happened to find myself here last summer, at this burial ground a few miles south east of Arras – I’ll show you a map in a while – and peering over the boundary wall (the cemetery entrance on the far right), that looks an interesting layout, does it not?  Continue reading

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The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part Fourteen – The Middlesex Regiment

Men of the Middlesex Regiment, three privates and a lance corporal, later in life.  Continue reading

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The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part Thirteen – The London Regiment

London Scottish troops waiting for a train, somewhere in France, 1914.  How many of these men would survive the war unscathed, I wonder?  Continue reading

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The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part Twelve – The Canadian Expeditionary Force

A continuation of another sometime series, where we meet a few of those who served – seven of the eight men in this post fought with the Canadian Expeditionary Force – and were lucky enough, although you’d have to have asked them for confirmation of that, to survive their Great War experience, only to suffer later ailments necessitating hospitalisation.  Continue reading

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