Whether in times of war or pandemic, the “truth” and sorting it from fiction are crucial to survival. In her latest lecture, Vivien Newman takes a look back at women spies of World War One through the lens of COVID-19.
First of all we would like to wish the newly promoted Colonel Tom Moore a very happy 100th birthday. We have loved following his incredible fundraising efforts!
Today we have another lecture from Vivien Newman, in which she explores some interesting similarities between the WW1 fundraisers and Colonel Tom Moore. We hope you enjoy!
The 24th April 1915 marks the start of the Armenian Genocide, where over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered.
Armenian Genocide is a new, gripping short history that tells the story of a forgotten genocide: the men and women who died, the few who survived, and the diplomats who tried to intervene. We currently have the eBook edition available to purchase for only 99p.
Here’s an exclusive look at the introduction.
The Mystery of the Medway U-boats: solved.
University of Bristol
Among the mud-flats of the Medway estuary rest the remains of three First World War German U-boats. One, in East Hoo Creek, still displays some features a submarine, with its raked stem still visible – although broken off and resting at a crazy angle – and its hull structure and ballast tanks visible, the outer plating having largely disappeared. See more here.
Roger Keyes – Churchill’s Admiral in two World Wars
I had eight relations at the Battle of Jutland. My father was not among them, he was busy working up HMS Resolution a super dreadnaught battleship. The most distinguished of my family’s sailors was Commodore William Goodenough who gained well deserved plaudits for his performance, scouting for the battlefleet and sinking a German cruiser with a torpedo. I’ve never done anything brave like that -actually I have done nothing brave at all, but I have felt a curious affinity for the Royal Navy and I have an enormous admiration for the officers and men who served in it early in the last century. It was no place for milksops. The Commodore and his fellows were brought up under sail. They had to climb masts and fight with flapping heavy canvass a hundred feet over a raging sea. They had to handle small sailing cutters dodging around big ships in gigantic ocean waves. Ashore they were sometimes expected to establish order among frightened or furious crowds, drawing on the authority invested in a Royal Navy officer in those days. It is impossible not to admire the courage and the self confidence of that generation of British sailors.
A sand animation has recently brought to life the heart-breaking true story of the last fighting Tommy, Harry Patch. After being called up to serve in the 7th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, Harry was conscripted to Belgium aged just 19.
Harry became on of the half a million casualties of Passchendaele, surviving a blast which killed three of this best friends.