The Chilwell Disaster Anniversary

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The factory in 1917.

Today is the 101st anniversary of the Chilwell munitions factory explosion, when 134 people were killed and another 250 injured in England during the First World War.

Chilwell became known for its “Canary girls“, women who worked in dangerous conditions constructing TNT shells for the British military. Photographs of the women were used to promote the British war effort.

Women_at_work_during_the_First_World_War-__Q30023Women at work during the First World War- Munitions Production, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, c 1917 1918 explosion disaster W

1917

Eight tons of TNT blew up in the disaster, and the explosion was heard twenty miles away. Because so few victims were identified a mass grave now stands nearby.

The site of the factory became a military installation, which will close in 2021.

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On this Day: British Royalty on the Front

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30th March 1918: Britain’s King George V, escorted by Lieutenant Colonel Reginald B. Rickman, inspects troops who survived the Battle of Bullecourt the previous year. The photograph was taken in Hermin, France in the final year of the First World War.

Part of the bigger Second Battle of Arras between the German and British Empires, the conflict claimed hundreds of thousands of casualties.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

One Hundred Years Ago

The German Fleet at Anchor off Inchkeith, Firth of Forth - after the Surrender, 22nd November 1918. First World War One War Art. Scotland. Britain.

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This painting, created in 1919, shows the German fleet surrendered in Scotland in 1918, eleven days after the end of the First World War. The caption by Britain’s Imperial War Museum is below:

The German Fleet at Anchor off Inchkeith, Firth of Forth – after the Surrender, 22nd November 1918.

Celebrating the end of the Great War

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close.

On the 5th of the month captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall, stretching from Admiralty Arch to Buckingham Palace.

On the 13th of November the guns were taken to Trafalgar Square, where people attempted to set them alight in a bonfire.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

The_Mall_(13962686919)These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall,

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall, stretching from Admira

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall, stretching from Admira

And a display on nearby Waterloo Place, St James’s.

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field gun on Waterloo Place St James's.

On this day: the end of a war

Sydney, NSW. 1918-11-11. Crowd in Martin Place celebrating the news of the signing of the armistice. Remembrance Day. First World War One Australian War Memorial Canberra

11th November 1918: People crowd into Martin Place in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to celebrate the armistice that ended the First World War.

Australia committed to the war from the outset in 1914, with 421,809 citizens serving in the military. 331,781 Australians served overseas during the conflict, a significant number for a country whose population numbered below five million in 1914.

The image is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

100 Years Ago: the end of a war

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2nd November 1918: Nine days before the end of the First World War, British and Italian convoys pass abandoned Austro-Hungarian artillery on a mountain road.

The photograph was taken during the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, in Italy’s north.

The battle concluded the following day, marking both an Italian victory and the end of the war on the Italian front.