On this day: the conclusion of the Battle of the Ancre

Part of the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of the Ancre was fought in France between the 13th and 18th of November, 1916, between combined British and French forces and the German Empire.

The battle resulted in a British victory and German defeat.

 Field kitchen of the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on a water-logged site. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. Field kitchen of the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on water-logged site. Near St.Pierre Divion, November1916.

Water refilling point on the Ancre River. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. Water refilling point. The Ancre River, showing the causeway of the Mill Road, across it. Hamel-St. Divion road, November

 A Royal Flying Corps working party in a mine crater at Beaumont Hamel, captured in the battle. 13th November. X

Beaumont_Hamel_mine_crater_Nov_1916_IWM_Q_2006 A Royal Flying Corps working party in a mine crater at Beaumont Hamel, captured in the Battle of the Ancre, 13th November 1916.

A British Army Chaplain helps a wounded German prisoner on the first day of the battle. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. An Army Chaplain of the Army Chaplains' Department helping along a wounded German prisoner taken on the 13th of November

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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_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. An Army Chaplain of the Army Chaplains' Department helping along a wounded German prisoner taken on the 13th of November

13th November 1916: On the first day of the Battle of Ancre – part of the larger Battle of the Somme – a British Army Chaplain helps a wounded German prisoner near Aveluy Wood.

Poppies for Remembrance Day – 100 Years

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Thousands of Poppies First world War One Sonya Heaney 11th November 2018 Australian War Memorial Canberra.

Thousands and thousands of handmade poppies at the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day, and a hundred years since the end of the First World War. Australia committed to the war before Britain even declared it, and Canberra turned on a sunny, hot, blue-skied, beautiful day for the occasion.

Because I live in Canberra, love history, and have a military father, I visit the War Memorial quite often. However, today was special, and because I’ve been overseas for much of the past few months, and today was the last day to see all the poppies before they go, (there are poppies at Parliament House, too, but they’re there for another week), I had to visit.

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.