On this day: Australian soldiers off to war

“E”_Company_at_Fort_Macquarie_October_18th,_1914_(18663775908) Syndey New South Wales Australia First World One World War One

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“E” Company at Fort Macquarie October 18th, 1914.

Fort Macquarie, in the Australian state of New South Wales, was located at Bennelong Point, where the Sydney Opera House stands today.

Australia committed to the First World War from the outset, with preparations beginning even before Britain declared war on Germany in early August of 1914.

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100 Years Ago in Belgium

The_Capture_of_Ostend,_October_1918_Q19247Damage to buildings in Gare Maritime, Ostend, blown up by the Germans before the evacuation of 17th October 1918. First world war. World War One

The coastal city of Ostend in Belgium – along with much of the rest of the country – was occupied by the Germans during the First World War. As the war began drawing to an end in October of 1918, the Germans destroyed buildings as they retreated on the 17th of October.

Britain 100 Years Ago

The_Anti-aircraft_Warfare_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q279Officers at the 16th Course of Instruction at the General Headquarters of the Anti-aircraft School, Royal Artillery; 17th Oc

17th October 1918: Officers at the General Headquarters of the Anti-aircraft School of Britain’s Royal Artillery.

After more than four years of fighting, the First World War would be over less than a month after this picture was taken.

On this day…

#OnThisDay 11th October 1949 Ballet Dancer Margot Fonteyn at the opening performance at the Metropolitan Opera

English ballerina Margot Fonteyn, one of the only dancers in history to hold the title of Prima Ballerina Assoluta, is seen here in a photograph dated the 11th of October, 1949.

Fonteyn was dancing the opening night performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.

100 Years Ago Today: Britain Advances on the Germans

The_Hundred_Days_Offensive,_Pursuit to the Selle. 4th Battalion, Royal Leicestershire Regiment (46th Division) firing at German snipers and machine gunners on the edge of the Bois de Req

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British soldiers of the 4th Battalion, Royal Leicestershire Regiment fire at German snipers and machine gunners on the edge of the Bois de Requerval, France on the 10th of October, 1918.

The image was taken by John Warwick Brooke, who was Britain’s second official photographer of the First World War.

The advance to recapture the Selle in the Picardy region was complete by the end of the month.

On this day: Market Day in Ireland

Would_have_been_perfect_if_the_Butcher's_Shop_was_called_Hazlett!_(9553954028)Very patiently queueing horses at the Market Square in Dromore, Co. Down. Ireland Edwardian Northern Ireland

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This photograph is thought to be from Sunday the 9th of October, 1904. Horses wait in a queue in the market town of Dromore in County Down.

Dromore is now in Northern Ireland.

On this day: Troops on the March

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The march to the sea. First World War.

5th October 1914: French Cavalry on the march pass troops of the 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). The British soldiers slept hidden during the day and marched at night.

Germany had declared war on France two months earlier. The photograph is credited to British Army officer Robert Cotton Money (1888-1985).