On this day…

Bermagui- 17th November 1937 New South Wales Australia Pacific Coast

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The New South Wales, Australia town of Bermagui is seen here on the 17th of November, 1937.

Southeast of the nation’s capital city, Canberra, Bermagui sits on the Pacific coast.

 

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On this day: Chopin in Warsaw

Odsłonięcie_pomnika_Fryderyka_Chopina_w_Warszawie_1926 Ceremony of unveiling of Frédéric Chopin monument in Warsaw on 14th November 1926

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14th November 1926: A ceremony is held in Warsaw, Poland to unveil the monument to composer Frédéric Chopin. Chopin was born near the Polish capital in 1810, dying in Paris in 1849.

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

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

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.