First World War

'Go Home and Sit Still': How Women Were Defying Convention During the First World War

Charlotte Czyzyk | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK
Charlotte Czyzyk

The early 1900s were a time when women couldn't even wear trousers as it was perceived to be hugely unfeminine. Unsurprisingly, women were also not allowed to fight in the First World War. None of this stopped Flora Sandes, the only British women to serve officially as a soldier.

Testament of Love: the Life and Times of Edward Brittain

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Cooper

All those great gay heroes, yet what did their country really do for them? Those that opted to stand up to the justice system would be convicted. Despite being in the clutches of the first total war, the authorities still found time to prosecute at least 300 servicemen for being gay.

100 Years Ago This Month - The First Bombing Raid on Britain

Michael Freemantle | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Michael Freemantle

The first attack on London, which occurred on 31 May 1915, killed seven people and injured 35 others. In that raid and three subsequent raids on London in 1915, the Zeppelins dropped a total of 278 bombs on the city of which 198 were incendiary bombs...

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast in Full

Her Majesty The Queen | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Her Majesty The Queen

Sometimes it seems that reconciliation stands little chance in the face of war and discord. But, as the Christmas truce a century ago reminds us, peace and goodwill have lasting power in the hearts of men and women. On that chilly Christmas Eve in 1914 many of the German forces sang Silent Night, its haunting melody inching across the line. That carol is still much-loved today, a legacy of the Christmas truce, and a reminder to us all that even in the unlikeliest of places hope can still be found. A very happy Christmas to you all.

Want to Increase Diversity in the Arts? Get Local

Natalie Wade | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Natalie Wade

We can argue the reasons for this situation until the proverbial cows come home. But what is indisputable is the transformative impact that art and culture has on these young people's lives.

Being There for People Who Have Been Bereaved

Joe Levenson | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Joe Levenson

One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, which contributed to a major shift in cultural attitudes and practices relating to death and mourning, with discussing dying increasingly becoming a taboo, many British people remain deeply uneasy talking about bereavement.

Sainsbury's Ad Becomes Surprising Hit With Schools

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Many teachers around the country are using the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce advert as a learning resource for WW1 commemorations.

Thieves Are Targetting The Tower Of London Poppies

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Thieves have tried to target the ceramic Tower of London poppies since their removal from public display, the artist behind the spectacle has claimed....

This Is What The Sea Of Poppies Looks Like Now

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

Hundreds of thousands went to see the poppies at the Tower of London. Now, just a week after the huge display was the centre piece of the Remembrance ...

Recently Discovered Pictures Show Life In The Trenches Of WWI

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

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Sainsbury's Christmas Advert Is An Unexpected War Epic

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK

Sainsbury's has recreated one of the most famous moments from World War One in its 2014 Christmas advert, which is a tie-up with armed forces charity ...

The 13-Year-Old Cadet Who Finished The Extraordinary Poppy Artwork

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO: Poppies Seen From Above In Beautiful Unseen Drone Footage A 13-year-old cadet laid the final poppy to the enormous artwork at The Tower o...

Death, Glory and Honour: What Place Religion in Public Remembrance?

Paul Beaumont | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Paul Beaumont

In what sense could God have been glorified as a result of the First World War? Was he on the side of the British and her allies? Is that why we won, and is that what glorified him? Didn't the Germans pray to the same God?

First World War Poetry

David Hynes | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Hynes

What, exactly, are we meant to feel, if anything, during these centenary remembrance years, if the outstanding images, memories and relics concentrate on such a narrow sphere of the conflict. And what, exactly, are we supposed to do? Are we supposed to think about the war every now and then?

Europe Remembers War, But Doesn't Necessarily Learn

Robert Wilton | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK
Robert Wilton

The first days of August 1914 saw a series of declarations of war between the Great Powers of Europe. One hundred years later, the first days of August 2014 saw a series of commemorations, in which allies and enemies came together to acknowledge the sacrifice and devastation of World War One...

The First World War: There Are Not Two Sides To Every Story

Sam Fowles | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

The "balance fallacy" in the commemorations of the First World War means we forget the real reason millions died. "There are two sides to every stor...

Imagining a World Without War

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

What we need to do now is go further... to imagine, and then create, a world without war. With the hideous death-toll in Gaza, the chaos in Syria and Ukraine, the turmoil in Libya, that might seem a long way from the reality of 2014. But the important first step is to say "this is possible", and then to start to plan the actions needed to bring a peaceful world into being.

First World War Commemorated In Moving Ceremony At Westminster Abbey

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

The Duchess of Cornwall joined senior politicians tonight for a service of solemn commemoration at Westminster Abbey. Key figures present included Dep...

Caroline Frost

World War 1: The Street Where It All Began | Caroline Frost | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

Lights are dimmed across Britain tonight, to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War 1 and pay tribute to all those who fell - all 17 million...

Lights Go Out Across UK To Mark Centenary Of The Start Of The First World War

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK

Homes around the UK have dimmed their lights to remember those that perished in the brutality of the First World War. Many businesses and public build...

'War Must Always Represent The Abject Failure Of Humanity'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

War must always represent the abject failure of humanity, the head of the Anglican church in Ireland said. Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke said...

20 Incredible Pictures Of Brave Animals On The Battlefields Of World War I

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Tahira Mirza | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

Aside from the human carnage of the First World War, animals were also recruited into military service performing a variety of tasks from carrying mes...

Remembering the First World War

Endeavour Press | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Endeavour Press

Monday 4th August will see us finally reach the landmark occasion of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war between the United Kingdom and Germany and what for most people would be the start of the First World War.

Are You Going #Lightsout Tonight To Mark WW1 Centenary?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

Luminaries including Jeremy Paxman, Twiggy and David Gandy are joining the campaign to turn the lights out across Britain tonight, to mark the 100th a...

The Seminal Event in Modern Times Is Passing Into the Shadows of History - But We Lose Sight of It at Our Peril

Dr Andrew Murrison | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Murrison

Tonight, as we remember the point 100 years ago when the British Empire formally entered the First World War, the lamps will go out once again. Across the country millions of people will turn off the lights in their homes, businesses and public buildings, taking a moment to reflect on the dire events that were unfolding a century ago.