First World War

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A photo of a graphic designed First World War poster appealing to the call of compulsion

England expects: Seven striking First World War posters which urged men to enlist

Within months of World War One breaking out, it became clear that recruiting enough volunteers to win the war was a huge task. Ahead of a new exhibition in Bath, see some of the persuasive posters produced.

A black and white photo of a group of women posing for a photo at a conference

War, peace, fines and summits: Six images from the movement to achieve equality for women

From the Boer War of more than a century ago to the first World Conference on Women, held in Mexico in 1975, here are six images from the London School of Economics' new exhibition.

A photo of the large circular front of a first world war gun

The big guns: Arsenal of B98 German destroyer from World War One Battle of Jutland heads to Portsmouth

The large deck gun from the German B98 destroyer, used at the Battle of Jutland, is heading to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside a gun from HMS Opal, which also took part in the battle.

A photo of a First World War diary in black ink on light brown paper

"Mental cases", parasites, brandy injections and food complaints: First World War hospital ship diaries go online

Setting up hospitals in battlegrounds and out at sea created a variety of challenges, as a new set of more than 200 diaries, put online by The National Archives, illustrate.

A black and white photo of a mother and her children reading a letter in 1916

Object of the Week: The family of a 16-year-old World War One hero learn of his posthumous honour

This is the moment when the mother of John Travers Cornwell – otherwise known as Jack or Boy Cornwell – was informed that he would receive a posthumous Victoria Cross.

A photo of archaeologists carrying out a dig for a Spitfire at a fenland site in Cambridgeshire

Search for World War Two Spitfire, crashed by pilot during routine flight in 1940, begins in Cambridgeshire

A week-long excavation to unearth a Mark 1 Spitfire which crashed on a routine training flight during the Second World War has begun on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A black and white photo of a chimpanzee having her hair cut by World War One Commander Geoffrey Spicer-Simson

The Chimp who went to War: This chimpanzee accompanied a skirt-wearing, tattooed commander on an epic World War I mission

See pictures of a First World War chimpanzee, Josephine, and eating from a spoon and having her hair preened as part of a British Admiralty journey from Twickenham to Africa.

A photo of a green gas mask worn by a German soldier in the trenches during World War One

Object of the Week: A gas mask worn by a German soldier in the First World War trenches

In 1919, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum was given a collection of German military equipment gathered by the British War Trophies Commission after the Armistice - including this mask.

A photo of the folded ensign of HMS Warspite in a box

Fragile ensigns from Battle of Jutland unfurled at Portsmouth National Museum of Royal Navy

Ensigns from the First World War Battle of Jutland, some damaged in battle, have been unveiled together at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth for the first time since 1916.

A photo of a woman digging a deep trench at a First and Second World War trench at Dreghorn in Scotland

Archaeologists uncover shallow world war training trenches at wood in Scottish village

Archaeologists working on Ministry of Defence land used by soldiers preparing for the Battle of the Somme say the camouflaged trenches would have originally been used during the First World War.

a photo of two red silk poppies from a scrapbook compiled by an Edinburgh family during World War One

First World War scrapbook published online after detective work tracks down living relative

Scrapbooks compiled by an Edinburgh family during the First World War are being published online thanks to detective work by Edinburgh library staff.

A photograph of a ship

"Lucky" ship opens to tell grim story of First World War Gallipoli Campaign

"Lucky" First Wold War ship HMS M.33 is due to open to the public as a unique multimedia experience telling the story of the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign.

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