Alan Wakefield

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The Battle of Verdun, 21 February-15 December 1916, became the longest battle in modern history. It was originally planned by the German Chief of General Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn to secure victory for Germany on the Western Front. The aim was...

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The final phase of the Somme offensive began on 13 November 1916. The objective was to seize the Le Transloy Ridge. Field Marshal Douglas Haig's forces had attempted to seize this high ground during the previous month but they had been held back by...

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By 1917 a multinational Allied force under French General Maurice Sarrail numbering 500,000 troops faced the Bulgarian Army and German, Austro-Hungarian and Turkish units, totalling 300,000 men. The front line stretched from Albania to the mouth of...

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We recently digitised hundreds of amateur photographs of Gallipoli, making them available online for the first time.In contrast to the official photographs of the Gallipoli campaign, taken by British photographer Ernest Brooks, these images show a...