Laura Clouting

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Tens of thousands of soldiers went 'over the top' at 7.30am on 1 July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Nearly 20,000 British soldiers died that day, which looms large in the collective national memory of the First World War.  The...

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As the scale and the duration of the First World War escalated, the priority for every combatant nation was to ensure that their armed forces had sufficient weaponry, supplies and equipment.In Britain, the newly-created Ministry of Munitions assumed...

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The Second World War saw unprecedented government intervention into everyday life on the British home front. Food rationing began in 1940 and clothes were rationed from 1 June 1941. Fabric was essential for war purposes, such as uniforms. By reducing...

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During the Second World War, people found ways to show their support for the war effort through fashion. Clothing featuring patriotic designs allowed civilians to 'do their bit' for the war effort without compromising on style.The London-based textile...

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After the outbreak of war in August 1914, Britain recruited a huge volunteer citizens' army. In just eight weeks, over three-quarters of a million men in Britain had joined up.Every volunteer had to undergo a series of medical and fitness tests before...

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Aviation was one of the most romanticised elements of the First World War. 'Air aces' in particular achieved celebrity status both during and after the war and their photographs regularly appeared in newspapers.The French first coined the term 'l'as'...