Matt Brosnan

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The first day of the Battle of the Somme has a prominent place in British history and popular memory and has come to represent the loss and apparent futility of the First World War. But what actually happened on 1 July 1916?The Battle of the Somme (1...

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Map of the key sites from the Battle of the Somme and of the position of the British line at the beginning and end of the campaign.

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The Battle of the Somme (1 July - 18 November 1916) was a joint operation between British and French forces intended to achieve a decisive victory over the Germans on the Western Front. For many in Britain, the resulting battle remains the most...

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The rise of the extremist Islamic group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) became front page news in 2014. After ISIS quickly and brutally took control of parts of Syria and Iraq, an international coalition formed to combat their progress....

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The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa hit the headlines in 2014. This highly contagious and deadly virus spread rapidly through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.It quickly became clear that only a military contribution could help to respond with the...

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The experience of a battle casualty in the Second World War was not radically different to that of the First World War. The most common injuries were caused by shells and bullets, and a casualty was evacuated through a similarly-organised chain of...

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At dawn on 20 November 1917, the British Third Army launched an attack towards Cambrai using innovative methods that were to become a common feature of the fighting on the Western Front in 1918.The assault utilised the largest number of tanks yet...

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The war on the Western Front had become one of attrition as 1917 drew to a close. The French Army was exhausted, having borne the brunt of the Allied effort and the trauma of Verdun. The British were beginning to suffer manpower shortages by early...

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Medical care throughout the First World War was largely the responsibility of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). The RAMC’s job was both to maintain the health and fighting strength of the forces in the field and ensure that in the event of sickness...