Monday 15 June 2020

Join IWM expert Ngaire for even more tales from the trenches and beyond.

Why were letters so important in the First World War?

Why were letters so important in the First World War?

Discover the story of the nine year old with a plan, a soldier who shared his experiences with his parents and a young woman who was proud to do her bit for the war effort. 

Ireland and the First World War

Did you hear Ngaire talk about Alfie and his letter to the War Office? Find out more about Ireland's role in the First World War

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A Royal Irish Fusilier attempts to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal the enemy position, Gallipoli, 1915.
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