One of the more bizarre items in my Salonika-related post card collection is a dead mosquito, apparently captured in February 1919 and mounted on a post card.
I hope you have already taken a look at the film about the campaign, commissioned by Away from the Western Front, to add to that here is a French film – by France 24 English – that I have come across on YouTube which gives an outline of the campaign, with much interesting footage, from the French and Serbian perspective (so don’t expect much on the BSF). It’s a pity British broadcasters couldn’t come up with something similar for the centenary!
Browsing through back issues of The New Mosquito I came across an article about members of the Highland Mountain Brigade (TF), RGA, celebrating Hogmanay in 1918.
For the Fallen – Now That The War Is Over is a major exhibition at the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster on the end of the war and its immediate aftermath. The exhibition includes a Victoria Cross, never before on public display, and a manuscript copy of Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”. It runs until 24 March 2019. Continue reading “‘For the Fallen’ : an exhibition at the King’s Own Museum, Lancaster”
One hundred years ago today, The Times published this impassioned letter from the Bishop of London about the forgotten Salonika Army. You can download a PDF copy of the letter here.
My thanks go to Paul Grist, Property Operations Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, for sharing this news with us.
Tuesday 30 October sees the centenary of the Mudros Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War in the Middle East against the Ottoman Empire. To mark the centenary, Away from the Western Front is delighted to be holding a conference reflecting on the often-overlooked campaigns which took place all over the world between 1914 and 1918.
There are also events in Moudros, on Lemnos, to mark the centenary later in the week, from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November. You can read the programme here (PDF).
Today sees the launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal by the Royal British Legion.
Over a year ago, Kelvin Dakin very kindly sent me a scan of a souvenir copy of a humorous monologue written on 1st October 1918 which explains, “Who Won the War, and Why!!”. This seems an appropriate time to publish this vital document so, move over Wakefield, Moody and Palmer, the real reason for the allied victory can now be revealed! Continue reading ““Who Won The War, And Why!””