The First World War was the first use of compulsory military service in Britain, when in January 1916 the Military Service Bill was passed, and all men aged 18-41, later increased to 50 – apart from those in certain professions such as ministers of a religion, or medically unfit – were expected to be involved in … More First World War and Conscription: The Conscientious Objector
Not some much in the geological or pop culture sense as much as the explosive reverberations which you will come to feel yourself. Yes it’s that time of the month again for our centenary regression to the Great War and more explicitly the 7th of June 1917. That day alone saw two years of allied … More Messines Ridge mining: Why underground warfare rocks!
Now this his is something I produced for my personal Facebook account a day or so after the Manchester arena attack as I do with many of the attacks of recent. The second attack in London has since pushed me to post it here for many would be mistaken to find the past much more … More Peterloo: How Manchester took to Napoleon’s terror and the British Army
Continuing with our First World War timeline, today we talk about two of the bloodiest battles: Somme and Verdun. We have already discussed them in previous updates, but as the battles continued, things kept on happening. Today however, I will be focussing on how these two conflicts came to a halt – or rather a … More 1916 Comes to an End at the Somme & Verdun
I found myself doing some research on the battle of Tannenberg 1410, a little while after its anniversary in 2010. I coursed a module on the Crusades as a university student and this is a topic I came across. Needless to say, I am not a military historian – but I thought this conflict in … More TANNENBERG 1410
Whilst getting ready for this paper I was quietly watching the television, late at night, when a story came to help me. The show was a documentary about Waterloo. The story was, roughly, about a private and his food on the morning of the battle, or rather, about the lack of food. So as the … More Napoleon’s Forgotten Tin Cans
The Praetorian Guard is one of the most famous bodyguards in history. Founded by Augustus in 31 BC to guard the holder of the office known as Princeps or ‘First Citizen’ that would later be known by the military title ‘Emperor’, it’s access to the emperor, and position as the only armed force in Rome … More The Praetorian Guard and the Downfall of the Roman Empire.
As part of the First World War themed month here at WUHstry, I will be exploring recruitment to the British army during the First World War. The British army at the outbreak of the war numbered 700,000 whereas the German wartime army was over 3.7 million strong. To fight such a large-scale modern war Britain … More Recruitment to the British army during the First World War