Britain declared war on Nazi Germany on 3 September 1939. You can read the newspaper headlines from that day at The British Newspaper Archive.

Britain declared war on Nazi Germany on 3 September 1939. You can read the newspaper headlines from that day at The British Newspaper Archive.

Both my boys take part in the annual remembrance parade as Cubs and this year it is the 100 anniversary of the start of World War One.  This has really captured the boys imagination, so we made Poppy Pinwheels. Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day as it is sometimes called is November 11…

Pinwheel Poppies – A Remembrance, Armistice or Veteran’s day activity

Both my boys take part in the annual remembrance parade as Cubs and this year it is the 100 anniversary of the start of World War One. This has really captured the boys imagination, so we made Poppy Pinwheels. Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day as it is sometimes called is November 11…

At 7:28am on July 1st, 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. It remains "The largest crater ever made by man in anger".

At 7:28am on July 1st, 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. It remains "The largest crater ever made by man in anger".

Trooper Bert Main and Songster (the oldest horse to serve in WW1) in France 1915. Photo © Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum (This image is licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA)

Trooper Bert Main and Songster (the oldest horse to serve in WW1) in France 1915. Photo © Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum (This image is licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA)

de Havilland Venoms FB.1 of 14 Squadron, RNZAF, based at RAF Tengh Singapore, powering up during operation "Firedog" in Malay, Oct.1956

de Havilland Venoms FB.1 of 14 Squadron, RNZAF, based at RAF Tengh Singapore, powering up during operation "Firedog" in Malay, Oct.1956

This appears to be a modern photo from a Italian WWII historical reenactment group (see www.Progetto900.com).  At least its name and website are printed across the bottom of the photo on a forum on historical reenactment (panzergrenadier.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14956&start=45)

This appears to be a modern photo from a Italian WWII historical reenactment group (see www.Progetto900.com). At least its name and website are printed across the bottom of the photo on a forum on historical reenactment (panzergrenadier.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14956&start=45)

D-Day by the Numbers - A fascinating and sobering look at the realities of the D-Day invasion #infographic

D-Day by the Numbers - A fascinating and sobering look at the realities of the D-Day invasion #infographic

A beautiful shot of a Supermarine Spitfire starting it's Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.

Supermarine Spitfire Wallpaper

HMS Agincourt - the only battleship ever built with 7 x main armament turrets (12 in): two forward: two mid; three aft.  She was a Turkish order building in British yards and taken over near completion on the outbreak of WW1.  A Jutland veteran, she was lavishly appointed and thus a very popular 'billet': the origin of the term 'Gin Palace' now applied to luxury yachts.

HMS Agincourt - the only battleship ever built with 7 x main armament turrets (12 in): two forward: two mid; three aft. She was a Turkish order building in British yards and taken over near completion on the outbreak of WW1. A Jutland veteran, she was lavishly appointed and thus a very popular 'billet': the origin of the term 'Gin Palace' now applied to luxury yachts.

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