Posts Tagged “ww1”

The Manchester Courier takes a different view of World War One

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, like other British newspapers, reported that Britain joined the First World War on 4 August 1914. The Courier makes for especially fascinating reading because it reported the news in a very different way.   Manchester Courier: ‘Keep your country out of a wicked and stupid war’ Many newspapers […]

Historic headlines: Great Britain joins World War One on 4 August 1914

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Following an ultimatum to withdraw German troops from Belgium, Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914. Monday 4 August 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of Britain’s involvement in World War One. Front pages from the start of World War One The news that Britain had joined World War One […]

The start of WW1: Austria-Hungary declares war

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

World War One officially started on 28 July 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. There are currently 25 newspapers from 28 July 1914 available to view online at The British Newspaper Archive. You’ll find clippings from some of these newspapers below, showing how the start of the war was reported.   Explore newspapers from […]

100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Posted on June 28th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated 100 years ago on Sunday 28 June 1914, starting the chain of events that lead to World War One. The first reports about the assassination were printed in British newspapers the following day. You can read many of them online at The British Newspaper Archive.   Read reports about Franz […]

A WW1 letter from Gallipoli

Posted on April 25th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The WW1 Gallipoli Campaign began on 25 April 1915, resulting in the loss of approximately 50,000 men from Australia, Britain, France and New Zealand. A poignant letter from an attending nurse was sent to an Australian woman living in London and printed in the Tamworth Herald.   ‘It breaks my heart to see them’ The […]

New title: the Evening Despatch

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

  WW1 editions of the Evening Despatch now online The Evening Despatch was published in Birmingham throughout World War One. Over 4,000 pages from newspapers published in 1915, 1917 and 1918 have just been made available to search online. Search the Evening Despatch       Newspaper pages added every week Thousands of extra pages […]

Top 5 April Fools in history

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

  Search The British Newspaper Archive for the words ‘April Fool’ and you’ll find hundreds of examples of ‘hilarious’ pranks that were staged on 1 April in the past. We’ve selected our favourites for you to enjoy.   WW1 football ‘bomb’ A ‘bomb’ was dropped on German troops during the First World War. After scrambling to […]

Behind the scenes: the newspaper scanning team

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Welcome to the first of a new series of blog posts from our newspaper scanning team. This month, our digitisation officer Andrew tells us about what his team does.   ******* The digitisation team have been scanning newspapers at Boston Spa for almost two months. This series of blog posts will give you a ‘behind […]

The Withdrawal of Allied Troops from the Dardanelles – December 1915

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

From around the middle of December 1915,  the UK and Irish newspapers started to report and pass comment on the withdrawal of Allied troops from the Dardanelles. Entitled ‘The Dardanelles Failure’, here is a detailed editorial published in the ‘Western Daily Press’ that reports and comments on the withdrawal. Western Daily Press – Tuesday 21 […]

The German POW in World War One Who Planned to Escape from the UK in a Packing Case

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We were absolutely fascinated by this amazing story about a German POW in World War One who attemped to escape from England by hiding inside a packing case. The Western Daily Press – Monday 14 December 1914 Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000264/19141214/019/0005