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This week is the centenary of the arrival of the first German officers to Raikeswood Camp. On January 17th, 19th and 21st 1918 50 prisoners each day travelled by train from the camp at Colsterdale, 5 miles west of Masham, where they had been held following their capture on the...

On 17 November 1917 at 4.10 p.m. German submarine U.58 was preparing to attack a convoy off the Irish coast which was being escorted by two American destroyers, USS Fanning and USS Nicholson. A look-out on board USS Fanning had momentarily sighted about a foot of the U-boat’s periscope sticking...

Heligoland is a small island some 30 miles off the north German coast. It was occupied by the British from 1807 until 1890 when it was ceded to Germany. On 17 November 1917 German minesweepers were clearing a passage through British minefields in Heligoland Bight. They were guarded by a...

After 99 days and 3 hours allied troops began to enter Passchendaele village itself – a journey of some 5 miles from their starting-off point on 31 July – an advance quite literally conducted at snail’s pace. It would take another 4 days before the entire ridge would be secured....

Captain Lieutenant Claus Lafrenz was captured when his submarine UC 65 was torpedoed by British submarine C15 in the English Channel. Five of the crew survived while 23 died. Lafrenz had been born and bred on the island of Fehmarn which lies in Baltic Sea, but is connected to the...

This was the day of the second stage of the Second Battle of Passchendaele. The Canadian objectives for the day were to complete the capture of the positions they had attacked on 26 October from where they could later carry out the final attack on Passchendaele itself. Just one Skipton...

The Third Battles of Ypres, commonly known as Passchendaele, was now entering its final stage. The battle itself had started on 31 July. Many exhausted ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops had been replaced by Canadian troops. The plan was to advance at three or four day intervals...