How to Make a Trench Cake (World War One)

The British government released the following recipe to teach the British public how to make a trench cake. The goal was to create a cake which could be sent to soldiers in the trenches from home. It became affectionately known as 'Trench cake' because of its dubious ability of not going bad over time. It…

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Gallipoli Campaign and the ANZACs

The Gallipoli Campaign took place between April 1915 and January 1916, on the Gallipoli peninsula. It was an attack by the allied forces (the British Empire, including the ANZACs, and the French) against the Ottoman Empire and the Germans. The purpose of the attack was to break the stale mate on the western front and…

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The Christmas Truce {World War I}

The Christmas Truce refers to the only time during the Great War when both sides downed their weapons. Together buried their dead, sang Christmas songs together and exchanged gifts. They also played that now infamous game of football in no man’s land, the land occupying the space between the trenches of the allied forces and…

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How to Make Princess Mary’s Christmas Tin

In this post, I will describe how we made a replica of Princess Mary’s Christmas Tin. Mary, 17 at the time, wanted to show the soldiers her appreciation and gratitude for them fighting on the frontline. At first, her goal was to pay for them herself. But she soon realised that was not going to…

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Life in the Trenches {World War I}

Life in the trenches was like nothing the soldiers had ever experienced before. ‘Digging in’ as it was called was a fairly new phenomenon. But living in the mud and squalor surrounded by giant cat-sized mice become wearisome very quickly. The young men had signed up to fight for their country and believed that excitement…

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Siege of Liege Activities {World War I}

World War One is complicated and convoluted, and (IMHO) should never (ever) have happened. Learning about it is like watching a line of dominoes falling over and being completely unable to prevent what happens next. I have had to teach myself, over and over, to fully understand what happened to create the breeding ground for…

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How to Make a First World War Map

Making this First World War map was trickier than any of my other map making endeavours. Because I am pretty relaxed about how any of my maps end up looking, I free handed it. This is not for the faint hearted, especially when you have teenagers looking over your shoulder pointing out what you’ve missed/forgotten…

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