The last post


This post is the 1561th published on this blog and this will be the last one.

I have taken this decision some time ago; I decided to reach the numbers of days the Great War lasted (1561 days, from England’s declaration of war to November 11, 1918) to communicate and explain this choice.

This decision isn’t linked to a minor interest in the Great War, on the contrary! I am happy I helped in some way people to discover some less-known sides of WW1, and to pay homage to all actors and victims of this conflict. I am working on several projects linked to this conflict (last but not least, a book I began to write in 2008, I think) and every week-end, when I can, is dedicated to the search of new items and documents in flea markets.

On the other hand, it was harder for me to find new interesting material for my readers and followers. Keeping my promise of publishing a post a day was getting  more challenging, that’s the reason why this blog, in its current form, ends here.

The blog was launched in June 2011 (see here the very first post). It allowed me to meet – virtually or not – a lot of people and have new friends, and to make new discoveries. I’ll certainly continue to publish some material on Twitter (my account is simply @ww1photographs) when I’ll find some interesting stuff to write on or to show.

In any case, this blog will stay online (as long as it’s free, at least..), I promise I’ll inform you about my WW1 activities, digital or not! Many thanks to you all, readers, followers, authors of comments (especially you, Mike), for your support and friendship over these four years!

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Twelve Days on the Somme


For this Saturday, I wanted to share a book with you: Sidney Rogerson’s Twelve Days on the Somme. This book is a first-hand account of life in 1916 Trenches, based on the memories of the author. He spent indeed 12 days in Somme trenches in November 1916, as a young officer in B Company of the West Yorkshire Regiment. The book was first published in 1933 and published again by Greenhill Books in 2006.

I do recommend the reading of this book, as it’s a very precise account, written with humor!

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