By Bernard Dumpleton

Few males have rightly earned the identify of genius, yet one needs to without doubt be Isambard nation Brunel. In his brief lifetime he pioneered the railways, outfitted bridges, tunnels and termini. He additionally outfitted 3 ships - the good Western, nice Britain and nice japanese. every one contributed extra to the advance of maritime engineering than the other vessel equipped prior to or on the grounds that. This ebook tells the tale of Brunel and his 3 ships, from the time that the nice Western constructed from a dream to a truth, till the hot years. In 1970 the nice Britain, the single one of many 3 surviving, used to be rescued from a windswept cove within the Falkland Islands and taken domestic to Britain. She used to be restored in Bristol, within the similar dock within which she used to be outfitted, and she or he now seems to be precisely as she did in 1843. There she's going to remain, a proud instance of British engineering within the 19th century and a becoming memorial to her excellent fashion designer.

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B. Morrison That cemetery would later be known as Essex Farm. McCrae was not only a dedicated surgeon – and a veteran of the war in South Africa – he was a poet. It was after a particularly grim day that looking out over the crosses marking the graves of the men who had died at the dressing station he wrote the powerful poem In Flanders Fields, immortalising the image of fields ‘where the poppies blow’ marking the burial sites of thousands of young British, German, French and Belgian men who died throughout the Western Front.

1. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. During the First World War this was the shell-shattered gap in the ramparts at Ypres through which many of the men who defended the Salient marched out to the trenches. Its large Hall of Memory contains the names, cut into vast panels, of 54,896 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in action. In order that the names at the top panels could be read from the ground an arbitrary cut-off point of 15 August 1917 was chosen and the names of 34,984 missing after this date were inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing.

7. This card showing ‘A street in Flanders’ was produced to raise funds for the British Committee of the French Red Cross to provide clothes, furniture, seeds, implements and children’s food for French refugees displaced by the war. The 1911–13 cohorts (those born in the years between 1891–93) were already serving when war broke out. The French called up the 1896–1910 cohorts in August 1914 and the 1914 cohort in September 1914. By the end of 1914 they had called up the 1892–95 (born between 1872 and 1875) as well as the 1915 cohort.

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