Tag Archives: First World War

Battling Boneshakers

Issue Number: 5182

They were “wood-and-wire wonders”, these early aircraft of World War One – hard enough to fly, let alone fight in! To make things worse for the pilots of the newly formed Royal Flying Corps, the enemy were quick enough to perfect a gun that fired successfully through the propeller arc of their Fokker Eindeckers.   […]

Tommy’s War

Issue Number: 5181

November 11th, 1918. Armistice. The war was over… or so most thought, but some still held to the regime of battle, and kept a tight hold of their prisoners. All the Weekes family wanted was to be together again, but Tommy lay far away on the other side of the shrapnel filled fields of No […]

Father and Son

Issue Number: 5180

For many generations, there had been a Count von Regenskirch in the German Army. This duty had passed from father to son – but then, during the First World War, the Count was killed and his small son disappeared. But that child was not dead. Grown to manhood, he now stood proudly in military uniform. […]

Harriet’s War

Issue Number: 5179

In the dark, the cries of the wounded men on the front line echoed, their hoarse voices calling for the ‘angels on wheels’ to come save them. One such angel was Harriet Weekes, an ambulance driver in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. As the fourth and only female Weekes sibling, Harriet had joined up to […]

The Condemned Men

Issue Number: 5178

The chances of survival were poor for the officers and men in action in the trenches during the First World War. They all knew it, and courageously got on with the dangerous job at hand. One British officer found this harder than most, though. He was as brave as the next man, but he had […]

Billy’s War

Issue Number: 5177

Lieutenant Billy Weekes wanted desperately to see some action aboard the British Destroyer HMS Meadfoot. He had two brothers in the trenches, one in the skies, and a sister on the front line as an ambulance driver. They would all have amazing stories about their war experiences, but Billy… all he had to talk about […]

Flames of War

Issue Number: 5176

A line on a map separated British and German colonies in East Africa, but that meant nothing to Tom Denning and Hans Block. They had always been friends as boys, but when war came in 1914, they were put on opposite sides. It made them enemies. And then they were both posted to France to […]

Michael’s War

Issue Number: 5175

While his family fought on land and the sea, Lieutenant Michael Weekes took to the sky in his Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8, sweeping over German archies in the lead up to the Saint‑Mihiel offensive. Reconnaissance and fighter, Michael’s plane did more than its fair share of shooting. But after crash-landing behind enemy lines, armed with only […]

Front-Line Fear

Issue Number: 5174

The pilots and soldiers fighting in and above the trenches, tracing their way across France in the First World War, knew all about fear. They faced it every day and made the best of coping with it. That was never easy and if it did become too much, there was always a price to pay. […]

Danny’s War

Issue Number: 5173

By late 1918, Captain Daniel ‘Danny’ Weekes had been in the trenches for longer than he could remember. He could no longer recall all the faces of the men who had served with him or died under his command. He would do anything to put a stop to the fighting. But with three brothers, a […]