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On Tuesday 12 July 2016, commemorations were held at the South African National Memorial in Longueval for the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Delville Wood. The President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, led the service in remembrance of all South Africans who served during the Great War.

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Jean-Pierre Gilson, a photographer from Compiegne, has spent over two years exploring the Somme, immersing himself in the surroundings and the 1916 battlefields. Through his camera lens, the sites of commemorations, former battlegrounds and military cemeteries are forever remembered.

 

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The British Forces Philatelic Service (BFPS) is marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a commemorative cover featuring the painting 'Battle Of The Somme, Attack of the Ulster Division', by artist J.P. Beadle and a stamp incorporating an image of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

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To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, La Poste has issued two special edition stamps! The official release date is on 4 July 2016, but those attending the  commemorations will be able to purchase them from Albert on 1st July!

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In order to pay tribute to the many carrier pigeons used during war, Jean Boucault, a bird mimicker, has embarked on an ambitious project to build a horse-drawn pigeon loft based on those used during the Great War

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Pierre Normand served as a captain with the French Army during the First World War but never spoke of his experiences. It was only after his death that his diaries were found, detailing his daily life during the war and the Battle of the Somme. Read some selected passages here.

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