Watching from the Trees

Conflict: World War I

When British forces captured the Oosttaverne Wood from the Germans during the Battle of Messines in June 1917, they were surprised to find that one of the trees wasn’t a tree at all—it was a steel-and-iron imitation. This camouflaged “tree” had … Continue reading

Ships in Disguise

Conflict: World War I

German U-boats were the scourge of British shipping during World War I, and until the convoy system was instituted towards the end of the war, the submarines sank ship after ship. Before the use of convoys, the Admiralty tried all kinds … Continue reading