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  1. The Battle of Mametz Wood

    Thursday 11 November 2010, 12:56

    With Armistice Day today and Remembrance Sunday approaching, it is important to consider the effects and consequences of World War One.

    Over eight million men were killed in the conflict, 37 million wounded, and nowhere was the slaughter greater than on the Somme battlefield...

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  2. The Rebecca Riots

    Monday 8 November 2010, 10:35

    Mention the words Turnpike Trusts or the Rebecca Riots and most people immediately think of agrarian distress in the middle years of the 19th century. It's hard to believe but the last turnpike toll gate in Britain, where money was charged to pass along the road, actually remained in use almost to the...

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  3. The Tonypandy Riots of 1910

    Wednesday 3 November 2010, 14:32

    This November sees the 100th anniversary of the Tonypandy Riots. These short-lived but seminal series of events have always held a special place in the memories of most Welshmen, attracting legends and stories, truths and half-truths in equal number - Churchill sent in the troops, Churchill held back...

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  4. Welsh cowboys

    Wednesday 27 October 2010, 13:32

    When we think of America most of us will immediately conjure up an image of the Wild West, of cowboys and gunfighters and the US 7th Cavalry. What most people don't realise is that Wales and the USA are more intimately connected than might be supposed, particularly where soldiers and gunfighters are...

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  5. Murray the Hump, Welsh gangster

    Monday 25 October 2010, 11:18

    Say the words "American gangster" and your mind invariably turns to criminals like Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd or John Dillinger. But one of the most successful of all gangsters - perhaps because he lived to a ripe old age - was actually a man of Welsh descent.

    His real name was Llewellyn Morris Humphreys...

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  6. Frongoch Prison Camp

    Thursday 21 October 2010, 09:41

    In the wake of the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916, when Irish republicans, many of them members of the Irish Volunteer Army, seized the General Post Office in the centre of Dublin and held it for five days, the British government was frightened into the worst type of knee-jerk reaction.

    Hasty courts...

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  7. Snowdonia 1890: a new series

    Thursday 14 October 2010, 11:16

    Following the phenomenal success of the two Coal House series, BBC Cymru Wales has recently launched a new 'back in time' programme, Snowdonia 1890.

    Produced by the same team that recreated life in Blaenavon in the 1920s and '40s, this...

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  8. American GIs in Wales

    Tuesday 12 October 2010, 12:02

    During World War Two nearly three million American soldiers and airmen were sent to Britain, most of them arriving in the years 1943 and 1944, prior to the D-Day landings in France.

    Wales housed more than its fair share of these exuberant and sometimes...

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  9. Prince Madoc and the Discovery of America

    Monday 11 October 2010, 09:25

    Who discovered America? It's a simple question and one that usually brings the standard response - Christopher Columbus. But here in Wales we have our own theory. And that theory says that America was actually discovered 300 years before Columbus sailed "the ocean blue" in 1492 - and more importantly...

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  10. Welsh-American place names

    Friday 1 October 2010, 09:26

    A census taken in 2008 revealed that there were approximately 1.98 million Americans with a surname that had Welsh origins.

    Many of these, incidentally, were African Americans. There are hundreds of black Americans with names like Evans, Jones and Thomas and these are usually...

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  11. By train to Wales - and the Ryder Cup

    Thursday 30 September 2010, 13:41

    Many people travelling to watch this year's Ryder Cup golf matches between the USA and Europe will be coming to Wales for the very first time. Many will be arriving by train and for many that journey will begin at Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

    The original...

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  12. By car to Wales - and the Ryder Cup

    Tuesday 28 September 2010, 15:19

    Over the next few days hundreds of visitors, American mainly but possibly European as well, will be flying into Heathrow Airport and then heading west to watch this year's Ryder Cup golf matches at the Celtic Manor. Many of them won't give the scenery even a second glance as they hurry towards the Celtic...

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  13. The oldest golf clubs in Wales

    Thursday 16 September 2010, 14:08

    As most of us know, this October sees the European golf team take on America as the Ryder Cup comes to the Celtic Manor outside Newport, Wales.

    Hopefully lots of visitors from "over the pond" will be coming to the country, possibly for the first time, and as well as watching golf they might also like...

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  14. Welsh Air Aces of World War One

    Tuesday 14 September 2010, 16:06

    Most people know the name of the Red Baron, Manfred von Richtofen. He was the greatest "ace" of World War One, a conflict where young men took to the air in flimsy, canvas machines and where a pilot's life expectancy could be measured in weeks rather than months.

    Richtofen destroyed 80 Allied aircraft...

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  15. Death of Bishop Morgan, translator of the Bible into Welsh

    Thursday 9 September 2010, 16:41

    On 10 September 1604, Bishop William Morgan died in relative poverty at his home parish of St Asaph. He is, these days, largely unremembered by most people in Wales but he holds a significance in Welsh history that is second to none. This was the man who translated the Bible into Welsh and by so doing...

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  16. David Davies: Wales' first millionaire

    Thursday 2 September 2010, 17:24

    The story of David Davies, the man who can justifiably claim to be Wales' first millionaire, is a classic.There is no other way to describe it; his life is a real tale of "rags to riches."

    Born in 1818 at Llandinam in Montgomeryshire, he was the eldest of nine children and yet rose from being a humble...

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  17. The great storm of 1908

    Tuesday 31 August 2010, 10:19

    The Bristol Channel is used to storms. Winter or summer, they come sweeping in from the west, hammering at the coastline and playing havoc with shipping in the western approaches.

    But no storm was more severe or more dangerous than the great storm of September 1908.

    Bristol Channel © iStockphoto
    The Bristol Channel is a dangerous...

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  18. Cut in half yet she sailed again: the story of the Tafelberg

    Thursday 26 August 2010, 10:42

    Imagine it. A merchant ship blown in half by a mine and then simply welded together again so that she could continue to play a role in the effort to keep Britain supplied during the dark days of World War Two. That is exactly what happened to the oil tanker Tafelberg.

    Built by Armstrong Whitworth at...

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  19. Thomas Collins: the youngest man at Rorke's Drift?

    Monday 23 August 2010, 10:24

    The story of the defence of Rorke's Drift has gone down in Welsh folklore.

    The defenders were mainly - but not totally - from B Company, 24th Regiment of Foot, later known as the South Wales Borderers, and took place on the night of 22-23 January 1879.

    Victoria Cross medal

    7 Victoria Cross medals went to the South Wales...

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  20. The bombing of the Pembroke Dock oil tanks

    Wednesday 18 August 2010, 17:41

    Seventy years ago this week, on 19 August 1940, three German Junkers bombers, escorted by two ME109 fighters, flew in over the Pembrokeshire coast and dropped their bombs onto the oil tanks high above the west Wales town of Pembroke Dock.

    The tanks contained thousands of gallons of vitally important...

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