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Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides

Exhibition of the week: Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, British Library

Propaganda has become a dirty word but it remains a much-employed tool, as this provocative show proves. Posters, films, cartoons and tweets expose the mind-boggling ways in which states from over the world have tried to exercise their powers of persuasion in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Detail from the Monument to the Martyrs of the Two World Wars, Charleroi

Where's Wallonia?

A travel guide in association with the Belgian Tourist Office

Detail from the Monument to the Martyrs of the Two World Wars, Charleroi

Wallonia: Where the Western Front left its mark

Harriet O’Brien pays tribute to the towns that bore the first onslaught

Rock solid: Namur’s ancient citadel still dominates the streets below

Namur: Adventures in Europe's historic heart

Henry Palmer on a stylish city that bears the scars of war with dignity

Fount of power: Place Charles II in the centre of Charleroi dates to 1666 and was used for military parades

Charleroi: Phoenix from the flames

This former industrial base is on the rise again, says Harriet O'Brien

Foreign field: the war cemetry at St Symphorien

Mons: Relics and remembrance

Mons combines modern vitality with nods to its sombre past. By Emily Reynolds

After the death of the last British survivor of the trenches, Harry Patch, above, the Government is keen to preserve the memories of the war for future generations.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says 2014's £50m World War I commemorations must not turn into 'anti-German festival'

A four-year cultural programme to ensure memories of the First World War are not forgotten is to be directed by Jenny Waldman

Invisible Ink: No 176 - Jack Trevor Story

There's nothing like a provocative title, and Hitler Needs You came from an author who always operated outside his comfort zone. Jack Trevor Story was asked why he hadn't yet written an autobiography and replied: "What do you think I've been doing all these years?" When he did finally write one, it was called Dwarf Goes To Oxford. His fantastic narratives came directly from a dark, rambunctious life.

British veteran Bob Barker, 90, visits Bayeux war cemetery for this week’s anniversary

Last Normandy veterans mark comrades’ loss

John Lichfield hears some of thinning ranks of D-Day soldiers remember stories that could be lost forever

Normandy Voices: Wartime voices will be rescued for posterity

Some of thinning ranks of D-Day soldiers remember stories that could be lost forever

Troops from the 48th Royal Marines on Juno Beach, Normandy, during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944

Lest we forget: The Normandy campaign 69 years on

On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, a new battle is being fought: to preserve the memories of those who were there, before it is too late and you can help

Troops from the 48th Royal Marines on Juno Beach, Normandy, during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944

Normandy Voices: Why we're backing a campaign to record the memories of every D-Day survivor

The  pivotal battle is about to pass over the horizon of living memory

Plane salvage operation put on hold due to bad weather

An attempt to bring the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber from its watery grave in the English Channel has been postponed for at least a week due to bad weather.

A formation of German WWII Dornier Do17 bombers.

Dornier Do 17 bomber plane salvage operation on hold

An attempt to bring the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber from its watery grave in the English Channel has been postponed for at least a week due to bad weather.

Great works: Gassed (1919) by John Singer Sargent

Imperial War Museum, London

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