Mons is one of those battles that evokes great pride amongst many people in Britain today. The mere mention of Mons conjures up images of British soldiers digging their heels in, against a German army who outnumbered them significantly. The… Read More ›
A history of the First World War in one hundred blogs !
This is my attempt to present a history of the First World War through major milestones, people, places, objects and relevant events, from the mundane to the extraordinary. Please join my presentation of the history of WW1 from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that sparked the Great War to an armistice signed in a railroad carriage in the forest of Compiegne.
Revenge ! This is what France had envisaged in its war plans from the onset of hostilities when Germany declared war against France and her allies. For a little over forty years the French had a burning desire to reclaim… Read More ›
A history of the First World War in one hundred blogs ! No. 10 The march through Belgium and German Atrocities !
The first, second and third army group of the German advance through Belgium, swept aside all resistance in August 1914. Liege was Belgium’s first casualty being pounded into submission by 420mm and 305mm heavy guns. Having learnt a great deal… Read More ›
The beginning of August 1914 on the Western Front saw the great German march begin, when the German Fourth Army violated the neutrality of tiny Luxembourg, in an attempt to secure important railways needed to complete its war mobilization plans…. Read More ›
Illustration shows Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg at Tannenburg Part 2 of Der Kriegsherr von 1914 will continue to look at the warlords or commanders that played a significant role during the first year of the war. In part 1, we… Read More ›
Warlords of 1914 ? German General von Kluck (in centre) with Genaral von Kuhl (on his left) and Marshal von Bergmann (on his right) in Flanders during WW1. The following article is not about the statesmen of their respective empires… Read More ›
“Propaganda…draws nourishment from the sins of the enemy. If there are no sins, invent them ! The aim is to make the enemy so great a monster that he forfeits the rights of a human being.” – General Sir Ian… Read More ›
A history of the First World War in one hundred blogs ! No.5 Mobilisation and the groundswell of enthusiasm !
German soldiers in a railway carriage on the way to the front in August 1914. The message on the carriage reads From Munich via Metz to Paris. I often wonder if the belligerent powers of the First World War had… Read More ›
A history of the First World War in one hundred blogs ! No.4 Austria bombs Belgrade and all hell breaks loose !
Austrian shallow-draft naval monitors steam down the river Sava and the Danube for Belgrade, 1914. “One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888)” –Otto Von Bismarck One hundred years ago… Read More ›
A history of the First World War in one hundred blogs ! No.3 Was war inevitable ? The blame game and some thoughts on the July crisis of 1914.
“What decided the German government to prepare for an eventual European War was a crisis that was brewing not in the highly industrialised and capitalistic West, but among the primitive communities of the south-east of Europe. War came to the… Read More ›