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Officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele became infamous not only for the scale of casualties but also for the mud. Ypres was the principal town within a salient (or bulge) in the British lines and the site of two previous battles: First Ypres (October-November 1914) and Second Ypres (April-May 1915). Haig had long wanted...

On July 26, 1916, during the epic Battle of the Somme, Australian troops taking part in their first offensive action on the Western Front battle the Germans at the Battle of Pozières, near the Somme River in France. Divisions of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, known as ANZAC, which had previously served on the...

The Battle of Fromelles in Northern France was the scene of one of the greatest tragedies suffered by the Australian nation during the 20th century. Despite the enormous losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, British command considered that the situation in the coming days would be encouraging and that a major...

The sinking of Lusitania enraged American public opinion. The political fallout was immediate. President Wilson protested strongly to the Germans. The Lusitania made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York in September 1907. Construction had begun in 1903 with the goal of building the fastest liner afloat. Her engines produced 68,000-horse power and pushed the giant...

Perhaps the most spectacular and complete German victory of the First World War was in the battle of Tannenberg in August of 1914. The encirclement and destruction of the Russian Second Army in late August 1914 virtually ended Russia's invasion of East Prussia before it had really started at the battle of Tannenberg. Russia's incursion into German territory was...

The Brusilov Offensive took place in 1916 during World War I. The offensive started in June 1916 and ended in August of the same year. The Brusilov Offensive ironically was nearly a major success in a war that had been a disaster for the Russians up to that year. After the disasters at Tannenburg and the Masurian...

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