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The Battle of Asiago: World War I

The Battle of Asiago (Battle of the Plateaux) or the Trentino Offensive (in Italian: Battaglia degli Altipiani), nicknamed Strafexpedition ("Punitive expedition") by the Austrians, was a counteroffensive launched by the Austro-Hungarians on the Italian Front on May 15, 1916, during World War I. It was an unexpected attack that took place near Asiago in the province of Vicenza (now in northeast Italy, then on the Italian side of the [...]

By | 2017-09-05T13:06:22+00:00 September 5th, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

Alvin York American War Hero: World War I

Alvin Callum York was born December 13, 1887, to William and Mary York of Pall Mall, TN. The third of eleven children, York grew up in a small two-room cabin and received minimal schooling as a child due to a need to aid his father in running the family farm and hunting for food. Though his formal education was lacking, he learned to be a crack shot and an [...]

By | 2017-09-01T23:51:50+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Public Figures, World War I|0 Comments

First Battle of Gaza: World War I

The First Battle of Gaza was fought on March 26, 1917, and was part of the Middle Eastern Campaign of World War I (1914-1918). Having advanced across the Sinai in the wake of victories at Romani, Magdhaba, and Rafa, British forces prepared to attack into Palestine. Blocking their path was approximately 15,000 Turkish troops defending a line stretching from Gaza southeast to Beersheba. As there were no reliable water [...]

By | 2017-09-03T18:52:32+00:00 June 29th, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

Navy Battleship Averof: World War I

Ten years after the Greco-Turkish War (1897), the Hellenic Navy possessed a handful of outdated torpedo – ships and three battleships that had been built in 1889. At the end of 1908, the need for a combat worthy fleet led to its reinforcement with four brand new English and German destroyers (torpedo – ships). Amongst them was the armored cruiser «G. AVEROF», the Hellenic Navy's crowning glory. In its [...]

By | 2017-09-04T07:10:28+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

The Battle of Liege: World War I

On August 5, 1914, the German army launches its assault on the city of Liege in Belgium, violating the latter country’s neutrality and beginning the first battle of World War I. By August 4, the German 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Armies—some 34 divisions of men—were in the process of aligning themselves on the right wing of the German lines, poised to move into Belgium. In total, seven German armies, [...]

By | 2017-09-04T08:57:56+00:00 June 19th, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

The Battle of Vimy Ridge: World War I

Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy a defining moment for Canada when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more than 10,000 killed and wounded. The Canadian Corps was ordered to seize Vimy [...]

By | 2017-09-05T08:37:19+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

Battles of the Isonzo: World War I

The battles of the Isonzo were so-named because they were fought along the Isonzo River on the eastern sector of the Italian Front between June 1915 and November 1917. The Isonzo is located today in present-day Slovenia. During the First World War however the sixty-mile long river ran north-south just inside Austria along its border with Italy at the head of the Adriatic Sea and then (as now) was [...]

By | 2017-09-05T08:45:38+00:00 June 1st, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

The Spring Offensive 1918: World War I

At the end of 1917, the German high command found itself in a particularly favorable situation. The October Revolution and the subsequent disintegration of the Russian Army would allow the Germans to concentrate their fighting forces on the Western Front. It was in this context that Ludendorff began to prepare a massive and, what he hoped would be, decisive attack to be launched the following spring before the American [...]

By | 2017-09-05T11:05:32+00:00 May 31st, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

Battle of Jutland 1916: World War I

The greatest naval battle of the First World War. Battle of Jutland had all the ingredients to be a great British naval victory, but in the event, the result was much less clear-cut. The recently appointed commander of the German High Seas Fleet, Reinhard Scheer, had returned to the policy of making sorties against the British coast, confident that his codes were secure, and thus that the main British [...]

By | 2017-09-05T11:10:25+00:00 May 31st, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

The Battle of Cambrai: World War I

The Battle of Cambrai, an attack launched against the Hindenburg Line in November 1917, was yet another bloody and pointless offensive on the Western Front. Nevertheless, it revealed tactical innovations on both sides that would be used to great effect in the fighting of 1918 to end the deadlock which had paralyzed the belligerents on the Western Front since 1914. The most spectacular of these was the British Army's [...]

By | 2017-09-05T11:13:52+00:00 May 30th, 2017|World War I|0 Comments

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