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HMS Barham Battleship: World War I and World War II

HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. Often used as a flagship, she participated in the Battle of Jutland during the First World War as part of the Grand Fleet. For the rest of the First World War, except for the inconclusive Action of 19 August 1916, her service during the war generally consisted of routine patrols and training in the [...]

By | 2018-02-21T22:08:09+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: World War I, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

SMS Schleswig-Holstein Battleship: World War I

SMS Schleswig-Holstein was the last of the five Deutschland-class battleships built by the German Kaiserliche Marine. The ship, named for the province of Schleswig-Holstein, was laid down in the Germaniawerft dockyard in Kiel in August 1905 and commissioned into the fleet nearly three years later. The ships of her class were already outdated by the time they entered service, being inferior in size, armor, firepower, and [...]

By | 2018-01-24T14:30:25+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Greek battleship Lemnos: World War I

Lemnos, sometimes spelled Limnos (Greek: Θ/Κ Λήμνος), was a 13,000-ton Mississippi-class battleship originally built by the United States Navy in 1904–1908. As Idaho, she was purchased by the Greek Navy in 1914 and renamed Lemnos, along with her sister Mississippi, renamed Kilkis. Lemnos was named for the Battle of Lemnos, a crucial engagement of the First Balkan War. Armed with a main battery of four 12 in (305 mm) [...]

By | 2018-01-12T07:23:24+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Siege of Kut Al Amara: World War I

Following the signal failure of the Anglo-Indian attack upon Ctesiphon in November 1915 Sir Charles Townshend led his infantry force, the 6th Division, on a wearisome retreat back to Kut-al-Amara, arriving in early December. Aware too that his force was exhausted and unable to retreat further Townshend resolved to stay and hold Kut, a town of key importance to the British presence in the region. In this he was [...]

By | 2017-11-17T07:12:33+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HMAS Sydney: Australian Light Cruiser

The name Sydney is one of the most famous ever carried by an Australian warship. The first Sydney was a Town Class light cruiser; one of three ordered in 1910 which were part of the initial Australian fleet unit. Traditionally cruisers were the most versatile element of a naval force. A cruiser’s role was to go anywhere and to do anything and they were to prove particularly useful in [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:02:32+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Messines: World War I

It has been argued that the Battle of Messines was the most successful local operation of the war, certainly of the Western Front. Carried out by General Herbert Plumer's Second Army, Battle of Messines was launched on 7 June 1917 with the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath the German mines. The target of the offensive was the Messines Ridge, a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres, and a small [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:17:45+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Belleau Wood: World War I

The battle fought in Belleau Wood (June 1918) was the first real taste of battle for the US Marines in World War One with General Pershing calling Belleau Wood the most important battle fought by US forces since the US Civil War. The Battle of Belleau Wood was part of the Allied drive east away from an axis from Amiens to Paris in what was a response to the Spring [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:18:43+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 | 2017-10-30T01:28:27+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:00:40+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War I|Tags: , , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:18:07+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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