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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 | 2017-10-30T02:44:16+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:45:25+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:46:40+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:47:06+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:47:43+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Battle of Passchendaele: World War I

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 a British offensive in Flanders and, following a warning that the German [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:49:59+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Pozières: World War I

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 Gallipoli Peninsula during the ill-fated Allied invasion there in 1915, were given the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:53:15+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Battle of Fromelles: World War I

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 German retreat was to be expected. In order to destabilize the German front [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:54:21+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

World War I: The Sinking of Lusitania

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 through the water at an average speed over 25 knots. Dubbed the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T07:21:38+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Spanish Flu of 1918: The Mother of all Pandemics

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as "Spanish Flu" or "La [...]

By | 2017-10-30T07:35:48+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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