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World War I: The Battle of Tannenberg, 1914 Destruction of Russian Army

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 two-pronged. General Samsonov had begun to take his Second Army into the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T06:56:08+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

It's an event that is widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is shot to death along with his wife by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on this day in 1914. The great Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck, the man most responsible for the unification of Germany in 1871, was quoted [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:28:27+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War I: British Hospital Ship RMS Britannic

Everyone is familiar with the story of April 15, 1912. That was the day when over 1,700 souls perished when the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and plunged two miles to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Most people know that the Titanic had an older sister, the RMS Olympic, but, what most people do not know was that the Titanic also had a younger sister - the RMS [...]

By | 2017-11-29T12:46:21+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War I: The Brusilov Offensive 1916

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 Lakes, the Russian army had fallen back to a line from Riga [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:27:24+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War I: First Battle of the Marne 1914

The First Battle of the Marne was fought in September 1914. By September 12th, the end of the Battle of the Marne, the war of movement seen since August 1914 had gone and the trench warfare associated with World War One had come into being. When Germany invaded Belgium on August 3rd, 1914, their movement across Western Europe was swift and in accordance with the Schlieffen Plan. The Belgium army [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:17:24+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

World War I: The Battle of Mons August of 1914

Mons was the Agincourt of 1914, another heroic stand against the odds. Having spent 10 weary days marching through dusty France, 70,000 men of the British Expeditionary Force, or BEF, reached the Belgian mining town of Mons on August 22. Ordered to hold the Mons-Conde canal, the Tommies dug in along the tree-lined bank where they smoked their Woodbines beside the still waters. Germany’s Schlieffen Plan was war by [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:26:49+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

World War I: The Battle of Verdun 1916

The Battle of Verdun, (February 21–December 18, 1916), World War I engagement in which the French repulsed a major German offensive. The Battle of Verdun It was one of the longest, bloodiest, and most ferocious battles of the war; French casualties amounted to about 400,000, German ones to about 350,000. Some 300,000 were killed. German Gen. Erich von Falkenhayn believed that the war would be won or lost in France, [...]

By | 2017-06-20T12:44:01+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War I: Battle of The Somme

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was one of the largest battles of the First World War. Battle of The Somme, Fought between July 1 and November 1, 1916 near the Somme River in France, it was also one of the bloodiest military battles in history. On the first day alone, the British suffered more than 57,000 casualties, and by the end of the campaign [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:17:35+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Wars, World War I|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Mata Hari: Convicted Spy

Born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, as Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, the woman known to history as Mata Hari began life in quite ordinary circumstances. Her father, a hatter, was a wealthy businessman, and she prepared for a career as a teacher. In 1895 she married a Dutch army captain of Scottish ancestry, Rudolph Macleod. She was eighteen, he was forty. They lived in Amsterdam for three years and had two children. In [...]

By | 2017-12-04T19:16:00+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Categories: Public Figures, World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War I: The Battle of Coronel

The Battle of Coronel was fought off central Chile in the early months of World War I (1914-1918). Battle of Coronel - Background: Based at Tsingtao, China, the German East Asiatic Squadron was the only German naval squadron overseas at the outbreak of World War I. Composed of the armored cruisers SMS Scharnhorst and SMS Gneisenau, as well as two light cruisers, the fleet was commanded by Admiral Maximilian von [...]

By | 2017-01-01T09:59:18+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Wars, World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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