Monthly Archives: December 2014

GUNS FALL SILENT IN SPONTANEOUS TRUCE ON  WESTERN FRONT

 Widespread Fraternization of German and Allied Troops. Spontaneous Outpouring of Anti-War Sentiment. Special to The Great War Project (24-25 December) And now something unexpected happens – something that will echo powerfully down through these one hundred years. Something that historians call “a spontaneous outburst of pacific feeling” in the war zones, according to historian Martin…

DEVASTATION FROM FLANDERS TO SERBIA.

Nothing but Cruelty and Suffering. Kill them: the White Flag Be Damned. Special to The Great War Project (22-23 December) It keeps getting crueler and crueler. On December 22 a century ago, Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty, lets it be known that orders now require… …British soldiers to bring “instant fire” to…

OTTOMAN CALLS FOR ‘JIHAD’ A FLOP.

Holy War Finds Little Support Among Ottoman Muslims; New Front Opening in the Caucasus. Special to The Great War Project. (19-20-21 December) Turkey’s holy war against the Allied nations, especially Britain, is a flop. That’s the conclusion of war historian John Keegan. The Muslim Caliphate in the person of Sultan Mehmed V declares “holy war”…

MUD – THE SILENT KILLER

The Trenches Fill with Water; They are Sinking, Along with the Soldiers in Them. ‘More Cruel, Relentless, Pitiless: Sigmund Freud. Special to The Great War Project (12-13-14 December) Conditions on the Western Front are horrible, and getting worse. One great factor is mud, making fighting almost impossible. Visiting the front line, French General Philippe Petain…