Monthly Archives: July 2015

WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Nasiriya Falls to British; Eye al-Kut Next Ottoman Forces Retreat in Face of British Juggernaut Special to The Great War Project (23-25 July) The British offensive in southern Mesopotamia (now Iraq) gains another victory with the fall of Nasiriya. British and Indian troops take control of the city on this date a century ago. The…

FACE-OFF BETWEEN GERMANY AND THE U.S.

Lusitania Episode Takes Months to Resolve; Kaiser Calls Wilson Impertinent. A Hideous New American Weapon Special to The Great War Project (21-22 July) Relations between the United States and Germany are increasingly tense. The sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania in May results in the death of nearly 1200, including 124 Americans. It splits President…

A CLEAR CASE OF TRADING WITH THE ENEMY

British Rubber for German Binoculars Secret Deal is A Devil’s Bargain Special to The Great War Project (18-20 July) The British army is running short of binoculars. “Disastrously short,” according to historian Adam Hochschild. And not just binoculars. “Aerial reconnaissance camera lenses, periscopes, rangefinders, and telescopic sights for sniper rifles.” “All were essential,” reports Hochschild,…

THE SPOILS OF WAR IN SECRET AGREEMENTS

Mutiny Spreading; Germany Loses African Colony. On Western Front, Allies Eager for New Offensive Special to The Great War Project (14-17 July) The war is changing everything. Already instances of mutiny and rebellion hit the retreating Russian army in Eastern Europe. These mutinous episodes are encouraged by Bolshevik propaganda circulating widely among Russian troops. There…