Monthly Archives: September 2015

DISASTER AT LOOS

British Ranks Devastated; Victims of Own Gas. A Blatant, Needless Massacre. Special to The Great War Project (26-28 September) Day by day, the terrible scale of the British losses in the Battle of Loos in northern France is beginning to sink in. On September 25th a century ago 10,000 British troops are ordered to walk…

DISCONTENT IN RUSSIA GROWING

Soldiers Attack Russian Police; Protests Far from Front. Wounded Soldiers Riot. Special to The Great War Project (22-24 September) There is growing trouble in Russia, and it threatens to undermine Russia’s continued ability to hold the line on the Eastern Front. “In Russia,” writes historian Martin Gilbert, “discontent in the army found an outlet in…

THE ‘GREAT LOOT’

Warring Nations Seek Carve Up of Middle East. Despite Losses, Britain Plots Desert War in Arabia, Iraq, Syria. Special to The Great War Project (15-17 September) By this moment a century ago, after more than a year of hideous slaughter in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, and in the seas of the North Atlantic,…

NO END TO ARMENIAN SLAUGHTER

A Priest’s Witness to Genocide; Ottoman Officer With Bloody Hands Tells the Story. Special to The Great War  Project (8-10 September) The massacre of Turkey’s Armenian population continues relentlessly, beginning in February 1915, and grinding on through the terrible spring and summer of that year a century ago. Several first-person accounts of the carnage surface.…

BRITISH PROBE DEEPER INTO IRAQ

An “Effortless” Campaign? Now Supply Lines Over Stretched, Reinforcements Needed. Special to The Great War Project (2-4 September) The British campaign in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) is proving, so far, to be one of the few bright spots for the British, at this moment in the war, a century ago. With little resistance, the British steam…