Monthly Archives: October 2015

NOTHING BUT BAD NEWS FOR THE ALLIES

From the Balkans to Gallipoli to the Eastern Front, Germany Advances. Russia Threatens to Stop Fighting. Special to The Great War Project. (27-29 October) The situation in Serbia looks dire for the Serbs. The Austrian and German invasion of Serbia appears to be a success. The French are rushing reinforcements to the Serbs, but Bulgarian…

NOW A WAR OF ATTRITION

British Set Monthly Body Count: 200,000 The German Goal, Bleed the French White Special to The Great War Project (24-26 October) In the autumn of 1915 one hundred years ago, nearly everywhere the Germans and Austrians have the upper hand — on the Western Front, especially on the Eastern Front, and on the Gallipoli Front…

U.S.-GERMAN RELATIONS CRUMBLING

Fears Grow that U.S. Unprepared, Should War Come. American Military Seen as Dangerously Weak. Special to The Great War Project (20-23 October) Serious tensions are growing between Imperial Germany and the United States. In Washington, the stance of the U.S. President Woodrow Wilson toward expanding national military preparedness is shifting dramatically. The American Ambassador to…

A WORLD WAR ON TWELVE FRONTS.

A New More Poisonous Gas. Fighting from the English Channel to the Caucasus; Lithuania to the Persian Gulf. Special for The Great War Project (17-19 October) Several significant developments in the war on these days a century ago – in France, in Serbia, and in Italy. In Champagne in northern France, more than eight hundred…

KILLERS FROM THE SKIES

German Zeppelins Attack London; Scores Killed. ‘The First Terror Weapon’ Special to The Great War Project (13-16 October) Germany is dramatically stepping up the air war against Britain. On the night of October 13th, a century ago, “five German Zeppelin airships took part,” writes historian Martin Gilbert, “dropping 189 bombs on London and the Home…

GERMANS EXECUTE BRITISH NURSE

Edith Cavell Faces Firing Squad; Captors Ignore Pleas for Mercy Special to The Great War Project (10-12 October) Edith Cavell is dead. The British nurse is executed by a German firing squad this morning October 12th exactly one hundred years ago. Cavell, a British nurse working to save lives in German-occupied Belgium, is tried and…

WAR SPREADS IN THE BALKANS

Austria Strikes Serbia, Its Troops in Belgrade. Bulgaria Joins Attack Against Serbia Special to The Great War Project (6-9 October) The forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany are preparing to invade Serbia, where this whole tragic slaughter began with the assassination in Sarajevo of Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Until now, Serbia is…