Monthly Archives: January 2016

KUT UNDER SIEGE FOR A MONTH

Ottoman Force Inflicting Heavy Losses; Food Supplies Dwindling. ‘As Near as Hell As We Are Likely To See.’ Special to The Great War Project (18-21 January) The siege of Kut on the Tigris River in Mesopotamia [Iraq] grinds on. “The British were fighting a steady and harsh battle against the Turks,” writes historian Martin Gilbert,…

SIEGE IN IRAQ NOW A MONTH LONG

British Trapped in Kut; Food and Ammunition Dwindling. After Seesaw Battle, British Reinforcements Fail to Reach the Town. Special to The Great War Project (14-17 January) British troops are under siege at the town of Kut on the Tigris River in Mesopotamia [Iraq]. The Ottoman forces launch their siege on Christmas Eve of 1915. It…

‘GREAT RETREAT’ IN RUSSIA

Soldiers and Civilians Fill the Roads Fleeing Eastward Desertion in Russian Army Grows; Strikes Spread. Special to The Great War Project (10-13 January) Despite its successes on the battlefields of the war, Germany is still nervous about the weakness of its allies —  Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. Despite its losses, the Russian Army still…

AUSTRIAN ARMY NEAR COLLAPSE

Too Many Battle Ready Troops Already ‘Consumed’ In Britain, Conscription Raises Millions More Troops Special to The Great War Project (2-5 January) A new year, and still a bloody stalemate on the Western and Eastern Fronts. It is unprecedented in history, observes historian Adam Hochschild. “No war in history had seen so many troops locked…

OUTLOOK FOR ALLIES IS DIRE

‘Bleed Them White’ Argues German Leader The Ignominy of the War of Attrition Special to The Great War Project. (29-31 December; 1 January) At the beginning of 1916, precisely a century ago, the Central Powers – Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire—are “in the ascendant,” as historian Martin Gilbert writes. The picture for Britain, France,…