Monthly Archives: August 2016

WAR ENGULFS MORE NATIONS

Secret Document Brings Romania into the War; Another Disastrous Miscalculation Special to The Great War Project. (24-27 August) On August 27, precisely a century ago from today, Romania enters the conflict by declaring war on Austria. It is a new war zone, created by a secret agreement between Romania and the Allied powers, giving Romania…

THE MURDEROUS WAR ACROSS AFRICA

Millions of Africans Pressed into Servitude; Disease, Exhaustion Take Their Terrible Toll Special to The Great War Project (20-23 August) Africa is also a front in the First World War: an enormous battleground stretching across the continent. For years, Europe’s great powers are busy carving up Africa into colonial territories. Britain has widespread African colonies.…

A GERMAN SOLDIER’S STORY

His Last Day on the Battlefield A Sense of Something Poetic, Now Gone Special to The Great War Project (12-15 August) The Battle of the Somme shows no signs of ending, even though it’s now more than six weeks old. What’s it like? What is it really like to live through this horror? There are…

THE PROPAGANDA WAR AT HOME

Press Mobilized More Vigorously Than Ever. The Electrifying Arrival of the Propaganda Film. Special to The Great War Project. (4-7 August) The battle of the Somme on the Western Front rages on. “So many deaths,” writes historian Adam Hochschild, “for a sliver of earth so narrow it could barely be seen on a wall map…

TWO YEARS IN, IT’S TOTAL WAR

A Conflict Never Before Seen in Europe British Goal: Starve the Germans into Submission; It’s Working. Special to The Great War Project. (31 July-3 August) It’s now two years into this terrible war, and the toll of death is already far greater, writes historian Adam Hochschild, than during the entire Napoleonic Wars, the last great…