Mike Shuster

A FIGHT OVER HUNGER

Food is Running Out, for Allies and Adversaries. If U.S. Enters War, Germans Gamble American Help Won’t Reach Europe Soon Enough. Special to The Great War Project. (12-19 February) War exhaustion at this moment of the Great War a century ago is plaguing all the major combatants: Britain and France, Germany and Austria, and Russia.…

GERMANY WOOS THE MEXICANS

Secretly Temps Them To Join German Side. Germany Sinks American Ship; U.S. Breaks Relations Special to The Great War Project. (6 February) A clandestine German plot is underway, designed to counter an eventual American decision to get into the war. The plot is the handiwork of Dr. Arthur von Zimmermann, Germany’s newly appointed foreign minister.…

CRISIS IN RUSSIA

Casualties in the Millions; Enormous Desertions. Revolution in the Air. Special to The Great War Project (15-21 January) The situation in the Russian army is precarious and desperate. At this moment in the war a century ago, Russia had so far, writes historian Adam Hochschild, “suffered a staggering six million war casualties. “Its huge clumsy…

THE LANDSCAPE OF DEATH

Deeper and Longer Trenches Divide Europe into Two Armed Camps. Little Changed in Nearly Three Years. Special to The Great War Project (4-8 January) With the coming of January a century ago, what does the global battlefield look like after more than two-and-a-half years of war? “The face of the war at the beginning of…

A TRULY GLOBAL WAR

As 1916 Ends, A Yearning for Peace; But the Slaughter Continues. Special to The Great War Project. (1 January) As 1917 begins, the war just keeps on spreading, on all fronts. Eleven European nations are now at war, plus the Turkish Ottoman empire which is fighting mostly in Asia. The Allied side,” observes historian Martin…

SABOTAGE IN THE BALKANS

Towering Explosion in Romania Oilfields; But the Kaiser is Happy. A Feeler for Peace, but the War Spreads Further Special to The Great War Project (10-16 December) The global picture in the Great War a century ago does not look good for the Allies. “The Central Powers [Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire] were now…

ARAB REVOLT STALLS

Lawrence Seeks Leading Role British Eye Palestine; Seek Jewish Support Special to The Great War Project (4-9 December) As winter approaches in the Middle East a century ago, the British are divided on how to manage what has come to be called “the Arab Revolt.” The debate between the British command in London and the…

BRITAIN REELING TOWARD BANKRUPTCY

A Catastrophe for US Munitions Factories French Morale ‘Cracking’ A Secret Deal to Bring the U.S. In Special to The Great War Project. (28-30 November, 1-3 December) As the end of 1916 approaches, Britain is going broke. “Not even J. P Morgan,” writes historian Thomas Fleming, “could come up with enough money to keep pace…