Mike Shuster

ON THE EVE OF THE GREAT CLASH

Anglo-French Forces Dig in at the River Marne Special to The Great War Project (4 September) These are crucial days on both the Western and Eastern fronts. In their long retreat in the West, Anglo-French forces pull back south of the River Marne in France. There they dig in, ready to take on the Germans.…

GREAT ARMIES MASS AT THE MARNE

British and Germans Exhausted; Paris the Prize Special to The Great War Project (2-3 September) On this day September 3 a century ago, on the Western Front the German army is just 25 miles from Paris. For the British Expeditionary Force and the French army, it’s been thirteen days of grueling retreat covering 150 miles.…

PARIS IS IN GERMAN SIGHTS

French Government Flees to Bordeaux; A Million Parisians Follow Special to The Great War Project (1 September) After just one month a century ago, Europe is aflame with tens of thousands of dead soldiers in both the Eastern and Western Fronts, and thousands of prisoners. There is no doubt that in the first month of…

RETREAT CONTINUES ON THE WESTERN FRONT

French Plan Counter-Strike at River Marne; Parisians Flee City. Managing the Troubled French-British Alliance. Special to The Great War Project (31 August) The Germans on the Eastern Front are now clearing the battlefield after their enormous victory at Tannenberg in East Prussia. In addition to the more than 90,000 Russian prisoners taken, and more than 30,000…

A DELIVERANCE FOR THE GERMANS

Tannenberg Days 4 and 5; Russians Surrounded, Devastated On Western Front, Endless Suffering in Retreat Special for The Great War Project (29-30 August) The British retreat from Mons and the French retreat from other lost battles continue into six days of exhausting, scalding marches. One French officer describes the endless suffering of the march in…

CLASHES INTENSIFY ON THE EASTERN FRONT

In the West, retreat continues; The truth emerges. Special to The Great War Project (25 August) The retreat from Mons continues, and the conditions are terrible. One eye-witness, cited by historian Martin Gilbert, describes the British withdrawal south into France this way: “The men stumbling along more like ghosts than living soldiers,” “unconscious of everything…