Mike Shuster

THE RAPE OF BELGIUM

German atrocities almost from the first hour Special to The Great War Project (6 August) Belgian snipers effectively target German soldiers from the first day the Germans enter Belgian territory. The Belgians do not intend to give the Germans free passage into northern France. Troops from Belgium’s small army – including those on horseback and…

MILLIONS ON THE MARCH

The first real battles Special to The Great War Project (5 August) Millions of soldiers are moving this morning a century ago. Russian troops are taking their first steps toward Berlin. German soldiers are moving into Belgium, with Paris in their sites. France is moving its forces across the border into Germany intent upon returning…

IT’S NOW A WORLD WAR

Germany strikes at Belgium and Britain declares war Today an apology from Germany’s president Special to The Great War Project (4 August) On this day a century ago, Germany invades Belgium. Germany insists the Belgian government refrain from destroying bridges and railways along the invasion route. And the Germans demand that Belgium open a fortress…

THIS TIME IT REALLY IS WAR!

The first skirmish. “Is there no one to break the spell?” Special to The Great War Project (1 August) Now Germany moves swiftly and decisively to force the issue. Berlin delivers an ultimatum to Russia: reverse your own mobilization, by noon on this day a century ago. If you refuse, we Germany will mobilize. At…

THE CLOUDS ARE BLACKER AND BLACKER

Panic sweeps Europe; Russia and Germany closer and closer to war. Special to The Great War Project (31 July) Austria-Hungary counters yesterday’s order of full Russian mobilization with full mobilization of its own forces against Russia. The Austrian action is taken with the expectation that if Russia declares war, Germany will back Vienna. In the…

HOLDING THEIR BREATH

Another tense day of indecision. Who will make the next move? Special to the Great War Project (29 July) Leaders in Vienna now turn their attention eastward, to Russia. Will Russia intervene to save Serbia if it looks like Austria-Hungary will destroy Serbia? Leaders in Vienna are watching Russia “partially” mobilize its military forces. The…