Mike Shuster

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…

A BATTLE AND A WAR WITH NO VICTORS

The Battles End, Killing Continues British ‘Wastage’ and Charges of Cowardice Special to The Great War Project (21-26 November) It may be that only the great battles of the First World War get named and garner the focus of history. But as historian Adam Hochschild notes, “the air above the Western Front was also filled…

A GRISLY ACCOUNTING

As Somme, Verdun Battles End, Shocking Losses. Wilson Re-Elected, Seeks Peace. Special to The Great War Project (14-20 November) The battles of the river Somme and Verdun, on the Western Front in northern France are coming to an end. The last Allied offensive takes place on these days a century ago. Snow falls on the…

INTRIGUE ON THE EASTERN FRONT

Secret Talks Between Russia and Germany But the War Sees No End. ‘It is Butchery…and Useless Butchery’ Special to The Great War Project. (12 September) Let’s take stock of the Great War, in Russia, by mid-November a century ago, two-and-a-half years into the war. On the Eastern Front, the Russian offensive is running out of…

VERDUN REDUX

Pace of Fighting On the Rise. Verdun and the Somme Still Key Flashpoints. Thousands of German Prisoners Taken Special to The Great War Project (24-30 October) Increased military activity breaks out on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. At Verdun on the Western Front, the confrontation between French and German troops has been static for…

A MODEL INTERNMENT CAMP

Thousands of Non-German Workers Trapped in Germany, Forced Labor for Most; Comfort for a Few. Special to The Great War Project (17-23 October) Despite the loss of Freedom, life in the Ruhleben internment camp west of Berlin is tolerable. The Germans can be given credit for creating a camp where conditions are as humane as…