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WHERE ARE THE AMERICANS?

Deployment Not Fast Enough, Lloyd George Tells House. Matter of Life or Death. The Tank Makes the Difference – Finally. Special to The Great War Project (19 November) For the British and especially the French, the American Expeditionary Force is far too slow to reach Europe. On this day a century ago, the new French…

A GREAT BATTLE IS OVER

Passchendaele in Flanders, Victory or Disaster? Either Way, Another Blood-soaked Horror. Special to The Great War Project (12 November) By November 10th, a century ago, the battle for Passchendaele in Flanders has come to an end. Among those taking part are the Canadian forces. Although meager in number, they figure prominently in the outcome. The…

THE BOLSHEVIKS SEIZE POWER IN RUSSIA

War on the Eastern Front is Over. Lenin and Trotsky Announce End to Hostilities. Special to The Great War Project. (5 November) The Russian provisional government is collapsing. And, reports historian Martin Gilbert, “it was too late to restore the disintegrating situation. Nothing could counter the great swell of anti-war opinion.” On this day a…

BRITISH SOLDIERS THREATEN MUTINY

On the Western Front, the Ceaseless Trail of Death. ‘The Foment of Revolution’ Special to The Great War Project. (22 October) It was during these days a century ago that “the British army,” reports historian Adam Hochschild , “experienced the nearest thing to a mutiny on the Western Front.” “Six days of intermittent rioting by…

RUSSIA COLLAPSING ON LAND AND SEA

Million Railway Workers on Strike, Block Movement of Troops to the Front Germans Using Storm-Troop Tactics Special to The Great War Project. (9 October) More turmoil in Russia these days a century ago. At this moment, the Germans are expecting the entire Eastern Front to collapse. On October 8th, more than a million Russian railway…

RING OF SPIES IN PALESTINE

A Young Woman Keeps Her Secrets Under Pain of Death. Seeking A National Home for the Jews. Special to The Great War Project. (1 October) A century ago, in the month of October, the situation for the Allies looks desperate on almost all fronts. The fight for the Belgian village of Passchendaele is a stalemate…

THE MURDEROUS STRUGGLE FOR PASSCHENDAELE

 Senseless Slaughter on Both Sides.  An Instance of Great Compassion: ‘The Wounded Highlander Survived.’ Special to The Great War Project. (late September) These are the days, a century ago, when the British launch an offensive in Belgian Flanders that comes to be called variously the battle of the Ypres Salient, or Third Ypres, or Passchendaele.…