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THE BATTLE OF MONS

Ferocious Fighting at a Belgian Canal; An Angel on the Battlefield Special to The Great War Project (23 August) The battle rages at the Mons-Conde canal in Belgium. The British against the Germans. In mist and rain. The British forces there hold off a far superior force of German troops – with rifle fire. Not…

MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE FRENCH

French troops shattered; Prisoners shot; First British Soldier Killed Special to The Great War Project (21 August) Things continue to worsen for the French. Yesterday, this date a century ago, near the northern French town of Morhange,  “French troops were shattered as they charged uphill into machine-guns,” according to one historian. 20,000 French troops taken…

EARLY DISASTERS FOR THE FRENCH

“We saw the whole horizon burst into flame” Special to The Great War Project (20 August) Less than three weeks into the war, German troops seize Brussels, Belgium’s capital, this day a century ago. This is the first time a European capital has been occupied by a conquering army in nearly half a century, observes…

THE GREAT PANIC BEGINS

Terrorized civilians fleeing by the thousands Special to The Great War Project (16-17 August) Civilians are fleeing the war zones – thousands of them on every front by the third week of the war. Historian Martin Gilbert quotes one French officer: “We were in contact for the first time with the Great Panic. These were…

A WAR OF SAVAGE REPRISAL

The atrocities mount Special to The Great War Project (15 August) Massacres of civilians are spreading on several fronts: *Austria-Hungary invades Serbia on 12 August. Men rounded up and shot, children killed, women raped. *Similar reprisals take place as German troops march through Belgium. *In the mining town of Dinant, just one example, the Germans shoot…

GERMAN SUCCESSES ON TWO FRONTS

Ferocious German fire power. Enormous French losses. Special to The Great War Project (14 August) Germany is fighting on two fronts – in the west in Belgium with sights set on Paris and in the east in Poland with its sights set on Russian-occupied Warsaw. On this day a century ago Germany is making progress…