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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…

THE GREAT RETREAT

Is it defeat? Yes, Mr. President Special to The Great War Project (24 August) On the Western Front, the British and the French are in retreat. The British are pulling back from Mons in Belgium in the face of superior German force. Elsewhere on the frontline in the West at the last Belgian fortress still…

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…