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EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD

“To Prevent Cowardice in Face of the Enemy.” At the Aisne, Stalemate Special to The Great War Project (16-17 September) By these days a century ago, thousands of British troops manage to establish positions on the northern ridge of the Aisne River, but the Germans still occupy the higher ground there. And as the British…

PATTERN OF THE WAR EMERGING

Stalemate in the West; Crisis in the East. A Medal for a Jewish Soldier Special to The Great War Project (15 September) A serious battle is unfolding at the French river Aisne. The Germans, having withdrawn in good order from their defeat at the Marne, are now digging in on the north side of the…

AT MARNE, DISORDER IN GERMAN RANKS

Anglo-French on Offensive; Germans Driven Back Across Strategic River Special to The Great War Project (8-9 September) By this date a century ago, the confidence of the French and British forces at the battle for the Marne is growing. They are on the offensive. One British senior officer writes home: “The tide of invasion seems…

AT THE MARNE, THE TIDE TURNS

German Lines Crumbling; Time to Chase the Germans Special to The Great War Project (6-7 September) The tide of battle at the Marne is shifting. On these days a century ago, the forces of France and Britain stop their retreat, steel their positions, and turn their retreat into attack. “It was an inspiring thought,” writes…

ON THE EVE OF THE GREAT CLASH

Anglo-French Forces Dig in at the River Marne Special to The Great War Project (4 September) These are crucial days on both the Western and Eastern fronts. In their long retreat in the West, Anglo-French forces pull back south of the River Marne in France. There they dig in, ready to take on the Germans.…

GREAT ARMIES MASS AT THE MARNE

British and Germans Exhausted; Paris the Prize Special to The Great War Project (2-3 September) On this day September 3 a century ago, on the Western Front the German army is just 25 miles from Paris. For the British Expeditionary Force and the French army, it’s been thirteen days of grueling retreat covering 150 miles.…