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CRISIS FOR THE ALLIES

German Troops Outnumber Allies; British Running Out of Men. Americans Resist Joining British, French Units Special to The Great War Project. (1 January) The United States approaches its involvement in the war very cautiously. Even the withdrawal of Russia from the war does not change the U.S. strategy. On the first day of the new…

FOR THE ALLIES, A BLOODY SPRING

Allied Offensives Crumbling Desperation From France to the Middle East. Special to The Great War Project (24 April) It is one disaster after another for the Allied troops during these horrible days of the World War, a century ago. The French launch their so-called Nivelle Offensive, named after the French commanding general, in mid-April one…

A DIRE MOMENT FOR THE ALLIES

German, Ottoman Victories Yield Secret Peace Offer to Russia; Russian, British Defeats Force Strategic Shift on Western Front. Special to The Great War Project (18-21 August) With the collapse of the Russian army on the Eastern Front – coupled with the disaster for the British at Gallipoli in northwestern Turkey – the British are facing…

ALLIED ARMADA FAILS IN ATTACK ON TURKEY

At Dardanelles, Turkish Defenses Sink, Cripple Six Battleships; A Colossal British Miscalculation Special to The Great War Project (17-18 March) On the morning of March 18th a century ago, the British unleash a huge naval attack on the Dardanelles, the strategic waterway in northwestern Turkey. Initially ten battleships – six British and four French –…

BRITISH ASSAULT EXPECTED IN DARDANELLES

A Massive Concentration of Warships. Turks Fortify Strategic Waterway; Constantinople Threatened. Special to The Great War Project (14-16 March) A fleet of sixteen British battleships is gathering in the Aegean Sea just outside the Dardanelles. This is the narrow, strategic waterway that leads from the Mediterranean to Constantinople, the Ottoman capital and on to the…

BRITISH BOMBARDMENT OF THE DARDANELLES

Turkish Forts in Ruins. Attack on Strategic Straits To ‘Knock Turkey Out of War.’ Special to The Great War Project. (19-21 February) British warships are bombarding the ancient forts in the Dardanelles in western Turkey. The British bombardment is successful. It reduces two forts there to rubble. The Dardanelles is a very narrow strait that…

THE SECRET GOALS OF THE WAR

For Allies,Total Victory is Necessary; For Germany It’s World Domination. Special to The Great War Project (19, 20, 21 January) Significant developments these days a century ago in several theaters of the war. On January 20th,1914, according to historian Martin Gilbert, “the Germans launched their first bombing raid on Britain, when two Zeppelins crossed the…