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A BATTLE AND A WAR WITH NO VICTORS

The Battles End, Killing Continues British ‘Wastage’ and Charges of Cowardice Special to The Great War Project (21-26 November) It may be that only the great battles of the First World War get named and garner the focus of history. But as historian Adam Hochschild notes, “the air above the Western Front was also filled…

A GRISLY ACCOUNTING

As Somme, Verdun Battles End, Shocking Losses. Wilson Re-Elected, Seeks Peace. Special to The Great War Project (14-20 November) The battles of the river Somme and Verdun, on the Western Front in northern France are coming to an end. The last Allied offensive takes place on these days a century ago. Snow falls on the…

HAIG RAGES: OUR LOSSES ARE TOO LOW

British Commander Reasons, High Losses Bring Victory, Means Equal Losses for the Germans. Special to The Great War Project (9-12 July) The blood-letting on the Western Front at the Somme shows no sign of ending. Although the British five-day artillery bombardment does cut through some of the German barbed wire defenses, it is not so…

MASSIVE BRITISH BARRAGE AT SOMME

Ground Attack Coming Germans Well Dug In; Fears British Offensive Will Fail Special to The Great War Project (21-25 June) The British open their enormous bombardment at the river Somme on June 24th a century ago. It is sustained along a twelve-mile front, reports historian Martin Gilbert. “More than 1500 guns and howitzers fired more…