Tag Archive for Verdun

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…

VERDUN REDUX

Pace of Fighting On the Rise. Verdun and the Somme Still Key Flashpoints. Thousands of German Prisoners Taken Special to The Great War Project (24-30 October) Increased military activity breaks out on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. At Verdun on the Western Front, the confrontation between French and German troops has been static for…

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…

A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH

Slaughter at the Somme Incomprehensible. A Vision of Hell; The Sorrow of the Poet’s Song. Special to The Great War Project (2-5 July) The scale of the slaughter on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st a century ago, is now becoming sadly clear. It is nothing less than horrific. “The human…

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…

CHIVALRY ON THE BATTLEFIELD

In the West, Death of a Pigeon In the East, Collapse of an Army Special to The Great War Project. (6-10 June) On June 7th a century ago in northern France near Verdun, Fort Vaux falls to the Germans. The French may have been beaten in this defense of Verdun, but it’s an awe-inspiring story. And it…

TALES FROM THE BATTLEFIELD

Eyewitnesses to the Carnage. The Muck and Grime of Death. Special to The Great War Project (22-25 May) Vicious fighting resumes again at Verdun in northern France on the Western Front. On May 23rd a century ago, the French attack at Fort Douaumont, outside the town of Verdun. It looks at first like the French…