Tag Archive for Western Front

A GERMAN SOLDIER’S STORY

His Last Day on the Battlefield A Sense of Something Poetic, Now Gone Special to The Great War Project (12-15 August) The Battle of the Somme shows no signs of ending, even though it’s now more than six weeks old. What’s it like? What is it really like to live through this horror? There are…

MURDEROUS STALEMATE PERSISTS

Vast Bloodletting at Verdun in France, Naroch in Russia. The Most Mismanaged Battle of the War; Russian Defeat Threatens Mutiny. Special to The Great War Project (3-6 April) Significant news from the battlefields on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. In the West, the main battle is still at Verdun – which begins in February…

GERMAN ATTACK ON VERDUN IMMINENT

In Final Stages of Preparation; Germans Seek Knockout Blow Against French Bastion. French, British Eye Offensive at the Somme Special to The Great War Project. (7-10 February) Planning on both sides intensifies, as the Germans and the Allies each hope to mount massive offensives that can break the war’s devastating stalemate.. Writes historian Martin Gilbert,…

OUTLOOK FOR ALLIES IS DIRE

‘Bleed Them White’ Argues German Leader The Ignominy of the War of Attrition Special to The Great War Project. (29-31 December; 1 January) At the beginning of 1916, precisely a century ago, the Central Powers – Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire—are “in the ascendant,” as historian Martin Gilbert writes. The picture for Britain, France,…

TO THE LAST MAN STANDING

War of Attrition on All Fronts; Sickness a Deadly Enemy Millions More Troops Needed Special to The Great War Project (26-29 June) It’s nearly a year since this war broke out, and it’s clearer now than ever, it’s a war of attrition on all fronts, Western, Eastern, and in several areas of the Ottoman Empire.…