Monthly Archives: June 2013

The British Grenadier Guards During World War One.

  Since 1815 the balance of power in Europe had been maintained by a series of treaties.  In 1888 Wilhelm II was crowned ‘German Emperor and King of Prussia’ and moved from a policy of maintaining the status quo to … Continue reading

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Germans release statement on use of poison gas at Ypres 25th June 1915,

The German press publishes an official statement from the country’s war command addressing the German use of poison gas at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres two months earlier. The German firing of more than 150 tons of … Continue reading

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Dead….Wounded….Missing in World War One.

Dead, Wounded and Missing in the First World War…… Country…. Dead…. Wounded…. Missing…. Total Russia…. 1,700,000…. 5,000,000…. .????…………….- 6,700,000 Germany…. 1,600,000…. 4,065,000….  103,000….  5,768,000  France…. ….1,359,000….  4,200,000….  361,650….  5,920,650  Austria-Hungary  922,000  3,600,000..  855,283…  5,377,283  Italy……………  689,000……..  959,100 …….???? -…..  1,424,660  … Continue reading

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German battle fleet scuttled at Scapa Flow 21st June 1919.

The handing over to the Allies of the German high seas fleet was one of the terms of the armistice that ended the First World War in November 1918. The arrangements for the surrender were worked out a few days … Continue reading

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“Pals” Battalions.

During peacetime Britain traditionally maintained only a small army. When war broke out in 1914 the British army was so small that the Kaiser dismissed it calling the British soldiers  “contempable.” Despite the initial surge to enlist Britain needed to expand … Continue reading

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June 10th 1918….The Allies launch a counterattack against the Germans in France

After many months of an aggressive German offensive on the Western Front during the spring and early summer of 1918, the Allies begin their counterattack, including an assault on June 10, 1918, by four French and two American divisions on German … Continue reading

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Battle of Messines (1917)

On June 7, 1917, the British 2nd Army had a crushing victory over the Germans at Messines Ridge  in Belgian West Flanders, marking the successful prelude to an Allied offensive designed to break the grinding stalemate on the Western Front in WW1I. British … Continue reading

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