113 Years Ago Today

28 July 1914 was the official start of the Great War…..The War To End All Wars…..or as we know it World War One.

It is no secret that WW1 fascinates me…..so much death and destruction….and for what?

These are the most significant battles of that war……

At the start of the First World War, Germany hoped to avoid fighting on two fronts by knocking out France before turning to Russia, France’s ally. The initial German offensive had some early success, but there were not enough reinforcements immediately available to sustain momentum. The French and British launched a counter-offensive at the Marne (6-10 September 1914) and after several days of bitter fighting the Germans retreated.

Germany’s failure to defeat the French and the British at the Marne also had important strategic implications. The Russians had mobilised more quickly than the Germans had anticipated and launched their first offensive within two weeks of the war’s outbreak. The Battle of Tannenberg in August 1914 ended in German victory, but the combination of German victory in the east and defeat in the west meant the war would not be quick, but protracted and extended across several fronts.

Source: 10 Significant Battles Of The First World War | Imperial War Museums

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4 thoughts on “113 Years Ago Today

  1. Our local TV station is currently remembering the battle of Passchendaele, fought 100 years ago, from July 1917, until November. Many local regiments from here ceased to exist after that battle, and huge numbers were killed on the first day of action.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. That is great that they choose to remember…..here we will get very little on the war even though we entered in 1917…that is why I post on the war as much as possible….we should never forget….chuq

      1. They are currently trying to track down the wooden grave markers that were removed when the white headstones were erected in the cemeteries.

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