Category Archives: The Great War

Dancing the Death Drill, a book review

Fred Khumalo’s book centered around the event of the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917, starts in 1958, when our hero, the head waiter in a French restaurant, ostensibly from Algeria, just eight months away from retirement, suddenly stabs … Continue reading

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Horse heroes of World War I

A horse used during WW1 to transport goods collapses in mud. Members of the Royal Scots Greys near Brimeux, France in 1918 A horse laden with trench boots on the Somme Front. The path is inches deep in wet mud … Continue reading

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British Expeditionary Force arrives in France 7 August 1914

The British Expeditionary Force arrived in France on 7 August 1914 – this is known as the Western Front.  These forces were utilised under this name until the end of the First Battle of Ypres on 22 November 1914.  Thereafter … Continue reading

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Germany declares war … then Britain declares war

On 1 August 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, which makes this day, according to some, the date of the official outbreak of World War I. On 2 August 1914 Germany invaded Luxembourg and on 3 August 1914 Germany declared … Continue reading

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The centenary of The Great War’s start …

On 28 July 1914, exactly one month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary (with the support of Germany) declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War … Continue reading

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23 July 1914 – the ultimatum which led to war

After the  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, Austria-Hungary, supported by Germany, presented Serbia with an ultimatum on July 23, 1914, demanding, among other things, that all … Continue reading

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28 June 1914 – The event which sparked The Great War

The Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg were assassinated in Sarajevo on 28 June, 1914. Gavrilo Princip wielded the firearm that killed them, but the attack was coordinated by … Continue reading

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