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The Great Halifax Disaster, 6 December 1917

On the morning of 6 December 1917, a ship detonated in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, unleashing a blast equivalent to about 3,000 tonnes of TNT. The resulting shockwave instantly killed more than 1,000 people, threw a cargo ship like a bath toy and created a 50-foot-tall tidal wave. This is the incredible and horrifying story of the Halifax Explosion: the largest human-made, non-nuclear blast in history. By [...]

By | 2017-12-01T07:20:17+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Siege of Kut Al Amara: World War I

Following the signal failure of the Anglo-Indian attack upon Ctesiphon in November 1915 Sir Charles Townshend led his infantry force, the 6th Division, on a wearisome retreat back to Kut-al-Amara, arriving in early December. Aware too that his force was exhausted and unable to retreat further Townshend resolved to stay and hold Kut, a town of key importance to the British presence in the region. In this he was [...]

By | 2017-11-17T07:12:33+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HMAS Sydney: Australian Light Cruiser

The name Sydney is one of the most famous ever carried by an Australian warship. The first Sydney was a Town Class light cruiser; one of three ordered in 1910 which were part of the initial Australian fleet unit. Traditionally cruisers were the most versatile element of a naval force. A cruiser’s role was to go anywhere and to do anything and they were to prove particularly useful in [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:02:32+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Messines: World War I

It has been argued that the Battle of Messines was the most successful local operation of the war, certainly of the Western Front. Carried out by General Herbert Plumer's Second Army, Battle of Messines was launched on 7 June 1917 with the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath the German mines. The target of the offensive was the Messines Ridge, a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres, and a small [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:17:45+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Belleau Wood: World War I

The battle fought in Belleau Wood (June 1918) was the first real taste of battle for the US Marines in World War One with General Pershing calling Belleau Wood the most important battle fought by US forces since the US Civil War. The Battle of Belleau Wood was part of the Allied drive east away from an axis from Amiens to Paris in what was a response to the Spring [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:18:43+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Asiago: World War I

The Battle of Asiago (Battle of the Plateaux) or the Trentino Offensive (in Italian: Battaglia degli Altipiani), nicknamed Strafexpedition ("Punitive expedition") by the Austrians, was a counteroffensive launched by the Austro-Hungarians on the Italian Front on May 15, 1916, during World War I. It was an unexpected attack that took place near Asiago in the province of Vicenza (now in northeast Italy, then on the Italian side of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:28:27+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Alvin York American War Hero: World War I

Alvin Callum York was born December 13, 1887, to William and Mary York of Pall Mall, TN. The third of eleven children, York grew up in a small two-room cabin and received minimal schooling as a child due to a need to aid his father in running the family farm and hunting for food. Though his formal education was lacking, he learned to be a crack shot and an [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:00:40+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

First Battle of Gaza: World War I

The First Battle of Gaza was fought on March 26, 1917, and was part of the Middle Eastern Campaign of World War I (1914-1918). Having advanced across the Sinai in the wake of victories at Romani, Magdhaba, and Rafa, British forces prepared to attack into Palestine. Blocking their path was approximately 15,000 Turkish troops defending a line stretching from Gaza southeast to Beersheba. As there were no reliable water [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:18:07+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Navy Battleship Averof: World War I

Ten years after the Greco-Turkish War (1897), the Hellenic Navy possessed a handful of outdated torpedo – ships and three battleships that had been built in 1889. At the end of 1908, the need for a combat worthy fleet led to its reinforcement with four brand new English and German destroyers (torpedo – ships). Amongst them was the armored cruiser «G. AVEROF», the Hellenic Navy's crowning glory. In its [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:24:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Liege: World War I

On August 5, 1914, the German army launches its assault on the city of Liege in Belgium, violating the latter country’s neutrality and beginning the first battle of World War I. By August 4, the German 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Armies—some 34 divisions of men—were in the process of aligning themselves on the right wing of the German lines, poised to move into Belgium. In total, seven German armies, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:27:51+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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