By L. Edward Purcell, David F. Burg
This Almanac of worldwide conflict I offers a daily account of the motion on all fronts and of the occasions surrounding the clash, from the weapons of August 1914 to the November 1918 Armistice and its stricken aftermath. day-by-day entries, topical descriptions, biographical sketches, maps, and illustrations mix to provide a prepared and succinct account of what was once taking place in all of the crucial theaters of battle.
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Sabac, Serbia. In daylong waves of attacks and counterattacks, the Serbs stall theAustrians and inflict heavy losses. Lome, Togoland. The French force that seized Little Popo after invading from Dahomey on 6 August links with Byrant's Gold Coast Regiment force. 19 August 1914 Bartenstein, East Prussia. Having renewed his advance. Rennenkampf pauses in order not to outdistance his supply services, while General Francois urges Prittwitz, headquartered at Bartenstein, to order a counterattack before Samsonov completes the Russian pincers.
Gen. Liman von Sanders, head of the German ~ilitary Mission in Turkey, orders Enver Pasha to close the Dardanelles to shipping to and from Russia, a mortally crippling blow to that Allied nation's ability to sustain its economy and therefore its war effort. Tsingtao. Japanese troops attack the city's outer defenses, Cameroons. Planning a direct assault on Douala, General Dobell and Gen. Edmund H. Gorges, commander of the British land forces, board the Nigerian yacht Ivy for reconnaissance of a suitable landing site, While they watch, explosions rock the city and destroy the wireless station.
After four days of incessant rain and futile battle, stymied and driven back by a counteroffensive launched by Grand Duke Nicholas, Mackensen realizes he cannot succeed, especially as no relief can be forthcoming from the Austrian army, now being driven back at the San River front in Galicia. Ludendorff orders Mackensen to begin retreating. Easter Island. With his Scharnhorsl and Gneisenau having been reinforced by the arrival of the Dresden and the Leipzig during the preceding week, Count von Spee sails toward Chile.
Almanac of World War I by L. Edward Purcell, David F. Burg