Hundred Days Offensive

In August 1918, the allied armies of Britain, France, and America unleashed a series of counter-attacks against the German army that brought the war to a conclusion. Having driven the Russians from the war in 1917 and fearing the arrival of thousands of American soldiers in the coming years, Germany had decided to try and […]

German Spring Offensives 1918

On 21 March 1918, the German army launched an offensive on the Western Front designed to bring the First World War to a conclusion. Though it would push Britain and France to the brink of defeat it would eventually result in Germany losing the war. By the end of 1917 the situation on both Western […]

The Third Battle of Ypres

On 31st July 1917, the British army launched an attack against German positions near Ypres. This attack, though officially the Third Battle of Ypres, became known as the Battle of Passchendaele, after one of the villages in which the battle was fought. It has come to define many of the modern views of the First […]

American soldiers arrive in France

Did you know that American soldiers first began arriving in France on 26th June 1917, to fight in the First World War? Although the plot orchestrated earlier in the year by German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman to pit Mexico against America had spectacularly failed to keep the United States out of the conflict, America’s declaration of war […]

The Russian Revolutions

Did you know that the Russian Revolutions of 1917, removed Russia from the First World War and brought about the rise of the Soviet Union? At the outbreak of the First World War, the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary faced off against the Triple Entente Alliance of France, Britain and Russia. The Entente Alliance had […]

Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister

Did you know that on 7 December 1916, David Lloyd George became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom? 1916 had been another difficult year for Britain during the First World War. Herbert Henry Asquith had been Prime Minister of the country since 1908 and had held power throughout the conflict so far. However, the early […]

Race to the Sea and the Dawn of Trench Warfare

Did you know that in November 1914, Britain, France, and Germany began constructing their first proper trenches? In the opening weeks of the First World War, as Germany invaded France and Belgium and began to advance on Paris it did not appear as though they could easily be stopped. By the end of August, the […]

America enters the First World War

Did you know that a failed German plot to distract America led to their entry into the First World War? Following the outbreak of the First World War, the United States of America worked hard to maintain its neutrality. However, the culmination of several events in 1917 brought them into the conflict. When war engulfed Europe […]

1916 American Presidential Election

Did you know that in November 1916, the United States of America held a presidential election that was viewed by many as a vote on potential American entry into the First World War? At the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, the United States of America maintained a long-standing reluctance to involve […]

Battle of Albert. Scene in a communication trench before an attack. July 1916. - Image courtesy of Imperial War Museum: Q110

Battle of the Somme

On 1 July 1916, British and French forces attacked German positions along the River Somme in what has become one of the most infamous and controversial battles of the First World War. The Battle of the Somme marked the beginning of the British and French contribution to what has become known as the Grand Allied […]