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There Was A Fire Over Britain This Week, But

far from sparking fear, it sparked Jubilation, for the fire was a German Zeppelin being shot down, the first victim of incendiary bullets. I m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Okay, last week the Germans counter attacked successfully at the Somme, Romania joined the war and occupied East Transylvania, the British occupied Morogoro in German East Africa, and German Army Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn was sacked and replaced by Paul von Hindenburg,, who had ambitious plans for revitalizing the German army. This week.

Hindenburg, And His Right Hand Man Erich Ludendorff.

, visited the Western Front for the first time and were horrified by what they saw at Verdun, where the battle had raged since February. . UK Hindenburg said, UK there exhausted our forces like an open wound. .

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The battlefield was a regular hell and regarded as such by the troops. Ludendorff said, UK was hell. Verdun was a nightmare for both the staffs and the troops who took part.

Our Losses Were Too Heavy For

us. They ordered the cessation of all German attacks there. German losses by now at Verdun were 281,333 men. French losses were 315,000.

On The French Side, General Philippe Pétain Was

having the French Second Army conserve its forces for a mighty counterstroke. From This week then, as the French prepared, an uneasy and suspicious calm descended upon the battlefield of Verdun. Although. There was one glaring UK on September 4th, in the Tavannes railway tunnel that was being used as a barracks and a storage depot, a fire broke out among a cargo of rockets. In seconds the rockets set off the grenades in storage, they in turn ignited the gasoline.

Used For The Lighting Generator, Which

then set off even more grenades. The whole tunnel began to collapse, and men in a state of panic among the exploded body parts fled out into the open, only to be caught by German Shellfire. For three days the fire raged in the tunnel, and when men could finally enter, they found over 500 dead, charred, and exploded bodies. And. The body count was still rising a bit to the northwest at the Somme, as that Offensive entered its third month.

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There was a big combined attack there. September 3rd. The French would attack both north and south of the River Somme,. The British 4th Army would send five divisions against the line from Guillemont to High Wood, and 4 divisions from the reserves would attack from Pozieres to the Ancre Valley.

The Artillery Bombardment Was Heavy, But

not nearly as heavy as before the successful July 14th attack. And. A preliminary attack against Falfemont FArm served only to give the Germans notice that a larger attack was coming. The Preliminary attack was a disaster. The bombardment and the creeping barrage failed.

The French Saw This And Refused

to attack but the British went ahead anyhow. The 2nd King s Own Scottish Borderer s War Diary UK Somme) had this to say, UK Don t think a man of any regiment would

Ve Gone To Certain Death The Way

ours did-having seen as they did the failure of both preliminary bombardment and creeping barrage. The beautiful thing about it is that they all knew when they went over that this would happen and not a man flinched. The main attack on the left of Falfemont Farm actually went quite well. The Well.

The Men Of The 5Th Division Advanced Nearly

three kilometers, and even outflanked Guillemont. There, the bombardment had thrown the defenders in disarray. Also, the German machine gunners were pinned down by a simultaneous attack from the north by the 20th Division. . The two divisions linked up.

The 20Th Had Actually Finally Captured

Guillemont. After. This, with the Germans disorganized, Falfemont Farm and Leuze Wood were also taken and the right angle around Delville Wood that had so confounded the Allies had been eliminated. . This really helped the British tactical position, though the attacks on Ginchy and High Wood failed.

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The British were now 5km east of their July 1st starting point, and the French more than 6 km. And. There were a lot of armies also on the move far to the east. On September 3rd came the first Central Powers moves against Romania, as they attacked from the south and Bulgarian aircraft bombed Bucharest.

The Invasion Force, Under German General

August von Mackensen, was mostly Bulgarian and Turkish troops, and they lay siege to Tutracaia and its garrison of 40,000 men-nearly three times Mackensens forces. After one day of battle the fortress surrendered. Two days later, a second fortress, Silistria, surrendered without a fight. More than 40,000 Romanian soldiers, including three generals surrendered to the invaders.

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To the north of that, the Russian summer long offensive against UK, which had seemed to grind to a halt, showed signs of life. On. The Zlota Lipa front, the Russians took 19,000 prisoners in four days and on the 7th, Halicz, on the Dniester River was taken and set on fire. And Fire.

And Another Fire, That Was A

lot more appreciated by the locals, happened over Britain this week. On September 2nd, 16 German airships set off on largest raid ever mounted. Ten succeeded in reaching London before midnight. One, after weaving through an antiaircraft barrage, was shot down by Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson over Hertfordshire and the new incendiary bullets. Zeppelin historian UK Rimell UK writes, UK was the moment that so many Londoners had waited to see for so long, and they made the most of it.

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Complete Pandemonium broke out as people rushed out on the streets. Singing, clapping, and cheering. . .

Echoing Over The Rooftops.

. . children and women danced in the streets. .

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for many It would be a lasting impression even over sixty years later. Robinson won the Victoria Cross for this, and it was the only UK awarded for something that happened on-or above-British soil. IN.

The Two Days After The Incident,

10,000 people took the train from Kings Cross to see the wreck and get a souvenir. IT wasn t just the British whose morale had a boost though. The Italians were still feeling on top too.

A Few Weeks Ago, On The Italian

front, the 6th Battle of the Isonzo River came to an end, and though the Italians took high casualties, they also took a real UK Gorizia.. This was a big shock to the UK high command. The road to Vienna now lay somewhat open. But even during the 6th Battle, Austrian General Svetozar Borojevic von Bojna

S Engineers Were Building Up Their Second And

third defensive. Third defensive lines. They used a labor force of a half a million men, you heard that right, including 200,000 Russian prisoners of war UK to deepen the trenches, build machine gun posts,, and stake out huge barbed wire entanglements. . Most of this was done on the Corso,, which was where Borojevic figured the next attack would come, but really, they built up the whole Isonzo front.

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s take a moment to think of the Engineer Corps of the Austrian 5th Army,. They were the big heroes of the defenses. There, drilling, digging, and blasting deep into the hard rock, and using concrete and steel to build pretty near indestructible supply and munitions depots. .

Italian Chief Of Staff Cadorna” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Luigi Cadorna

did indeed plan to break through on the Corso,, but he also wanted to take Mt. Rombon and the Bovec Basin. He had no problem with reinforcements at all, the Italian War machine now had seemingly endless manpower and the northern Italian industry had hit peak production of war materiel. By now, just weeks after the 6th Battle, Cadorna was ready to launch the 7th Battle of the Isonzo River. But.

This Was A Week Of Heavy Rain,

so heavy that the Isonzo burst its banks and flooded the trenches. By. The 7th, the weather had turned and as the week drew to a close, Cadorna readied his artillery for the opening barrage. And. Now a few notes to end the week.

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The 4th West of Lake Van, British armored cars engage Kurdish forces, on the 5th, the Central Powers Grant Polish Autonomy, and on the 6th, New Zealand passes conscription. Also, this week on September 3rd, UK surrenders to British Naval forces. Still, though, the British, Belgian, and South. African forces made slow going, and though the Germans had Lo st two-thirds of their land, they still continued their remarkable operations.

And That Was The Week, Allied

success at the Somme, Romania getting its first real taste of the war and not liking it, Italian plans Afoot, a huge fire at Verdun, and another one in the British Skies. People have written in a lot asking why Zeppelins weren t shot down all the time, being just bags of hydrogen gas,, but the gas was separated into loads of compartments and shooting. A few of them wouldn t bring the ship down.

Also, For The First Half Of The

war they flew higher than UK guns or airplanes could reach. But. This was a big change. Incendiary bullets-phosphorus at this point-ignited the gas and turned the Zeppelin into a huge ball of fire, slowly crashing to earth.

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Earth. The crews got to choose either jumping to death or burning to death. I

Ll Say It Again; It Was Just

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Summary

Last week the Germans counter attacked successfully at the Somme, Romania joined the war and occupied East Transylvania, the British occupied Morogoro in German East Africa . Paul von Hindenburg, and his right hand man Erich Ludendorff. visited the Western Front for the first time and were horrified by what they saw at Verdun, where the battle had raged since February . Verdun was a nightmare for both the staffs and the troops who took part.& The battlefield was a regular hell and regarded as such by the troops.& UK Hindenburg said, UK there exhausted our forces like an open wound.& On the French side, General Philippe Pétain was having the French Second Army conserve its forces for a mighty counterstroke.& From This week then, as the French prepared, an uneasy and suspicious calm descended upon the battlefield of Verdun. On September 4th, a fire broke out in the Tavannes railway tunnel began to collapse, and the whole…. Click here to read more and watch the full video