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see a brief refresher on what’s recently gone on and some newer viewers may want to catch up more quickly. So this is part of our series of recaps, so you can get it all together in your head. I’m Indy Neidell welcome to a great war recap special covering May June and July 1917. As May began to major offensives were in progress on the Western Front. They were Britain‘s, Battle of Arras and Frances Nivelle offensive and they had been really hyped up before they began as the final battles that would win the war, but by now after several weeks of fighting.
The Casualties Were Well Into The Hundreds
of thousands and the Germans were anything but beaten. Those defenses would continue in fits and starts before ending in May. The British won actually gaining more ground than any. Other Western Front offensive since Trench warfare began in 1914. The failures of the French one, though caused French commander-in-chief general rule Baron Evil to lose his job.
Philip Dick Tong Replaced Him.
Morale among the French army was at an all-time low and rumblings of mutiny could be felt more and more as the month progressed the Macedonian front came to life in May at the Italians, French Russians, Serbs and British attacked Bulgarian and German positions at Turner Bend east of the Vardar and Lake Toya. These attacks lasted for a couple of weeks, but were failures. The Bulgarian defenses were just too well built. The Italian front also saw a renewed action as the Italians launched the 10th Battle of the Isonzo River against Austria-hungary.
It Began With Some Big Successes
for the Italians that they were soon checked and the battle was called off after several. A hundred and fifty thousand Italian casualties there were two new conceptual additions to the war this month on May 25th. A new kind of warfare began when twenty-three German Gulf bombers carrying 13 bombs each took off from Belgium for London. Only two reached England because of cloudy skies, but the five bombs dropped by one of the planes caused more damage than any Zeppelin raids ever had also a convoy of merchant ships guarded by destroyers sailed from Gibraltar to Britain without a single loss to a German submarine. The convoy system had been dismissed earlier as useless, but after this the British Admiralty began looking into it seriously.
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They Had To Do Something Having
lost nearly 900,000 tons of shipping in April alone fifty percent more than what Germany believed was needed to drive Britain out of the war. The convoy system was officially introduced May 24th. June began British commander and chief Sir Douglas Haig was making big plans. Even though his Spring Offensive had just come to an end. He was champing at the bit to begin a major one in Flanders, complete with amphibious landing as a prelude to that weeks or months down the line.
He Wanted To Take A Strong
point that would serve as a pivot for that offensive. The Battle of Machine Ridge thus kicked off June 7th with the detonation of hundreds of tons of explosives tunnels under the German positions the entire ridge blew into the air. An estimated 10,000 Germans were killed and the British took possession of the chain of craters that remain. The French Army finally did explode into mutiny in June as tens of thousands of men refused to go over the top. Many even left the trenches altogether the general mutiny would last.
For Weeks Before The Lid Could Be Put
down on it, though it would take months for it to end altogether. The main complaints were low, pay and lack of leave and the soldiers generally made clear that they weren’t against continuing the war, but against more suicidal offenses. The tongue went around and personally spoke with every single regiment that is seeing mutiny. He did a very good job of ending it without draconian measures that could have further damaged morale men were guaranteed leave and their living conditions were improved after the British losses at the two battles of Gaza earlier in the spring, there was now a shake-up in the Middle Eastern Command and Edmund Allenby took over from Sir Archibald Murray and began making plans for an advance to take Jerusalem. He was to be aided in this by Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab revolt.
Would Take The Port Of Aqaba At The
top of the Red Sea. In early July, the Italians launched another offensive in June. This time in the Trentino to take a chain of peaks. They did take mount or to Gaara, but the attack as a whole was a disaster and they eventually lost or to Gaara again. The offensive lasted three weeks and failed to move the line on the map at all.
The Allied machinations finally bore fruit as King Constantine, who favored neutrality was forced to abdicate in favor of his son. By the end of the month, Greece was in a state of war with the central powers. Also at the end of June. The first American troops arrived in France fourteen thousand strong, though they needed training and the next contingent would not arrive for another three months, and as June had rolled.
On Russia, In Spite Of Pretty
chaotic conditions in the army began planning a July offensive that would unite the country improve morale and show the Allies that Russia was still in the game and that offensive began July 1st. The Kerensky Offensive, named after Prime Minister and Minister of War Alexander. Kerensky made great strides to the first half of July breaking through the Austro–hungarian lines for dozens of kilometers and places. It also featured attacks by the Russian Women’s Battalion of death, the first of its kind and theNK] Legion that continued to make a name for itself. However, the offensive began to run out of steam and German reinforcements and strong counter-attack.
Later In The Month Completely Routed
the Russians with thousands of them simply throwing down their rifles and running away, but what were they running away to Petrograd saw the July days mid month. and looting and 70,000 armed workers and soldiers in the streets. The Bolsheviks who wanted an end to the war, even began trying to take over the city, but order was restored and though Leon Trotsky was arrested. Vladimir Lenin escaped to Finland. Documents were found in the Bolshevik headquarters, showing that they were receiving direct funding from the German High Command.
This Was Political Dynamite And Turned The Tide
against the Bolsheviks for the time being, and though Russia may be in full flight on the Eastern Front in Romania a Russo Romanian offensive push back the Austrians and Germans with a ringing victory in the Battle of Mirage t. The Germans were also active in the field on the Western Front. They were well aware of heggs coming offensive, though not when exactly it would come and so on the 10th they launched a preemptive assault operation Beach. Party this attack would weaken the British positions for their assault and this week premiered to New German Gas weapons UK and the dreaded Mustard gas at home in Berlin, though a crisis in the Reichstag resulted in Chancellor Ko Baldwin Bethmann-hollweg losing his post and being replaced by the ineffective and unknown Georg Michaelis and more and more Germany became a military dictatorship run by quartermaster General Erich Ludendorff and as the last third of the month ruled in the British artillery bombardment for the Third Battle of Ypres.
Also Known As Passchendaele, Began With
the British using ten times the density of artillery that they had used at the salm last summer that battle would begin on the final day of the month, but one date that has more meaning than that was July 28th for on that date the war that would end by Christmas turned three. Old, it was now being fought by soldiers from all over the world was actively being fought on three continents. Had a military death toll well into the millions and a civilian death toll that had also climbed into the millions. This was total war and it was something the world had never seen before Mustard gas tanks, huge explosions underground in the field and civilian bombing strikes and just plain chaos in the streets at home.
Everyone Was Affected By The War Everywhere.
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Major offensives were in progress on the Western Front in May . The British won actually gaining more ground than any other Western Front offensive . The failures of the French one, though caused French commander-in-chief general rule Baron Evil to lose his job . The Italian front also saw a renewed action as the Italians launched the 10th Battle of the Isonzo River against Austria-hungary . The Macedonian front came to life in May at the Italians, French Russians, Serbs and British attacked Bulgarian and German positions at Turner Bend east of the Vardar and Lake Toya . A new kind of warfare began when twenty-three German Gulf bombers carrying 13 bombs each took off from Belgium for London . Only two of the bombers reached England in July 1917. Only two reached England . The German Gulf bomber bombers carried 13 bombs into England. The British lost three of the bombs each reached England and only two reached London. The Germans had a total of 13 bombs in July. The…. Click here to read more and watch the full video