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    Hans von Seeckt: The Political Heritage of an “Unpolitical” Soldier

    “The Reichswehr will march with you if you go the Ger­man way.” These were the words of General Hans von Seeckt to Gustav Stresemann, chancellor of the Weimar Re­public, in September 1923–two months before Adolf...

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    Artois, 1915

    After this classic World War I trench slaughter on the heights north of Arras, France could no longer count on the sacrificial élan of her army...

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    I, Spy

    “I began my mission in wartime France as a British secret agent. My job was to recruit, arm, and train a secret French force to carry out sabotage and harassment…” ...

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    Kut

    In a largely forgotten campaign of World War I, 36,000 British and Indian troops fought, bled, shivered, starved, sweated, scratched, and died of Kut-el-Amara, Mesopotamia...

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    War List | Propagandists

    Here are the stories of seven wartime propagandists who earned notoriety by altering reality and twisting the facts...

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    Albert and the Yser

    Everyone regards the Marne as the turning point of 1914 (and of the First World War itself); indeed, it was. But it might have been only a temporary reverse if the Germans had managed to breach another river barrier, that of the Yser,...

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    D Day 1917

    Haig’s innovative plan to invade the Belgian coast may have been doomed from the start, but he had glimpsed the future, and someday his ideas would work...

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    What Happened at Celtic Wood?

    In October 1917, during the Passchendaele attacks, there occurred the most celebrated missing-persons case of World War I...

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    Pershing’s Eyes in the Sky

    As a freshly minted lieutenant in the Twelfth Aero Squadron, Robert Paradise took to the sky as one of the Army Air Service's early aerial observation pilots...

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    The Fokker Menace

    At the outbreak of World War I, mili­tary men regarded the airplane as an unreliable toy that might or might not have a certain value for reconnaissance or for artillery observation–provided it didn’t frighten the horses. In fact,...

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    No-Man’s-Land

    It could be half a mile wide, it could be 20 yards wide. In ‘laces it dwin­dled to nothing as one army’s trench­ line ran straight into its opponent’s. The enemy might be a distant stranger or he might be so near you...

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    The Death of Landscape

    The British soldier artists of the Great War confronted a world in which nature itself seemed a victim...

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    Europe 1914

    The Trumpet, by Edward Thomas   Rise up, rise up, And, as the trumpet blowing Chases the dreams of men, As the dawn glowing The stars that left unlit The land and water, Rise up and scatter The dew that covers The print of last...

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    Dismantling Bismark

    As fanfare and celebrations ushered in the new century on January 1, 1900, two nations were clearly emerging from the pack as contenders for the rank of “superpower “: the United States and Germany. The impact of these two...

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    Outfoxing the Allies in German East Africa

    Led by imaginative commander Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck, vastly outnumbered German and native forces were able to tie down more than 300,000 Allied troops in East Africa during World War I....

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    The Great War’s Human Plight

    War does not much dis­criminate as to its choice of victims. Military strategists have often targeted noncombatants as a means of forcing issues. But the effects of pre-1914 conflicts on civilians paled in comparison to the two world...