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On this day in 1914, the First Battle of Ypres began, which signalled the end of the so-called ‘Race to the Sea’ which began over a month earlier on 17th September. This term can be a little misleading, as it wasn’t so much the Franco-British and German armies attempting to reach the North Sea first, rather than both sides attempting to envelop the other’s northern flank, through the provinces of Picardy, Artois and Flanders.
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The attempts to outflank one another resulted in several battles in which neither side was able to achieve a decisive victory, including the First Battle of Picardy, the Battle of Albert, the First Battle of Arras and the Battle of La Bassée.
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In the last open area between Dixmude and the coast of the North Sea were Belgian troops who had retreated after the Siege of Antwerp. Despite their presence there bolstering the Allied force, and their involvement in the upcoming battles, it wasn't enough to ensure a decisive Allied victory. Once both sides reached the coast of the North Sea, the opposing armies of the Allies and the Germans attempted offensives, which led to the costly Battle of the Yser and the First Battle of Ypres, both of which were indecisive.
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During Yser, the Allies intentionally opened sluice gates at Nieuport and flooded the area which significantly impacted the German's offensive efforts. Following the Race to the Sea, trench warfare became prevalent. It was Chief of the German General Staff Erich von Falkenhayn who issued memoranda in January 1915, which outlined a defensive warfare theory, whereby the Germans could hold ground with the fewest troops possible. This theory included the digging of two trenches, one on the frontline and one behind it, which were connected by covered communication trenches. This meant that should a section of the front line trench be taken and counter-attacks fail to retake it, then the rearward line could be connected to the rest of the front line, resulting in the loss of ground being a bend, rather than a breakthrough.
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An Italian calvaryman and his horse are depicted in this photograph showing off their skills learned in the Italian Cavalry School. The Italian Cavalry School near Tor di Quinto, near Rome, Italy. Circa 1906. During the first few decades of the 20th century, the Italian Cavalry School at Tor di Quinto and the French Cavalry School in Saumur were the leading institutions of horsemanship in the entire world. Tor di Quinto was the foremost for advanced cross-country riding, and this specific cavalry school revolutionized military, recreational and acrobatic cavalry riding across the world. Before this school and it's techniques were made available, the standard procedure for riding was to be completely erect, in a martial and rigid posture that allowed no fluidity to the horse. The Italian Cavalry School changed that by having their leading officers study how the horses jump without a rider and how they could adapt, instead of studying a human rider. Old jumping seats under the riders caused serious problems for the horse, with the most major being that the horse was extremely uncomfortable getting hit in the mouth when jumping over every obstacle. However, the famed Italian equestrian Lieutenant Federico Caprilli examined the horses and used photographs to document their shapes while jumping, and he found that in every single instance they always landed on their forelegs first. With this information, Caprilli developed the new riding techniques, and because of that the art of riding a horse changed for the better. However, some high ranking members of the Italian military was angered at him for going against the classic riding style, so he lost his position of Lieutenant and was sent to southern Italy, where the intention was to have him never again be allowed to train cavalry units. Thankfully, several years later, his methods were tried more and with great success, and because of that Caprilli was reinstated and again allowed to train cavalry in northern Italy, Tor di Quinto and also Pinerolo.

Pictured above is the Soviet armored train «Zheleznyakov» (rus; Iron ore) armed with 76.2mm guns and the 12.7mm caliber gun DShk during a combat raid in the area of Sevastopol, May 1942. The photographer is unknown.

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Australian soldiers blinded in a German gas attack at an aid station near Bois de l’abbe, they had been gassed in the operations in front of Villers-Bretonneux, France, May 27, 1918. 
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"Fishing" at the front (presumably at Ypres judging by the scenery), c. 1917. A rifle and barbed wire picket stand in as fishing poles.

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I learned this style of.. (uhh??) From a Korean Christian comic😂😂 but why not?
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Quality Painters “Odysseus” panel 1: “A Call to Arms” Our hero has been summoned to war. He must reluctantly leave his land and family behind to serve. One panel a day until “Odysseus” is exhibited November 6-10 at Calgary City Hall for #remembranceday #art #yyccityhall #yycartscene #yyc #yycarts #yycart #comic #canadianart #worldwar1 #odysseus

We’re back! “Odysseus” panel 1: “A Call to Arms” Our hero has been summoned to war. He must reluctantly leave his land and family behind to serve. One panel a day until “Odysseus” is exhibited November 6-10 at Calgary City Hall for #remembranceday #art #yyccityhall #yycartscene #yyc #yycarts #yycart #comic #canadianart #worldwar1 #odysseus

I pose this question to everyone, especially my Heathen friend what are your thoughts on this please everyone weigh in if you are not a Christian I want to know your thoughts. If you are a Christian I want to know too. #worldwar1 #heathens #savage #christian #memorial #military #millenials #notokay #wtfisthis #tellme #history #liberal #gruntstyle #pewpew #veteran

A sniper of the 6th Battalion, the York and Lancaster Regiment, 32nd Brigade comes out of his post in a front line trench at Cambrin, 6th February, 1918.

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Pigeons played a vital part in World War One as they proved to be an extremely reliable way of sending messages. Such was the importance of pigeons that over 100,000 were used in the war with an astonishing success rate of 95% getting through to their destination with their message
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Pigeons were used extensively in World War One. Man-made communication systems were still crude and unreliable, so dogs and pigeons were used. Pigeons would have been found just about anywhere on the Western Front. At the First Battle of the Marne in 1914, French troops stopped the German advance on Paris. As the French troops advanced and pushed back the Germans, so their pigeons advanced with them. In the heat and disorientation of battle, pigeons proved to be the best way of sending messages to the French headquarters. At the Marne, the French had 72 pigeon lofts. As the French advanced, the lofts advanced with them – but many of the pigeons were ‘on duty’ carrying messages and could never have known where their loft had moved to. Incredibly, all the pigeons at the Marne returned to their lofts – despite the fact that they would have flown ‘blind’ not knowing where their loft was.
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In October 1918, as the war neared its end, 194 American soldiers found themselves trapped by German soldiers. They were cut off from other Allied soldiers and had no working radios. The only chance they had of alerting anybody about their desperate situation was to send a pigeon with their co-ordinates attacked to its leg. The pigeon’s name was Cher Ami. When released it flew 25 miles from behind German lines to the Americans headquarters. Cher Ami covered the 25 miles in just 25 minutes. The pigeon was, in fact, shot through the chest by the Germans but continued to fly home. With the “Lost Battalion’s” co-ordinates, the Americans launched a rescue and the 194 men were saved. Cher Ami was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm for its astonishing flight. As with other pigeons, it would not have known where the American’s nearest headquarters was – its natural homing instincts took over.

World War 1 : African American Infantryman photographed in front of American flag . We fought for this country too
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“Soldiers of the "Free Indians" Legion take the oath to the Fuehrer in 1942. The Legion was eventually assigned to the Waffen SS but saw little action other than marching about. German commanders found the "Free Indians" not fit for serious combat and thus the Legion lingered until the end of the war, when some of the Indian volunteers escaped into Switzerland and the rest taken POW by US and British troops. They were returned to India where a number of them faced charges of collaboration.” ____________________________________________ #worldwar2history #worldwar2 #ww2 #ww2stories #ww2storiess #worldwar1history #worldwar1 #ww1 #ww1stories #history #India #freeindia #waffen #ss #1942 #legion

A German dog hospital, treating wounded dispatch dogs coming from the front, 1918.
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TBT, a 100 year-old photograph of my grandfather (yes, grandfather), wearing his WW1 Doughboy uniform. #worldwar1 #greatwar #militaryphotographs

At the outbreak of World War I, the US pursued a policy of non-intervention, avoiding conflict while trying to broker peace. President Woodrow Wilson attempted many times to act as a mediator, and in 1915 when 128 Americans perished after a German U-Boat sunk the British liner RMS Lusitania, his response was "America is too proud to fight." Most American citizens did not want the U.S. to enter the war, and in 1916, Wilson was re-elected under the notion of "he kept us out of war." He repeatedly warned that the United States would not tolerate unrestricted submarine warfare, and when Germany began to do just that, Wilson's idea of the war began to change. In early 1917, Britain intercepted a telegram that showed Germany had contacted Mexico with the offer of helping them reclaim Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, which was the final straw. Using the argument that winning the war for the Allies would "end all wars" by eliminating militarism from the globe, Congress declared war on Germany in April of 1917. The U.S. was never formally a member of the Allies, instead acting as a self-styled "Associated Power". Their army was small at the time, but after the passage of the Selective Service Act, they drafted 2.8 million men. By summer of 1918, the U.S. was sending 10,000 fresh soldiers to France PER DAY, and to further add to their army, Congress granted U.S. citizenship to Puerto Rico to allow them to be drafted. General John J. Pershing also allowed African-American combat regiments to be used in French divisions, called "The Harlem Hellfighters". With U.S. intervention, the tides of war had turned. #worldwarI #worldwar1 #unitedstates #woodrowwilson #johnpershing #general #commander #puertorico #war #warfare #germany #history

Unveiling of a 42 cm artillery piece Oct 19 1917 42 cm Häubitze in Stellung http://www.bildarchivaustria.at/Pages/ImageDetail.aspx?p_iBildID=15607200 #ww1 #WWI #worldwar1 #worldwarone #1GM #AustrianArtillery #Austria #history #war #OnThisDay #42cm #1917 #BehindTheFrontLines #BigGuns #Fire #HearingLoss #Bang #KaBoom #artillery

Oct 19 1917 A mule team of the 1st Anzac Corps stuck in the mud at Potijze Farm http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193430 #ww1 #WWI #worldwar1 #worldwarone #1GM #Anzac #history #war #OnThisDay #PotijzeFarm #trenches #1917 #FrontLines #Ruins #mule #WesternFront #1stAnzacCorps #WaveOfDestruction #RoadToDestruction #Passchendaele100 #BattleOfPasschendaele #Passchendaele #Fmud

October 19, 1914. It was when the French, British, and Belgians fought against the German Empire in Ypres Belgium. The belligerents fought in Trenches and the Allies were heavily outnumbered by the Germans. Almost by a million. Though after 34 days of brutal and bloody fighting, the allies came out victorious in the battle. #ww1 #worldwar1 #war #Ypres #battle #battleofypres #french #british #belgian #german #trench #warfare

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