By L. Edward Purcell, David F. Burg

This Almanac of worldwide warfare I offers a daily account of the motion on all fronts and of the occasions surrounding the clash, from the weapons of August 1914 to the November 1918 Armistice and its afflicted aftermath. day-by-day entries, topical descriptions, biographical sketches, maps, and illustrations mix to offer a prepared and succinct account of what used to be taking place in all the valuable theaters of warfare.

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A superior force of German artillery bombards 22 • Almanac of World War I them for seven hours; the outgunned British artillery replies effectively. Shortly after one 0' clock. the Germans attack into a deadly British cannonade. Though greatly outnumbered and with some units completely surrounded, the British troops hold their ground, temporarily halting Kluck's advance into France. Lemberg, Galicia. Conrad von Hotzendorf has been advancing his Austro-Hungarian First and Fourth Armies commanded by Generals Dankl and Auffenberg northward, anticipating a major battle with the Russians above Lemberg and meeting slight resistance.

Captures Edea. South Africa. Louis Botha assembles artillery and six thousand cavalrymen at Vereeniging and sets out on a march to capture the rebel leader Christiaan De Wet, who he learns is in Mushroom Valley. Pacific Ocean. Count von Spec's flotilla anchors off the island of Mas Afuera, about five hundred miles from the coast of Chile. 27 October 1914 Atlantic Ocean. Great Britain's Second Battle Squadron, composed of eight super- 32 • Almanac of World War I dreadnoughts, heads out to sea for firing practice.

General von Hausen, supposedly upset by what he regards as "perfidious" behavior by local civilians, has his troops round up men, women, and children and hold them captive in the city's main square. At evening the troops line up the captives at opposite edges of the square, men facing women. Firing squads at the center of the square execute them. The Gennans' victims total 612, including some infants. 24 August 1914 Mons. During the earl y morning hours, the 1914 BEF falls back toward Sir John French's headquarters at Le Cateau.

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