The Great War

I’m finding myself on a WWI kick lately. Brutal war. Thanks for sharing!


The Great War was not great in the sense that it was good. It might better be called the Great Big War. It was a world war, involving not just European governments but people from Africa, Asia, and the Americas as well. Battles were fought in places colonized by the Europeans, and millions of Africans and Asians were brought from the colonies to support troops in Europe. But the Roman numeral was not assigned to the first World War until it had been over for a time—not until the second World War was clearly about to begin.

Everyone knows that the spark that ignited the Great War was the assassination of an Austrian archduke visiting Sarajevo. The fuel for the explosion, though, had been gathering over time. That fuel included the balance of power in Europe, the ideology of Nationalism, and the increase of technology that contributed to the war…

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Why visiting Kansas City’s World War I Museum should matter to you — Globetrotting Grandpa

Kansas City, Missouri is blessed to have the only National Museum to the “Great War’ in the entire nation. It is important that we remember the sacrifices made by so many and the conflict that took over 40 Million Lives.  If the Korean War is the “Forgotten War,” then WWI is the “Unknown War.” The […]

Why visiting Kansas City’s World War I Museum should matter to you — Globetrotting Grandpa

First Battle of Ypres 19th Oct 1914

The Great War. For history fanatics, check this out.

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On October 19, 1914, near the Belgian city of Ypres, Allied and German forces begin the first of what would be three battles to control the city and its advantageous positions on the north coast of Belgium during the First World War.

After the German advance through Belgium and eastern France was curtailed by a decisive Allied victory in the Battle of the Marne in late September 1914, the so-called “Race to the Sea” began, as each army attempted to outflank the other on their way northwards, hastily constructing trench fortifications as they went. The race ended in mid-October at Ypres, the ancient Flemish city with its fortifications guarding the ports of the English Channel and access to the North Sea beyond.

After the Germans captured the Belgian city of Antwerp early in October, Antwerp’s remaining Belgian forces along with troops of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), commanded by Sir…

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