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  1. Regards DSWA BATTLE OF TREKOPJE 23 APRIL 1915 - Copy.pdf
  2. Hello readers. On the centenary of the First World War the following are data related to the losses of the German Army Officers Corps. As source the "Ehren-Rangliste des ehemaligen Deutschen Heeres" ( Honor-Ranklist of the former German Army) was used. This list was published in 1926, reprinted by Biblio Verlag in 1987 and was based on the last pre-war ranklists of the several armies of which the German Army consisted, ( Prussian, Bavarian, Saxon armies and the Wuerttemberg contingent/ XIII. Army Corps ). The ranklist comprises only career officers and includes those retired officers who were recalled for active duty. This latter group contains officers who already served during the 1864, 1866 and 1870-71 conflicts. It then gives the units in which the officers served last during the war and their eventual fate The Deutscher Offizier-Bund collated the data of 50,000 regular officers but had to abstain from the inclusion of reserve officers which numbered around 250,000. The fatal losses of officers amounted to approximately 12,000 regular and 55,000 reserve officers. Among the regular officers ( active Offiziere) who lost their lives were 61 generals and 952 field grade officers ( rank of major and above ). Based on the years of the conflict one arrives at the following: 1914: 27 general- and 492 field grade officers; 1915: 14 general- and 155 field grade officers; 1916: 7 general- and 93 field grade officers; 1917: 6 general- and 55 field grade officer; 1918: 7 general- and 157 field grade officers. It is hoped that the above account does not give the impression that WW I was a war fought only by officers. Bernhard H. Holst
  3. Hello readers. The following entry is based on an article by Brig.Gen. ( retd) Jean Boy dated Nov. 2007 and 2.Nov.2010 published by the French Army Officers Academy St.Cyr publication. The article is concerned with the 1914 graduating class the examinations of which were stopped by the outbreak of the war. All 791 ( count varies in some reports ) members were considered graduates and were to enter active service to receive four months of training. In early December 1914 they were promoted to the rank of 2nd Lt. and sent to combattant units. In January 1915 this class received the the name " Promotion de la Grande Revanche ".but other particulars normally established such as class ranking, choice of particular arm ( colonial infantry, artillery etc) did not take place. Losses of this class during WW I and later also vary in the several reports which exist. One account, that by Col. Jean Le Boulicaut in the Golden Book listing those graduates of St.Cyr who died on the Field of Honor gives fourhundred sixtythree who lost their lives as follows: - fourhundred and six died in action or from wounds during WW I; - eight in Marocco; - one in the Middle East in 1920; - one in Syria in 1924; - one in China in 1938; - twentyfour during WW II including in deportation; - two in Algeria; - twenty given without details. One member of this class was honored by the later class , the one of 1986-89 which adopted his name. Thus the 173rd class of the Ecole Speciale Militaire de St. Cyr was named Promotion General Callies. The General Jean Callies was the recipient of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor and the Military Cros ( Medaille Militaire ). One example of the above described losses is the fate of Lt. Robert Casenave, who was so severely wounded in March of 1915 in the head and both hands , that the latter left him with only two fingers on each hand. He struggled to regain an assignment of front line duty and he joined the 46.Infantry Regiment. He was again severely wounded on March 28, 1918 and all trace of him was lost. I believe the above brief description demonstrates dedication and sense of duty of these young men during a time of war into which they were thrown from one moment to the next to fill positions of leadership. Bernhard H. Holst
  4. On the centenary of the First World War, I organized a small exhibition about the Great War with a few pieces from my collection for students (children and adults), know little about it. Here are a few photos from that day. I hope you like it Posters Entry room Display
  5. 100 Years Ago Yesterday (sic): the start of the Battle of the Marne (history.com) (pierreswesternfront.punt.nl)
  6. A very often over-looked part of the Great War. Europe's colonies in Africa were drawn into the fighting almost as soon as the imperial powers went to war in 1914. Corporal Murimi Mwiti, on guard near the town of Taveta Kenya, was killed in an exchange of fire with German troops as they crossed the frontier on August 15th 1914.
  7. What an incredible moving picture courtesy of the IWM "Youth Mourning" by George Clausen 1916. Regards
  8. Royal Canadian Navy remembers launch of submarine service in 1914 I found the fact that Japan sent warships to protect Canada's coast quite interesting...
  9. Hello readers. The German news magazine "Der Spiegel" with date of 26 Aug.2014 published an article about the German city of Wesel having in its archive several hundred photos taken by a medic of the Inf.Rgt. 56 . This regiment was garrisoned in Wesel with staff and I. and II. Battalions and neighboring Cleve where the II. Battalion had its garrison. This regiment had its first casualty by friendly fire. The Battle of Verdun saw the regiment deployed there and at other casualty intensive battlegrounds. The total fatalities until the end of the war amounted to 133 officers KiA or MiA ( considered dead ) and 4473 other ranks. The regiment returned with 2 officers and 26 other ranks from the war. German T.V. ( ZDF ) had a documentary about this and the city of Wesel has a book about this subject. Bernhard H. Holst.
  10. November 14-15, 2014, the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, will present a ‘World War I Centennial Symposium’. In partnership with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the Old Dominion University Department of History. It is free and open to the public, but registration is limited. I just registered moments ago and there are only about 30 spaces left. You can register for both days or for only one day on either date. The event will feature an international group of authors and scholars. Topics will include the origins of the war, the opening battles of the war, submarine warfare, America before the war, archaeology of the war, Japan and World War I, and the war in modern memory. Holger Herwig, author of the books; The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918 (1996) and The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle that Changed the World (2009) is scheduled to participate. See this GMIC thread for comments on Herwig's book:http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/63309-the-marne-1914-recommended/?hl=herwig See this link for more WWI events in the United States
  11. Hello readers. The German news magazine Der Spiegel recently published an article concerning the use the German military made of the fairly recent discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen. Already in 1901 Bavarian military doctors wrote to Bavarian garrison hospitals that x-rays were a compelling necessity. W.C.Roentgen never applied for patents for his invention. He received the Nobel Prize in 1901. The prize money he gave to a university. The article mentions the case of a Ludwig Bergmann who was wounded early in the war through a bullet in the left lower leg. X-ray found the bullet's location in the heel.This was not visible to the naked eye. The bullet was extracted but complications caused a permanent limp. Current exhibitions contain x-rays of that period which experts consider quite exact. Cases of wounds to internal organs like the lungs now became visible to the surgeons. Even more mobile x-ray machines were improvised with the help of motor vehicles power supply. The Bavarian duke Carl Theodor who had a medical degree in eye science and was married to Maria Josepha, the daughter of the exiled former king of Portugal had founded an eye clinic meant primarily for less fortunate patients. After his death in 1909 his widow continued the clinic which she transformed into a military hospital after the outbreak of hostilities..In 1916 patients of the hospital had assembled an album with x-ray pictures dedicated to her on her birthday. It contained a total of 81 x-ray pictures with detailed information on the patients. It may be interesting to hear of x-ray application on the allied side. Bernhard H. Holst.
  12. A forgotten country at the front of the storm...but a country that does not forget. August 2nd 2014: Luxembourg marks Centenary of German invasion in 1914 today
  13. It's after 4pm CET, maybe some of our French members can provide some first-hand comments. http://www.centenarynews.com/article?id=2845
  14. Here's a good site especially if you can read and understand German. For those who can't, just click on stuff and I bet you'll find at least the films and photos interesting http://ersterweltkrieg.bundesarchiv.de/ Tony
  15. The US news is dominated by Gaza, Ukraine, and the illegal alien crisis. Anything to do with the Centenary has to be sought out by interested parties. It just isn't in the mainstream news. How is it in your country? Does the Centenary get any media attention? To what level? Does anyone care? Except us old curmudgeons isolated in our oak paneled club rooms? Or is everyone preoccupied with making a buck, flogging their wares, fighting the rush hour commute, fussing over the temperature of the coffee and wine, the price of fish and chips, the calories in a Big Mac? I am wondering if the general population is even aware. If they are aware, do they even care... Does it even matter? If this topic doesn't reach "hot" status and generate as much debate as Blackadder, I'll have my answer, I think. Just a hypothetical question.
  16. Several free lectures at the Canadian War Museum. Might be of interest... http://www.warmuseum.ca/media/news/august-2014-at-the-canadian-war-museum/
  17. Allow me to call your attention to latest Brian's News from the Home Office
  18. ...remember that 100 years ago tonight, "the lights went out all over Europe" on the last day of peace. The world is still waiting for the lights to come back on in many places. July 27: Italy launches global music event to remember Europe's last hours of peace on this day in 1914 "Events start in Italy with a lone trumpeter playing ‘Silenzio’ (equivalent to the ‘Last Post’)." I hope someone posts a video of this to YouTube.
  19. Looks like a good program of events at the US WWI museum. Anyone know of other programs for 28 June to commemorate the Archduke's assassination?
  20. An excellent website collating news about the WWI Centenary. The "Events" list is interesting. It seems a Vienna Philharmonic concert in Sarajevo on 28 June is the only event to commemorate the "spark" that started the war.
  21. Hi all, Here are some photo's from the inauguration ceremony at the newly renovated British POW cemetery in Lidzbark Warminski. There are 39 British soldiers buried there, I hope you find them of interest.
  22. With the start of World War 1 so many men wanted to join the Colours to fight for their Country. Many of them were friends from similar backgrounds and suburbs of bigger Cities - the Govt. came-up with the brilliant idea of letting them join together and be posted to the same Regiments. They became known as the PALS (a British slang word, meaning friends) Battalions. Friends of mine in Knutsford - just outside of Manchester - sent me this interesting cutting from their local paper. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_04_2014/post-6209-0-55371200-1398259813.jpgclick
  23. Dear all, I am seeking information on a King crown metallic badge which had a center King crown surrounded by wreaths of laurels in a circular shape. It is not the commonly seen RSM or WO ranks. Please send me scans and advice me where I could get one. Many thanks. Kit (Singapore)
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