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The Brusilov Offensive, named after its commander Russian General Alexei Brusilov, was originally planned as part of a co-ordinated series of Allied offensives against the Central Powers, but became a desperately needed means of easing the pressure on French forces at Verdun, and Italian forces at Asiago. The Brusilov Offensive was stunningly successful at first, taking huge numbers of Austro-Hungarian prisoners, but Russian casualties quickly mounted as the offensive dragged on. WATCH THE…

The Brusilov Offensive, named after its commander Russian General Alexei Brusilov, was originally planned as part of a co-ordinated series of Allied offensives against the Central Powers, but became a desperately needed means of easing the pressure on French forces at Verdun, and Italian forces at Asiago. The Brusilov Offensive was stunningly successful at first, taking huge numbers of Austro-Hungarian prisoners, but Russian casualties quickly mounted as the offensive dragged on. WATCH THE…

In February 1915 Germany announced a U-boat blockade of Britain, in retaliation for the British naval blockade of Germany. German submarines would attack Allied ships in British coastal waters without warning (it had been customary, before World War One, to give warning before attacking a merchant ship to allow the crew to escape), and also warned that neutral shipping would be at risk since clear identification of a ship's nationality was difficult, not least because Allied shipping often…

In February 1915 Germany announced a U-boat blockade of Britain, in retaliation for the British naval blockade of Germany. German submarines would attack Allied ships in British coastal waters without warning (it had been customary, before World War One, to give warning before attacking a merchant ship to allow the crew to escape), and also warned that neutral shipping would be at risk since clear identification of a ship's nationality was difficult, not least because Allied shipping often…

Military deaths by country in World War One. The estimated total for Russia and Germany was roughly the same, around 1.7 million. Serbia lost more men killed as a proportion of those who fought than any other country. WATCH THE VIDEO

Military deaths by country in World War One. The estimated total for Russia and Germany was roughly the same, around 1.7 million. Serbia lost more men killed as a proportion of those who fought than any other country. WATCH THE VIDEO

The Hundred Days Offensive was the final Allied offensive against the German army on the Western Front in World War One. Beginning in August 1918, it finished only with Germany's surrender in November. WATCH THE VIDEO

The Hundred Days Offensive was the final Allied offensive against the German army on the Western Front in World War One. Beginning in August 1918, it finished only with Germany's surrender in November. WATCH THE VIDEO

As soon as war was declared, Britain began a naval blockade of Germany, aiming to cut off all maritime trade and starve the Germany economy of much-needed resources. The British naval blockade in World War One was especially controversial as food was included in the list of prohibited goods, thereby targeting the German civilian population. The blockade also antagonised neutral countries, including the USA, who demanded that their trade with European nations not be interfered with. WATCH…

As soon as war was declared, Britain began a naval blockade of Germany, aiming to cut off all maritime trade and starve the Germany economy of much-needed resources. The British naval blockade in World War One was especially controversial as food was included in the list of prohibited goods, thereby targeting the German civilian population. The blockade also antagonised neutral countries, including the USA, who demanded that their trade with European nations not be interfered with. WATCH…

The Schlieffen Plan, named after German Field Marshal von Schlieffen, was Germany's answer to the problem of facing a war on two fronts - against France in the west, and her ally Russia in the east. The solution, according to the plan, was to launch a rapid invasion of France through neutral Belgium, encircle Paris, and win a decisive victory against the French army, before moving German forces to the east, to face Russia, whose army was predicted to take much longer to mobilise. A modified…

The Schlieffen Plan, named after German Field Marshal von Schlieffen, was Germany's answer to the problem of facing a war on two fronts - against France in the west, and her ally Russia in the east. The solution, according to the plan, was to launch a rapid invasion of France through neutral Belgium, encircle Paris, and win a decisive victory against the French army, before moving German forces to the east, to face Russia, whose army was predicted to take much longer to mobilise. A modified…

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