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              Chemin des Dames part 1 

              Chemin des Dames part 2 - Dragon's Cave

              Chemin des Dames part 3     

              ALSACE LORRAINE

              The Gap of Charmes - La Trouée de C.

              Avricourt - Leintrey - Reillon - Montreux - Parux 

              Montreux German Front Walk

              The Battle of Morhange - 1914

              French Bunkers - Mnt. Grand Couronné 

              South of Metz - German Bunkers -

              Feste Wagner 


              Tête du Violu - Bernhardstein

              Chaume de Lusse - Haute de Faîte

              Bertrimoutier - Frapelle  

              Ban de Sapt - La Fontenelle

              Senones - la Roche Mère Henry

              Col de la Chipotte - de la Chapelotte

              The Donon - Bunkers - Dug-outs

              ALSACE VOSGES  

              Col du Bonhomme Col de Mandray

              Tête de Faux - Buchenkopf 

              Col du Wettstein - Schratzmännele

              Lingekopf - le Linge  

              Kleinkopf - Barrenkopf 

              Hohrodberg-Giragoutte-Trois Epis  


              Munster Valley Petit Ballon  

              Le Tanet - Bichtstein - Villa Sidi-Brahim

              Route des Crêtes - Hohneck -

              Gr. Ballon - Sudelkopf 

              Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand  

              Guebwiller - Rimbach - Hirzstein  

              Moosch Nécropole Nationale  

              ALSACE SUNDGAU  

              Zillisheim Illfurth Largitzen Pfetterhouse 

              Burnhaupt-le-Bas Bunker Path     


              Mort Homme Côte 304

              Montfaucon- Romagne s/s Montfaucon

              Butte de Vauquois

              Haute Chevauchée

              The Bunker of the German Crownprince


              Illies - Wicres    

              Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg

              Aubers - 1915 

              Fromelles - 1916  

              Neuville-St. Vaast - Souchez

              Notre Dame de Lorette 


              Arras Wellington Quarry

              Vimy Ridge

              Lichfield Crater


              St. Hilaire le Grand Russian Cmty  Mont Navarin

              Sommepy Mont de Blanc Mont

              La Main des Massiges


              Verberie Néry Villers Cotterêts  

              First Battle of the Marne   

              Belleau Wood - Château Thierry  

              Second Battle of the Marne

              SAINT MIHIEL

              Les Eparges Ridge

              Calonne Trenches Tranchée

              Fort de Troyon

              Apremont Forest Trenches

              Butte de Montsec

              Rémenauville Destroyed Village

              le Bois le Prêtre / das Priesterwald 

              SOMME British Sector


              Auchonvillers Trench

              Mine Craters Lochnagar Hawthorn

              Thiepval Memorial Mouquet Farm  

              Thiepval Wood - Ulster Tower

              Ovillers La Boiselle

              Hawthorn Ridge Beaumont Hamel

              Redan Ridge 

              Newfoundland Memorial Park  

              Serre Hébuterne 

              Sheffield Memorial Park Serre


              Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte 


              Mametz Wood 

              Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont

              Caterpillar Valley Longueval 

              High Wood Longueval

              Delville Wood Longueval



              le Sars Butte de Warlencourt

              Flers Gueudecourt

              Adanac Canadian Cmty. Mireaumont

              SOMME French Sector 


              Rancourt Cimetière National

              Rancourt Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

              Dompierre - Becquincourt Fay Soyécourt

              Flaucourt Biaches


              VERDUN Citadel 

              Thiaumont - PC 118 & 119 - A 320

              Road To Fort Douaumont       

              Fort de Douaumont

              Douaumont Nécropole Nationale  

              Côte Froideterre - Les 4 Chéminées 

              Fort de Souville 

              Fort de Vaux 

              Tunnel de Tavannes Fort

              La Voie Sacrée

              Bois des Caures - Col. Driant's C.P. 

              Flabas German Reprisals Camp

              The German Camp Marguerre 

              Duzey German 380mm Artillery Base

              Destroyed Villages Bezonvaux - Ornes

              Azannes - Damvillers - La Grande Montagne 


              Menin Road Railway Wood

              Maple Copse - Hill 62 - Hooge

              Clapham Junction Zandvoorde Bunker

              Polygon Wood Zonnebeke

              Hill 60 - Hollebeke -

              St. Elooi - Lankhof Farm

              Messines Ridge

              Pilkem Ridge

              Boezinge Essex Farm Ziegler Bunker

              Langemark Poelkapelle St. Juliaan

              Passchendaele Ridge

              Mount Kemmel Lettenberg Bunkers

              Ploegsteert Wood


              Nieuport Ramskapelle

              Pervijze  Stuijvekenskerke

              Diksmuide Trench of Death 

              Leke Vladslo Houthulst


              Pierre's Nederlandstalige
              artikelen en columns
              over de Grote Oorlog
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              De Vanceboro Bridge Bomaanslag
              Beneath Hill 60
              Tijdreizen Op Internet
              Leutnant Von Forstner Koopt Chocolade
              Duitslands Oudste Oorlogsvrijwilliger
              Marcel's Bajonet
              Souvenir de Bezonvaux
              Namibië-Etnische Zuivering-1904-1908
              Het Beleg van Fort de Vaux
              Explosiecatastrofe In Fort Douaumont 
              Franse Aas der Azen: René Fonck
              Chasseurs Alpins, Franse Alpenjagers
              Prowse Point Cemetery
              Hoe Sgt. Kunze Fort Douaumont
                 veroverde op 25-02-1916.
              Frank Hurley: Fotoshoppen In 1917
              De Kaiserschlacht,
                 een beknopte samenvatting.
              Herdenking Op Douaumont 2008
              Wapenstilstand 1918 -90 Jaar Geleden
              Vijfde Lustrum WFA Nederland,
              Geur van Drukinkt
              De Vallei van Munster
              Der Rote Baron Versus Flyboys 
              De Fantomen van Landowski
              Louise de Bettignies -
                 Queen of English Spies
              Monument Op Vimy Ridge
              De Erewacht van
                 Notre Dame de Lorette
              Tank Tegen Tank 90 Jaar Terug
              Von Richthofen's Laatste Noodlanding
              Generaal Von Lettow Vorbeck
              Grafschennis Notre Dame de Lorette
              Google Earth 
              De Kaiserschlacht 90 Jaar Geleden 
              De Wolfsberg - le Hamel
              Overleden Veteranen
              Franse Sector Aan De Somme
              Kerstbestand 1914
              Raadselachtig Graf
              Caporetto; Kiem Van Fascisme
              Lenin's Treinreis
              Tsjechen Aan Het Westelijk Front
              Mata Hari
              325 Miljoen Voor 12 Zeppelins
              Slagvelden Van de Somme
              Op de Lingekopf
              Weinig Duitse Monumenten
              Soldaten Standbeelden
              Mosterdgas 1917
              Schwaben Redoubt
              Oogst Van Roest
              De Tekenaar Hansi
              Gifgas Bij Vancouver Corner
              Nationaliteit Kwijt?
              Beloond Geduld
              Prins Harry Naar Irak
              De Arm Van De Kaiser
              Artilleriebunkers Nabij Duzey
              Kamp Flabas
              Eerherstel voor "Deserteurs"
              Vredig plekje?
              Moslimmonument in Verdun 
              De Slag aan de Somme
              De Tunnel van Tavannes
              Kapitein Joost van Vollenhoven
              Huis Doorn
                 “Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje II
              Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje I 



              Globalization of War
              Quote from General Von Clausewitz, (1780-1831),

              founding father of German military philosophy and strategics

              in "Vom Kriege":

              "Der Krieg ist die Forsetzung der Politik mit veränderten Mitteln."

              "War is the continuation of politics with altered means."

              So, in their short diplomatic war Germany and Austria were making demands, 
              and forcing ultimatums to the governments of Serbia, Russia,
              France, Belgium and Britain.
              In the meantime General von Moltke....
              .... pulled the old and often adjusted "Von Schlieffen"-attack-plan
              out of the filing cabinet.
              Mobilization for troops spreaded like a fire all over Europe.
              In some movies of the summer of 1914,
              filmed in almost every capital of Europe,
              one can see men, cheerfully, like football supporters,
              enlist for the army.
              Western Europe.
              The iniative of the first and violent hostilities was on the German side.
              On August 1 Germany occupied neutral Luxembourg, 
              and declared war on Russia.
              On August 3 Germany declares war on France and Belgium,
              and invades Belgium.
              Von Moltke deployed the "Von Schlieffen"-plan of 1891.
              With this offensive Germany opened the Western Front.
              In about 4 weeks The German army would succeed to infiltrate
              at the deepest only 2 miles away
              from the whereabouts of nowadays Disneyland Europe.
              They had conquered a line from Verdun
              to the valley of the Marne, near Paris.
              Untill soon in September 1914, 
              the Battle of the Marne started and would change this line thoroughly....

              France immediately grabbed the momentum on August 3,
              and tried to get back the lost territories of 1870-1871
              of Alsace Lorraine with attack-plan XVII.
              The attacks were deployed at Mulhouse and Colmar.

              French propaganda of 1914:

              The French liberators are welcomed by the people of Alsace

              On august 4, Britain declares war on the Centrals.
              Britain sent their "British Expeditionary Force", (BEF),
              to France to defend the trade-routes against German forces.
              Canadian and Australian forces....
              ...and American forces would be fighting
              also on the Western Front some months later.
              Eastern Europe.

              On August 17,
              the Russian Army started an offensive at East Prussia,
              with attack-plan XIX.
              The Russian offensive culminates in the Battle of Tannenberg (17-31 August 1914).
              Russia also fought other large battles
              with the German and Austrian Hungarian forces.
              In novembre 1914, in Lodz, in nowadays Poland,
              a large battle along the Eastern Front:
              from Memel, via Gumbinnen, Tannenberg, Krakow, to Chernowitz,
              between May and September 1915.
              Austrian Hungarian soldiers collecting weapons
              after a battle near Gorlice, May 4 , 1915...
              Southern Europe.
              On the Eastern Front Austria launched an attack on Serbia on August, 12.
              On August 19, already the Serbians succeeded to defeat the Austrian Army!
              Italia would leave as a neutral state the Triple Alliance with the Centrals.
              In response the Austrian Eastern Fleet started bombardments
              on coastal cities in Italy, like Venice.
              Italy declares war on Austria on 23 May 1915,
              and entered the war as an Ally.
              Italy disputed the Austrian territories of Tirol, Triëst and Istria.
              Italy would bring the war to the Alps.
              Austrian Hungarian troops in the Alps....
              The culmination of mountain warfare would happen at the summits of the Alps in the Battle of  Isonzo in 1915.
              Italian troops at the Isonzo...
              The global spreading of the War
              Outside Europe.
              Colonial involvement outside Europe.
              Because all the belligerent, imperialist powers possessed protectorates and colonies,
              they mobilized troops of local origin.
              African and Asian troops were press ganged at a large scale
              and were to be send out to fronts anywhere in the world.
              Algerian troops.
              Ghurka's from India.
              A Senegalese soldier in the French army.
              In Northern Africa troops were recruited from the French territories of Marocco,
              Tunesia and Algeria,
              almost all of them were shipped to the Western Front.
              In South West Africa there were
              relatively small battles in nowadays Cameroon and Namibia.
              A kind of guerrilla warfare went on for 4 years in East Africa,
              in the colonial possessions of Germany around Lake Victoria.
              The Middle East.
              German airplane above the Pyramids in Egypt....
              In the Middle East Italy possessed Eritrea,
              the eastern part of Somalia,
              and it still had an argument with Turkey
              about it's recent conquest of Lybia (1912).
              The Turkish were also under continuous pressure by the British.
              Men like Lawrence of Arabia...
              ....knew how to canalize the nationalistic feelings of the Arabs, 
              and were eager to deploy them as auxiliary forces.
              The Arabs were deployed in campaigns in Egypt, Syria, 
              and Iraq of nowadays...

              This contiuous conflict with Turkey culminated,
              when the British decided to start an offensive at the Turkish home territory,
              the well defensed Dardanelles.
              They deployed besides English troops, the ANZAC,
              the "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps",
              in the Battle of Gallipoli, April 1915 - January 1916.
              The Turkish also had to fight battles against
              the Russian Army at it's northern border in 1915 and 1916.
              Besides the Bismarck Archipel and Kaiser Wilhelmsland
              (the eastern half of New Guinea) in the Pacific,
              Germany possessed in China the coastal city of Qingdao.
              The Japanese Army, auxiliated by British troops,
              needed a month to conquer Qingdao on September 14, 1914.
              Sea Warfare started at august 3, 1914,
              when the German battleships Göben and Breslau
              started to bombard the French coastal cities of Northern Africa.
              Soon the sea war would spread to the North Sea, the Baltic sea,
              the Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific, and the Atlantic Ocean.
              All powers used their fleets of dreadnoughts and submarines to the utmost.
              A German submarine launched a torpedo on the R.M.S  Lusitania on may 7, 1915.
              This incident, in which 1201 civilians were killed, 
              and  amongst them 128 Americans,
              led finally to the involment of the United States of America into the war.
              The American involvement in the war shifted again the balance of powers.
              It influenced the development of the war gradually in great
              advantage for the Allies.
              I hope to have succeeded in sketching you
              how World War 1 spreaded globally.
              This war really touched many human beings,
              either civilians or soldiers, of all different nationalities.
              Many times soldiers were sent to a front in a place, they had never heard of before.
               I do recommend the next chapter:
              Development of the Western Front" .  
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              op 09-11-2010 12:24

              Mooie en interessante site, Pierre. Vooral de foto's zijn geweldig.

              Ik heb wel kritiek betreffende deze passage. 

              “A German submarine launched a torpedo on the U.S.S. Lusitania on May 7, 19 15 . 
              This incident, in which 1201 civilians were killed,andamongst them 128 Americans, led to the involvement of the United States of America into the war.”
              Dit incident werd genegeerd door de Amerikanen omdat president Woodrow Wilson voor alles als een vredeshandhaver wilde overkomen. “America is too proud to fight,” waren zijn woorden. Pas op 6 april 1917 verklaarde de USA Duitsland de oorlog (o.a. om een stem te hebben in de komende vredesonderhandelingen).
              Pierre op 09-11-2010 16:12
              @ PeterV. Bedankt, Peter, voor jouw aardige woorden en voor jouw opbouwende kritiek over mijn beknopte geschiedenis voor “Rookies”. Inderdaad is het zo, dat de USA pas later, op 6 april 1917, aan Duitsland de oorlog zou verklaren. Ik wilde slechts hierboven aangeven met het Lusitania-incident, dat dit de kiem vormde voor het verlaten van de afzijdige politiek van de USA en een scharnierpunt vormde voor de latere deelname aan de oorlog. Niettemin, Peter; opbouwende kritiek is hier altijd welkom!

              Mocht je eventueel geïnteresseerd zijn, Peter, in het ontvangen van mijn nieuwsbrief over nieuwe uitbreidingen op deze website, schrijf mij dan nog even een kort e-mailtje naar pierre_grandeguerre@ live.nl , dan zet ik jouw adres op mijn mailing list.
              Nogmaals bedankt voor deze aanvulling en nog een prettige dag verder.
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