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Wilhelm II was born in Berlin on 27 January 1859, with the name of Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Hohenzollern. She was nephew of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and second in line of succession to the Prussian throne. In his destiny there was also the succession to the throne of the German empire, born in 1871. In the same year the son of a tailor from Heidelberg was born whose fate would be curiously crossed with that of the Prussian heir: Friedrich Ebert.
On 15 June 1888, Wilhelm...
"The war against Austria-Hungary which, under the high command of HM the King, supreme leader, the Italian Army, inferior in the number of men and vehicles, began on 24 May 1915 and with unwavering faith and tenacious valour conducted continuously and fiercely for 41 months, has been won. The gigantic battle which began on the 24th of October, and in which fifty-one Italian divisions, three British, two French, one Czechoslovak, and an American regiment took part, against seventy-three...
“With superhuman inhumanities, Long-famous glories, immemorial shames— And crawling slowly back, have by degrees Regained cool peaceful air in wonder— Why speak they not of comrades that went under?”

(Wilfred Owen – Spring Offensive)

The offensive launched by the German army in the spring of 1918, which went down in history as the Kaiserschlacht, the Kaiser’s or Emperor’s Battle, represented General Ludendoff’s last opportunity to reverse the fate of the...
“All the armies that have sought to take Jerusalem have passed this way, save only that of Joshua. Philistine and Hittite, Babylonian and Assyrian, Egyptian and Roman and Greek, Frankish Knights of the Cross, all have passed this way, and all have watered the hill of Amwas with their blood.”
(R.M.P. Preston, The Desert Mounted Corps, 1921)
 

In December 1917, the British Empire’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force, aided by other British and Australian units, occupied...
“It does not seem to me to be sufficiently recognized everywhere among the officials that the existence or non-existence of our people and Empire is at stake.”
(Paul von Hindenburg)

On 3 February 1917, the German army began a colossal withdrawal operation on the Western Front. Known as “Operation Alberich”, the strategic retreat undertaken by the Chief of the Army Staff, Paul von Hindenburg, was planned to be over in 35 days and its objective was to...
"I can never describe that faint, sickening, horrible smell which several times nearly knocked me up altogether.
(Captain Leeham British Army, talking about the first day of the Battle of the Somme)

 
The Battle of the Somme, which began in July 1916, was the direct result of a joint strategy of the Entente forces decided during a summit in Chantilly in December 1915. On that occasion joint offensives were planned against the Central Powers. The...
Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, a German officer descending from a Pomeranian noble family with a long military tradition, was born on 20 March 1870 in the town of Saarlouis, in the present-day Saarlouis district.
In 1881, at the age of 11, he entered the cadet school in Potsdam, where he stayed for three years. He obtained his diploma from a second school in Groß-Lichterfelde and, in 1888, joined the 4th Regiment of Foot Guards in Berlin as a cadet officer.
His career soon took him far away from...
"To obtain all we must risk all."
(Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, My Reminiscences of East Africa)

Germany declared war on Portugal in March 1916. The Lusitanian country had entered the conflict in late February, alongside the Entente. Portugal’s contribution to the conflict in Europe was minimal, but was significant for the German colony of East Africa which, from then on, was officially surrounded by the enemy.
And the Alpino on the Adamello / Between the snow and glaciers

And as he goes with tranquil heart / An avalanche can fall
(And the Alpin on Castellaccio - song of the First World War)
In October of 1915, a massive joint offensive of the Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian and German forces, commanded by the German General von Mackensen, overwhelmed the Serbian army and completed the conquest of the Balkans. After more than a year of resistance, the Serbs had recover to the Greek island of Corfu, under the protection of the Allied forces.

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