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Japan Complicates Wartime Efforts: This Week in History

Japan was interested in intervening in Siberia to protect allied interests and to punish Russia for leaving World War I, a war Japan said Russia began.  However, this could change the course of the world war, The Cleveland Plain Dealer said March 7, 1918. American President Woodrow Wilson “has been discussing and analyzing the looming […]

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Forgotten Murders From the 1910s

My latest nonfiction book, Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, was inspired by news stories I discovered while researching A Tale of Two Nations.  As I conducted my research, I discovered case after case of murder, suicide, murder-suicide, lynchings, cop killings, doctors and nurses poisoning patients, and fatal traffic accidents.  It became clear that crime […]

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5 Things I Learned While Writing A Tale of Two Nations

If you’ve been studying a subject for as long as I have, you might not think there is anything left to discover or surprise. I’ve been studying World War I and how it changed the lives of ordinary people since I was a teenager. When I embarked on writing A Tale of Two Nations, my […]

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Sue for Armistice: Germany at the end of World War One

Europe experienced a level of death, carnage, and destruction unlike any war ever fought before. The Great War mounted millions of casualties, governments were overthrown, economies were crippled, and civilians were suffering nearly as much as the soldiers dying in the trenches.  By 1918 with the entry of the United States, Germany had begun seeing […]

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The Tale of HMHS Llandovery Castle

Noncombatant servicemen and women are not free from danger.  Such was the case of the medical corps during World War One. Medical units were located close enough to the front to see and hear bombardments. Sometimes camps were bombed — either accidentally or on purpose — ambulances hit land mines, and hospital ships were sunk. One […]

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World War One Casualty Rates

Author’s note: World War One casualty rates often vary from source to source. Those wounded or taken prison are grouped together under “casualty. ”Those who died of wounds or disease are group together under “killed.” Not all participants are listed. British Empire: 8.9 million mobilized; 908,371 killed; 2.1 million casualties Germany: 11 million mobilized; 1.7 million […]

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The End of World War One is Near: the Hundred Days Offensive

In the summer of 1918, the end of World War One was at hand. Military commanders previously had been planning for the conflict to extend into 1919 and even 1920, but it was becoming increasingly clear to the Allies that victory was in sight. The Central Powers, conversely, were facing humiliating defeat. The period between August […]

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The Capture of Mons: Town Liberated on the Final Day of the War

The capture of Mons, Belgium, took place November 11, 1918.  It was part of the Hundred Days Offensive, Allied attacks forcing the German Army into defeat. The nations involved were Canada and Germany. “The Germans had occupied the town for four years,” Encyclopedia Britannica says. “Mons was a regional centre for coal mining, and its resources had been used throughout […]

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Canal du Nord: Prevent the Germans from Regrouping

The Canal du Nord was fought September 27-October 1, 1918, in the Calais region, France. The attack was part of an Allied offensive to prevent the Germans from regrouping and launching their own attack. “On 27th September, 1918, the day after the start of the Meuse-Argonne offensive began, Allied forces attacked the German frontline at the Canal […]

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Battle of Amiens: Black Day of the German Army

The Battle of Amiens was fought August 8-11, 1918, near Picardy, France. It was part of an Allied counteroffensive after several German offensives failed in the spring. The battle also is known as the Third Battle of Picardy. It is the first battle in what would later become known as the Hundred Days Offensive. The […]

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Military Service Act: Canada’s Conscription Crisis of 1917

Nothing can split a society more than a controversial issue with two passionate sides. Such was the case in Canada when the passage of the Military Service Act of 1917 split the nation along ethnic lines. Lines Are Drawn The Military Service Act passed July 24, 1917.  The legislation was designed, in part, to deal with the […]

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The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918: More Devastating Than WW1

Most years the flu is nothing more than an annoyance, killing only a small portion of the population.  One pandemic, the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, went on to become the most devastating in human history. Despite the name, the virus did not originate in Spain. Spain was neutral in World War One.  As a […]

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