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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:06 pm 
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So someone was criminally stupid? Or is there more to this than I see right now?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:09 pm 
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What could possibly go wrong with parking an unarmoured converted merchant steamer 2 miles from the nearest bit of enemy mainland, in a semi-enclosed harbor facing that mainland?

I think you overestimate their chances Commander!

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Theodore wrote:
Thursday, January 18, 1917

The destroyer HMS FERRET is damaged by the submarine UC-21 off the Isle of Wight.


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Thought of you as soon as I found that item and knew I had to include it. ;)

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Theodore wrote:
Friday, April 13, 1917

British and Canadian troops capture several more villages in the Arras and Vimy areas.

The interesting thing is how close these places are to each other. Vimy for example is only 5 miles from Loos.

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Francis Urquhart wrote:
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Friday, April 13, 1917

British and Canadian troops capture several more villages in the Arras and Vimy areas.

The interesting thing is how close these places are to each other. Vimy for example is only 5 miles from Loos.

I think I've mentioned before that when my Explorer Scout unit went to France, we went for a short hike along the Somme canal. Afterwards we realised that our afternoon's walk had taken many months in 1916....

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Theodore wrote:
Monday, May 14, 1917

A Curtiss H-12 flying boat of the Royal Naval Air Service piloted by Flight Sub-Lieutenant (later Air Marshal and Chief of Staff of the Royal Canadian Air Force) Robert Leckie shoots down the German airship L.22 near Terschelling.

The German submarine U-59 sails into a defensive minefield off the Horns Reef and is lost with 33 of her 37-man crew.



Nothing quite like a minefield related own goal.

Wanted to take the time to express my appreciation again for your work doing this, Theodore.

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:53 am 
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You're welcome; I haven't been able to keep up with posting daily as I used to, but I try to stay within a week or so of events.

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 1:14 pm 
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Look at it this way -

You've only got about a year and a half to go!

How you've been doing this, with triplets and such, I've no idea.

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Theodore wrote:
Wednesday, May 23, 1917

Italian forces shift the focus of their Isonzo attacks to the Carso Plateau.


I can't help but feel that when Einstein coined his definition of insanity he had the Isonzo Front in his head.

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Theodore wrote:
Saturday, July 7, 1917

German bombers hit London in daylight, killing 57.

The German submarine U-99, outbound from Germany on her first patrol, is torpedoed and sunk with the loss of all hands by the British submarine J.2.

Is this the first submarine-submarine kill, and was U-99 submerged at the time?

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KDahm wrote:
Theodore wrote:
Saturday, July 7, 1917

German bombers hit London in daylight, killing 57.

The German submarine U-99, outbound from Germany on her first patrol, is torpedoed and sunk with the loss of all hands by the British submarine J.2.

Is this the first submarine-submarine kill, and was U-99 submerged at the time?


No to both; the first sub-sub kill was E.3 by U-27, 18 Oct 14; the first (and to date only) kill of a submerged sub by another submerged sub was U-864 by Venturer, 6 Feb 45.

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Theodore wrote:
Sunday, July 22, 1917

Romanian forces begin artillery preparations for an offensive at Mărăști.

Siam declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary.


What sorcery is this???

I had no idea Siam got in on WWI. Was this the result of some seriously strong diplomatic judo by the allies, or did the Germans somehow manage to offend???

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Siam declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary.


What sorcery is this? I had no idea Siam got in on WWI. Was this the result of some seriously strong diplomatic judo by the allies, or did the Germans somehow manage to offend???


The Thais did a very fine political calculation. They had two regional threats, one being Britain and the other France. By declaring war on Germany, they aligned themselves with both. They made it politically very difficult for the French to continue their attempts to absorb Siam while also aligning themselves with the British who didn't want to enlarge the Empire. They also put themselves into a great position to seize all the German assets in the country which included the breweries. Finally, Siam entered the war of its own volition and its own free will and this put them on the same level as France and Britain.

There were some battalions of Thai troops in France in 1918 although they didn't see combat until right at the end of the war and there was a Thai medical/casualty evacuation unit (including nurses) which did serve in the trenches. There were also Thai Air Force squadrons that saw combat in 1918.

The last Thai veteran of WW1 died in 2003.

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Truly too bad they were unable to overcome Hull's antipathy in the run up to WWII.

The more I hear about the Thais the more I like them.

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Theodore wrote:
Saturday, August 4, 1917

Liberia declares war on Germany.

The German submarine UC-44 is lost on one her own mines off the Irish coast.



Why did Liberia declare war? That seems a kind of a pointless thing. Liberia had very little in the way of a military, didn't they? Did the allies need another refueling station in the south atlantic?

Was this a diplomatic thing by the US "Hey, these germans are really bad guys", or was it outright bribery, "Declare war on the germans and we'll send you (insert whatever they wanted here).

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Liberia suffered from the war: Germany was one of its major trading partners and the interruptions of war affected the Liberian economy. Wilson apparently promised the Liberians some sort of restitution, but the (Republican) congress welched on the deal postwar. (If the Wikipedia article on Liberia and WW I is to be trusted.)


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Theodore wrote:
German troops land on Oesel Island at the mouth of the Gulf of Riga.


Thanks for posting. Oesel was a pretty large amphibious operation involving significant parts of the German navy.

There were some clips of a propaganda movie made about it which shows things like the loading and unloading of horses or one of the dreadnoughts.

An example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwEdd6pdwC0


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Operation Albion was a rarity in the Great War, a successful amphibious assault.

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