Political Unrest in Russia: The Abdication of Nicholas II

Nikolai Aleksandrovich, known as Tsar Nicholas II, was the last Russian Emperor and a member of the illustrious Romanov dynasty that had sat on the imperial throne since the early seventeenth century. Born on the 18th of May in Tsarskoye Selo, now Pushkin, Nicholas was born to rule only to die in a bloody revolution … More Political Unrest in Russia: The Abdication of Nicholas II

Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and Famous Sinking’s in WW1

As historian Ben-Yehuda states 1915 was the year in which the concept of unrestricted submarine warfare was first applied. Despite it not being a formal policy until two years later the shift towards this type of warfare was to have a profound effect on World War One and beyond. On the 18th February 1915 Germany … More Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and Famous Sinking’s in WW1

The Zimmerman Telegram-The Provocateur’s Poorly Perpetrated Ploy

When President Woodrow Wilson implored congress for a “war to end all wars” that would “make the world safe for democracy,” he made reference to the incursion upon United States neutrality in the German Empire’s resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare. Such warfare had has its incitation’s of military intervention in Europe overruled by Anti-War lobbies … More The Zimmerman Telegram-The Provocateur’s Poorly Perpetrated Ploy

Rasputin- There Was a Cat That Really Was Gone

Grigori Rasputin- a man whose legend has defined him, who is not as well-known as he should be. Rasputin in popular culture is defined through the film Anastasia as the main villain: as the individual that tried to kidnap Anastasia, who put a curse on the Romanov family. But for me, he is best remembered through the words … More Rasputin- There Was a Cat That Really Was Gone

The ‘Song of Craonne’: The Legacy of Robert Nivelle

When I chose to take on the subject of Robert Nivelle I envisioned creating a summary of his life, much like what  you could already find on a number of websites. But instead I have found myself focusing on the event which immortalised him in military history, the ‘Nivelle Offensive’. Having just visited the region … More The ‘Song of Craonne’: The Legacy of Robert Nivelle

Romania: A Fight for Territory in the First World War

At first reluctant to join in the fighting, Romania entered the First World War in 1916, uniting with the Allies against the Central Powers. In August 1916, Romania invaded Transylvania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its backing on the side of the Allies can be attributed to their relationship with Russia and its … More Romania: A Fight for Territory in the First World War

The Battle of Flers–Courcelette and the First Tanks of WWI

The Battle The battle of Flers-Courcelette, 15-22 September 1916, was the third main phase of the battle of the Somme. It is best known as the first battle in history to feature the use of tanks. The battle was the first full scale offensive since the first day of the Somme. It was to involve … More The Battle of Flers–Courcelette and the First Tanks of WWI