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  • Bakers Dozen of Controversial Decisions

    1. Von Bülow's decision of 9 September 1914 to retreat from the Marne
    2. Zimmerman's Telegram to Mexico -- on a US cable
    3. The Kerensky Offensive
    4. Samsonov & Rennenkampf rift: operate independently at Tannenberg 1914
    5. Nicholas II's decision to back Serbia against Austrian wrath following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand

    6. Leaving 50 divisions in the East while conducting the last chance Ludendorff Offensive in the West, Spring 1918

    BoRG

    You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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    • Bakers Dozen of Controversial Decisions

      1. Von Bülow's decision of 9 September 1914 to retreat from the Marne
      2. Zimmerman's Telegram to Mexico -- on a US cable
      3. The Kerensky Offensive
      4. Samsonov & Rennenkampf rift: operate independently at Tannenberg 1914
      5. Nicholas II's decision to back Serbia against Austrian wrath following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
      6. Leaving 50 divisions in the East while conducting the last chance Ludendorff Offensive in the West, Spring 1918
      7. Go West young man vs. Go East young man

      8. The appointment of Douglas Haig as the BEF's C-in-C







      Stupid b*st*rd couldn't read a map. How on earth did he make it out of OCS, much less become a theater commander?
      I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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      • Bakers Dozen of Controversial Decisions

        1. Von Bülow's decision of 9 September 1914 to retreat from the Marne
        2. Zimmerman's Telegram to Mexico -- on a US cable
        3. The Kerensky Offensive
        4. Samsonov & Rennenkampf rift: operate independently at Tannenberg 1914
        5. Nicholas II's decision to back Serbia against Austrian wrath following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
        6. Leaving 50 divisions in the East while conducting the last chance Ludendorff Offensive in the West, Spring 1918
        7. Go West young man vs. Go East young man
        8. The appointment of Douglas Haig as the BEF's C-in-C

        9. Pershing Knows Better? - The Insistence on Adoption of Open Warfare Tactics



        The long period of trench warfare had so impressed itself upon the French and British that they had almost entirely dispensed with training for open warfare. It was to avoid this result in our Army and to encourage the offensive spirit that the following was published in October, 1917:

        (a) The above methods to be employed must remain or become distinctly our own.

        (b) All instruction must contemplate the assumption of a vigorous offensive. This purpose will be emphasized in every phase of training until it becomes a settled habit of thought.

        (c) The general principles governing combat remain unchanged in their essence. This war has developed special features which involve special phases of training, but the fundamental ideas enunciated in our Drill Regulations, Small Arms Firing Manual, Field Service Regulations, and other service manuals remain the guide for both officers and soldiers and constitute the standard by which their efficiency is to be measured, except as modified in detail by instructions from these headquarters.

        (d) The rifle and the bayonet are the principal weapons of the infantry soldier. He will be trained to a high degree of skill as a marksman, both on the target range and in field firing. An aggressive spirit must be developed until the soldier feels himself, as a bayonet fighter, invincible in battle.

        (e) All officers and soldiers should realize that at no time in our history has discipline been so important; therefore, discipline of the highest order must be exacted at all times. The standards for the American Army will be those of West Point. The rigid attention, upright bearing, attention to detail, uncomplaining obedience to instructions required of the cadet will be required of every officer and soldier of our armies in France.
        Official Report of U.S. AEF Commander-in-Chief General John Pershing, 1 September 1919

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        • Bakers Dozen of Controversial Decisions

          1. Von Bülow's decision of 9 September 1914 to retreat from the Marne
          2. Zimmerman's Telegram to Mexico -- on a US cable
          3. The Kerensky Offensive
          4. Samsonov & Rennenkampf rift: operate independently at Tannenberg 1914
          5. Nicholas II's decision to back Serbia against Austrian wrath following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
          6. Leaving 50 divisions in the East while conducting the last chance Ludendorff Offensive in the West, Spring 1918
          7. Go West young man vs. Go East young man
          8. The appointment of Douglas Haig as the BEF's C-in-C
          9. Pershing Knows Better? - The Insistence on Adoption of Open Warfare Tactics

          10. The decision to continue the advance to Baghdad, September 1915

          BoRG

          You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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          • Bakers Dozen of Controversial Decisions

            1. Von Bülow's decision of 9 September 1914 to retreat from the Marne
            2. Zimmerman's Telegram to Mexico -- on a US cable
            3. The Kerensky Offensive
            4. Samsonov & Rennenkampf rift: operate independently at Tannenberg 1914
            5. Nicholas II's decision to back Serbia against Austrian wrath following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
            6. Leaving 50 divisions in the East while conducting the last chance Ludendorff Offensive in the West, Spring 1918
            7. Go West young man vs. Go East young man
            8. The appointment of Douglas Haig as the BEF's C-in-C
            9. Pershing Knows Better? - The Insistence on Adoption of Open Warfare Tactics
            10. The decision to continue the advance to Baghdad, September 1915

            11. Germany building a battle fleet during the two decades preceding WW1





            For all that was expended in the effort, they only sallied forth in earnest once. For all of that, all they managed to do was arouse Great Britain's paranoia.
            I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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            • Bakers Dozen of Controversial Decisions

              1. Von Bülow's decision of 9 September 1914 to retreat from the Marne
              2. Zimmerman's Telegram to Mexico -- on a US cable
              3. The Kerensky Offensive
              4. Samsonov & Rennenkampf rift: operate independently at Tannenberg 1914
              5. Nicholas II's decision to back Serbia against Austrian wrath following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
              6. Leaving 50 divisions in the East while conducting the last chance Ludendorff Offensive in the West, Spring 1918
              7. Go West young man vs. Go East young man
              8. The appointment of Douglas Haig as the BEF's C-in-C
              9. Pershing Knows Better? - The Insistence on Adoption of Open Warfare Tactics
              10. The decision to continue the advance to Baghdad, September 1915
              11. Germany building a battle fleet during the two decades preceding WW1

              12. La bataille du Chemin des Dames (Second Battle of the Aisne)



              à vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire (triumph without peril brings no glory) P. Corneille

              Le probleme avec les cons, c'est qu'il ne se fatiguent jamais
              (The problem with Pr.cks, is that they never get tired ) Michel Audiard

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              • Bakers Dozen of Controversial Decisions

                1. Von Bülow's decision of 9 September 1914 to retreat from the Marne
                2. Zimmerman's Telegram to Mexico -- on a US cable
                3. The Kerensky Offensive
                4. Samsonov & Rennenkampf rift: operate independently at Tannenberg 1914
                5. Nicholas II's decision to back Serbia against Austrian wrath following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
                6. Leaving 50 divisions in the East while conducting the last chance Ludendorff Offensive in the West, Spring 1918
                7. Go West young man vs. Go East young man
                8. The appointment of Douglas Haig as the BEF's C-in-C
                9. Pershing Knows Better? - The Insistence on Adoption of Open Warfare Tactics
                10. The decision to continue the advance to Baghdad, September 1915
                11. Germany building a battle fleet during the two decades preceding WW1
                12. La bataille du Chemin des Dames (Second Battle of the Aisne)

                13. Churchill has two battleships seized which UK built for Turkey

                Sultan Osman I renamed HMS Erin


                Reshadieh renamed HMS Agincourt

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                • Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                  1. Trench Clubs

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                  • Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                    1. Trench Clubs

                    2. 1918 Trench Knife, aka "The Pig Sticker"



                    "A straight blade and brass knuckles: it's better than chocolate and peanut butter."
                    I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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                    • Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                      1. Trench Clubs
                      2. 1918 Trench Knife, aka "The Pig Sticker"
                      3. Mustard Gas

                      4. Mud



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                      • Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                        1. Trench Clubs
                        2. 1918 Trench Knife, aka "The Pig Sticker"
                        3. Mustard Gas
                        4. Mud
                        5. Body Odor

                        6. Flies

                        That fly that's walking around on your food was where just a moment ago?



                        "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
                        — Groucho Marx

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                        • Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                          1. Trench Clubs
                          2. 1918 Trench Knife, aka "The Pig Sticker"
                          3. Mustard Gas
                          4. Mud
                          5. Body Odor

                          You know, one needn't go back in time to experience such an organic bouquet. Might I recommend you average Afghan village for something acrid.

                          6. Flies

                          7. Trench Foot





                          I'm changing my socks right this minute.
                          I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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                          • Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                            1. Trench Clubs
                            2. 1918 Trench Knife, aka "The Pig Sticker"
                            3. Mustard Gas
                            4. Mud
                            5. Body Odor
                            6. Flies

                            7. Human Wave Assaults

                            "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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                            • Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                              1. Trench Clubs
                              2. 1918 Trench Knife, aka "The Pig Sticker"
                              3. Mustard Gas
                              4. Mud
                              5. Body Odor
                              6. Flies
                              7. Trench Foot
                              8. Human Wave Assaults

                              9. Dysentery





                              Dysentery probably killed more soldiers than did combat.
                              I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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                              • Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
                                Baker's Dozen of WW1 Nasty/Unpleasant Business

                                1. Trench Clubs
                                2. 1918 Trench Knife, aka "The Pig Sticker"
                                3. Mustard Gas
                                4. Mud
                                5. Body Odor
                                6. Flies
                                7. Trench Foot
                                8. Human Wave Assaults

                                9. Dysentery





                                Dysentery probably killed more soldiers than did combat.
                                Which takes us back to #6.
                                "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
                                — Groucho Marx

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