Tag Archives: WW I

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 2nd February, 1915 : Australian and New Zealand troops have helped repel a Turkish drive to cut the Suez Canal. Three Turkish columns, led by German officers, failed in their attempt to block Britain’s … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th June, 1915 : Fortunes change rapidly in the great campaign of the Eastern Front and the Austrians have retaken Lemberg, the capital of Galicia, which they lost to Russians last year. According to … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd June, 1916 : In the name of all Arabs, Hussein, Grand Sherif of Mecca and descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, has proclaimed a revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Supported by the tribes of … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 6th January, 1916 : The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly tonight for military conscription. Parliament’s judgement is that voluntary effort is not enough to win the war. There is equally in Australia and the … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th October, 1914: The Turkish Government, in dramatic fashion, declared war on the Allies by bombarding the cities of Odessa, Sevastopol and Theodosia on the Russian Black Sea coast. The pro-German sentiments of Turkish … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th April, 1915 : The worst fears of Germany and Austria have been realised. It is learned that Antonio Salandra, the Premier, has authorised the signing in London of a secret treaty with Britain, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 16 April, 1917 : In driving rain and chill mist, British, Canadian and Australian troops launched their spring offensive against Germans manning the famous Hindenburg Line opposite Arras. In the first hours all the … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 9th March, 1916 : Britain and France have begun planning the division of the postwar remnants of Turkey’s Near East empire into spheres of influence. Sir Mark Sykes and Georges Picot are the officials … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 5th February, 1921 : The Allied reparations bill has been received “with pain and indignation”, a German Government spokesman told the Reichstag on Wednesday. Reparations on the scale demanded by the Allies would lead … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN 31st October, 1917 – A moonlight bayonet charge by Australian Light Horsemen tonight ended the battle for Beersheba on the Palestinian front. The Australians galloped cheering into Beersheba with the New Zealand Light Horse, completing … Continue reading

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U.S. Foreign Policy from the Founders’ Perspective

  By George Friedman   Last week I discussed how the Founding Fathers might view the American debt crisis and the government shutdown. This week I thought it would be useful to consider how the founders might view foreign policy. I argued … Continue reading

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july memories / 31

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st July, 1914 : Australians would defend Great Britain to “our last man and our last shilling” if it became involved in war with Germany, the leader of the Labor Opposition, Andrew Fisher, said … Continue reading

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july memories / 03

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 3rd July, 1916 : They came up to the front during the night, heavily laden with their packs, but marching at a smart, swinging pace, singing some music hall tune, accompanied here or there … Continue reading

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june memories / 07

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 7th June, 1916 : A pall of grief and dismay descended on the British people today after the Admiralty announced that Lord Kitchener was dead. He was 66 and travelling to Russia aboard the … Continue reading

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june memories / 01

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 1st June, 1917 : Britain may at last have found the answer to the U-Boat menace in convoys of merchant vessels protected by warships. More than 100 British merchant ships were sunk by German … Continue reading

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february / 20

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 20th February, 1915 : The Royal Navy carried the war to the Turkish enemy today when a fleet of battleships and battle cruisers, supported by a French squadron, opened a day-long bombardment of the … Continue reading

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december / 25

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th December, 1914 : In one corner of the Western Front, where the British Tommy in his trench was only a few yards from the Boche in his, the war came to a halt, … Continue reading

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december / 13

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 13th December, 1917 : A German raider, the converted merchantman Wolf, has spent months lurking off the coast of New Zealand since June, destroyed three ships without the authorities ever suspecting her presence. In … Continue reading

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september / 19

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 19th September, 1914 : Judging by their eagerness, the men of the first Australian expeditionary force should go far. The force is largely being trained at a camp in Broadmeadows, Victoria and brigades of … Continue reading

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september / 15

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 15th September, 1914 : After the proud success of the taking of Rabaul, the Navy has been hit by the loss of one of its two submarines, the AE1 with 35 hands. It disappeared … Continue reading

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