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GREAT BRITAIN is not a military state. It maintained a relatively small professional standing army, sufficient for its needs in ordinary times — well disciplined, well equipped, and with splendid traditions which have been lived up to in the present war. Before the war, the total effective strength of the regular forces of the British Empire, including the Indian Army and Colonial and native Indian Corps, was 243,357. The Territorials and reserves of all kinds numbered 468,218, a total force of 711,575 men — a mere pigmy compared with Continental armies. Twelve days after the outbreak of war, the greater part of the Expeditionary Force of 140,000 men was in France, and the remainder shortly afterwards. This Expeditionary Force had to bear the brunt of the onslaught of Germany's undiminished power; and it is almost miraculous that the force was not totally destroyed. Lord Kitchener was appointed Secretary of State or War on 5th August 1914. His vision was particularly clear in regard to the war. He first called for half a million men; and the response was magnificent. (continue reading)

  On This Day in The Great War

The Great War on this day is a daily listing of movements, actions, events and political involvements that took place this day between 1914–1918. (This information refreshes daily.)

On this day in history (18 November)


Western Front[edit]

  • Fighting limited to artillery duels and local skirmishes.

Eastern Front[edit]

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres[edit]

  • Armenia: Turkish offensive compels Russians to retreat.

Naval and Overseas Operations[edit]


Lord Edward Gleichen (1918–1920). Chronology of the War. Volumes I, II & III. Constable & Company, London.

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Works in the public domain, for example, "creative works to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply," and where "rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable"[1] have been selected for this reason to allow them to be transcribed and made available freely for all. The following list comprises works currently being transcribed in various formats. Some works are being transcribed using dedicated transcription software allowing for side by side comparisons of original text and it's transcribed counterpart, as seen in this example page from Great Britain at War by Jeffery Farnol, published in 1918. This way of transcribing means each page can be proofread and checked for errors and omissions then, when validated, can be "pieced" together to form a complete work. This is the complete version of Great Britain at War. Other works are being transcribed without this software on a page by page basis. Those with red links are waiting to be started.



  1. ^ "Public domain". Wikipedia: The free encyclopaedia. (accessed 15 July, 2018).
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