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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)
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)
- Fighting limited to artillery duels and local skirmishes.
- East Prussia: Russians defeated at Soldau.
- Poland: Russians in retreat towards Lovich.
- Galicia: Austro-German offensive from Cracow.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
- Armenia: Turkish offensive compels Russians to retreat.
- Libau on Baltic shelled by German squadron.
- SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau engaged by a Russian squadron in Black Sea: the Goeben damaged.
- Battles and Engagements of the British Armies in France and Flanders, 1914-1918
- British Blockade, The
- British Empire at War, The
- British War Aims
- Chronology of the War
- Fleets at War, The
- Great Britain and the War
- Great Britain at War
- Great Speeches of the War
- Great War, The – The First Phase
- Immediate Causes of the Great War, The
- Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1914
- Odhams' A.B.C. of the Great War
- Popular History of the Great War, A
- Science and the Great War
- Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases
- Soldier's Diary, A
- Treasury of War Poetry, British and American Poems of the World War, 1914-1919
- War Speeches by British Ministers 1914-1916
- Year 1914 Illustrated, The
- Year 1915 Illustrated, The
- Year 1916 Illustrated, The
- Year 1917 Illustrated, The
- Year 1918 Illustrated, The
- The Great War: The Standard History of the All-Europe Conflict
- "Public domain". Wikipedia: The free encyclopaedia. (accessed 15 July, 2018).
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