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  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 on this day between 1914–1918.

On this day in history (23 April)

1915 (Friday)[edit]

  • Second Battle of Ypres: German attack east and west of St. Julien repulsed by Canadians; Germans take several hamlets.
  • Turkish coast bombarded by Allied fleet in the Gulf of Saros.
  • British Government declares a blockade of the Cameroons (see 29 February 1916).
  • White Book on military operations in Togoland published.
  • Sir Edward Grey presides over a conference of the French, Russian, Italian and Serbian ministers.
  • Battle of Gravenstafel Ridge begins (Ypres).




Various sources contemporary to the war have been used to compile The Great War On This Day and accompanying index. The majority of events, additional notes and other appendices such as statistical data etc., have been primarily sourced from reprints of the following copyright-expired publications: The information in these works were correct at the time of their respective publication dates. In some instances the information may not accurately represent correct spelling of place names and geographical and political boundaries due to modern-day changes since the Armistice. All other sources have been referenced separately where appropriate.
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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. It is these projects we are asking for volunteers to help transcribe the ever-growing number of copyright expired publications.

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