By L. Edward Purcell, David F. Burg
This Almanac of global struggle I presents a daily account of the motion on all fronts and of the occasions surrounding the clash, from the weapons of August 1914 to the November 1918 Armistice and its afflicted aftermath. day-by-day entries, topical descriptions, biographical sketches, maps, and illustrations mix to provide a prepared and succinct account of what was once taking place in all the vital theaters of warfare.
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The British cruiser Astraea arrives off the colonial capital, lobs a few shells at the wireless station, and lands an armed party at the harbor. Subsequently, the ship's captain and local German authorities agree to a truce stipulating that the Royal Navy will not attack the city and in turn its inhabitants will remain peaceable throughout the war-an agreement neither of the warring European governments can accept. Dr. Heinrich Schnee, the governor of German EastAfrica. wants to maintain peace at any cost, outraging Lt.
Gen. Charles McPherson Dobell and the British troop contingent for the combined French-British Cameroons Expeditionary Force. 24 September 1914 Cameroons. The French contingent of the Cameroons Force arrives. Dobell now has under his command over 4,900 soldiers, including 154 British officers, 54 French officers, and 4,319 askaris, supported by over 4,300 carriers. 28 • Almanac of World War I 25 September 1914 Aisne River. German troops recapture Noyon. 26 September 1914 Antwerp. Alarmed by the prospect that British forces may come to the rescue of Belgium-two thousand British marines had landed at Ostend early in the monthFalkenhayn has authorized besieging the fortress at Antwerp, protected by sixty-five thousand regular Belgian army troops and eighty thousand second-line troops.
East Africa. The German cruiser Kbnigsberg steams into the harbor at Zanzibar, where HMS Pegasus, commanded by Capt. A. Inglis, has docked for repairs. Capt. Max Loof raises his battle flags and begins firing on the Pegasus, ending with broadside shellings that set the British ship afire and silence her guns. Thirty-one crew members die and fifty fall wounded, while the Gennans suffer not a single casualty. Steaming back out of the harbor, Loof fires three shells into the picket ship Helmut, posted at the harbor's entrance.