Annamites in Saint-Raphaël, France, 1916 At the start of WW1, Asian soldiers are considered unlike the Africans soldiers unfit for combat on the European front. Some battalions will fight at Verdun, at the Chemin des Dames with great courage, in Champagne, and on the Eastern Front; 1,123 died.
At 7:28am on July 1st, 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. It remains "The largest crater ever made by man in anger". Repined by HistorySimulation.com
Part of a Project commemorating the start of WW1 - GLASS CRAFTS - Knitting, sewing, crochet, tutorials, children crafts, papercraft, jewlery, needlework, swaps, cooking and so much more on Craftster.org
How did World War 1 start? an interactive map lesson
The Commitee to Reorganize the Prussian Army. After Jena Auerstadt the Prussian army went back to square one. They began rebuilding with a clear, simplified command structure. Promotion was based on skill, rather than political gain or nobility, and training was improved. They managed to turn a gruesome and embarrassing defeat into continuous victory. The Prussian, and later German, military was basically undefeated from 1815 to 1914, with the start of WW1. Source: wiki/ public domain