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Some six weeks after the United States formally entered the First World War, the U.S Congress passes the Selective Service Act on May 18, 1917, giving the…
By September 1917, after eleven battles along the Isonzo, both the Italian and the Austro-Hungarian armies were exhausted.
Jutland was the only major naval surface engagement of World War I.
Following the failure of the 1918 German spring offensives and the successful French counterstroke on the Marne in July, the Allies turned to their own offensive on August 8 in the Amiens sector.
Only the World War I Western Front could have produced the rationale for the Battle of Verdun.
July 15, 1410
In one of the largest cavalry battles of the age, the combined forces of the Poles and Lithuanians defeated the Order of the Teutonic Knights (see Knightly Orders). The Poles and Lithuanians, recently united politically, brought to the field an enormous army, perhaps 100,000 strong, including Moravian, Wallachian, Tatar, and Czech mercenaries and the clever military tactician and future leader of the Hussites, Jan Zizka. The Knights' forces, estimated at eighty-three thousand, were supplemented primarily by German mercenaries. Although both sides brought crossbowmen and cannon, the battle essentially involved squadrons of light horse supported by reserves of mailed knights. Despite initial success, the Knights were ultimately defeated; their losses included the entire high command as well as the bulk of the field army.
The defeat was a great blow to the military might and prestige of the order, which lost its impetus as a crusading force. The image of Tannenberg, however, long remained in the German consciousness. When German armies defeated the Russians at Tannenberg in 1914, the high command portrayed it as revenge for the defeat of the order five hundred years earlier.
The Reader's Companion to Military History. Edited by Robert Cowley and Geoffrey Parker. Copyright © 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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