By L. Edward Purcell, David F. Burg
This Almanac of global battle 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 stricken 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 crucial theaters of struggle.
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Fernand de de Cary that thc Fourth Army has been forced into retreat in the Ardennes battle, exposing Lanrezac's right flank. At the same time, Gen. Max Klemens von Hausen's troops have increased their bridgehead at Onhaye near Dinant. Surmising that the French armies are in general retreat along their entire line between the Vosges range and the Sambre River and fearful that his FifthArmy will be encircled and destroyed, the French general, without consulting GQG, orders a general re- treat. His reasoning is that, although the French have suffered a major defeat, "As long as the Fifth Army lives, France is not lost:' But the retreat means the collapse of any hopc of achieving the grand strategy of swift victory and a quick end to the war.
The cruiser HMS Challenger, part of a squadron under Capt. M. Fuller's command, arrives in the Cameroons estuary along with six transports carrying Brig. 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.
6 October 1914 Antwerp. The Belgian army begins to withdraw from the city, and the government moves to Ostend. Nearly a quarter of a million residents flee toward Holland and France. Cameroons. A French contingent of the Cameroons Expeditionary Force, four hundred tirailleurs with artillery carried upriver by Captain Fuller's British cruisers, the Cumberland and the Challenger; and deployed at the Yapona railway bridge over the Dibamba River, succeed in securing the wrecked bridge, crossing the river, • 29 and driving off the Germans, ending the threat of an attack on Douala from the east and creating the possibility of an Allied attack on Edea.