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Today in
World War I History

1915 - The Battle of Festubert ended. The Allies took the village and held it until the final German spring offensive in 1918.

1915 - The Ottoman council of ministers told the Turkish senior army command that they had the authorization to repress any opposition to deportations of Armenians.

1918 - In France, Germany captured the strategically important Chemin des Dames ridge near the Aisne River. (Third Battle of Aisne)



World War I Quote

"I...share your wish that peace should be maintained. But...I cannot consider Austria's action against Serbia an 'ignoble' war. Austria knows by experience that Serbian promises on paper are wholly unreliable. I understand its action must be judged as trending to get full guarantee that the Serbian promises shall become real facts...I therefore suggest that it would be quite possible for Russia to remain a spectator of the Austro-Serbian conflict without involving Europe in the most horrible war she ever witnessed."
- Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in a telegram to Czar Nicholas II of Russia on July 29, 1914

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