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General Joseph Joffre (1852-1931)

General Joseph Joffre

Joffre took part in the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), but then spent a great deal of his career overseas in the French Colonies, serving as an engineer. Upon his return to France, he was made Commander in Chief in 1911, despite a total lack of experience for this role. Probably due […]

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The Beginning

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany

Europe, at the start of the twentieth century, was becoming an increasingly tumultuous place to live. Germany had developed into a powerful, industrialised and mechanised nation, with Kaiser Wilhelm II standing as a national figurehead of pride and ambition. Throughout most of his life, despite physical disabilities, he had longed for greatness and harboured hopes […]

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