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First World War: 8th of August

After the successful operations of the 7th of August, the French Ie Army continued its offensive in Alsace and quickly captured Mulhouse on the 8th of August. The industrial city was easily taken and Paris celebrated General Bonneau‘s victory. The French forces were then able to establish their front-line between Thann and Mulhouse.

However, if not a single German soldier could be sighted in the city, they did not left their positions without gathering a lot of intelligence of the French Ie Army. In the evening of the same day, General Curé received word that a massive German force was in movement in the nearby cities and forests. The General understood that the French soldiers were inferior in numbers, the city had to be evacuated, less than 24 hours after being taken. A strategic retreat in the surroundings was organized, ready to face the German forces on the 9th.

 

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First World War : 7th of August 1914

While the fighting was raging in Belgium, the German army was not planning to lunch an offensive against France on the Alsace borders. Since the beginning of the war, a plan made by French head quarters was about to be executed. 19,000 men were gathered under the command of General Louis Bonneau, an Alsatian with 46 years of military service behind him.

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First World War : 6th of August 1914

More and more soldiers were converging North, ready to meet the enemy at the borders. If during war times news are often grim, the press spread quickly the word of Belgian resistance, one which the German army was not expecting.  Germany’s plans even had to be changed, to the point of crossing  Netherlands borders. Almost every newspapers praised Belgian heroism in their streets, sometimes with very doubtful sources concerning the numbers of killed etc…

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First World War : 5th of August 1914

On the 5th of August 1914, while the Belgian troops had started to battle German forces near Liège, French forces were moving towards Belgium. Some regiments had already arrived. At the same time, the mobilized men were still being moved in their respective regiments and reinforcing the protection at the borders.

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First World War : 4th August 1914

On August the 4th 1914, while Germany crossed the Belgian borders at 8:02 am, the United Kingdom and its British Empire declared war on Germany. India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as dominions of the Empire, all entered the war with dozens of other colonies. At the same time, the United States announced their neutrality in the conflict. On August the 4th, the Tiple Entente countries had now fulfilled their obligations to help each other in times of war, with France, Russia and the United Kingdom joined in a war against the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria Hungary, Italy and the Ottoman Empire.

The cities of Bône, today known as Annaba and Philippeville ( today Skikda ) in North East Algeria , both important harbours in the region, came under fire on August 4th around 6:00am by SMS Breslau, a cruiser and SMS Goeben, a battle-cruiser. According to their imperial orders, these two German ships were left the choice of either harassing the Mediterranean sea or sailing back to German waters. The commander, having recently learned the declaration of war between France and Germany decided to bombard Algerian ports in order to prevent or least slow the transport of French troops by the Mediterranean sea. SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau both did little damage and after several minutes, decided to leave.