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The Russians marching backwards and forwards across did not disguise their messages in code, so the Germans knew what to many hundreds of kilometres. Both the expect. The Second Army was soon Austro-Hungarian and Russian armies surrounded at Tannenberg and was were badly led and poorly equipped, and forced to surrender on 31 August, with the loss of 150,000 men and both suffered huge losses. In 1915 alone, all of its artillery (above). the Russians lost two million men, of whom one million were taken prisoner.

When the Germans occupied the city in August 1914 she decided to stay, accommodating up to 200 British soldiers who also found themselves behind enemy lines. The Germans arrested her and tried her for “conducting soldiers to the enemy”. She was found guilty and executed by firing squad in October 1915. Cavell was not a spy, but her execution did provide a powerful propaganda weapon for the Allies. Pigeons could not carry much weight, so messages had to be written on small pieces of paper. This message, in German, is written on a standard “pigeon post” form used by the German army.

She was executed by firing squad in October 1917. 51 Tank warfare Stabilizer wheels THE BRITISH-INVENTED tank was a major mechanical innovation of the war. British tanks first saw action in September 1916, but these early tanks were not very reliable. It was not until November 1917, at the Battle of Cambrai, that their full potential was realized. At Cambrai, the German defences were so strong that an artillery bombardment would have destroyed the ground and made it impossible for the infantry to cross.

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