NZ declared allegiance to Britain in WWI

Arthur Foljambe, 2nd Earl of Liverpool. The last Governor of New Zealand. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)   At 3pm the New Zealand Governor, Lord Liverpool, read a telegram from His Majesty King George V to a crowd of 15,000 people gathered at Parliament in Wellington. The telegram expressed The King’s appreciation for the solidarity of his overseas…Read more

This Week In The War (4-10 August 1914)

HMS Amphion – the first Royal Navy ship to be lost in World War One (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)   The first week of World War One saw an immediate commencement of hostilities with the German cruisers “Goeben” and “Breslau” attacking and bombarding the French colonial ports of Philippeville and Bona, located on the northeast coast…Read more

Germany Declared War on Belgium

Crowds gather in the Place Rogier, Brussels, in the rain to watch German troops as they march into the Belgian capital. Original Publication: Illustrated War News – pub. 1914 (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)   Soon after the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in June of 1914, Germany began to activate its so-called Schlieffen Plan…Read more

The Willy-Nicky Telegrams

Kaiser Wilhelm II with Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in 1905, wearing the military uniforms of each other’s nations. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)   The Willy Nicky Telegrams Following the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of the Austro Hungarian Empire, on 28 June 1914, the darkening storm clouds of war began rapidly gathering across Europe. Soon after…Read more