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Weapons in WWI

#4: Fokker E III

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When the Fokker EIII entered service on the Western Front in December 1915 a new era in aerial warfare had started. The new monoplane was the first one to arrive in sufficient numbers allowing the German Empire to form specialist fighter units, Kampfeinsitzer Kommandos (KEK), in early 1916. Armed with a single 7.92 mm (.312 in) Spandau LMG 08 machine gun with 500 rounds of ammunition the Germans started building up ‘Jagdstaffeln’ (single-seat fighter squadrons). Fokker production figures state that 249 were manufactured. Operators were Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Bulgaria, German Empire and Ottoman Empire.
Interesting is the fact that the machine gun was offset to the starboard and synchronized to be fired through the propeller.
December 30, 2013

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Heroes in WWI:

#1: Harlem Hell Fighters

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In April 1918 the 369th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the French Army for the duration of the U.S. participation of the war. They were issued French helmets but still wore U.S. uniforms. Soon they earned popularity nicknamed ‘Harlem Hell Fighters’ due to their bravery and morale. Members of the unit were awarded with one Medal of Honor and many Distinguished Service Crosses. Most celebrated was Pvt. Henry Lincoln Johnson, nicknamed ‘Black Death’. Though both were severely wounded, he and Pvt. Needham Roberts fought off a 24-man German patrol, fighting only with their bolo knifes when they had expended their ammunition.
Johnson and Roberts were the first Americans to receive the Croix de Guerre awarded by the French government. By the end of war 171 members of the unit were awarded the Legion of Honor. The 369th did not make up 1% of US soldiers overseas but were responsible for over 20% of territory assigned to the US. Still, the 369th Regiment was not allowed to participate the Victory Parade 1919 and was also disrespected by not given a salute by the MP.
At the end of the war they returned to NYC and paraded through the city. Thousands lined the streets and the parade became a marker of African American service to the nation. The regiment’s band had become famous throughout Europe. The regiment’s band introduced Jazz music to French and British audiences and stated international demand for it. Nevertheless, it took the US till 1996, when Bill Clinton honored Johnson and Roberts with the Purple Heart.
December 19, 2013

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History on the Eve of WWI:
The Liman Affair


The last big diplomatic conflict on the Eve of WW1 was the Liman Affair. 1913 Osman Empire asked the German Empire to send a military mission to Constantinople to reorganize the Ottoman Army. Lead by Generalleutnant Liman von Sanders the German Empire aimed for a stronger commitment with Ottoman Empire and profitable orders for the military industry.
The defeat of the Ottoman Army resulting from Balkan War 1912/13 had reinforced the European Great Powers impression that the Ottoman Empire would be collapsing soon. A vacuum in power was expected and Great Britain, Russia and France aimed to enlarge their influence on the Dardanelles and Bosporus. The German Empire had intrigued the Great Powers interests from end of 19th century, best-known example being the Baghdad Railway.

Since Liman von Sanders became Lieutenant General of an Ottoman corps he was actually in a commanding position of a strategically important strait. Russia protested promptly against Germany’s attempt to exert influence or even to control the strait. Since Russia feared to lose its gateway to the oceans from its ice-free ports, diplomatic protest followed promptly. A German military mission was also perceived as a provocation by Britain and France. Their protest was restrained and formal since both had military advisors under their command in the Ottoman Empire.

The Liman Affair represents the tense conflicting interests among European Great Powers. It was not the affair itself, however, but German Empires increasing economic influence in Orient and Europe that forced the outbreak of the war.

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December 16, 2013

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WIN GOLDMARK – Find out my name
Mugshots from History #9: GERMANY II

Born as a noble Prussian aristocrat I started serving as a cavalry reconnaissance officer when WWI broke out. Since trench warfare made traditional cavalry operations outdated I was transferred to the army’s supply branch. Disappointed, I applied for transfer to participate in actual combat missions, since I had not gone to the war in order to collect cheese and eggs, but for another purpose. To my surprise I became a pilot; and I made the very best out of it. Who am I? Reward 35.000 GM

Send my name to competition@bytro.com, subject: MUGSHOT GERMANY II, deadline Tue, 17 DEC 13 (CEST).

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December 10, 2013

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Weapons in WWI

#3: Big Bertha
As a generically applied term by Allied Forces to all very big German guns, the actual Big Bertha was the first super-heavy howitzer gun used in WW1. With its 42cm (16.5 in) caliber its 820 kg (1.807 lbs) shells had an effective range of 12.5km (7.8 mi). The construction of super-heavy howitzers originated as a lesson drawn from the Russio-Japanese War (1904-1905). Japanese troops had dismounted some of their costal defense howitzers to break the fortified Russian naval base Port Arthur.

The new road-mobile weapon was mounted on a two-wheeled field carriage. The wheels were equipped with pedrail bands with feet for all-terrain locomotion. Special Podeus motor plough trucks towed the guns. Bertha guns proved very effective against Belgian forts in Liege and gained a strong reputation on both sides of the lines. The German press declared the Big Berta as a ‘Wunderwaffe’. More modern forts in Verdun were reinforced with steel and could withstand the shells of the Berthas however.

In total 12 Big Bertha guns were built and the Treaty of Versailles required Germany to either destroy its artillery or to hand it over to the Allied Forces. Uncertain is the truth behind a myth that one Big Bertha was overlooked at the Krupp testing ground. This Bertha is claimed to be used in WWII at the siege of Fort Sevastopol in 1942, and later on destroyed just before the arrival of Red Army 1945.


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December 3, 2013

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The big Supremacy 1914 map contest

The year is going to end with a big contest and you can participate! We are looking for your suggestions for our in 2014 upcoming 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2 maps.

Every single map will be reviewed by our staff and we handpick 3-5 maps which will make it to the final round. These maps will be shown to our community and you decide which ones of each modus we will integrate into Supremacy 1914! If you want to participate just send us a .pdf with your map till the 1st of January 2014 to press@bytro.com with the subject “map contest”. Every map which will make it to the final round will result in 50.000 GM for the designer!

What you need and should take into consideration to participate:

• A mockup of your map as detailed as possible
• Balancing of resources
• Ensure that the map is fair for both parties
• State your ingame name
December 2, 2013

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