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Anecdotes from the Archive
  • Women and the War, 1915

    Women and the War, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | July 3, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American , This Week in World War I: July 3, 1915 By July 1915 the war had been going on for almost a year. German mobilization had proved to be highly effective at ensuring a steady supply of young, healthy men for duties in the army. […]

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  • Fighting Zeppelins with Airplanes, 1915

    Fighting Zeppelins with Airplanes, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | June 26, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: June 26, 1915 After the First World War broke out, airships quickly became a scourge. German Zeppelins bombed Liège and Antwerp in Belgium and perhaps hastened the fall of those two cities even though there were few casualties (as we understand such things in our more dismal era). […]

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  • Italy Is Bribed into War, 1915

    Italy Is Bribed into War, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | June 19, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American , This Week in World War I: June 19, 1915 Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915. The great hope of the Allies was that an army of more than a million men would be thrown against the Austro-Hungarian troops guarding their southern flank at the northeast corner of Italy. […]

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  • Defense against Poison Gas, 1915

    Defense against Poison Gas, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | June 12, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American , This Week in World War I: June 12, 1915 Germany (taking a cue from France) first used poison gas on a large scale against Allied troops manning trenches near Ypres, Belgium, on April 22, 1915. The gas was horrifically effective, killing and wounding thousands of soldiers in a matter of minutes. […]

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  • War and Automobile Advertising, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | June 5, 2015 |

    Printed in Scientific American , This Week in World War I: June 5, 1915 Early in World War I violence came to the serene island of Tahiti in the Pacific when two German armored warships attacked Papeete, the capital of what is now called French Polynesia. […]

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  • The Teeth of the Submarine, 1915

    The Teeth of the Submarine, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | May 29, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: May 29, 1915 Some of the articles on military subjects in Scientific American lack specific details, pointing to a decision made somewhere to curtail the journalist’s access to the people in the know or places or things of military importance. […]

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    American Heavy Metal: "Dreadnought" Battleships, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | May 22, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American , This Week in World War I: May 22, 1915 Naval technology progressed by leaps and bounds in the years before World War I. The British Royal Navy’s battleship HMS Dreadnought set a design standard in 1906: large, heavily armored, turbine-driven, with a main battery of large-caliber guns all the same size. […]

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  • A War of Poison Gas, 1915

    A War of Poison Gas, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | May 15, 2015 |

    Reported in  Scientific American , This Week in World War I: May 15, 1915 As the Great War ground down to a deadlock, both sides sought some method of gaining an advantage. The Germans (taking a cue from the French) first used poison gas on a wide scale on April 22, 1915, in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium, against French colonial troops. […]

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  • Sinking the Lusitania, Part 2: Death and Blame, May 7, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | May 7, 2015 |

    Reports and opinions in Scientific American on a key tragedy in World War I May 8, 2015 When the German submarine U-20 torpedoed the British civilian ship Lusitania on May 7, 1915, the grand ocean liner sank in only 18 minutes. Behind the outrage caused by the death of 1,193 people, including 128 Americans, there were questions. […]

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  • Sinking the Lusitania, Part 1: Many Civilians Die in "Wicked" Atrocity, May 7, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | May 1, 2015 |

    Reports and opinions in Scientific American on a key tragedy in World War I: May 1, 2015 On May 7, 1915, the British civilian ocean liner Lusitania was hit by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-20, just off the coast of Ireland. […]

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