25 July 1917

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24 July 1917

Russian prisoners captured in the fighting near Tarnopol, July 1917. A German guard is searching a Russian soldier in the foreground. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 86646).

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23 July 1917

It is a beautiful picture I look upon from out the office door… The Divisional Band is playing to a crowd of our boys, who are lolling about on the green grass. Then to the right a little way another group are playing cricket. Further away are the white tents showing up against the green grass, and then in the back-ground are the green fields and lovely foliaged trees on the hillside. No one could imagine a more beautiful and peaceful scene. War is certainly not in the air. I suppose my time is drawing very close now, and I will soon be up to the line.. I think the division is moving up Armentieres way again. I hope so, anyway, for the Somme is an awful graveyard of a place.

I was in a “scrap” with the Germans on May 15th on the famous Hindenburg line, and I was just enjoying the fun when I stopped one on the right hip, the bullet finding an outlet in the fleshy part of the stomach, just missing the vital parts. Another inch and I would have been “gone.”

Russian troops holding a meeting in the trenches during the general retreat. Note British officers amongst them. Galicia, July 1917. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 109735).

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22 July 1917

Gotha IV bomber in flight. Image in public domain.

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21 July 1917

SS Otway. Image in public domain.

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20 July 1917

The blindfolded US Secretary of War draws draft numbers in the lottery for the first American draftees, 20 July 1917. Image courtesy US War Department.

Mine Gott will you be mine partner,
You don’t know who I am
I am de German Kaiser,
De Emperor Will-I-Yam.

You know I whipped dem Belgians
Und mitt bullets filled Russia full;
Und I’ll whip France and Italy
Und blow up Johnny Bull.

Now all dem other nations,
I don’t give a dam;
If you’ll but be my partner
Und whip dot Uncle Sam.

You know I got dem submarines,
All Europe knows that well;
But dot Edison got a patent now
Vot blows dem all to hell.

Now Gott, if you do this,
Den you I will always love,
Und I will be emperor of de earth.
Und you emperor above.

But Gott if you refuse me dis,
To-morrow night at ‘leven,
I’ll call my Zeppelins out
Und declare war on heaven.

I wouldn’t ask this from you,
But it can be plainly seen,
Dot when Edison pushes dot button,
I got no submarine.

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19 July 1917

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18 July 1917

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17 July 1917

Troops of the Provisional Government fire machine guns on demonstrators in the streets of Petrograd, 17 July 1917. Image in public domain.

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16 July 1917

Kalusz, July 1917. Image courtesy Austrian National Library/The European Library.

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