Sunday, 13 November 2011

Beau Geste Digest

The latest news from our friends 'across the pond', courtesy of Martin Ainscough

Issue 10

World War 1 SPECIAL

Dear Collector

As this Sunday is Remembrance Sunday I thought I would reproduce Anna’s latest News from Argentina. As you will see this is the first part of an intended series of features that looks at the fighting forces from WW1 with the next part from Anna due in approximately 10 days time

I hope that you find the information contained here of interest and if you collect figures from this particular period of history you might something to add to your collection or alternatively that missing figure to complete a set or two you may already have

As Anna says, enjoy it and please feel free to correct any mistakes or add any information that you think is relevant

Anna would also be interested to know what new sets collectors might want Beau Geste to make next, for example, Austro-Hungarian forces, a Romanian Medical Team, an Evzone Military Band or even perhaps figures to represent some of the other nations that were involved in the conflict. Just let her know and I am sure that she will do her best to accommodate any requests 

You can see all our WWI sets in our XX Century Catalog

For more information about WW1 sets that I might have in my current stock or enquiries about ordering figures then

Telephone – 01245 472468

The murder of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, of the decaying Austro-Hungarian empire, triggered the start of WWI. He and his wife visited Bosnia on 28 June 1914, where Gavrilo Princip (a member of a Serbian nationalist secret society) shot the couple to death. The Archduke was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Greater Serbia

Europe during WW1
On July 26, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian officials issued an ultimatum to the Serbian government containing five major demands. Once the time limit on the ultimatum had expired, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia

Russia, bound by treaty to Serbia, announced mobilization of its vast army in her defense, a slow process that would take around six weeks to complete

Germany, allied to Austria-Hungary by treaty, viewed the Russian mobilization as an act of war against Austria-Hungary, and after scant warning declared war on Russia on 1 August

France, bound by treaty to Russia, found itself at war against Germany and, by extension, on Austria-Hungary following a German declaration on 3 August. Germany was swift in invading neutral Belgium so as to reach Paris by the shortest possible route

Britain, allied to France by a more loosely worded treaty which placed a "moral obligation" upon her to defend France, declared war against Germany on 4 August.  The reason for entering the
conflict lay in another direction: she was obligated to defend neutral Belgium by the terms of a 75-year old treaty.  With Germany's invasion of Belgium on 4 August, and the Belgian King's appeal to Britain for assistance, Britain committed herself to Belgium's defense later that day.  Like France, she was by extension also at war with Austria-Hungary

When Britain, France and Germany declared war they were also committing their empires, automatically involving most of Africa, India and Australasia, while the entry of the US in 1917 prompted much of central America to follow