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Postcard map of the English Channel, the strait between England and France with the Channel Ports of Dunkirk and Calais in France and Dover and the mouth of the Thames River in England. Illustration by Eugen Felle, 1915.
Text:
Westlicher Kriegsschauplatz: Der Kanal
Western Front: the (English) Channel
Reverse:
Der Kanal.
7 Januar. [1915] Deutscher Fliegerangriff auf Dünkirchen. 10. Januar: Deutsches Fluggeschwader über der Themsemündung. 13. Januar.: Deutsche Unterseeboote am Hafeneingang von Dover. 22. Januar.: Deutsche Unterseeboote eröffnen die Blokade im Kanal. 28. Januar.: Erfolgreiche Fliegerangriffe auf die englischen Militäranlagen in Dünkirchen.
The Channel.
January 7. [1915] German air raid on Dunkirk. 10th January: German air squadron over the Thames estuary. 13th January:. German submarines in the harbor entrance of Dover. 22nd January:. German submarine inaugurates a blockade of the Channel. 28th January:. Successful air raids on the British military units in Dunkirk.
Kunstverlag Eug. Felle, Isny, Wttbg. Nr. 25.
Art publisher Eug. Felle, Isny, ​​Wittenburg. No. 25

Postcard map of the English Channel, the strait between England and France with the Channel Ports of Dunkirk and Calais in France and Dover and the mouth of the Thames River in England. Illustration by Eugen Felle, 1915.

Image text

Westlicher Kriegsschauplatz: Der Kanal



Western Front: the (English) Channel



Reverse:

Der Kanal.

7 Januar. [1915] Deutscher Fliegerangriff auf Dünkirchen. 10. Januar: Deutsches Fluggeschwader über der Themsemündung. 13. Januar.: Deutsche Unterseeboote am Hafeneingang von Dover. 22. Januar.: Deutsche Unterseeboote eröffnen die Blokade im Kanal. 28. Januar.: Erfolgreiche Fliegerangriffe auf die englischen Militäranlagen in Dünkirchen.



The Channel.

January 7. [1915] German air raid on Dunkirk. 10th January: German air squadron over the Thames estuary. 13th January:. German submarines in the harbor entrance of Dover. 22nd January:. German submarine inaugurates a blockade of the Channel. 28th January:. Successful air raids on the British military units in Dunkirk.



Kunstverlag Eug. Felle, Isny, Wttbg. Nr. 25.

Art publisher Eug. Felle, Isny, ​​Wittenburg. No. 25

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Friday, May 3, 1918

"I must draw your attention to the fact that if England and France in this defensive campaign have common war aims, their armies have separate objectives.

The French Army must cover Paris and the centre of France; the British Army must defend the coast and, in particular, the Channel Ports, including Dunkirk.

I write to you on this point because it concerns the vital interests of Belgium and the action of her Army.

The possession of Dunkirk, Calais, Boulogne or even one of these ports would be the greatest possible victory for Germany and for us a terrible defeat and a direct danger for England and her naval supremacy."

Quotation Context

Albert, King of the Belgians, writing to British Lord Curzon, a member of the war cabinet, on May 3, 1918 after German offensives in March and April, Operation Michael and Operation Georgette, had driven the British back on the Somme and Lys sectors, threatening to separate the French and British armies. General Douglas Haig's impulse was to save the British Army by falling back to the Channel ports of Dunkirk and Calais. Commanding the French Army, Henri Philippe Pétain's impulse was to defend Paris. Commander in Chief Ferdinand Foch insisted that a united Franco-British front must be maintained.

Source

The War Diaries of Albert I King of the Belgians by Albert I, page 207, copyright © 1954, publisher: William Kimber

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1918-05-03, 1918, May, King Albert, Paris, the Channel ports, Channel ports