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21 Aug 1914
  • Erwin Rommel saw his first WW1 action in the Meuse Valley on the Western Front. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • The First British troops in action were C Squadron, 4th Dragoon Guards who clashed with a German cyclist/cavalry patrol in the village of Soignies, France. Corporal Thomas of that squadron was credited with firing the first British shot in anger of the war. ww2dbase [CPC]

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