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  • WW I hero Francis Pegahmagabow given Aboriginal Day honour

    06/22/2016 8:20:05 AM PDT · by Snowyman · 9 replies
    History largely remembers him as Corp. Francis Pegahmagabow — the deadliest sniper and scout of the First World War, credited with 378 kills and 300 captures. And on Tuesday, National Aboriginal Day, a life-sized bronze monument of Pegahmagabow was unveiled in Parry Sound, Ont., almost 100 years after he earned his first medal for courage in battle. The monument: Pegahmagabow standing defiantly with an eagle perched on one arm; his right hand in a fist; a Ross rifle slung over his shoulder; a caribou at his feet to represent his clan.
  • When Europe Loved Islam

    05/10/2016 10:04:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | MAY 5, 2016 | MARYA HANNUN, SOPHIE SPAAN
    Before the continent started banning hijab, European aristocrats used to change their names to Abdullah and Muhammad, and going to the local mosque was the latest trend.From the outside, with its high minarets and bulbous Mughal-style dome, the Wilmersdorf mosque, located on Brienner Street in southwest Berlin, looks much the same as it did when it was built in the 1920s. But the institution, just like the city around it, has changed. Today, the mosque is a quiet place. It mainly serves as an information center: School children sometimes visit on field trips; it hosts interfaith brunches. A small community...
  • Battle Without End: The casualties of Verdun

    03/04/2016 8:33:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 14, 2016 | Geoffrey Norman
    There is something hard, cold, and brutal about the structure. It looks like a concrete airplane hangar and rising above it is what is called the “Lantern of the Dead." The shape suggests, appropriately, an artillery shell. When you walk around the outside of the building you find small windows, and when you look through them what you see are bones. Human bones and skulls. Piles of them. They are the remains of more than 130,000 men who were killed here and whose bodies could not be recovered or identified and so remained in the mud, blown apart again and...
  • Looking for a good book recommendation on WWI

    04/15/2014 4:18:24 PM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 104 replies
    4-15-2014 | Kosmickitty
    After listening to one of my favorite podcaster, Dan Carlin & his Hardcore History, about the beginning of World War I, I would love to find out more about this time in history. I know that Freepers are a well read bunch and I am asking for any recommendations you may care to make in a good book covering this time in history.
  • Joyeux Noël, Happy Christmas - movie, World War I

    12/30/2015 3:06:06 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 2005
    In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each others way of life.
  • The History Of The Knights of Columbus In World War I

    05/24/2015 6:11:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    The Story of the American Expeditionary Forces THE HISTORY OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS IN WORLD WAR I   Welcoming Sign at Knights of Columbus Hut Father Duval, DSC KOC & 104th Inf. "Everyone Welcome, Everything Free" was the motto of the Knights of Columbus clubhouses which sprung up in Doughboy training camps, in major U.S. cities and wherever a Doughboy could be found. Manned by K of C secretaries who were affectionately known as "Caseys" the clubhouses provided recreation and a few of the amenities of home to any serviceman regardless of race or religion. And to Catholic...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "A Farewell To Arms"(1932)

    05/03/2015 11:20:17 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1932 | Frank Borzage
  • A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens

    04/16/2015 8:03:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 2015-04-16 | TIM ARANGO
    Nearly 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, during World War I. Turks by and large do not believe mass killings were planned. CUNGUS, Turkey — The crumbling stone monastery, built into the hillside, stands as a forlorn monument to an awful past. So, too, does the decaying church on the other side of this mountain village. Farther out, a crevice is sliced into the earth, so deep that peering into it, one sees only blackness. Haunting for its history, it was there that a century ago, an untold number of Armenians were tossed...
  • War Clouds

    12/04/2014 4:08:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 3, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous -- in a way we've seen before. In the decade before World War I, the near-hundred-year European peace that had followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914. Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon -- and were ignored. The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading. Imperial Germany was rising. Czarist Russia was beset with revolutionary rebellion. As power...
  • Inside The French First World War Soldier's Memorial Bedroom

    10/25/2014 8:10:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/22/2014 | Roy Mulholland
    Rochereau's books are arranged in neat piles on the mantelpiece, his collection of sabres hangs on a wall, and his bed is still covered by the same lace spread as when, nearly a century ago, he left home for the last time. A vial on the desk sports a label saying it contains "the earth of Flanders in which our dear child fell and which kept his remains for four years". On his bed the medals he was awarded for bravery, the croix de guerre and the Legion of Honour, are displayed in a glass case next to his képi...
  • Has World War III Already Begun?

    09/17/2014 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | September 17, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    While recently commemorating the World War I centenary at an Italian military cemetery, Pope Francis declared: "Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction." The pope's observation begs the question: If World War III has already started, would we even know it? Or would it only be evident in the rearview mirror? Ask 10 people you know to identify the thunderclap that started World War II. The answer would vary, depending on the perceptiveness of the person being asked and their geographic location....
  • War, Culture, & the Minds of Nations Did Germany’s cultural avant-garde cause WWI? Vice versa?

    09/09/2014 9:19:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 8, 2014 | John O’Sullivan
    German infantry at the Vistula River, 1916We are accustomed to thinking that such real-world physical experiences as war, defeat, and economic ruin produce such psychological, cultural, artistic, and social responses as disillusionment, frenzy (including frenzied enjoyments), and despair in the collective mind. The First World War — which, exactly 100 years later, we are now remembering, and whose lessons we are still pondering — seems to confirm and illustrate this belief. It was an event whose magnitude and impact we find hard to grasp even today. Though it began in the Balkans, it spread across the world to all continents...
  • Solution for ISIS: Obliterate Them

    08/24/2014 4:42:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | August 24, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Our President may be a well-educated and a very smart guy, but he seems to have skipped out on his world history classes. He certainly would have learned the absolutely true saying that “history repeats itself.” He would also know that any dithering with ISIS will only cause us more pain and lost lives in the future. History does repeat itself, and regularly. A perfect example has been on display with the debt crisis in Argentina. The country has defaulted on its debt. Its President, Cristina Kirchner, did not accept blame for the default. She pointed the finger at two...
  • TSWNN August 5, 2014 - YouTube

    08/06/2014 8:09:14 AM PDT · by statestreet
    TSWNN (WCSS-1490) ^ | August 5, 2014 | TSWNN
    Noted presidential historian David Pietrusza discusses the origins and development of the first World War, one hundred years ago.
  • The Book that Everyone Read During World War I

    07/29/2014 9:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Standard Newswire ^ | July 28, 2014 | Andrea Rhodes
    SWINDON, England, July 28, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- 100 years ago, on 28 July 1914, the first shots of World War I were fired. Over the following four years, 16 million lives were lost as 65 million men from 32 countries were drawn into the conflict. The book that was read and cherished by people on both sides of the conflict was the Bible. To commemorate the First World War centenary, Bible Society in England and Wales has been looking back at its records to trace the extent and impact of its Scripture distribution during the war years. What they...
  • Caliche: the conflict mineral that fuelled the first world war (WW I battle in Chile.)

    06/04/2014 10:30:17 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 2, 2014 | Daniel A Gross
    One of the forgotten battles of the first world war was fought for Chilean dirt. It wasn't just any dirt, though – it was caliche, a whitish substance rich in the crucial mineral sodium nitrate. Nitrates are the active ingredient of bombs and bullets.
  • World War I Spy Mata Hari Did Not Flinch in Final Moments: Report

    04/28/2014 3:48:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, April 28, 2014 | Joel Landau
    The famed Dutch exotic dancer who was executed in 1917 in France for passing information to the Germans was stoic in her final moments, newly released documents reveal. She remained stoic to the end. The famous World War I spy known as "Mata Hari" did not reveal anything during her last prison interrogation before she was executed by a French firing squad, recently revealed top secret files from the British intelligence agency MI5, reports The Star. The former Dutch exotic dancer whose name was Gertruda Margaretha Zelle never made a full confession nor gave up the name of any accomplices...
  • Teenagers smuggle WWI bombs on a Heathrow jet bound for Chicago

    04/09/2014 11:53:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 9 Apr 2014 | Daniel Binns
    Heathrow Airport has been forced to defend its security after a pair of students smuggled two large World War I artillery shells on to a plane and flew to the US. Baggage screeners made the discovery when the teenagers landed in Chicago, sparking a major incident. It is believed they picked up the 75mm munitions as souvenirs while on a school trip to a former artillery range in France. The find prompted the evacuation of O’Hare International Airport by the FBI before officials concluded there was no risk of the shells exploding. It is not clear how the students, aged...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Call For War

    04/02/2014 4:57:19 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | April 2, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked the United States Congress to declare war on Germany, following the publication of the Zimmerman Telegram (in which Germany offered to finance Mexico's entry into the war on their side and for Mexico to attempt to reconquer Texas, New Mexico and Arizona) and Germany's resumption of submarine attacks on American ships. Congress would declare war on April 6th.
  • Suit seeks removal of Bladensburg cross

    03/13/2014 8:01:15 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/01/2014 | Michael E. Ruane
    The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit last week in federal court in Maryland calling for the removal of Bladensburg’s 40-foot Memorial Peace Cross, which honors men from Prince George’s County who died during World War I. The association and three individual plaintiffs contend that the cross, which is on state property, violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. The cross was dedicated in 1925. ...One of the individual plaintiffs, Steven Lowe of Washington, contends that the cross "associates a Christian religious symbol with the state and gives the impression that the state supports and approves of...
  • How Bad Directions (And A Sandwich) Started World War I

    03/06/2014 3:10:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | March 06, 2014
    World War I began 100 years ago this summer. It's a centennial that goes beyond mere remembrance; the consequences of that conflict are making headlines to this day. To underline that, All Things Considered wanted to turn history on its head and ask historians and listeners alike: What if World War I had never happened? (Submit your answer in the form below.) If that sounds like an unlikely exercise, compare it to an even more unlikely event — the one that occurred on June 28, 1914, in the city of Sarajevo. It was the spark that ignited a global conflagration,...
  • Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

    02/03/2014 11:48:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Spiegel Online International ^ | January 31, 2014 | Bernhard Zand
    World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome. Damascus, year three of the civil war: The 4th Division of the Syrian army has entrenched itself on Kassioun Mountain, the place where Cain is said to have slain his brother Abel. United Nations ballistics experts say the poison gas projectiles that landed in the Damascus suburbs of Muadamiya and Ain Tarma in the morning hours of...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Lawrence of Arabia"(1962)

    12/15/2013 11:02:13 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1962 | David Lean
  • Extraordinary chivalry of British PoW who returned to German prison after visiting dying mother

    09/03/2013 7:14:35 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4th September 2013 | Yahoo News
    'A British PoW captured by the Germans in World War I was freed to see his dying mother - but went back to the prison camp after giving the Kaiser 'his word' he would return. Capt Robert Campbell, aged 29, was gravely injured and captured just weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July, 1914. But after two years in Magdeburg Prisoner of War Camp, the British officer received word from home his mother Louise Campbell was close to death. He speculatively wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II, begging to be allowed home to visit his mother one final time....
  • Revealed: Extraordinary story of British WWI captain released by Kaiser from German prison camp

    09/03/2013 3:56:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2013
    A British soldier was freed from a German POW camp during World War One to see his dying mother - and kept his promise to the Kaiser by returning, historians have discovered. Captain Robert Campbell, aged 29, was captured just weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July, 1914. But after two years in Magdeburg Prisoner of War Camp the British officer received word from home his mother Louise Campbell was close to death. He speculatively wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II begging to be allowed home to visit his mother one final time. Incredibly the German leader granted the...
  • A Race Against Time To Find WWI's Last 'Doughboys'

    05/25/2013 2:10:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | May 24, 2013
    Ten years ago, writer Richard Rubin set out to talk to every living American veteran of World War I he could find. It wasn't easy, but he tracked down dozens of centenarian vets, ages 101 to 113, collected their stories and put them in a new book called The Last of the Doughboys. He tells NPR's Melissa Block about the veterans he talked to, and the stories they shared. On how he found the veterans, after the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion came up short"In 1998, the government of France had started awarding the...
  • 103 Year Old Recalls Chocolate Deprivation World War I

    05/20/2013 3:37:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | May 19, 2013
    This recollection was submitted to my Chocolate Chronicle--please submit your favorite chocolate recollections, especially if they may have Jewish connections. Dr. Marcus eats chocolate every day of his life and has reached the amazing age of 103. He remembers: 'I was the youngest of four children, the only boy. I had one Father and four Mothers. We owned one large Swiss chocolate bar. When World War I broke out in 1914, my Father showed us children the bar and said you can look at it, but you cannot eat it until the war is over, then each of you will...
  • A History of Liberal White Racism (By a Person of the Left)

    04/18/2013 4:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | APR 18 2013 | TA-NEHISI COATES
    Probably the most bracing aspect of Ira Katznelson's new history of the New Deal, Fear Itself, is his portrait of the marriage of progressive domestic policy and white supremacy. I knew the outlines of this stuff, but for a flaming commie like me, the extent of the embrace is hard to take: Far more enduring was the New Deal's intimate partnership with those in the South who preached white supremacy. For this whole period -- the last in American history when public racism was legitimate in speech and action -- southern representatives acted not on the fringes but as an...
  • The Hagel Pick Telegraphs Weakness

    01/11/2013 2:48:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. President Obama’s choice of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Sec. of Defense is a dangerous choice that telegraphs weakness toward Iran. In the Senate, Mr. Hagel compiled a worrisome record toward the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. It is Iran that backs Hezbollah in Lebanon. We haven’t heard much about the Cedar Revolution in that war-torn country. That’s because Hezbollah murdered the democratic leaders for reform. Iran is behind Hamas in Gaza. Hamas defeated the corrupt regime of Mahmoud Abbas in elections in Gaza that soon degenerated into civil war....
  • The Secret Bureaucrat

    12/28/2012 7:45:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Franz Kafka is one of those authors whose name has become an adjective, as in Shakespearean or Faulknerian or this dictionary entry: Kafka-esque -- adj., referring to the nightmarish, surreal, illogical quality Franz Kafka evoked in works like "The Metamorphosis," "The Castle" and "The Trial." No wonder Franz Kafka was able to capture the maddeningly frustrating world of the modern bureaucrat so well. He was one. And a pretty good one, too: conscientious, adaptable, public-spirited and practical. At least to judge from the latest collection of his work, which is not a volume of short stories, but office memos...
  • Is the First Balkan War Really Over?

    10/10/2012 9:24:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 1, 2012 | Austin Bay
    Montenegro's Oct. 8, 1912, declaration of war on the Ottoman Turkish Empire and its Oct. 9 attack on neighboring Albania, an Ottoman protectorate, stunned Europe. Montenegro, a military midget, attacking Albania, another poor and backwater Balkan nowhere? Can a tiny statelet like Montenegro spark great havoc? When the spark strikes a powder keg of ethnic, sectarian and nationalist conflict, the tragic answer is yes. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First Balkan War (October 1912 to May 1913). It was the second in a series of three wars that led to the great and not...

    02/29/2012 4:16:23 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 35 replies · 1+ views
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  • OK it's time for some WW II trivia...

    12/07/2011 10:01:31 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 17 replies · 1+ views
    07 Dec 2011 | US Navy Vet
    Who was the ONLY Member of the US House of Reps to vote NO on WW I and II? And Why?
  • My Dad was the Real Private Ryan of World War I

    06/28/2011 3:36:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Daily Record ^ | Jun 28 2011 | Chris Musson
    The family of a Scots soldier sent home from World War I after three of his brothers were killed have been traced after a worldwide appeal. The story, similar to the plot of Tom Hanks' film Saving Private Ryan, was uncovered by Scottish archives chiefs, who were desperate to find out what became of Frank Cowie. Now they have discovered that after his reprieve, he became a dad and successful farmer. The amazing story emerged last year after confidential military documents were released by National Records of Scotland. Yesterday, it emerged that his youngest daughter, Judy Barrett, had been in...
  • World War I Soldier's Flag to Hang at Lincolnville Beach

    05/30/2011 6:00:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Herald Gazette ^ | May 29, 2011 | Lynda Clancy
    Alice Carver is almost six months shy of her 100th birthday, and she figures now is a good time to shed a few belongings. "I've got a million cupboards in this house," she said. "I am halfway into my 99th year, and I'm getting rid of all kinds of things." Carver leaned back against the chair in a comfortable kitchen that has warmed many souls since the house was built in the early 1800s. Outside the many windows, the grass was greening up in the May fog, and where the lawn sloped to the Lincolnville Beach shore, a clutch of...
  • Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies

    02/27/2011 8:37:32 PM PST · by Mmogamer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/27/2011 | Paul Courson
    Washington (CNN) -- Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.
  • Glenn Beck says Egypt unrest may be start of next world war

    02/01/2011 4:29:19 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 41 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 1, 2011 | Marc Schenker
    Glenn Beck says Egypt unrest may be start of next world war. Glenn Beck has always had a flair for the dramatic, as anyone who has ever watched him or listened to him can tell you. After all, this is the man who, in early 2009, hosted an “apocalypse” show in order to highlight the impending economic apocalypse that the Obama administration was hellbent on wreaking on the US (to be fair, according to Beck, the US had been on that course for years). So now, it should be no surprise that Beck’s attention has turned to the biggest news...
  • Germany Closes Book on World War I With Final Reparations Payment

    09/29/2010 1:11:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | David Crossland
    Germany will make its last reparations payment for World War I on Oct. 3, settling its outstanding debt from the 1919 Versailles Treaty and quietly closing the final chapter of the conflict that shaped the 20th century. Oct. 3, the 20th anniversary of German unification, will also mark the completion of the final chapter of World War I with the end of reparations payments 92 years after the country's defeat. The German government will pay the last instalment of interest on foreign bonds it issued in 1924 and 1930 to raise cash to fulfil the enormous reparations demands the victorious...
  • The Empire That Was Russia; The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated

    08/21/2010 3:47:01 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | August 21, 2010 | unknown
    Photographer to the Tsar: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-GorskiiThe photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a vivid portrait of a lost world--the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution. His subjects ranged from the medieval churches and monasteries of old Russia, to the railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, to the daily life and work of Russia's diverse population. In the early 1900s Prokudin-Gorskii formulated an ambitious plan for a photographic survey of the Russian Empire that won the support of Tsar Nicholas II. Between 1909-1912, and again in 1915, he completed surveys...
  • WW1 Canadian History Tour

    08/20/2010 12:49:01 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 14 replies
    Self | 8/20/2001 | self
    I was doing a Family History Tour on those of my family that served in the Canadian Army in WW1. My Grand Father admitted that he was drunk when he enlisted when the war broke out, fishing, booze and being 22 had something to do with it. My Great Uncle Leo enlisted in the New Foundland Regiment a bit later but he was Canadian from PEI. New FoundLand was Empire, kind of curious about the process.
  • British World War I Graves Desecrated in France with Nazi Swastikas – Raw Video

    06/12/2010 6:45:54 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 282+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 12, 2010 | Brian
    Here is raw video showing the desecration of British World War I graves at a cemetery in France. The graves were vandalized with bright pink paint used to paint Nazi Swastikas on 12 British graves, soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915 . . .
  • Last known Canadian First World War veteran dies, aged 109

    02/19/2010 4:01:12 AM PST · by Loyalist · 4 replies · 375+ views
    February 19, 2010 | Kenyon Wallace
    John Babcock, Canada's last known First World War veteran, has died at the age of 109, the Prime Minister's office said last night. "On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Babcock's family and friends. As a nation, we honour his service and mourn his passing," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. "John Babcock was Canada's last living link to the Great War, which in so many ways marked our coming of age as a nation. In honouring his service and mourning his passing, we honour the proud history of our...
  • Black Soldiers From Clarksville Went 'Over There' in WWI

    02/14/2010 6:20:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 257+ views
    The Leaf Chronicle | FEBRUARY 14, 2010 | ALANE S. MEGNA
    Black soldiers from Clarksville went 'over there' in WWI
  • Last U.S. veteran of World War I turns 109

    02/01/2010 2:22:40 PM PST · by Daffynition · 38 replies · 1,075+ views
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2010 | Paul Courson
    Washington (CNN) -- The last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, former Cpl. Frank Buckles, turns 109 on Monday and is still hoping for a national memorial in Washington for his comrades. Buckles is expected to deliver remarks during a quiet celebration Monday afternoon at his home in Charles Town, West Virginia. But the old "Doughboy" -- as World War I American infantry troops were called -- has already been outspoken in recent years, urging congressional lawmakers to give federal recognition and a facelift to a run-down District of Columbia memorial in an overgrown, wooded area along the National...
  • Images of Great War's lost generation.. captured by the UK's first female Press photographer

    12/16/2009 6:26:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies · 990+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2009 | Andrew Levy
    Posing proudly for the camera, they were young soldiers excitedly preparing for the adventure of war. But as they flung arms around friends and family members in smoke-filled stations or stood to attention in arrow-straight ranks, few could have guessed at the horrors ahead. Within months, many would lie dead in the mud of Passchendaele, the Somme and other bloody battlefields. The photos are now part of an archive of 2,000 predominantly military prints that has been hidden from public view for decades.
  • In Defense of Armistice Day

    11/11/2009 4:18:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 626+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Wed, Nov 11, 2009 | GABE PRESSMAN
    We call it Veterans Day now, but it used to be called Armistice Day, and I can’t help wondering whether we’ve lost something by converting a holiday originally meant to celebrate the veterans of World War I into an omnibus holiday, to honor all veterans of all wars. When I was a kid, we celebrated Armistice Day at my elementary school, P.S. 35 in the Bronx. And it was a very special holiday. Ms. Barr, our principal, came from a family that knew General John “Blackjack” Pershing very well. That general was her hero and she wanted us to embrace...
  • World remembers sacrifice of World War I lost generation

    11/11/2009 2:56:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 713+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/09 | Rory Mulholland
    PARIS (AFP) – Former foes France and Germany held a joint World War I Armistice Day ceremony for the first time as events around the globe Wednesday honoured the millions killed in the conflict. President Barack Obama, speaking at a ceremony in the United States, hailed "the brave men and women of this young nation, generations of them, who above all else believed in and fought for a set of ideals." In London, Queen Elizabeth II led tributes to the war dead, including the growing number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. But the last British veteran of the 1914-18 conflict...
  • Radiohead Pays Tribute to World War I Veteran Harry Patch

    08/11/2009 3:41:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 629+ views
    Rock group Radiohead has surprised their fans by recording a musical tribute to First World War veteran Harry Patch after he died at the age of 111. reports that Patch served in the trenches in 1917 and fought in the tragic battle of Passchendaele where more than 70,000 British soldiers died. He died July 25. The song is available to download and all the profits go to the Royal British Legion. “Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the First World War Harry Patch died at the age of 111. I had heard a very emotional interview with him...
  • Last Known British World War I Veteran Dies at Age 111 - Video 7/25/09

    07/25/2009 11:09:52 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 1 replies · 233+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 25, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report on the death of Harry Patch, the last known British World War I veteran. Patch died today at the age of 111. He fought in the ghastly trench warfare that was the trademark of World War I fighting. Below is a video describing what it was like in the trenches . . . . . . (Watch Videos)
  • Lawmakers Seek to Honor World War I-Era Veteran

    07/24/2009 1:23:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 166+ views
    WZTV ^ | July 23, 2009
    A Republican senator and a Democratic congressmen are teaming up to promote legislation to name a new Veterans Affairs Hospital in Louisville after the late World War I-era veteran Robley Rex. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth introduced bills on Wednesday to honor Rex, who died at the age of 107 earlier this year. Both lawmakers say Rex was a strong advocate for veterans. Rex joined the Army when he was 18, just after World War I. He spent time in France and Germany before he was discharged in 1922. He was still volunteering at the Louisville VA...