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  • How the Spanish Flu Wasn't Actually Spain's Fault at All

    02/08/2018 10:12:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 6 February 2018 | Richard Gunderman
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.By Richard Gunderman, Indiana University Especially remarkable was the 1918 flu’s predilection for taking the lives of otherwise healthy young adults, as opposed to children and the elderly, who usually suffer most. Some have called it the greatest pandemic in history. The 1918 flu pandemic has been a regular subject of speculation over the last century. Historians and scientists have...
  • Relatives Invited to 75th Anniversary of Tragic Hartland Wartime Plane Crash (U.S. Plane)

    01/25/2018 1:04:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    North Devon Gazette ^ | 25 January 2018
    Any relatives of US airman Elliott Stone, who had relatives in North Devon and whose plane crashed in 1943 at Hartland, are welcome to attend a 75th anniversary memorial on Saturday, January 27. Any relatives of US airman Elliott Stone, who had relatives in North Devon and whose plane crashed in 1943 at Hartland, are welcome to attend a 75th anniversary memorial on Saturday, January 27. Any North Devon relatives of an American airman whose father came from Holsworthy, are welcome to attend a poignant memorial near Hartland on Saturday, January 27. Share article from on facebook Tweet article from...
  • Christmas 1917: Celebrations Were Subdued as Young Montanans Marched off to War

    12/25/2017 2:57:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Independent Herald ^ | Dec 25, 2017 | Lorna Thackeray
    Many Yellowstone County homes had empty chairs at the table on Christmas Day 100 years ago. Mrs. C.M. Wright, a widow living at 3324 First Ave. S., already had three sons serving in World War I. A fourth was eager to enlist as soon as he came of age. Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Shoemaker, owners of Billings Automobile Warehouse and Service Co., returned to Billings in early December after bidding their son Lt. Shoemaker goodbye as he sailed from New York toward France. Sons were celebrating the holiday in Army training camps and on Navy ships or in cold and...
  • The Christmas Truce Miracle of World War I

    12/25/2017 2:08:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | Dec 24, 2017 | Gillian Brockell
    On a frosty, starlit night, a miracle took place. In 1914, a melody drifted over the darkness of No Man’s Land. First “O, Holy Night,” then “God Save the King.” Peeking over their trenches for what must have been the first time in weeks, British soldiers were surprised to see Christmas trees lit with candles on the parapets of the enemy’s trenches. Then a shout: “You no shoot, we no shoot!” The Christmas Truce was a brief, spontaneous cease-fire that spread up and down the western front of World War I. It’s also a symbol of the peace on Earth...
  • World War I Device Draws Bomb Squad to Church Yard Sale

    06/17/2017 3:31:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Lehigh Valley Live ^ | June 16, 2017 | Sarah Cassi
    A person looking to sell a 1913 World War I device at a South Whitehall Township church yard sale attracted police instead of buyers. Township police were called Friday morning for the suspicious package at the Asbury Church, 1533 Springhouse Road, police Sgt. Ron Scholler said. A person not known to the church or police had brought a 1913 World War I device to sell. In an abundance of caution, the Allentown Bomb Squad was called to handle the item, Scholler said. By 3 p.m., the bomb squad had taken the device away and the scene was cleared. The church's...
  • The Legacy of Sgt. Alvin C. York – Service Beyond Heroism

    06/05/2017 9:02:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/5 17 | Mark Herr
    Although World War I changed the world, in many ways it is the forgotten war that needs to be remembered once again in the 21st Century. One such remembrance is owed Sgt. Alvin C. York of the Upper Cumberland Valley of Tennessee. He did not want to fight in the war due to his religious convictions, but was inspired to do so by his drill sergeant who gave him a Bible and an American history book. On October 8, 1918, in less than fifteen minutes, his life would change forever. He single-handedly captured four German officers and one hundred twenty-eight...
  • The Road to War

    12/03/2016 1:33:57 AM PST · by Fai Mao · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2014 | BBC
    A rather good history of the origins and causes of World war I The Road to War
  • World’s Oldest Man to Celebrate Bar Mitzvah 100 Years Late

    09/15/2016 5:47:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Jewish Forward ^ | September 14, 2016
    Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor who lives in Israel, missed bar mitzvah because of World War IThe world’s oldest man, 113-year-old Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor living in Israel, will celebrate his bar mitzvah. Kristal’s daughter, Shulimath Kristal Kuperstoch, told the DPA news agency that about 100 family members will gather in Kristal’s home city of Haifa in the coming weeks to mark the rite. “We will bless him, we will dance with him, we will be happy,” she said. Kristal had his birthday last week. He was recognized as the world’s oldest man in March. He missed his bar...
  • 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. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/
  • 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 · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...