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  • New exhibit aims to immerse Texans in a World War I battle (TR)

    08/29/2019 6:52:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 11 replies
    WFAA (DFW) ^ | 08/28/2019 | Jason Wheeler
    Inside a small brick building in downtown Austin, these are some of the comments in a guest book at a new exhibit called "War Remains," an interactive virtual reality taste of World War I: “I have been trying to imagine this all my life — I finally have.” “I have never been in combat and I am more certain than ever that I don’t want to be. What an amazing and terrifying experience.” The experience is based upon research into different battlefields in the First World War, explains legendary war storyteller Dan Carlin, a podcaster renowned for his Hardcore History...
  • Teenage history fanatic, 18, discovers a First World War bomb near his home in France...

    07/10/2019 8:10:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 5 July 2019
    Full TITLE: "Teenage history fanatic, 18, discovers a First World War bomb near his home in France - only for it to blow up, leaving him without a finger and riddled with 50 pieces of shrapnel" Treasure hunter Paul Aiden was hunting for coins in a forest near his home in Metz, France, earlier this month when his metal detector started going off. Thinking he had struck gold, the 18-year-old began digging through the dense undergrowth before a massive explosion sent him flying backwards. Woodworker Mr Aiden admitted that by the time he realised he had struck on a WWI...
  • Muslim Attack on Australian Picnic Train: 1915 at Broken Hill

    07/07/2019 4:44:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 July, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    Rifles and flag used in the Picnic Train Attack by Muslims in Broken Hill Australia, 1 January, 1915 One of the lesser known, but informative actions of the First World War, was an attack, by Muslims, on a picnic train of unarmed civilians in Australia. The attack killed four civilians. A quick response by police, soldiers and civilians killed the two attackers after they took up a defensive position on a nearby hill top at Broken Hill, in New South Wales. At the start of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire had not chosen sides. Blunders by the...
  • "You have received us with bombs" Assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the end of Christian Europe

    06/28/2019 7:12:51 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 89 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | June 28, 2018 | Florentius
    It is not too far-fetched to say that Christian Europe officially died on June 28, 1914. On that day, the heir to the imperial throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife were gunned down on the streets of Sarajevo. In modern parlance, we would call the assassin, 19 year-old Serbian radical Gavrilo Princip, a terrorist. His act would lead directly to the outbreak of the Great War a little over a month later. Following is an article that appeared in The Outlook, an important New York-based political and social journal, from a week after the assassinations. It is notable that the...
  • The Lemon Is Squeezed Dry

    06/28/2019 8:00:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | June 28, 2018 | Michael Barone
    There's something attractive in the party names in the Supreme Court's decision on the relationship between government and religion: American Legion v. American Humanist Association. Both organizations, the veterans group formed after World War I and the secular humanist group founded the year this nation entered World War II, want to tell you how American they are. And they are locked in the longstanding debate over the meaning of the first clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," it reads, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Note...
  • Unidentified Mystery Weapon

    06/21/2019 3:05:50 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 69 replies
    Great War Forum ^ | 5/22/2019 | Mostonian
    I've noticed some discussion over this in various places and figured a genius freeper might have the answer, or at least enjoy speculating.
  • Did You Know? Concrete Ships Were Built During WWI & WWII – Only a Handful Survive….

    06/06/2019 12:23:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies ^ | Sep 28, 2015 | Elly Farelly
    ============================================================ Although the idea might sound ridiculous at first, concrete ships have played an important role in naval warfare. When shortages of timber and steel threatened the supply of ships, using concrete provided a solution. Concrete ships use ferrocement in place of wood and some of the steel that is usually required. Ferrocement is made from mortar or plaster which is applied over a finely woven metal mesh. The mesh is usually made of iron (Latin: Ferrum) which gives it its name. Early models One of the earliest concrete boats was seen at the Paris Exhibition of 1855. Designed by...
  • Captivating Colorized Portraits of Russian Fighters In World War 1

    02/26/2019 5:26:12 AM PST · by vannrox · 36 replies
    FlashBAK ^ | 22FEB19 | By Karen Strike
    "The most thrilling part of the coloring process is when suddenly the person looks back at you as if he’s alive" - Olga Shirnina “My heart yearned to be there, in the boiling caldron of war, to be baptized in its fire and scorched in its lava” – Maria Bochkareva, commander of the Russian Women’s death battalion in her 1919 autobiography Yashka, My Life as Peasant, Officer and Exile.  Maria Bochkareva Color can bring the past to the present, giving black and white images a spritz of life. We’ve seen color photos of the Russian Empire in Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii’s...
  • Weekly Update: Another Clinton Cover-Up

    02/23/2019 10:15:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 22, 2019 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Sues for Coup Documents Hillary Clinton has Russia Collusion Problem DC Mayor Gives Open Borders Group 100,000 Tax Dollars Judicial Watch Stands Up for the Cross in the Supreme Court Judicial Watch Sues for Coup Documents Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, fired after being accused of lying by the DOJ Inspector General, is having his day, boasting of what is effectively a coup attempt against President Trump. We’d like to know more about that, and we have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all...
  • They Shall Not Grow Old – New Trailer – In Theaters February 1

    01/30/2019 5:39:39 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 47 replies
    Looks like an amazing film. Just saw the preview on TV.
  • They Shall Not Grow Old a box office blowout – for good reason

    12/28/2018 8:47:44 AM PST · by rktman · 99 replies ^ | 12/28/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Was there ever a more consequential war than World War I? As a result of the bickering petty politics of Europe's inbred monarchs, we got communism and the Soviet empire from it, for one. We got 37 million deaths, millions and millions of bright people, a death toll so high that it skewed the demographics of nations such as France. We got grotesque forms of warfare – trench warfare, chemical warfare, and Howitzers, shell shock, tanks, and huge civilian death tolls. We also got the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian empire – Europe's first truly internationalist empire of tolerance and melting...
  • Best Christmas Commercial Ever

    12/24/2018 4:19:11 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 2014
    2014 Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s – Christmas is for sharing. Made in partnership with The Royal British Legion, it commemorates the extraordinary events of Christmas Day, 1914, when the guns fell silent and two armies met in no-man’s land, sharing gifts – and even playing football together. The chocolate bar featured in the ad is on sale now at Sainsbury’s. All profits will go to The Royal British Legion and will benefit the armed forces and their families, past and present. Click for beautiful video.
  • Israel Breaking: IDF Reinforces Gaza Border, Massive Rocket Barrage Follows 'Botched' Operation...

    11/13/2018 2:27:13 AM PST · by Nextrush · 29 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/13/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    It seemed like things were going to quiet down in Gaza last week with the delivery of 15 million dollars in cash from Qatar in multiple suitcases. The "payoff" money was designed to pacify Gaza and help calm things down between Israel and the militant group Hamas which has maintained steady pressure on Israel with everything from occasional rocket barrages to constant incendiary kites to mass protests at the border fences forcing Israeli snipers to open fire. But suddenly on Sunday night all hell broke loose. IDF soliders were operating inside Gaza using civilian vehicles backed by air support, tanks...
  • All quiet on the Western Front garden! WWI expert turns his yard into trench system(trunc)

    11/19/2018 5:47:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-11-18 | STEPHANIE LINNING
    Andrew Robertshaw, 58, built the 60ft trench with 30 volunteers in a field behind his former home in Surrey Spent a month shifting 200 tons of earth to build dugout, which features officers' mess and soldiers' quarters Hopes to teach people more about the horrific living conditions endured by British troops during the Great War The historian said that films and TV shows often offer a simplistic and inaccurate view of life on the front line Hosts open days and educational visits to the trench, which was designed based on war time diary descriptions
  • The M1917 Enfield: America's WWI Workhorse

    11/18/2018 5:34:43 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 25 replies
    Shooting Illustrated ^ | 11 Nov 2018 | Wiley Clapp
    As firearms go, the M1917 Enfield was not the handsomest ever issued to a U.S. Soldier. It’s true that no one ever guaranteed our guys were going to get good-looking guns, but that is exactly what happened at several points in history. The M1 Carbine—World War II’s “War Baby”—was a gun that just about everyone felt was a good one. The Colt Peacemaker of 1873 had a wonderful set of contours that evolved into the classic cowboy six-shooter. But the gun at hand was a military service rifle that wasn’t just good, but rather very good. Against its contemporaries—Mauser, Lee-Enfield,...
  • Trump’s rain decision casts dark clouds over his Paris trip

    11/11/2018 12:44:55 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 141 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 11/11/2018 08:24 AM EST | NANCY COOK
    PARIS — President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to an American military cemetery outside of Paris threatened to overshadow his trip here, as government officials, historians and fellow Republicans hammered him for more than 24 hours for that move. “President@realDonaldTrump a no-show because of raindrops? Those veterans the president didn’t bother to honor fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow — & many died in trenches for the cause of freedom. Rain didn’t stop them & it shouldn’t have stopped an American president,” wrote former Secretary of State John Kerry, a veteran of the Vietnam...
  • From godlessness to ruthlessness: Religion and the First World War

    11/11/2018 5:43:39 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn had once asked why, in 1914, a Europe "bursting with health and abundance" had "fallen into a rage of self-mutilation"; and the Russian writer offered the same explanation as he did for all the disasters of the early 20th century: man had "forgotten God". Anyone will agree that there was a decline in the importance of religion during and after the first world war. Theocratically-based regimes, notably the Russian and Ottoman empires, were replaced by secular ones. In western Europe, Protestant and Catholic clergy struggled to explain the seemingly senseless horrors of the war to their flock. It...
  • Kerry slams Trump for canceling attendance at WWI memorial

    11/11/2018 4:04:45 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 66 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/11/18
    US President Donald Trump was forced to cancel his attendance on Saturday at a commemoration in France for US soldiers and marines killed in World War I because rain made it impossible to arrange transport. “[The attendance of the president and first lady] has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House said according to Reuters, adding that Chief of Staff John Kelly, who is a former general, went instead. While the president was scheduled to attend the ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, rain and low clouds prevented his helicopter...
  • PETER HITCHENS: Soldiers? No, Brtiain lost 700,000 poets, teachers, inventors...and fathers

    11/10/2018 6:39:56 PM PST · by Nextrush · 47 replies ^ | 11/10/2018 | Peter Hitchens
    What do you think about during the two minutes silence? I used to think of men at war, and hear in my head the shouts and the clash of arms. Now I see a narrow street of small houses at dusk. A young man in army uniform is embracing his wife and little children in a lighted doorway. He will not return. I recently learned that, on the first day of commemoration, in 1919, the silence was often far from silent. In many places, when the traffic and the factories stopped, the sound of uncontrollable weeping could be heard in...
  • Tens of thousands of people bring London to a halt to see tribute to Brits killed in the First [tr]

    11/10/2018 5:25:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Faith Ridler and Leigh Mcmanus
    Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Tower of London tonight as time runs out to view the 10,000 torches installed in memory of those killed in the First Word War. Queues stretched more than 50 yards back from the '90 minutes wait' sign at Tower Bridge as crowds waited to view the touching tribute. The installation, Beyond the Deepening Shadow, will be open to the public until Remembrance Sunday on November 11. The Queen and senior members of the Royal Family are due to attend the Festival of Remembrance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night as...