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  • I shall never forget it: 100 years since WWI Christmas truce

    12/24/2014 4:34:35 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Unknown
    With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air. "It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere: and at about 7 or 8 in the evening there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and there were these lights -- I don't know what they were. And then they sang, "Silent Night" "Stille Nacht." I shall never forget it, it was one of the highlights of my life. I thought, what a beautiful tune,"...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.theatlantic.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • The Great October: A Revolution Financed By an Enemy Government

    Can it be true that Vladimir Lenin, the alleged leader of the world Proletariat, whose monuments adorned central squares in every Soviet town and who inspired generations of Soviet citizens, had been a mere agent provocateur working for the German government? In The World Crisis, Volume 5, Winston Churchill writes this about war-time Germany in 1917: They turned upon Russia the most grisly of all weapons. They transported Lenin in a sealed truck like a plague bacillus from Switzerland into Russia. The rest is history: Lenin staged a coup and withdrew Russia from World War One, conceding large swaths of...
  • 86-year old Serb guards over WWI dead in Greece

    11/09/2014 1:39:08 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 8 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 9, 2014 | Costas Kantouris
    For over half a century, the 86-year-old has been a caretaker at Thessalonikis Allied War Cemetery in northern Greece. In the centenary year of the start of World War I, Mihailovic is ever more the embodiment of remembrance as another Nov. 11 Armistice Day approaches.
  • Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs gather at National War Memorial

    11/09/2014 1:38:23 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 8 replies
    CBC ^ | Nov 09, 2014 1:31 PM ET| | CBC News
    The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs gathered at the National War Memorial on Sunday to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, including Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed while guarding the memorial last month. The teams came together late on Sunday morning ahead of their game at 6 p.m. ET at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
  • A kingdom united in Remembrance:Queen&Kate defy terror threat to lead the country on 100th anniversa

    11/09/2014 5:32:50 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 30 replies
    Beautiful Photos The Daily Mail ^ | 9 November 2014 | Dan Bloom
    The Queen was applauded today in an unprecedented mark of appreciation as she led millions of Britons in remembering the fallen. The monarch laid a wreath on the Cenotaph at the national Remembrance Day service alongside senior Royals, veterans and the Prime Minister despite heightened police checks, just days after officers thwarted an alleged terror plot. The spontaneous smattering of applause, as she left Whitehall in central London, was a rare sound for a remembrance service usually characterised by respectful silence, and may have been in tribute to her fortitude at turning out to the service despite terror fears. Hundreds...
  • Why the poppies at the Tower have moved the nation (Brits go crazy over massive poppy display)

    11/08/2014 8:08:29 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 92 replies
    The Daily Express ^ | Sat, November 8, 2014 | Stephen Pollard
    Its rare that any piece of art let alone modern art captures the imagination, and the hearts, of the entire nation. In my near 50 years on the planet I cant think of anything that has come close to the impact of the sea of poppies at the Tower of london. Earlier this week I saw for myself the astonishing spectacle of another sea the sea of men, women, boys and girls who have queued up in vast numbers to see the poppies with their own eyes. But even the majority of us who have seen the...
  • Still bearing the scars of war, the beautiful landscapes which were once the scene of some of...

    11/07/2014 11:45:40 AM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    dailymail.uk.co ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Annabel Grossman
    These haunting images reveal the battlefields of World War One as they look today - one hundred years after the fighting broke out. The powerful and atmospheric shots were taken by photographer, Michael St Maur Sheil, who spent seven years on the project. The collection, called Fields of Battle-Lands of Peace 14-18, form an open-air exhibition featuring 60 freestanding photographs, each measuring 1.2 metres (4ft) by 1.8 metres (5ft 10in).
  • the extraordinary story of One fallen hero and the woman who inspired us all to wear red poppies

    11/01/2014 8:14:41 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 31 Oct 2014 | Tony Rennell
    Little was recognisable of 22-year-old Lieutenant Alexis Helmer after he took a direct hit from a German shell at Ypres on the Western Front one May morning in 1915. His pals gathered what they could find of his remains into sandbags and then arranged them in the shape of a human inside an army blanket. At sunset he was buried just another of the hundreds of thousands of men of the British Empire to die in World War I. The officer who spoke over his grave as the battle raged around them was his close friend Lt-Col John McCrae,...
  • Where Americans Turned the Tide in World War I

    10/26/2014 1:45:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | OCT. 24, 2014 | RICHARD RUBIN
    Retreat? Hell, we just got here!
  • The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand Whats Driving the Islamic State

    09/19/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    TheBlaze TV The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand Whats Driving the Islamic State Sep. 18, 2014 8:45pm Erica Ritz Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution. Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of...
  • The animals that served in the first world war in pictures

    09/14/2014 4:38:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 12, 2014
    During the first world war millions of animals were used for transport, to carry vital communications and as companions to the troops. This week, the PDSA posthumously awarded an honorary Dickin Medal the animal VC to the horse Warrior, on behalf of all the animals involved. Warrior served throughout the whole campaign with General Jack Seely, surviving machine-gun attacks, shells and the mud of Passchendaele. One of the millions of horses used during the course of the war is winched ashore at Thessaloniki, Greece. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis Dogs were often used by the British army to pull machine...
  • 50th anniversary of Yorks death to be celebrated Monday

    09/02/2014 11:58:48 AM PDT · by Borges · 71 replies
    God would never be cruel enough to create a cyclone as terrible as that Argonne battle. Only man would ever think of doing an awful thing like that. And Im telling you the little log cabin in Wolf Valley in old Tennessee seemed a long, long way off. With those words, Sergeant Alvin C. York recalled the intensity of the October, 1918 battle that defined him for generations of Tennesseans as the most highly decorated American soldier of World War I, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor among numerous other awards. In those moments of battle, York, of Fentress...
  • After the Age of Empire, the Age of Totalitarianism and Genocide

    08/09/2014 3:10:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 7, 2014
    It is simply astonishing how much our daily lives are still so closely linked to the First World War -- and even more so those of our dear Christian brethren in the Middle East. In 1915, during the war, Muslims in Anatolia would join hands to effect the first major genocide of the 20th century, as over 1 million Armenians, Assyrians, and Hellenic Pontic Christians were killed, and a good number were expelled to make room for the 99%-Muslim Turkish Republic we know today. As it can be seen above, Aleppo, Mosul, Deir Ezzor, once again today brutalized by...
  • World War I and the Papacy

    08/02/2014 2:58:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 2, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    One hundred years ago this week, Christian Europe commenced the horrific Great War that spread globally, raged from August 1914 to November 1918, and was responsible for the death of more than 15-million soldiers and civilians.In The World Crisis, Winston Churchill’s six-volume account of the struggle, he observed that the warriors employed “Every outrage against humanity or international law.” And when it was over, “torture and cannibalism were the only two expedients that the civilized, scientific, Christian states had been able to deny themselves: they were of doubtful utility.”The conflict’s catalyst? On June 28, 1914, the Roman Catholic heir to...
  • Germany declares War on Russia as Austria's "local" war against Serbia is escalating to Great War

    08/01/2014 3:40:22 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    The Evening World headline on August 1, 1914 as Germany declares war on Russia. Aleksandra's Note:Following Austria's declaration of war and subsequent attack on the Kingdom of Serbia July 28, 1914, Russia ordered a partial mobilization of her troops on July 29. This was done both in support of the Orthodox Serbians and to maintain Russia's influence in the Balkans. The very next day, July 30, Germany mobilized. Russia responded immediately by declaring a full mobilization instead of just a partial one, and this full mobilization was to take effect on July 31, 1914. Germany didn't like that. She ordered...
  • Gavrilo Princip, who triggered a war, was also a Serbian hero

    07/31/2014 10:29:24 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 24 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 29, 2014 | Mihailo Papazoglu
  • Austria declares war on Serbia July 28, 1914 and within one week Europe's Great Powers are at war

    07/28/2014 7:58:12 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: It was in the splendid warm days 100 years ago, in the lovely, peaceful summer of 1914, that things just got really out of hand. The more one learns of how the First World War, the war that was to "end all wars", really began, the more amazed and horrified one becomes at how a "local conflict" that was supposed to take no more than a few months to resolve and finish could manifest into an international monster that quite literally changed the world forever in just four short years. That is precisely why everyone needs to pay...
  • 100 years ago today Austria declared war on Serbia, the first declaration of World War 1

    07/28/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    VA Viper ^ | July 28, 2014 | VA Viper
    Although many consider the opening act of World War I to be the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo - its centennial was just a month ago (28 June) - the first actual declaration of war took place a hundred years ago today, when Austria-Hungary initiated hostilities against Serbia, after the latter rejected a draconian Austrian ultimatum intended to give Austria a free hand in bringing Franz Ferdinand's killers to account. As a result, Russia - self-appointed protector of the "South Slavs" - mobilized against Austria, which panicked the Germans (fearful of a two-front war against both France...
  • The Ultimatum That Made The Great War A Foregone Conclusion

    07/24/2014 4:28:00 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    THE ULTIMATUM THAT MADE THE GREAT WAR A FOREGONE CONCLUSION / Austria-Hungary presents the Kingdom of Serbia with the "Impossible Ultimatum" 100 years ago July 23, 1914Aleksandra's Note: What follows is the impossible Austro-Hungarian ultimatum presented to the government of the Kingdom of Serbia on July 23, 1914, just over 3 weeks after the June 28th assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Fair historians have assessed this ultimatum as being both unreasonable and, more importantly, clearly intended to set Serbia up to fail to meet the demands, thus giving the green light for the war against the Serbs...
  • Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online

    07/23/2014 3:36:07 PM PDT · by fso301 · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | 07/23/2014 | Staff Writers
    More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website. The collection includes private material as well as files of military and civilian authorities, records left by politicians and military officers, documentaries and propaganda films. Access to the complete archive is free. The archive will also help people compiling family histories, say curators, since it has extensive information about locations where individual soldiers served. It also contains letters written to and by combatants in the war, which began on July 28, 1914, and...
  • THE PROSPECT OF WAR WITH SERBIA - "The July Crisis"

    07/15/2014 6:42:08 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Austrian Ministerial Council Meeting July 7, 1914
    Aleksandra's Note: The following documentary evidence, the source of which is the Austrian Ministerial Council during the "JULY CRISIS" of 1914 confirms the "theory" that war with Serbia was a foregone conclusion regardless of the Austrian "Ultimatum" that would follow on July 23 and regardless of Serbia's response to that Ultimatum. War would be waged against Serbia, period. What these officials present at this council meeting did not foresee was that war against Serbia would be just the beginning... Sincerely, Aleksandra Rebic ***** Franz Ferdinand (in fur-lined coat) on a hunting weekend with Wilhelm II (left) in 1914. AKG Images...
  • PURGING PRINCIP, THEN AND NOW

    07/10/2014 10:27:57 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    The German invaders occupied Sarajevo on April 15, 1941. Two days later, the local population looted and torched the Grand Synagogue. And on April 19, the local Germans (Volksdeutsche) removed a memorial plaque to Gavrilo Princip; it was sent to Hitler as a trophy and birthday gift. In 1930, a memorial plaque was erected above the street corner where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, with the following inscription: “At this historic place Gavrilo Princip heralded freedom on Vidov-Dan, June 15 [28] June 1914” (Serbian: „На овом историјском мјесту, Гаврило Принцип навијести слободу, на Видов-дан 15 [28] јуна 1914“) The...
  • The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling

    06/28/2014 7:33:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | John Judis
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) publishes a weekly webzine, The Islamic State Report. The latest issue is headlined Smashing the Borders of the Tawaghit. (Tawaghit are non-Muslim creations.) ISIS, citing the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 between the British and French, boasts that it is destroying the partitioning of Muslim lands by crusader powers. That may seem like a quixotic task for a relatively small band of irregulars, but in trying to redraw the map of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has hit upon a weak link in the chain holding the nations of the Middle East together. It...
  • ANZACs lasting Middle East impact

    04/26/2014 7:00:20 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 4/25/2014 | Dave Sharma
    Ninety-nine years ago today, April 25, in the very early hours before dawn, some 1200 kilometers from Jerusalem, members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps or ANZACs landed on the western shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula, in modern-day Turkey, at a place we now call Anzac Cove. At roughly the same time, British forces landed at the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula, at Cape Helles, whilst French forces went ashore at Kum Kale, on the Turkish mainland just opposite Cape Helles. Indian and Canadian troops later joined the campaign. This multinational invasion force was to...
  • 100 years later, remembering the crucible called World War I

    06/28/2014 7:33:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    la times ^ | 6-28-14 | Henry Chu
    The shot that changed the world rang out on a sunny summer's morning in Southeastern Europe. No one knew then that the assassin's bullet would spell the death not just of an Austrian aristocrat but the entire global order, with four empires and millions of lives lost in a conflict on a scale never before seen.. Exactly 100 years ago Saturday, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and his wife, Sophie, were shot at close range by a young Serbian nationalist on the streets of Sarajevo. The assassination set off a chain reaction that, barely a...
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand: The man whose assassination is blamed for triggering World War I

    06/28/2014 4:16:11 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    ABC (AUS) ^ | 06.28.14
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand is best known as the man whose assassination is widely believed to have led to the outbreak of World War I. But behind that figure lies a story of forbidden love, an obsession with hunting, and a near-miss that could have killed the archduke months before he was shot dead with his wife Sophie in Sarajevo 100 years ago.
  • World War One anniversary: what if Archduke Franz Ferdinand had lived?

    06/28/2014 9:07:15 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 53 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | june 27, 2014 | Tim Stanley and Olivia Bolton
    was like something from a film - what started as a farce ended as a tragedy. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand arrived in Sarajevo on June 28 1914, someone threw a bomb at him but it missed. Gavrilo Princip was meant to shoot him there and then but couldnt get a clear shot. So he went to sulk in a caf instead. It was only when Ferdinands car later went down the same street by the same caf and got stuck in the road - that Princip took his chance and shot the Archduke dead. But what if Princip had missed?...
  • Bosnian Serbs unveil statue honoring Archduke Ferdunand's assassin

    06/28/2014 5:46:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/28/2014 | Rick Moran
    This is pretty bizarre - even for the Balkans. Bosnian Serbs unveiled a statue yesterday honoring Gavrilo Princip, the teenager who pulled the trigger in Sarajevo 100 years ago today killing Archduke Ferdinand - heir to the throne of the Hapsburg Empire - and his wife. The event touched off a series of blunders, misjudgements, and misadventures that culminated in the great powers stumbling into a war that few of them wanted and none could foresee the consequences for. By the time the dust settled in November, 1918, the Hapsburg and Ottoman Empires had disintegrated, Russia had gone Communist, and...
  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/27/2014 8:58:56 PM PDT · by se99tp · 27 replies
    ChristianConcepsDaily ^ | June 28th, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian-Serb student named Gavrilo Princip killed Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the duchess. () That deadly summer unfolded 100 years ago, and the world truly was never the same. Civilization was soon engaged in a horrific conflict marred by mechanized warfare previously unimaginable: tanks, subs, battleships, air power, machine guns with names like the Devils paint brush, and legions of poison gasthe largest-scale use of chemical weapons in history.
  • JUNE 27, 1914 - THE DAY BEFORE THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER 100 YEARS AGO.

    06/27/2014 8:17:19 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    DUSK June 27, 2014 / Photo by Aleksandra Rebic Today is Friday, June 27, 2014. Exactly 100 years ago today was the day before everything in the world changed forever. History tells us that it was a beautiful summer in 1914 - everything a summer should be. This peaceful atmosphere in Europe had only 24 hours left. The next day, June 28, 1914 was Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day), a most sacred day in Serbian history. It was also the day that an Austrian Archduke and his wife would come visiting and go for a ride in Sarajevo, a city in...
  • The tragedy to end all of tragedies?

    06/26/2014 8:17:54 PM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    ChristianConcepsDaily ^ | June 27th, 2014 | Gary Welton
    We are our brothers keepers, and we need to be wise as we plan international policy and personal treatment. Nevertheless, it is idealistic and unreasonable to expect that the insane consequences of our human condition will be eradicated this side of eternity.
  • Portrait bought for $670 could now be auctioned off for as much as $839,000 Read more:

    06/11/2014 7:41:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6-11-14 | Melanie Greenwood
    Father Jamie MacLeod unknowingly bought the work of Anthony Van Dyck 12 years ago at an antique shop for $670. But after being authenticated by the TV program Antiques Roadshow, the portrait could now sell for as much as $839,000 at auction. MacLeod plans to use the money to buy church bells to commemorate the end of WWI. A British priest who picked up a painting for $670 is likely to see it sold at auction for as much as $839,000. The BBC reported that Father Jamie MacLeod found Anthony Van Dycks Flemish Baroque work 12 years ago in a...
  • WWI in color photos

    04/18/2014 8:52:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 29 replies
    Austrian Soldier, Eastern Europe, 1915 German troops in Berlin, 1914 Ambulances in Palestine, 1918 French trenches, 1916 Senegalese troops, France, 1917 Dead Italian soldiers, Italy, 1915
  • 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 OHare International Airport by the FBI before officials concluded there was no risk of the shells exploding. It is not clear how the students, aged...
  • West celebrates WWI cavalrymen India forgot

    03/30/2014 7:22:38 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Times of India ^ | Mar 31, 2014, 12.21 AM IST | Manimugdha S Sharma,TNN
    Indian officers of Skinner's Horse with their British officer in 1900. NEW DELHI: Popular culture in India has glorified the martial traditions of the Rajputs. One of which was saka, in which fighting men of a defeated state rode out for a final, suicidal battle dressed in yellow. That antiquated Rajput code has survived in the yellow ceremonial uniform of one of Indian Army's oldest cavalry regiments, the 1st Horse or Skinner's Horse. Over two centuries after it was raised by a "white Mughal" James Skinner who was denied a commission in the Honourable East India Company's...
  • As others mark World War One centenary, Germans prefer to forget

    03/20/2014 6:18:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | march 19, 2014 | Erik Kirschbaum
    A simple plaque marks the forsaken spot where the Red Baron was buried in central Berlin but hardly anyone stops to remember the flying ace shot down in 1918. For Germans, the Great War holds so little interest. The centenary of the outbreak of World War One has caught Germany off guard, while Britain, France, the United States and others mark it with battlefield tours, television programs, exhibitions and plans for ceremonies on the day, in August. Germans aren't sure how, or even if, they should commemorate a war that cost them 13 percent of their territory, all their colonies,...
  • 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 Bladensburgs 40-foot Memorial Peace Cross, which honors men from Prince Georges 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...
  • Tolkiens Lord Of The Rings battle scenes were inspired by WW1 experiences

    02/28/2014 4:23:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    The harrowing battle scenes and heartache in J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy masterpiece The Lord Of The Rings were inspired by the authors own First World War nightmare and the death of close friends from Birmingham.
  • Sailor's letter arrives a century later and delivered to WWI seaman's great granddaughter

    02/22/2014 7:33:33 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2014
    A forgotten letter from a mystery First World War sailor has found its way to his granddaughter after almost a century. The note dated 1916 was discovered behind a fireplace in Kirkwall, Orkney, and signed Your Blue Jacket Boy. Addressed to the servicemans family, it was sealed and stamped but never posted. Staff at Orkney Library hoped to identify the letter writer and launched an appeal on their blog. The hunt spread to Canada, where a distant relative suggested the sailor might be David John Phillips from Llanelli, South Wales. The relative contacted Mary Hodge in Chester, who recognised the...
  • World War One: 10 interpretations of who started WW1

    02/20/2014 2:15:56 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 72 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | February 11, 2014 | BBC
    Royal cousins Wilhelm II and King George V went to war As nations gear up to mark 100 years since the start of World War One, academic argument still rages over which country was to blame for the conflict.Education Secretary for England Michael Gove's recent criticism of how the causes and consequences of the war are taught in schools has only stoked the debate further. Here 10 leading historians give their opinion. Sir Max Hastings - military historian Germany No one nation deserves all responsibility for the outbreak of war, but Germany seems to me to deserve most.
  • 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...
  • Britain entering first world war was 'biggest error in modern history'

    01/31/2014 11:47:48 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 83 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 30 January 2014 | Maev Kennedy
    Britain could have lived with a German victory in the first world war, and should have stayed out of the conflict in 1914, according to the historian Niall Ferguson, who described the intervention as "the biggest error in modern history". In an interview with BBC History Magazine, Ferguson said there had been no immediate threat to Britain, which could have faced a Germany-dominated Europe at a later date on its own terms, instead of rushing in unprepared, which led to catastrophic costs. "Britain could indeed have lived with a German victory. What's more, it would have been in Britain's interests...
  • Serbia Has a New Teen Idol (Statue of Gavrilo Princip to be erected)

    01/24/2014 7:34:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    The American Interest Blog ^ | January 24, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    Serbias government is commissioning a statue to honor Gavrilo Princip, the boy-assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Novosti, Serbias largest newspaper, revealed this week. To avoid any speculation about its intended symbolism, the statue will be erected atop the Belgrade Fortress on June 28, the 100th anniversary of Princips fateful gunshots, which, conventional wisdom holds, ushered in World War I. Serbia and the Serbian people are thus righting a wrong committed against Princip, who has never before had a monument dedicated to him, writes the pro-government paper.
  • Major international conference: 'THE POSITION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN THE HISTORY OF EUROPE'

    01/13/2014 7:33:27 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 18 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | January 2014 | University of Sarajevo and Centenary News
    Academics of the University of Sarajevo announce the [WWI] conference Aleksandra' Note: I have only one question at this time: Will Serbia's position be represented at this World War One conference in Sarajevo in June of 2014, and will Serbs be present at this conference? Sincerely, Aleksandra Rebic ***** A major international conference about the First World War will see 120 scholars from 28 countries meet in Sarajevo in 2014. The conference, The Position of the First World War in the History of Europe, will be held on the 19th-21st June 2014 at the University of Sarajevo. Scholars from 26...
  • Letter "reveals WWI plans one year before assassination"

    01/09/2014 6:39:29 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 16 replies
    B92 ^ | January 7, 2014 | B92
    ANDRIĆGRAD -- Plans for the start of World War I existed 13 months before the Sarajevo assassination and 14 months before Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.The Serbian Kingdom soldiers are seen during the Battle of Kolubara (Wikipedia) This can be inferred from a copy of the letter that Director of the Archives of Serbia Miroslav Perišić presented in Andrićgrad, in the RS, Bosnia. Governor of Bosnia-Herzegovina Oskar Potiorek sent this letter to the then Minister of Austria-Hungary Bilinski on May 28, 1913, and its copy was made public at the history department of Kamengrad (Andrićgrad) on Sunday. Perišić noted that...
  • History stutters when repeating itself. What it tells us is clear only if we pay attention.

    01/06/2014 12:31:28 PM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 6, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Unless we read and understand history we lack sufficient knowledge to avoid repetition of its worst events. Barbara TuchmanMultiple tips of the hat to NEO at Nebraska Energy Observer for calling my attention to this video of which I had previously been unaware. Is the video one hundred percent faithful to Barbara Tuchman's book titled Guns of August? Videos rarely if ever are and this video goes well past August of 1914, the first month of the war,and the events leading up to it. Still, it presents her theses reasonably well.It's an hour and forty minutes long -- shorter than...
  • THE GREAT RETREAT, SERBIA 1915

    12/31/2013 8:21:33 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | December 31, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic / M.I. Tatham
    "Night March of the Serbian Army" French WWI postcard Aleksandra's Note:As a lovely, sparkling snow falls steadily over Chicagoland on this last day of 2013, December 31st, it seems most appropriate to pay tribute to those Serb military forces and civilians who embarked on a now legendary exodus from Serbia in the late fall and winter of 1915/1916 southward through Montenegro and Albania to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The Great Serbian Retreat, also known as the "Albanian Golgotha", was an extraordinary human event in the history of the 20th Century. Though it was a retreat, seen by the...
  • War in the Trenches (Yale Online Lecture on WWI, John Merriman - video at link)

    12/31/2013 11:22:13 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Yale Online ^ | Nov 2008 | John Merriman
    hist-202: European Civilization, 1648-1945 Lecture 17 - War in the Trenches [November 3, 2008] Chapter 1. The Failure of the Schlieffen Plan: The Battle of the Marne [00:00:00] Professor John Merriman: We're going to talk about the war today. Let's do that. I assume that you guys all saw Paths of Glory, so I'm going to talk about the mutinies in a while. Jay Winter is going to talk about essentially the Great War in modern memory. To make a nice transition to his lecture, I'm going to end with something that he wrote about how reality and art came...
  • THE MIRACLE OF THE KOLUBARA!

    11/16/2013 10:13:16 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | 1983/2011-2013 | Paul Pavlovich
    Legendary Serbian General Zivojin Misich The Miracle of Kolubara River 'Men still talk of the miracle of the Marne, where there is little that is miraculous. There would be more justification in talking of the miracle of the Kolubara.' British Official History of World War I ***** "'Only the passing of two or three centuries are needed to make the glorious heroism of the Serbian soldiers stand out as a legend to the generations that are to come. They will scarcely be able to believe what we have all witnessed.'" *****