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  • 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.
  • Pictures: President Trump Lays Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey

    06/03/2019 1:59:59 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 June 2019 | Oliver JJ Lane
    President Donald Trump laid a wreath at, and prayed over the interred remains of an unknown combatant of the Great War of 1914-1918 on Monday morning, during a visit to Westminster Abbey on his State Visit to the United Kingdom. The visit to the Abbey, the historic place of burial and coronations for English and British Kings and Queens for nearly 1,000 years, was hosted by British Royal Prince Andrew and the chapter officers of the Abbey itself. President Trump was driven from Buckingham Palace, where he had eaten lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, to the Abbey in the Presidential...
  • Anyone heard of these guys?

    06/01/2019 6:33:52 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    Myself ^ | 6/1/2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    My wife was going through her late aunt's things and found a military pin for the 128th Overseas Batallion from Moose Jaw, Canada. Do any FReepers know the history of this unit? My wife's aunt was in the Home guard in WWII but it could have been her father's or a friend's from WWI.
  • Doctors dismissed Spanish flu as a 'minor infection' for three years before ... 1918 pandemic ...

    05/23/2019 11:50:45 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 17 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | May 24, 2019 | SAM BLANCHARD
    Doctors in the early 1900s dismissed Spanish flu as a 'minor infection' just years before it killed 50 million people, according to scientists. Countless lives could have been saved if medics had taken it seriously and worked out how to stop the virus before the disastrous outbreak in 1918, researchers say. A study has found there were investigations as early as 1915 into a mysterious illness which was killing World War I soldiers in France and England. ...
  • Macron: France to have national day marking Armenian Genocide

    02/06/2019 4:01:32 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    RTE Ireland ^ | Feb 6 2019 | AFP/Reuters
    French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France is to make 24 April a "national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide". Speaking to the Armenian community at a dinner in Paris, Mr Macron said: "France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face, which was among the first to denounce the killing of the Armenian people, which in 1915 named genocide for what it was, which in 2001 after a long struggle recognised it in law." France "will in the next weeks make April 24 a national day of commemoration of the...
  • Atheism and the First World War

    01/31/2019 1:42:56 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Upstairs Wit ^ | 22.5.10 | Chris Hampton
    “God is dead,” proclaimed Friedrich Nietzsche in 1882. While this is not meant to be taken in a literal sense, it is certainly a provocative observation to come from the reclusive philosopher. Nietzsche’s generation, one that would embrace ideas like Darwinism, Marxism, and Positivism, had revolutionized the intellectual landscape to a point that could not be reversed. It is often thought that Europe became a continent of atheists and agnostics after World War I, and that the spiritual fabric of Europeans resembled the French farmland that had been destroyed by four years of conflict. While this may not be a...
  • Contact SCOTUS to keep the Bladensburg Peace Cross

    01/28/2019 5:46:47 AM PST · by Clutch Martin · 15 replies
    Urge SCOTUS: Keep the Bladensburg Peace Cross (WWI Memorial) Return to Order
  • The Deeper Meaning of "The Nutcracker"

    12/24/2018 6:03:06 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 24 replies ^ | Jan 2014 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Many people this holiday season will experience the joy of attending a local performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It’s the most implausible American tradition imaginable, an import from fin-de-siècle Russia straight to your hometown. It’s living proof of the capacity of music and the art of dance to leap the bounds of time and space and delight us forever. Perhaps some viewer’s own children will perform in it, and that’s part of the appeal. What theater goers don’t entirely realize is that they are watching something even more wonderful than what they see. In this one...
  • In Memory of the Christmas Truce of WWI

    12/23/2018 4:16:51 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 30 replies
    2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI. WWI turned out to be a war more long, bloody, and bogged down than anyone at the time had expected. It wasn't long before both sides became mired down in soggy trenches, with no-man's land filled with barbed wire and pitted with a million muddy shell holes in between. But in 1914, the fighting ceased for a day, at least along some parts of the line. It was Christmas. The British and French troops heard singing coming from across no-man's land. The Germans were singing "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night)....
  • How Peter Jackson Made WWI Footage Seem Astonishingly New

    12/16/2018 1:03:21 PM PST · by AFreeBird · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 16, 2018 |
    As the director of elaborate fantasy epics like the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies, Peter Jackson has become known for meticulous attention to detail. Now he has put the same amount of care into making a documentary. With “They Shall Not Grow Old,” Jackson has applied new technology to century-old World War I footage to create a vivid, you-are-there feeling that puts real faces front and center and allows us to hear their stories in their own words. The documentary, which will screen nationwide Dec. 17 and Dec. 27, concentrates on the experiences of British soldiers as revealed...
  • The Ruby Pistol

    12/10/2018 5:06:16 AM PST · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/10/2018 | R Reed
    The "Ruby" pistol is the result of France's desperate need for arms in the early days of the Great War. By 1915, much of the French industrial heartland was under German control, and what remained under allied control was producing critically needed material such as rifles, machine guns, and artillery. As the conflict grew beyond even the most pessimistic expectations, the sheer volume of troops sent into battle literally exhausted the meager stores of small arms. To meet this rising demand for pistols for the trenches, the French contracted with the Spanish firm of Gabilondo y Urresti-Eibar for their Ruby...
  • World War I Battlefield Gas Believed In Use Against Paris Protesters Today

    12/08/2018 5:45:00 AM PST · by Nextrush · 65 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 12/8/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "The gas is believed to be phosgene" As published around 5am by BBC News online, removed from later versions It was just last month (November 11th) that world leaders from some 80 nations gathered at the Arc de Triomphe to commemorate the end of World War I. It was reported earlier this morning that its believed a battlefield gas from World War I, phosgene, is being used in that same area against the "yellow vest" protesters today. An account on the BBC website saying that was published around 5am Eastern, but a later version did not mention it.....
  • Don't Be So Quick To Blame Trump's No-Show At WWI Ceremony On The President Himself

    11/12/2018 8:50:00 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 11 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 10 November 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    President Trump is taking a serious shellacking in the media and on social media for the cancellation of a planned trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. The site is located roughly 55 miles outside of Paris. The optics of missing such an important event are undeniably bad and they play into other narratives about the President that are unflattering, but these types of decisions are not usually up to the President. The Secret Service and the White House Military Office who arrange presidential airlift with HMX-1 are the...
  • Armistice Day: White House defends Trump WW1 no-show

    11/12/2018 8:14:04 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 12th 2018 | BBC News
    The White House has defended US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday after he faced a backlash. Mr Trump, who was in France to mark the centenary of World War One's end, cancelled a visit to a US military cemetery because it was raining. Bad weather and "near-zero visibility" grounded the presidential helicopter, White House officials said. French, German and Canadian leaders attended memorial events on Saturday. However, Mr Trump was reluctant to bring extra disruption to Paris traffic for a last-minute motorcade, his officials said. "President Trump did not want to cause that kind...
  • Pinkerton: Learning the Right Lesson of World War I on Its 100th Anniversary

    11/12/2018 12:25:56 AM PST · by familyop · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 11, 2018 | James P. Pinkerton
    The standard view of World War I is that it is a testament to the futility of war. Yet maybe the better way to think of the war, which lasted from 1914 to 1918—including American participation in 1917-1918—is that if war comes, it’s better to win than to lose. [...] Most of the chronicling of that war is heavy on mournfulness, along with the implication that war solves nothing. Hence we see headlines such as “The Tragic Futility of World War I” and “The Most Unnecessary War in History.” Still, we are left to wonder: If the war was “futile”...
  • Saving Paris: U.S. Marines at Battle of Belleau Wood

    11/11/2018 6:48:52 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    War History Online ^ | 2018 | George Winston
    The day that Allied Forces made history on the beaches of Normandy in World War II was already the anniversary of a critical World War I battle. What would befall the United States Marine Corps at Belleau Wood beginning June 6, 1918, would change the Corps forever. In the spring of 1918, German forces launched a massive attack on France. The German Spring Offensive was a focused attempt to take France and win the war. By June, the Germans had already made significant gains. The Marines’ orders were to counterattack the Germans who were stopped at Belleau Wood, about 50...
  • Live Hologram-like Tribute to WWI British Soldiers set to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on Cello

    11/11/2018 4:18:40 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | today
    Live performance from yesterday's Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance in London. So poignant...Video:
  • 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...
  • President Trump Speaking (live NOW!) at Suresnes Cemetery

    11/11/2018 7:02:25 AM PST · by infool7 · 16 replies
    President Donald Trump Speech at the American Commemoration Suresnes Cemetery
  • Veterans’ Day 2018: Why We Fight

    11/11/2018 5:42:21 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 11-11-18 | MOTUS
    The price of greatness is responsibility. – Sir Winston ChurchillThere are scant words to adequately acknowledge the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country, especially in times of war, so let me simply say thank you.Let us reflect on this 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I, the sacrifice our armed forces have always made when called upon to protect and defend our country. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could make it through one day without some nitwit ranting about social justice and tweeting about male toxicity and the patriarchy?...