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  • Outrage as thousands of children run over the graves of fallen soldiers from WWIs Battle Of.....

    06/28/2016 11:01:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | may 30, 2016 | Peter Allen for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Outrage as thousands of children run over the graves of fallen soldiers from WWIs Battle Of Verdun in stunt organised by German filmmaker during 100th anniversary commemorations in France Images of thousands of laughing children jogging through one of the most sacred Great War battlefields in the world have caused outrage. They were taken on Sunday during commemorations at Verdun - scene of one of the bloodiest battles in military history. The Battle of Verdun between German and French troops lasted over 300 days, and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916.
  • Pope Francis Says Youre NOT Christian if You Support Gun Manufactures

    06/27/2016 7:26:56 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 191 replies
    Ammoland Shooting Sports News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Ammoland
    Italy (Ammoland.com) Pope Francis spoke with a group of young people at a rally of thousands at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. Francis started by attacking the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as well as accusing the allies during World War Two of being complicit in the killing of Jews, Christians and homosexuals. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, saying. If you trust only men you have lost, he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after...
  • 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.
  • [T]housands of children run over the graves of fallen soldiers from WWIs Battle Of Verdun[tr]

    05/31/2016 6:23:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2016 | Peter Allen
    Images of thousands of laughing children jogging through one of the most sacred Great War battlefields in the world have caused outrage. They were taken on Sunday during commemorations at Verdun - scene of one of the bloodiest battles in military history. The Battle of Verdun between German and French troops lasted over 300 days, and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916.
  • The end of a century of political miscalculation

    05/16/2016 4:48:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/5/16 | Jay Schapiro
    In 1916 the French and English drew borders in the Middle East to satisfy their imperial ambitions. Jay Shapiro thinks that the division now collapsed completely. So what is the big mistake of Europe? Listen to figure it out. Video
  • The World Wars led to Israel....miracle nation pt 57

    For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:7-8)In August 2014, the world commemorated the hundredth anniversary of the First World War. Never had the World ever seen war on such an industrial scale.The destruction can only be described as apocalyptic. The loss of life was unprecedented, so also the loss of faith. The Western ruling class and elites, especially in Europe, lost their tenuous grip on the Christian Faith which had sustained and developed them over many...
  • 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.
  • 100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Verdun starts

    02/21/2016 7:38:14 PM PST · by abishai · 41 replies
    Centenary News ^ | February 21, 2016
    A massive artillery bombardment on the morning of February 21st 1916 signalled the start of the German attack on Verdun, the longest single battle of the First World War. More than 1,200 guns opened fire before German troops began their assault on fortifications of major symbolic inportance to France. Even by the standards of the Great War, the Battle of Verdun was a particularly brutal campaign of attrition, fuelled by the determination of both sides not to give way as the struggle wore on. The battle was to last 300 days, almost until Christmas, on a narrow front stretching no...
  • Hitler had son with French teen

    02/17/2012 12:13:28 PM PST · by bkopto · 74 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | Peter Allen
    Jean-Marie Loret, who died in 1985 aged 67, never met his father, but went on to fight Nazi forces during the Second World War. His extraordinary story has now been backed up by a range of compelling evidence, both in France and in Germany, which is published in the latest edition of Paris's Le Point magazine. Hitler is said to have had an affair with Mr Loret's mother, Charlotte Lobjoie, 16, as he took a break from the trenches in June 1917. Although he was fighting the French near Seboncourt, in the northern Picardy region, Hitler made his way to...
  • Did Hitler Have a Secret Son? Evidence Supports Alleged Sons Claims

    02/21/2012 8:32:58 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 21, 2012 | Candace Smith
    Until his death in 1985, Jean-Marie Loret believed that he was the only son of Adolf Hitler. There is now renewed attention to evidence from France and Germany that apparently lends some credence to his claim. Loret collected information from two studies; one conducted by the University of Heidelberg in 1981 and another conducted by a handwriting analyst that showed Lorets blood type and handwriting, respectively, were similar to the Nazi Germany dictator who died childless in 1945 at age 56. The evidence is inconclusive but Lorets story itself was riveting enough to warrant some investigation. The French newspaper Le...
  • Φωτογραφίες Χρονολογίου

    01/01/2016 10:43:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    http://el-gr.el-gr.fb.me/NationalCryptologicMuseum/photos/a.350346695032536.76645.318661104867762/99
    First use of Code Talkers in combat, 1918 The use of pre American languages to protect U.S. voice com began in, 1918. Early on, in World War I, "Captain Lawrence noted conscripts speaking Choctaw bla bla, and recognized a potential to secure line active, field communications. Choctaw com contributed directly to constriction and later withdrawal of two companies during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and were later used in the implementing a successful surprise attack on the Germans at Forest Farm. A belated program expanded in to World War II. http://www.comanchemuseum.com/code_talkers Comanche Code Talkers of World War II. In late 1940, 17...
  • Periscope Gun of WWI

    12/03/2015 6:58:19 AM PST · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 12/3/2015 | R Chastain
    A way to keep your Head Down while Firing at the EnemyWhen fighting stagnates and enemy lines dug into trenches, snipers target anyone whose head pops up above the edge of the trench. Solution: Keep your head down, but your rifle up. The Germans called it Spiegelkolben. Just mount a rifle to a periscope. That way the rifle could be lifted up to get a clear shot at the enemy trenches while the shooter remained safely out of sight using mirrors to see his sights and a length of wire to pull his trigger. While all the major powers in...
  • In Flanders Fields

    11/11/2015 8:53:37 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 28 replies
    Ubiquitous ^ | May 3, 1915 | Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
  • Monument to Gavrilo Princip unveiled in Belgrade

    06/30/2015 10:24:23 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 24 replies
    B92 / Tanjug ^ | June 29, 2015 | Tanjug
    A monument to Gavrilo Princip was unveiled on Sunday in Belgrade in the presence of Serbian and RS [Republika Srpska in Bosnia] presidents Tomislav Nikolic and Milorad Dodik. Princip was a member of the Young Bosnia (Mlada Bosna) movement in the early 20th century, who on Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day, June 28) 1914 in Sarajevo assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Gavrilo Princip was a hero, a symbol of the idea of freedom, the assassin of tyrants and the carrier of the European idea of liberation from slavery, Nikolic said at the ceremony. As far as Germany and Austria-Hungary were concerned,...
  • First World War centenary: the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, as it happened (101 years ago)

    06/28/2015 12:56:45 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 18 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | June 28, 2014 | Richard Preston
    On Sunday June 28 1914 in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip fired the shot that killed the Archduke and started the train of events that led to global war. Here is a step by step account of how the dramatic day unfolded... Our journey starts with an extremely promising omen. Here our car burns, and down there they will throw bombs at us. Archduke Franz Ferdinand comments wryly on the fact that his journey to Bosnia in June 1914 begins with his car overheating The Archduke: Franz Ferdinand, the bumptious, little-loved 51-year-old nephew of the ailing Emperor Franz Joseph, was heir presumptive...
  • 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...
  • SERVICES MARK 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS by Islamic Turkey in WWI

    04/24/2015 1:45:29 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: Thanks to the efforts of those around the world who care about the crimes committed against Christian men, women, and children, more and more attention is being given to the Armenian Genocide of 1915, during which 1.5 million Christians were murdered by the Islamic Turkish Ottoman Empire during and after World War One. Other Christian victims included indigenous Christian Assyrians and Greeks subjugated by the Turks. It is an understatement to say that crimes against Christians, which are again on the increase now, 100 years later, need to be, and must be, given the official attention they deserve....
  • When Jerusalem Met Gallipoli 100 Years Ago; When Turks Met Jews on the Battlefield

    03/29/2015 3:42:59 AM PDT · by wtd · 7 replies
    Israel Picture a Day ^ | March 29, 2015 | Our Mission
    WW100: When Jerusalem Met Gallipoli 100 Years Ago; When Turks Met Jews on the Battlefield Ottoman Imperial Archives Image image/mapWorld War I began in Europe in the summer of 1914 with major battles between the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary versus the Triple Alliance of the United Kingdom, France and Russia. The Ottoman Empire (Turkey) joined with the Central Powers and attacked the British at the Suez Canal in January 1915. In an attempt to put pressure on Germany and Turkey, Britain sent warships to the Dardanelle Straits in April 1915, planning sail up the narrow, 60-mile-long waterway...
  • Nationalism Has Indeed Caused Wars

    01/21/2015 1:04:21 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 9 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 21 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    I want to answer this Facebook comment by Diane Granger to my article Imagine No Heaven and Lots of War: I disagree.Nationalism does not cause wars.Money and power cause wars.Those who profit from wars cause wars.Manipulate and blackmail the traitor politicians into wars. Every war has generally many causes, but it's impossible to deny the evident historical truth that nationalism has been a predominant cause of war. Right now I'm reading respected historian JM Roberts' History of the World where he describes events in the 1930s' Middle East: Unfortunately, the Syrian situation soon also showed the disintegrating power of...
  • I shall never forget it: 100 years since WWI Christmas truce

    12/24/2014 4:34:35 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 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...