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  • 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...
  • Vessel Believed to be Russian Tsarist Submarine Discovered in the Baltic

    06/26/2014 10:41:11 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jun. 26 2014 21:00 | The Moscow Times
    Estonian divers have discovered a watercraft in the Baltic Sea that they believe to be one of Russia's first battle submarines, Estonian media reported. The Shark, which was first launched in 1911, disappeared in 1915 at the height of World War I. It was carrying a crew of 35 at the time, whose fate has since remained unknown.
  • 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
  • World War I Claims Two More Casualties ... in 2014

    03/20/2014 7:23:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 19 March 2014 | Luke Garratt
    First World War bomb kills two construction site workers 100 years after it was fired at Belgian battlefield • Armament was disturbed and exploded evacuation works at the site • Killed two and injured two, all construction workers working in the area • This area of Belgium is rife with unexploded bombs from the Great War • It is the former Flanders battleground where many shells were fired A First World War bomb killed two construction site workers when it exploded 100 years after being fired at a Belgian battlefield. The bomb had laid dormant for a century at an...
  • Germany started the Great War, but the Left can’t bear to say so

    01/08/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 82 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | January 6, 2014 | Boris Johnson
    One of the reasons I am a Conservative is that, in the end, I just can’t stand the intellectual dishonesty of the Left. In my late teens I found I had come to hate the way Lefties always seemed to be trying to cover up embarrassing facts about human nature, or to refuse to express simple truths – and I disliked the pious way in which they took offence, and tried to shoosh you into silence, if you blurted such a truth. Let me give you a current example of this type of proposition. It is a sad but undeniable...
  • British plan ANZAC whitewash

    01/08/2014 2:13:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 9th January 2013
    A PC push by British politicians is threatening to downplay the role of Aussie diggers in WW1 in favour of developing nations. The ANZAC whitewash comes despite the 62,000 Australians who died in the Great War fighting for the British Empire and another 156,000 wounded, with no 100-year anniversary events planned by Britain recognising the sacrifice. ..... British government sources have confirmed internal briefings on WWI commemorations have not mentioned Australia or New Zealand once, instead staff from departments and cabinet offices have been briefed to concentrate on other British Empire contributions by soldiers from countries such as Nigeria and...
  • Echoes of 1919

    12/24/2013 7:15:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    CarolineGlick.com ^ | 12/24/13 | Caroline Glick
    Both critics and supporters of US President George W. Bush's post-September 11 vision of a new, freedom-loving Middle East have noted the strong similarities between the president and his predecessor Woodrow Wilson. In 1917, the 28th president brought US forces into World War I with the promise that an allied victory against Germany and its allies would make the world "safe for democracy." Wilson's vision of a postwar world was a bit out of place in the war being fought on the killing fields of Belgium and France. Neither the Allies nor the Central Powers were fighting the war for...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Lawrence of Arabia"(1962)

    12/15/2013 11:02:13 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1962 | David Lean
  • We don't remember the Great War fallen; yet we still mourn them

    11/09/2013 2:48:03 PM PST · by Dysart · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11-9-13 | Daniel Hannan
    I find Remembrance Sunday sadder each year. It’s partly that I’m becoming sentimental – I find it increasingly difficult to recite any poetry without a catch in my voice – but it’s mainly that the fallen are now closer in age to my children than to me. When I was a small boy, I was, as small boys are, uncomplicatedly pro-war. At around eleven or twelve, I started to read the First World War poets, but I was still mainly attracted by the heroic element in their writing: their endurance in monstrous circumstances. Later, as a teenager, I began to...
  • Wear a poppy don't burn it: Muslim leaders urge followers to show respect for Remembrance Sunday

    11/03/2013 11:29:15 AM PST · by the scotsman · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3rd November 2013 | Leon Watson
    'Mosques will take the unprecedented step of urging British Muslims to 'wear the poppy, rather than burn it' this week in a bid to counter claims of being unpatriotic. Poppy stalls will be set up at around the country leading up to Remembrance Sunday in a move backed by government ministers and the Royal British Legion. It follows high-profile protests in the past by Muslim extremists, including those linked to the hate preacher Anjem Choudary, and the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London.'
  • World War One in Colour - Part 1 - Everyday Life During Wartime

    10/31/2013 6:58:45 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 13 replies
    CityNoise ^ | July 2, 2010 | Franny Wentzel
    Images collected from the French National Archives of soldiers and civilians on or near the Western Front. One must presume these were taken during a lull in the fighting due to the long exposure times required by colour film.
  • 'Catastrophe' by Max Hastings - magisterial and humane history of the First World War

    10/26/2013 11:49:11 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 35 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | October 17, 2013 | Nigel Jones
    German soldiers cross into Belgium in August 1914 Photo: RA/Lebrecht Music & Arts Like one of Field Marshal Haig’s family whiskies, Max Hastings is a dram that steadily improves with age. His own trenchant views on war, and caustic opinions of the commanders who ran them, tended to obtrude too obviously in his early works, suggesting that if only he had been present at key military conferences costly errors would have been avoided. However, Hastings’s recent massive volumes on his specialist subject, the Second World War, have shown why his position as Britain’s leading military historian is now unassailable. They...
  • Two unknown soldiers (discovered in the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps)

    10/19/2013 6:48:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Economist ^ | October 9, 2013
    THE BLACK stain on the ice was instantly recognisable. The technician checking a tarpaulin stretched over a section of the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps—an experimental attempt to slow the melting— quickly called in a rescue party. The block of ice was airlifted to the nearby city of Vicenza. Inside were two soldiers who had fallen at the Battle of Presena in May 1918 and were buried in a crevasse.Their uniforms and their location indicated that they could well have been Kaiserschützen, specialised mountain troops who fought on behalf of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to defend these mountains from...
  • PHOTOS: Cigarettes Save Life! - WWI Cravan "A" Cigarette Tin With The Shot It Stopped Still Inside

    10/17/2013 6:53:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Retronaut ^ | circa WWI | Retronaut
    “Arthur Mann joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914. His daughter-in-law says he was shot down by the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen – Arthur’s parachute caught in a tree. He also fought in the trenches – when Arthur was shot, the bullet bounced off this tin and saved his life. He also survived gassing, but this experience badly affected his long-term health. He died in 1953″ Explore Europeana 1914 – 1918
  • Schwerpunkt at Fismette, August 27, 1918

    10/01/2013 6:29:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Army Heritage Education Center ^ | August 27, 2010 | Shane Reilly
    Schwerpunkt at Fismette, August 27, 1918 August 27, 2010 By Shane Reilly, Army Heritage Education Center The forest for the trees: Soldiers of the 28th Division are shown in hiding among trees during service in France in World War I(WWI Signal Corps Collection). Related Links A Working Bibliography of MHI Sources: 28th Infantry Division A Working Bibliography of MHI Sources: World War I- AEF Overview In the early morning hours of August 27, 1918, 230 Pennsylvanians of the 28th Division trudged across the Vesle River into their defensive positions in the rubble- strewn village of Fismette, France. Less than an...
  • Extraordinary chivalry of British PoW who returned to German prison after visiting dying mother

    09/03/2013 7:14:35 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4th September 2013 | Yahoo News
    'A British PoW captured by the Germans in World War I was freed to see his dying mother - but went back to the prison camp after giving the Kaiser 'his word' he would return. Capt Robert Campbell, aged 29, was gravely injured and captured just weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July, 1914. But after two years in Magdeburg Prisoner of War Camp, the British officer received word from home his mother Louise Campbell was close to death. He speculatively wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II, begging to be allowed home to visit his mother one final time....
  • Revealed: Extraordinary story of British WWI captain released by Kaiser from German prison camp

    09/03/2013 3:56:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2013
    A British soldier was freed from a German POW camp during World War One to see his dying mother - and kept his promise to the Kaiser by returning, historians have discovered. Captain Robert Campbell, aged 29, was captured just weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July, 1914. But after two years in Magdeburg Prisoner of War Camp the British officer received word from home his mother Louise Campbell was close to death. He speculatively wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II begging to be allowed home to visit his mother one final time. Incredibly the German leader granted the...
  • Historical World War I PHOTO: Harley Davidson Motorcycle with Mounted Machine-Gun

    08/04/2013 12:33:23 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    Retronaut ^ | (est. 1917) World War I | Retronaut
    In 1917, the United States entered World War I and the military demanded motorcycles for the war effort. Harleys had already been used by the military in the Pancho Villa Expedition, but World War I was the first time the motorcycle had been adopted for combat service. Harley-Davidson provided about 15,000 machines to the military forces during World War I. - Wikipedia
  • Sergeant Stubby ... Vintage World War I Photos of American War Dog, circa 1918

    07/29/2013 7:06:33 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1918 | Retronaut
    • "Sergeant Stubby" Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby served 18 months 'over there' and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there until American Soldiers found him). Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper. •...
  • Horror of the First World War revealed in amazing collection of '3D'...

    07/07/2013 8:54:06 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 25 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 06 2013 | By JAMES DANIEL
    Horror of the First World War revealed in amazing collection of '3D' stereoscopic images found in an attic after decades A Toronto photography studio has stumbled across a stereoscopic camera, and its photographic slides, that captured scenes of World War I in 3D. The photographs were taken in the trenches, streets, and battlefields of World War I. The striking images, acquired using a handheld stereoscopic camera called the Verascope and were captured by soldiers in the French army. When the camera was acquired it was still in pristine condition and included the original leather carrying case and glass slides. Each...
  • Rare 3D Camera Found Containing Photos from WWI

    07/07/2013 5:48:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    io9 ^ | July 5, 2013
    SWhile visiting an estate in Ontario's Niagara Falls two years ago, a film enthusiast stumbled upon a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. Here's what he found inside. The verascope camera, which was purchased by A Nerd's World's Chris Hughes, was found in pristine condition and included the original leather carrying case and glass slides. The antique had been in the possession of an elderly man who was clearing out his camera collection in preparation for retirement. S"Each slide is a piece of history in photographic form and I get shivers...
  • Some 3D Photos of World War I from Rare, Vintage Stereo Camera

    07/04/2013 7:30:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    A Nerd's World ^ | circa, WWI | A Nerd's World
    Rare 3D Camera Found Containing Photos from WWI "One cold morning last year, we attended an estate in the Niagara Falls where we were fortunate enough to come across and purchase a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. The camera is in pristine condition and included the original leather carrying case and glass slides. Each slide is a piece of history in photographic form and I get shivers every time I place a glass slide into the 3D stereo viewer. Only at A Nerd’s World 986 Bathurst street can you see the...
  • 1915 WWI Vintage Photo: Captured Turk Sniper Disguised as a Tree (Early Camouflage)

    06/24/2013 7:16:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Retronaut ^ | June 1915 | Retronaut
    From ’The Great War: A History’, volume III, 1916 (litho)
  • A History of Liberal White Racism (By a Person of the Left)

    04/18/2013 4:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | APR 18 2013 | TA-NEHISI COATES
    Probably the most bracing aspect of Ira Katznelson's new history of the New Deal, Fear Itself, is his portrait of the marriage of progressive domestic policy and white supremacy. I knew the outlines of this stuff, but for a flaming commie like me, the extent of the embrace is hard to take: Far more enduring was the New Deal's intimate partnership with those in the South who preached white supremacy. For this whole period -- the last in American history when public racism was legitimate in speech and action -- southern representatives acted not on the fringes but as an...
  • Historical Photo: Section of German WWI Submarine Being Pulled Through New York City (1918)

    1918: Amanda Uren - Pulling a section of a submarine through New York City
  • World War I era ammunition frozen in a glacier for nearly a century has been found in N. Italy

    09/02/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2012 | Alex Gore
    First World War ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been found as glacier melts WWI ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been discovered in northern Italy. More than 200 pieces of the ammunition were revealed at an altitude of 3,200 metres by a melting glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak in Trentino. The 85-100mm caliber explosives weighed between seven and 10 kilos and explosives experts have been to the site to safely dispose of the weaponry. The once-perennial glacier began partially melted during a recent heat wave, allowing the Finance Police Alpine rescue...
  • 10 Best World War I Movies Ever Made

    07/30/2012 7:53:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 116 replies
    guns & ammo ^ | 7-24-12 | garry james
    Without question, more movies have been made about World War II than any other, but before World War II there was World War I, and some of the best — if not the best — war films ever made were inspired by that conflict. Most movies about the Great War incorporate strong anti-war messages, and to be fair, I can think of few other conflicts (except perhaps the Crimean War or the Thirty Years War) in which this attitude is more appropriate. You’ll see this thread running through almost every one of my picks — it’s just the way it...
  • World's last' WWI veteran Florence Green dies aged 110

    02/07/2012 3:28:51 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7 February 2012 | Staff
    A woman thought to be the world's last known surviving service member of World War I has died aged 110. Florence Green, from King's Lynn, Norfolk, served as a mess steward at RAF bases in Marham and Narborough. She died in her sleep on Saturday night at Briar House care home, King's Lynn. Mrs Green had been due to celebrate her 111th birthday on 19 February. The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Briton Claude Choules, died in Australia aged 110 in May 2011. The last three World War I veterans living in the UK - Bill...
  • Dog tag lost in World War I returned to soldier's son

    01/13/2012 7:12:54 AM PST · by Daffynition · 37 replies · 1+ views
    reuters via Yahoo ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | Kevin Murphy
    KANSAS CITY, MO (Reuters) - Somehow, maybe in a struggle to remove his helmet, Kent Potter lost his dog tag on a French battlefield in World War I. Private Potter, who worked on an Army supply train that consisted mostly of mules and horses, survived the war and returned home to Kansas without the tag, which remained buried for more than 90 years. At a ceremony hosted in the small town of Cottonwood Falls on Thursday, however, the worn, round metal tag finally landed back with the Potter family thanks to the efforts of two Frenchmen.
  • Amazingly Good Audio of Woodrow Wilson Speaking During 1912 Presidential Campaign

    09/04/2011 2:48:29 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    Self | September 4, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, I know that Glenn Beck really hates Woodrow Wilson but let us leave aside the politics to discuss this absolutely amazing AUDIO of Wilson speaking during the 1912 Presidential campaign. Three things really strike me about this audio: 1. Clarity. I can't believe how CLEAR this audio sounds keeping in mind when it was recorded which was 1912. 2. Wilson's speaking voice. I never realized that Wilson's voice was so clear. If he lived today, he could easily be a radio announcer. His voice is that good. 3. Wilson's accent. Although Woodrow Wilson spent his boyhood in the South...
  • Last living US WWI vet dies in West Virginia

    02/28/2011 4:57:31 PM PST · by Military family member · 14 replies
    WTHI TV 10 ^ | 2/28/2011 | WTHI TV 10
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - What was it like? What was it like in the trenches? What was it like in all those places whose names have faded in the dusty recesses of memory, places like Ypres and Gallipoli, Verdun and the Marne? What was it like to fight the war that was supposed to make the world safe for democracy? There's no one left to ask.
  • Last American World War I Veteran Dies

    02/28/2011 4:31:31 PM PST · by DBCJR · 9 replies
    The last known American veteran of World War I died Sunday at his home in West Virginia. Former U.S. Army Corporal Frank Buckles was 110 years old... Buckles wanted to serve when World War I broke out, and his lie to the recruiter made it possible. Shortly afterward, at age 16, he deployed to Europe as an ambulance driver. He saw the horror of war close up, ferrying the wounded from the trenches to primitive field hospitals. Later, he drove German prisoners back to Germany. Buckles left the army in 1920 and years later he went to work for a...
  • Last living U.S. WWI veteran dies

    02/27/2011 8:39:21 PM PST · by Red Badger · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 02-27-2011 | staff
    Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110. Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies

    02/27/2011 8:37:32 PM PST · by Mmogamer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/27/2011 | Paul Courson
    Washington (CNN) -- Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.
  • Cross Village native among 'The Polar Bears' who fought for eight months in Russia inWWI

    05/21/2009 1:29:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 1,137+ views
    harborlightnews.com ^ | May 20, 2009 | Daniele Kapral
    In September 1918, though told they were headed to France, the soldiers in company M 339th Infantry were shipped from Camp Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan, to the bitter cold Archangel, Russia. The R.E.F (Russian Expeditionary Force), later referred to as “The Polar Bears,” went to battle in a desolate, frozen land. They were left to fight eight months after World War I had ended, and became one of the most highly decorated regiments in all the war. These men will be remembered in a documentary film, “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn,” which premieres this Memorial weekend in southern...
  • Lest we forget, hell on earth (respectful video for all veterans)

    11/11/2008 10:06:32 AM PST · by robomatik · 3 replies · 190+ views
    live leak ^ | 11/10/08 | spudmonkey (uh, ok)
    "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. In remembrance of all those that died in the Great War. Some thought provoking facts and towards the end, a role call for some of those nations that took part in what was the most brutal and unforgiving conflict ever. The UK only has 3 surviving WW1 vets."
  • Soldiers of the Great War

    11/11/2008 6:43:36 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 3 replies · 174+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 11, 2008 | Editor
    The guns fell silent 90 years ago today. Between the time that the terms of the Armistice were signed in the predawn hours of November 11, 1918 and the moment it came into effect at 11 o'clock that morning, the Western Front registered as many as 11,000 casualties, including a conservatively estimated 320 Americans killed and 3,200 wounded.Snip
  • Red Baron brought down by a shot fired the previous year

    09/21/2004 7:24:44 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 6 replies · 587+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 22, 2004 | Roger Highfield
    A head wound suffered by the Red Baron the year before his death was the underlying reason he was eventually shot down, according to a study by neuroscientists. There has been endless speculation over who killed the 25-year-old First World War flying ace but the new study suggests that more credit is due to the British airman who grazed his skull in 1917 than to the Australian gunner who eventually brought him down in 1918. The killing machine feared by the Allies and revered by his countrymen suffered significant brain damage to his frontal lobes when a machinegun round fired...
  • Churchill letters predicted war 2 years before it began

    02/07/2004 5:10:37 PM PST · by yonif · 13 replies · 226+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | Saturday, February 7, 2004 | AP
    WASHINGTON--Winston Churchill predicted World War I two years before it broke out, Library of Congress scholars discovered in a newly unearthed collection of the British prime minister's letters. The letters to Churchill's cousin, the Duke of Marlborough, have not been seen in decades, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said. As first lord of the Admiralty in 1912, Churchill updated his cousin on the war between Turkey and an alliance of Balkan states. Churchill took a stand against the Turks. "But the European situation is far from safe and anything might happen," he wrote. "It only needs a little ill...
  • Colorado's WWI vets have faded away

    05/25/2003 2:50:10 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 14 replies · 344+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 05/24/03 | Jim Sheeler
    Colorado's WWI vets have faded awayBy Jim Sheeler, Rocky Mountain News May 24, 2003 Deep within government computers, amid lists and statistics of millions of military veterans, a single name recently slipped quietly away. Confidentiality rules protected the name. Nothing protected the history behind it. Sometime in February, the last Colorado World War I veteran receiving military benefits died. It's a milestone that officials knew was coming - the Department of Veterans Affairs says fewer than 500 U.S. veterans of World War I remain alive; their average age is 101. Still, officials stress that the loss doesn't necessarily mean that...
  • Is this Churchill quote legitimate? (Says America should've stayed out of WWI)

    12/09/2002 9:33:34 PM PST · by zapiks44 · 62 replies · 1,366+ views
    ,,America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn't entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all these 'isms' wouldn't today be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government - and if England had...