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World War 1. 100 years ago right now

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have been reading this WW1  blog for last 2 years.

The author has an new entry every day. And awesome commentary on it.

About what happened 100 years ago today.

Its cool that you get to see the daily cause and effects.

Its amazing what went on and how the leaders reacted to the incredible military stalemate and all the death they all helped to create.

For instance the Russian Army in 1914 used no codes when radio telegraphing war plans to their generals. And of course  the Germans were listening.

Also some German agent in Iraq left his code book in a hotel and the British found it and then pretty much knew whenever German ships were going to leave their ports and try to attack British shipping.

anyways thought someone would be interested.

And the link below the first one is similar, about  what was 100 years ago  in the NY Times.

Remember that women were still fighting for the vote. And New York City had close to 800,000 Yiddish speakers. And there were regular lynchings going on the the Southern states.

1. Blog:

http://ww1blog.osborneink.com/

2. Historic NY Times daily links:

http://whateveritisimagainstit.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Lester_in_reno said:

nobody.

This thing cracks me up.

http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6650094/facebook-news-feed-history-of-the-world-world-war-i-to-world-war-ii

Soldiers: "Um, will anything good come out of this?"

Hindsight: "Literature!"

Soldiers: "And a conclusive victory, right?"

Hindsight: "Just Literature!"

 

thanks for the links 

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2 hours ago, Lester_in_reno said:

nobody.

As cold blooded as it sounds, science and medicine made huge leaps.  Warfare has been the biggest benefactor towards advances in science the last hundered years by far.  So to play devils advocate the winner was all of us, both in societal advances and historical lessons.  Hopefully.

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stuff like the the wristwatch was invented by  the war.

Yeah medicine made big leaps, they learned how to do blood transfusions better.

 

"British getting ready to Blow some shit up !"

 

In parts of  Belgium they still find unexploded shells in the ground every week. the "Iron Harvest"

 

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The most amazing thing I learned about WW 1 is the complete disregard for human life.  Soldiers really were cattle, and were sent off to die in great numbers for nothing. 

That element has only changed slightly in the last hundred years.  Soldiers are still sent off on stupid missions to sacrifice their lives needlessly, but not in as huge numbers. 

We can thank the development of more efficient ways of killing for that. 

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March 7, 1917: on this day 99 years ago, the severely depleted Austro-Hungarian Army called up the class of 1920 for training.

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12800284_1275800182436835_67853555349505October 1917 at Caporetto: a twenty-six year old German Army captain named Erwin Rommel (commander of the Wuerttemberg Mountain Battalion) would earn the coveted Blue Max (the Order Pour le Merite) for taking three peaks south of the town and bagging nine thousand Italian troops in only two days.

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A young Benito Mussolini wearing the hat of the Bersaglieri Regiment in 1915. The one time teacher and socialist newspaper editor was promoted to lance sergeant after the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo in August 1916.

The future Duce was made a master sergeant in February 1917, mere days before an accident with a grenade launcher ended his service in the Italian Army.

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Kind of odd -- the posing. smiling....

 

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March 8, 1917: International Women's Day in Petrograd

In the wake of the Putilov strikes only days before, Russian women took to the streets of Petrograd on a sunny and unusually warm day (February 23 according to the Julian Calendar). They were hungry and crying for bread...

Little did everyone know, the February Revolution was underway, and the long road to get Russia out of the war had begun...

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Count Francesco Baracca, Italy's top ace in the Great War with 34 kills. Sadly, he was killed near Mount Montello in June 1918 (one month after turning 30 years old).

Years later, his mother presented the Cavallino Rampante emblem to Enzo Ferrari. The prancing horse was part of the Baracca family coat of arms, and in 1929, Ferrari adopted it as the symbol of the Scuderia Ferrari auto racing team.

 

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Leutnant Ernst Udet was Germany's top ace to survive the Great War at the age of only 22. He was second to Manfred von Richthofen in confirmed kills by a German pilot with 62 (the Red Baron had eighty). Udet also won the coveted Blue Max, the Order Pour le Merite.

In World War II, Ernst Udet was a colonel general in the Luftwaffe under Hermann Goering. He was in charge of production, and when the early failures of the Luftwaffe became apparent to Hitler, Udet was Goering's scapegoat. He committed suicide in November 1941 at the age of 45.

 

 

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Unlike WW2 movies, there isn't that many good WW1 movies made.  A couple of good ones I would recommend are Gallipoli and Warhorse. Along with All Quiet on the Western Front. And another one I liked called Von Richthofen and Brown, very interesting movie. There's some other good movies but are more situational (Lawrence of Arabia). 

Gallipoli was one of the worst defeats of all time and surprisingly Winston Churchill was the one primarily responsible for it. But I will say it helped the British learn a valuable lesson that helped them in WW2 D-Day. 

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4 minutes ago, pokerider said:

Unlike WW2 movies, there isn't that many good WW1 movies made.  A couple of good ones I would recommend are Gallipoli and Warhorse. Along with All Quiet on the Western Front. And another one I liked called Von Richthofen and Brown, very interesting movie. There's some other good movies but are more situational (Lawrence of Arabia). 

Gallipoli was one of the worst defeats of all time and surprisingly Winston Churchill was the one primarily responsible for it. But I will say it helped the British learn a valuable lesson that helped them in WW2 D-Day. 

 

Check out The Red Baron on Netflix.  It is about 100 times better than flyboys.

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the movie about the Christmas Truce is also good.

 

Joyeux Noel (2005) - IMDb

www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/
Internet Movie Database
Rating: 7.8/10 - ‎20,963 votes

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers ... Joyeux Noel -- On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French ..... This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German ...

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and this one with Kirk Douglas, about 1917 French army  mutinies.

 

Paths of Glory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia

Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax,

the commanding officer of French soldiers who refuse to continue a suicidal attacks.

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