One Hundred Years Ago Today ……

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12 Responses to One Hundred Years Ago Today ……

  1. pesce9991 says:

    And the war begins…

  2. KevinK says:

    A total failure of Governments, Germany, Russia, UK, etc. What unbelievable carnage, and the Armistice only lead to WWII.

    My Mother’s Father was there (WWI, with the Allied Expeditionary Force; AEF) as a quartermaster in the US Army. Boasted that the German shells could kill the mules; “But they couldn’t get me”. Saw service in the Argonne offensive. Came home to raise a family; Mom, two brothers and a sister.

    Damned if the two brothers didn’t have to go back and do it all over again for WWII. My Uncle made it through D-day just to get shot up a bit later, they “patched” him up and sent him in again, just in time for the Battle of the Bulge.

    My Father flew his first combat mission (8th United States Army Air Force) in a P-51 a few days after D-day.

    They ALL made it back, and I feel very humble knowing men that saw things like like that firsthand.

    And now, we have politicians that are “going to heal the Earth”; so much more than pathetic…

    Kevin

  3. Gail Combs says:

    Ordinary folk do not want war. They have never wanted war unless they are driven to it. Unfortunately those who get us into wars are no longer required to sit on a horse in the FRONT of the armies they amass. Instead like the cowards they are, they sit safety in their cushy offices at home.

    • Ordinary folk do not want war.

      That’s a romanticized view of the “ordinary folk”, Gail. True, there was more opposition to war in the run up to WWII, for example, as a result of the still remembered WWI carnage but people went into WWI quite frivolously.

      “Ordinary folk” went to war with enthusiasm at the start of our Civil War. Watching the Battle of Fort Sumter was a major social occasion for Charlestonians. It usually isn’t until one’s own start getting killed that people change their point of view.

      And Rwandan Hutus slaughtering Tutsis were most ordinary people. The list is endless.

  4. omanuel says:

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  5. rah says:

    Unfortunately most Americans now have little concept of just how horrible WW I was. They may remember something about trench warfare and the use of gas but little else unless they are true history buffs. History simply is not taught as it should be in our schools and hasn’t been for some time.

    Try this little test. Ask an American to name the three most significant historical events of 1917 and see what answers or non-answers you get. In most cases it will be worse than some of the “man on the street” interviews. During the nearly two years I was an instructor at SOMED training SF medics to be I asked that question to trainees. These were guys with high GT scores selected to become SF medics because academically it is one of the toughest courses an enlisted man in the Army can go through. Attrition of 66% average while I was an instructor there. NOT A ONE ever could come up with three good answers and most might guess one.

    And probably not that many will watch some of the excellent history programs marking the centennial of the beginning of “The War To End All Wars” that are coming on now. Places like Flanders, The Somme, Ypres, Verdun, signify nothing to most Americans today and yet those great killing fields are some of the most iconic symbols of the futility and waste of war that exist.

    • … how horrible WW I was.

      That.

      Some of the worst carnage, cruelty and suffering we associate with WWII happened already in WWI.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Grass — by Carl Sandburg

      Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo,
      Shovel them under and let me work–
      I am the grass; I cover all.

      And pile them high at Gettysburg
      And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
      Shovel them under and let me work.
      Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
      What place is this?
      Where are we now?

      I am the grass.
      Let me work.

    • cdquarles says:

      WWI was horrible. My grandfather was in Wilson’s Segregated Army, in France. He never, I repeat, never talked about combat; though he did mention the Flu Epidemic. If there was something in the newspaper about Vietnam or on the TV ‘news’ he might grunt in disgust. He learned ‘soldier French’ and would speak it to entertain the grandkids (my sister and myself, mostly). When the Armistice Day parades were done, he’d go at times, either to watch or march in them.

      JRR Tolkien talks about that Great War as a disaster. It was. The bloodiest wars that I can think of, off the top of my head, are the American Civil War, WWI and WW2.

  6. We are definitely pushing for war again.

  7. au1corsair says:

    London’s Imperial War Museum had been closed until a few weeks ago so that the museum could prepare World War One exhibits to commemorate the events of a century ago.

    http://www.iwm.org.uk/

    Over 15 years ago I toured the Imperial War Museum and their rather realistic trench line segment. That’s in addition to visiting Fort Douaumont twice–once in the early Sixties and once during the Eighties.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Douaumont

    I am an amateur World War Two historian, but the First World War is important to understanding the Second for these two reasons: the ghosts of the First shaped World War Two, and Europe hasn’t forgotten what happened to it between 1914 and 1919 (yes, the Armistice went into effect on 11 November 1918 at the eleventh hour…)

    I volunteer as a receptionist at a local Air Force museum because I don’t want us to pay tuition again for the lessons learned. There’s very little about World War One in the Hill Aerospace Museum. Despite Woodrow Wilson, the Great War just wasn’t America’s war. Europe, on the other hand…

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