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The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month


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I have a picture of my grand father on my mother's side who survive (not served) being in the French infantry.

My dad uncle Vaugn was gassed at the Argonne forrest. He was a military police officer and survived the war. His brother was a machinest in the US Navy who took the skills to start a business.

It's so sad to think so little is said of one of the darkest moments in world history. It was not that long ago.

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7 minutes ago, Historian said:

England and France were nations bleed white.

Because of the way they called up local regiments, one battle could wipe out an entire village.

 

My moms family were still in England. They were in the thick of it but were very blessed to mostly survive. Dads side were already in the US. A couple enlisted but missed the fighting. 

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I taught history and have studied the war in depth but the saddest thing I ever heard about the war was when the future King George VII saw his grandsons, the future Kings George VI and Edward VIII, playing with tin soldiers in the palace.

 

They had massed Neopolitan style soldiers, cavalry and artillery properly arranged for a Neapolitan style battle. He asked who the grand army in the center were. They answered “that’s your Army”. He was proud to see how well they places his troops for the order of battle. 

 

He he then asked who the other Armies belonged to. They pointed out the other troops and named them one by one. Those are Uncle Nicholas’ men. And those are Uncle Willhelm’s men. Those are Uncle George’s. Etc. Etc. That is when the King knew what was coming was an out of control family fight. 

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10 hours ago, Batesmotel said:

Because of the way they called up local regiments, one battle could wipe out an entire village.

 

My moms family were still in England. They were in the thick of it but were very blessed to mostly survive. Dads side were already in the US. A couple enlisted but missed the fighting. 

True. 

My mother comes from a small French village that has a current population of about 450 and looks like a post card and has all the charm of the country.

The village cemetery has no less than 50 markers and memorials for just the first world war and about 30 from the second.

 

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