Thursday, November 13, 2014

World War I Pearltree

I don't know how many of you use Pearltrees (a Web aggregation/exploration site), but here's an interesting Pearltree for World War I

The Most Decorated Dog in US History

"Nearly seventy miles northeast of Paris, there are over twenty cemeteries where the bodies of mostly unidentified German, British, and Italian soldiers are buried from the first World War. There is also Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place for over six thousand Americans that lost their lives during the Great War, many of whom fell upon the very ground where their last earthly remains lay during the Third Battle of the Aisne. It was during that bloody battle that a stray dog became the most decorated canine in American military history."

Read the full story in Lapham's Quarterly.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"An armistace for 20 years"

From the Telegraph (UK): "Marshal Ferdinand Foch was the author of one of history’s most accurate predictions. Surveying the Treaty of Versailles and the humiliating terms imposed on Germany in 1919, the former “Generalissimo” of Allied Forces declared: 'This is not peace – it is an armistice for 20 years.'
"And so it proved. The triumphalism of the victors of the First World War laid the foundations for another cataclysm. When Europe had to be rebuilt again in 1945, Churchill and Truman, haunted by the mistakes of Versailles, ensured that a new Germany was resurrected and included rather than cast out."