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Old 20.11.2012, 11:16
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Re: From Armistice Day to 11.11.11 - Landscapes of WW1

I walked the Somme, Paeschendaele and Verdun in the winter of 1996. It was rainy and cold and muddy ... and a perfect way to be thankful that i didnt have to spend 4 years in those conditions.

Personally, one of my favorite ww1 tributes is this particular version of Willie MacBride by the Furies. There's something about the fantastic scratchy dublin voice that makes it great.

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Re: From Armistice Day to 11.11.11 - Landscapes of WW1

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On May 23, 1915, Italy entered the war on the Entente side and declared war on Austria; previously, Italy had been a member of the Triple Alliance but had remained neutral since the beginning of the conflict.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allies_of_World_War_I
I think the point Glennsche might be making is that the "Axis" powers were a WWII "group", while in WWI is was about the "Central Powers".

In both cases it was the Allies (us ) vs. them.

It is a somewhat pendantic but technically correct point.
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Re: From Armistice Day to 11.11.11 - Landscapes of WW1

This war memorial in Gutach in the Black Forest touches my heart as it doesn't portray any glory, just the tragedy and sadness to those left at home during the conflicts. A bunch of my family came from Gutach and although I'm not sure about the First War, many family members perished in the cruel Russian winters during the Second World War.
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This war memorial in Gutach in the Black Forest touches my heart as it doesn't portray any glory, just the tragedy and sadness to those left at home during the conflicts. A bunch of my family came from Gutach and although I'm not sure about the First War, many family members perished in the cruel Russian winters during the Second World War.
A very realistic memorial. A person overwhelmed by thoughts and by doubts and by the tragedy.

Winters during wartime got very cold due to the widespread use of artillery. It happened in the Napoleonic Wars,. in the German-French war of 1870/71, in WW-I (1914-18) and in WW-II . It in WW-I was worse even than in the others due to the long-term effects of the outbreak of the Krakatau of 1883.
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