THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:40 am

Only himself to blame as he exited the wrong way :roll: More proof, if proof were needed, that politicians think they know best!
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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby Niner » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:42 am

A lady reporter gives her take on a tank ride. US troops get the best of 1200 Germans on a small section of the line. Meanwhile the Germans and British are fighting around Ypres. Ypres is pronounced "E pr uh" or something like phonetic. Another day of the spring offensive. And Marshal Foch thinks he has everything under control.

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Postby Niner » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:11 pm

Wilson may not have enough sense to not touch a hot exhaust pipe but he wasn't about to become dictator in chief and preside as commander in chief over a system of military trials for "disloyal" citizens.

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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby Niner » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:49 am

Meanwhile, back in the USA, as the allies and axis continue to kill hell out of each other in Europe.....


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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby Niner » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:27 am

British get a bright idea. To stop the German subs they decided to sink some ships in the channel outlets to two submarine ports. Beats hunting for them all over the oceans of the world....if it could keep the subs in port in port and the ones out at sea from returning for resupply.
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Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:47 am

Great idea but it didn't work, the blockships were sunk in the wrong places.........
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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby Niner » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:59 pm

Tanks used by both sides in a major battle for the first time in history! At least that's what this newspaper proclaims.

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Postby Niner » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:04 pm

Those damn Huns! French even painted some pictures to record how dastardly they were/ And.... officials vouched for the truth of the paintings! But.....why would they want a painting? Maybe it's one of those Picasso things from another war....but it's no Guernica in art value. Wonder where it is today?

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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:54 am

During the war there were many such 'paintings' used in the many news sheets, journals, newspapers and books that were produced on both sides. These were created because of the lack of photographic evidence and the need to 'legitimize' the event in the eyes of the public.

This image, taken from a 6 volume set that was produced after the war entitled "The Popular Pistory of the Great War" edited by Sir J.A.Hammerton, is a drawing from the Illustrated London News. Cameras were not allowed into the House Of Commons in those days but non the less it was obviously an important moment in lead up to the start of the war, even though it represents a moment in time from 1911 and as is said many times "A picture is worth a thousand words" especially when some of the population can't read!
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Postby Niner » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:33 pm

Mount Kemmel at Kemmelburg was held by the French who swore to defend it all costs and were subsequently overwhelmed by three divisions of Germans to the French one division. The French loss in dead was in many thousands because they would not surrender. A cemetery would be opened as a result and the cemetery has on the order of 5000 French graves. Eventually the hill would be retaken by combined British and American troops.

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Postby Niner » Wed May 02, 2018 11:35 am

Explain this news to me and how it made any sense for captured prisoners of war to go back to war against their own side. Or more unbelievably, how did Italian troops capture 18,000 of them in the first place?

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Postby Niner » Thu May 03, 2018 12:41 pm

Newspaper advertisements all played up the patriotic angle and how their product supported the war effort.
Sometimes.... they didn't know the different between a rifle bullet and the heavy stuff that ships fired.....but... who would notice? A rifle bullet and a heavy projectile were all pretty much the same thing, right?

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Postby Niner » Fri May 04, 2018 9:27 am

Americans of German extraction living in Germany as civilians ran the chance of having their property confiscated. One such was a big enough fish to make the newspapers. George Ehret was a big time brewer in New York who returned to the homeland for an extended stay as an old man before the war and was living there when war broke out. That put his property up for grabs, even though he was a US citizen by a new and probably unconstitutional law. And he did have some property... millions of dollars worth.

However, it must have all worked out in the end because he didn't die until years after the war and died in the US reportedly worth 40 million. But... people with money could also buy lawyers in those days. Wonder how someone in a like situation with a lot less assets would have fared?

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Here is a link to what his brewery was like.

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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri May 04, 2018 4:05 pm

A report from today's Telegraph that relates to WWI


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US ambassador promises to 'spread the word' about bravery of Scottish island as ship disasters remembered :USA:
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Postby Niner » Sun May 06, 2018 10:14 am

At least it was worth a try. But the Supreme Court thought he didn't have a case. Draftees have to go where they are sent same as enlisted men.

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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby Niner » Tue May 08, 2018 10:35 am

It doesn't pay to be an old general that doesn't measure up as a possible war leader when there is a war on. WWI was no exception. Parade ground generals and training school executives are no problem in peace time.....but somebody at the top of the picking order is reordering the command structure like handicapping horses when it seems to really matter. A shooting war is serious business.

But.... you just can't shoot your unloved general officers or even just tell them to take off the uniform and turn over the key to the office. You have to do it a different way. The old coot gets to at least save face when being removed....kinda.

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Postby Niner » Fri May 11, 2018 4:48 pm

Keep an eye out for those pesky Mexicans being trained by Germans.

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Postby Niner » Sat May 12, 2018 2:52 pm

Latest air war score between British and Germans..... British version. You'd think the score would be classified information, wouldn't you? Of course if your side has the winning numbers ...maybe not.

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Postby Niner » Mon May 14, 2018 10:07 am

Say what? Could this be......FAKE NEWS????

Tonopah, Nevada, a silver mining boom town that now days is a tourist attraction with a population of under 3000 people.

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Postby Niner Delta » Mon May 14, 2018 9:06 pm

Why of course the Germans had an extra million rifles lying around and sent them to the US, and
then it got printed in the newspaper....... :roll:
They didn't need any more, or new, rifles on the Western Front....... I'm sure..... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue May 15, 2018 2:35 am

Looks like it should have been from The Weekly World News - or maybe the Tonopah Daily Bonanza was run on the same presses :cool: :roll:
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Postby Niner » Thu May 17, 2018 6:58 pm

How about an all steel plane for a step forward in technology? But.....a flying tank with a top speed of 50 mph?
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Postby Niner » Fri May 18, 2018 9:08 pm

The war is playing hell with German nobility. Counts and barons are being killed like a plague had gotten hold of them. And in a way....maybe it had.

No wonder I never ran into anybody who's last name was Finek von Finekenstein in my entire life... a name like that you would remember.

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Postby Niner » Mon May 21, 2018 5:05 pm

When in doubt..... write exciting headlines and fill in the details with hyperbole. It sells papers.

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Postby Niner » Tue May 22, 2018 2:48 pm

Contest against British won by "Negro" and "negro" crew. Reminds me of Blazing Saddles for some reason. The railroad gang of black laborers answer a demand to "give us a song" from the cowboys with " I get no kick from Champagne..." and the cowboys in turn start doing a a Negro Spiritual to show the "Negroes"... (actually the universally banned N word they used instead) what they meant by a song.

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Postby Niner » Wed May 23, 2018 4:58 pm

If you have a job that doesn't help the war effort you are going to be drafted. That includes professional ball players as also unnecessary but if you are an actor or a stage entertainer of some sort....well you are necessary. It would be hell to be so insignificant you are non useful and suitable only for cannon fodder as a step up in life......but in those days nobody cared about hurting anybodies feelings.

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Postby Niner Delta » Thu May 24, 2018 5:20 pm

I'm sure all the men in those high paying jobs are looking forward to the Army low pay..... :roll: :roll:

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Postby Niner » Fri May 25, 2018 3:32 pm

Brit ship transporting US soldiers is sunk. Besides one company down below decks two soldiers on watch when the ship began to sink after the torpedo hit were also lost. I guess they should have followed that old military instruction to remain on guard post until properly relieved. Maybe they figured a sinking ship canceled that order and fell back on "every man for himself". As it turned out they should have stuck around and waited for their turn in the life boats.

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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby Niner » Sat May 26, 2018 4:04 pm

Memorial Day in the US is day after tomorrow. Back in 1918 there was a Memorial Day event announced in Pensacola Florida. Pensacola had a Navy base and Army instillation. Notice the crowd , as part of the ceremony, including old soldiers, were expected to take the oath of allegiance to the US, followed by the pledge to the flag. Note the oath the President of the US takes is even more brief and reads as follows..... although few of them in my life time have confined themselves to the letter of the oath:
US Constitution, Article II, Section 1
Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."


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