Tag Archives: WWI

1920: The Dutch refuse to give up the Kaiser

A century ago, the Dutch told the winners of WWI to screw off. These days I highly doubt the Netherlands would take such a stand nor let a warmonger within their borders. More details are at this link. I’m not … Continue reading

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1918: The Great War ends

Today, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, what was the bloodiest and nastiest conflict in known history came to a stop; WWI is the first war in which over 50 percent of … Continue reading

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Germany’s Defeat in the First World War by Mark D. Karau

Let me kick off with a couple quick disclosures regarding this review. Over 30 years ago, I attended Marquette with Mark, the author. I was a year older and we were on different degree tracks but we became friends through … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman: Must See

It’s about time they got DC’s third longest-running character on the big screen. I readily admit, doing Wonder Woman well has always been a challenge. Unlike Batman and Superman, this character has undergone several major reboots in her comic book. Originally, Diana shows … Continue reading

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1917: US enters WWI

On this day, America threw its metaphorical hat into the worst conflict in human history at the time. The excuses vary: The Zimmerman Note – The UK “conveniently” intercepted a German diplomatic plan to get Mexico to join Germany and … Continue reading

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1917: Jeannette Rankin elected

Mrs. Rankin was the first woman elected to the US Congress via the House. Pretty amazing in a couple ways. Firstly, women didn’t get to vote in the majority of the States until the 19th Amendment (thank you School House Rock). Secondly, … Continue reading

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Stuff You Missed in History Class answered!

This week I’ll be traveling to Dallas for a three-day weekend to hang out with another college buddy, Hoser. It will be my Prius C’s first road trip beyond the boundaries of what is culturally Austin; to the north it … Continue reading

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1915: Gallipoli begins

Today begins the centennial of a disastrous campaign for the Allied forces which was another demonstration of British arrogance via the over-rated Winston Churchill. Despite hundreds of thousands of deaths, a couple good things came from this. The campaign is … Continue reading

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Italian #29: Giulio Douhet

With 2014 being the centennial of WWI, aka the War to end all Wars, I wanted to cover a lesser-known Italian general whose influence remains when it comes to strategy. Sadly, I learned about Giulio from The Science of Battlestar Galactica‘s … Continue reading

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1914: WWI officially begins

After sabre-rattling at the Serbs, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war and dominoes fell day-by-day until all the major players in Europe were fighting. I managed to catch part of a discussion on NPR with some experts revisiting the events, especially … Continue reading

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1914: Archduke Ferdinand and his wife are killed

What followed went on to be the worst conflict the world had ever seen. Little did they know the sequel would be nastier and every war that came after it, like Police Academy. World War I is such a horrible … Continue reading

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