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Happy Armistice Day!
« on: November 11, 2018, 12:51:00 am »
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 12:54:00 am »
Yep 100 years ago the Great War mercifully came to an end, ushering in our wonderful modern world that we still enjoy.

I hope everybody at least takes a second to reflect on that. It seems both much longer and and much shorter a time ago than 100 years if that makes any sense.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 01:30:33 am »
I'm not sure 1920 was appreciably more modern than 1910.  :hmm:
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 01:34:35 am »
I'm not sure 1920 was appreciably more modern than 1910.  :hmm:

Well you are wrong. Wrong. Super wrong.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2018, 01:36:08 am »
I'm not sure 1920 was appreciably more modern than 1910.  :hmm:

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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2018, 02:09:10 am »
When you think about it. WW1 was sort of a real world Hunger Games on an epic scale. Young men, for no good reason, brainwashed or even outright forced, into spending years of their life murdering each other for no good reason.

Let's hope going forward we will do more to learn from the mistakes of the past.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2018, 04:17:21 am »
Surprised by the self-absorded BBC coverage. There's not even a British representative in Paris, where the rest of the world has assembled?

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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2018, 04:39:32 am »
Probably because the important thing for us is our elderly monarch laying a wreath at the Cenotaph; not some political riff-raff gathering in Paris  :P

There was quite a lot of coverage earlier this week of May and Macron laying wreaths at various spots important in the war.

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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2018, 04:46:38 am »
Yep 100 years ago the Great War mercifully came to an end, ushering in our wonderful modern world that we still enjoy.

I hope everybody at least takes a second to reflect on that. It seems both much longer and and much shorter a time ago than 100 years if that makes any sense.

I know what you mean. The world we live in is utterly defined by that conflict so it is hard to imagine there ever was a time when WW1 hasn't happened yet. On the other hand, it is equally hard to conceive that a 100 years has passed since it has ended.


But, while it has ushered in the world we live in, I don't think it should be celebrated as some kind of a heroic fight to deliver that world. The Great War was a near-constant series of bad calls and strategic mistakes on all sides, including and especially handling the aftermath. It was the end of the old world and the birth of a new one, but I'd like to think the transition could had been managed better.

Also it was a much more "grey" affair than WW2.

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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2018, 05:59:27 am »
Also it was a much more "grey" affair than WW2.

Yes, but Italy at least was 100% to blame for its parts of both wars.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2018, 07:14:47 am »
And the countdown to a still worse war had begun, 20 years, 9 months, 20 days before the Nazis attacked Poland. Europe in flames once more.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2018, 07:27:33 am »
On this day my Great-Grandfather was wounded in combat.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2018, 07:49:32 am »
On this day my Great-Grandfather was wounded in combat.

That's rather poignant, I hope the wounds weren't life changing.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2018, 08:11:49 am »
On this day my Great-Grandfather was wounded in combat.

That's rather poignant, I hope the wounds weren't life changing.


Well, it killed him in the end. Course that happened in the 1950's.
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Re: Happy Armistice Day!
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2018, 08:30:04 am »
Probably because the important thing for us is our elderly monarch laying a wreath at the Cenotaph; not some political riff-raff gathering in Paris  :P


Oh sure, and it was a great ceremony  :bowler:

Just surprised at there not being any representation at all. I mean, the other enemies of Europe were out in full force  :P