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The deadliest pandemic in history: the 1918 influenza outbreak

Thousands died in 2009 with the outbreak of swine flu that swept the globe. However that figure pales in comparison to the estimated 50 to 100 million deaths that resulted from the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic that followed World War One. 425 more words


A British wire party

And for today, here’s a picture of a British wire party, with soldiers carrying “pig-tail” poles which will be used for barbed wire (if you want to see a German wire party, it’s here).


US School of Military Aeronautics 1918 Champaign Illinois

These are photos of the United States School of Military Aeronautics, Champaign, Illinois, May 1918.
Our family representative is one of our Oaklands (third row, far right) – Milo Oakland, I think.   24 more words


Piou-Pious' profitable hobby

The title is the original caption of this picture, published in some British magazine during the war. It shows us French soldiers melting aluminium in order to produce trench art. 50 more words



I own a series of negative plates about French trucks (La Buire models, to be more precise) a long time ago, it was time to show one of them again! 23 more words


The wrist watch

Strange, I was sure I had already published something about wrist watches during WW1, but I cannot find anything. Anyway, I am almost sure I’ve never published this picture before. 80 more words


The band

And for this Tuesday, I propose you this nice pic of a US Army band, ready to some (informal as far as I can see) concert in the little village of Tréveray (Meuse, France), around 1917-1918… En avant la musique !