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Survival of the Luckiest - Franz Kunstler: Austria-Hungary's Last Soldier

Toward the end of his long and improbable life Franz Kunstler is reported to have said, “When I’m 110 the devil can come and get me.” The devil never came for Kunstler, but death did. 1,145 more words

Eastern Europe

Viktor Orbán and the Jewish war heroes of World War I

Yesterday Viktor Orbán delivered a speech in the Jewish cemetery on Kozma utca where there is a separate section for the graves of soldiers who served in World War I.  1,040 more words

Viktor Orbán

100 years since the first clash of dreadnoughts at the Dogger Bank

United Kingdom – Just after 1pm on Sunday January 24 1915 and several hundred crew of the German armoured cruiser SMS Blücher scramble down the ship’s side as she turns turtle in the North Sea. 817 more words

WWOnelink - Gathering together WWI projects

Last week, through twitter, I discovered this marvellous site. WWOnelink is about linking your Great War Commemoration Project to the world. Definitely a collaborative workspace in my books. 110 more words

Setting Up A Workspace

Much Ado about Nothing - or Love's Labours Won

Are the RSC right that ‘Much ado about nothing’ was once known as ‘Love’s Labours Won’, the title they’re using for this production?   I’m happy to leave that to the Shakespeare scholars.   486 more words

Theatre

Facing the Facts

The facts of modern warfare apparently came as a surprise to many who manned the trenches in 1914. One fact that seemed to be particularly hard for soldiers to accept was that human reflexes are no match for the speed of machine gun bullets. 566 more words

Great War

BOOK REVIEW | Empires of the Dead by David Crane

Empires of the Dead is the story of how Fabian Ware and members of the Red Cross worked to bury the large number of soldiers who died in WWI and find a creative way to honor the dead and appease their families with a correct, but uniform burial. 131 more words

The Great War