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What if Germany won the First World War? Would we have avoided Hitler?

I posted the other day about the way Germany nearly won the First World War in spring 1918.

If Erich von Ludendorff’s gigantic offensive of March-June 1918 had succeeded, Germany would have dominated Europe on land – and with all combatants exhausted by years of fighting, it’s highly likely the Allies would have sought terms. 990 more words

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Carnets de Verdun

Some of you may be aware of my long-standing interest in the Great War, from occasional mentions of my visits to battlefields and more frequent reviews of literature connected with it. 430 more words

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The right weather for war? From war-weather to Zeppelin barometers

The idea of war-weather as a specific locution is prominent from the beginning of World War One. As for Maude Gonne – writing, from France, to William Butler Yeats in August 1914 – this could rely on traditional metaphors by which nature is seen as reflecting or embodying human states of mind. 1,164 more words

"Who's Absent ?" Being AWOL in World War One -- language, identity, and the "absentee"

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/27747

Language is full of apparently incidental words which nevertheless – given the right circumstances – can find themselves freighted with highly topical meaning. Absentee… 1,149 more words

First World War

"War of terror": "terror" and "reprisal" in 1916

© IWM (Art.IWM ART 2493) http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/13527

THE NEW WAR OF TERROR. IS BRITAIN NO LONGER AN ISLAND?

MAILED FIST IN THE AIR.

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A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects. By John Gibney historian.

A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects. By John Gibney historian.

Some if not most readers may be familiar with Ireland in 100… 1,072 more words

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