In May of 1918, former president Theodore Roosevelt wrote U.S. Army Chief of Staff Peyton C. March to thank him for appointing his son Kermit to Captain of a Madrid based artillery unit in Spain during WWI. 1,214 more words
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This is my grandfather William Benjamin Moore, serving in France during World War One. He served there near the end of the war. I do not know who took this photo or how it ended up in our family archives, and yet I am glad someone took the time to make him stop and pose for this photo. 294 more words
VERDUN, France — In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their countries’ improbable friendship is now a source of hope for today’s fractured Europe. 571 more words
After World War I, an entire generation of battle-hardened veterans came home sporting military-issued ‘trench watches,’ or wristwatches as we know them today.
Essential for keeping track of time and much more practical than pocket watches for troops in the trenches or flying aircraft, ‘trench watches’ became a “newly endowed emblem of masculinity, modernity, and First World status,” author Aja Raden explains in “ 219 more words
Private Edward Ambrose was killed at the Somme just days after arriving at the front, aged 18 years. His grief-stricken mother Sarah could not bear to look at his returned belongings, so packed them away in a trunk in the attic of her house near Baldock, Hertfordshire. 52 more words