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ICI FINIT LA CVLTVRE ALLEMANDE

On this day one hundred years ago, Imperial German soldiers who had peacefully arrived in the Belgian city of Leuven (Fr: Louvain), having taken hostages and accepted the parole of its mayor on behalf of its citizens, without warning set fire to the city and massacred its inhabitants forever altering the city, its university's library, and the course of the war.
  • Belgian Judicial Report on the Sacking of Louvain in August 1914
  • The destruction and rebuilding of the Louvain Library: claim and counterclaim
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    posted by Blasdelb on Aug 25, 2014 - 13 comments

    The SURREYS play the game.

    The history of soccer in the First World War — which began in earnest 100 years ago this month — is a history of two worlds in unresolvable tension. It’s the story of a failed metaphor. Soccer in Oblivion.
    posted by Ghostride The Whip on Aug 7, 2014 - 2 comments

    to end all wars

    First world war – a century on, time to hail the peacemakers
    "On the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, we should remember those who tried to stop a catastrophe" [more inside]
    posted by flex on Aug 4, 2014 - 27 comments

    The Lasting Impact of World War I

    "The Wall Street Journal has selected 100 legacies from World War I that continue to shape our lives today." You can sort according to your interest via the tabs at the top of the page. [Previously]
    posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 27, 2014 - 13 comments

    A hundred years ago Europe was in the midst of the July Crisis.

    The BBC will be covering World War One in great detail over the next four years. They've already started, with podcasts, interactive guides, online courses, programs new and old plus much, much more. Perhaps it's best to start at the beginning, with Professor Margaret MacMillan's Countdown to World War One (podcast link) or the account of her fellow historian Christopher Clark, Month of Madness. Of course, how the war started is still contested by historians, as recounted in The Great War of Words. The latter two are also part of the main WWI podcast. Or you can dive into the Music and Culture section, go through an A-Z guide or look at comics drawn by modern cartoonists.
    posted by Kattullus on Jul 27, 2014 - 42 comments

    In the tradition of Owen, Graves, Sassoon, et al.

    14-18 NOW is a project commissioning contemporary artists to commemorate the centennial of the First World War and explore its resonance and effects today. For three summers (2014, 2016, and 2018), the organization is presenting a summer season of events. This summer's opening act was curated by Billy Bragg at Glastonbury; live performances can be found on the site. Other events include a radio series of essays on the theme of Goodbye to All That, cartoons, recreating Dazzle Ships, and letters to an unknown soldier (including the opportunity to write your own).
    posted by immlass on Jul 11, 2014 - 3 comments

    Double Deuce | April 1917| Woodhouse discharged | That's a lot of scalps

    Operation War Diary is the newest crowdsourced science effort from Zooniverse, cataloging WWI British soldiers' war diaries from the Western Front. Participants can help tag dates, locations, people, and events from 1.5 million pages of war diaries from the Western Front. Entries range from the uneventful (October 24 | PONT DU HEM | 5:30 am | Occupied same position. Did not fire all day) to the eventful (A & B cleared the village and the regiment eventually captured the convoy in the wood about a mile on after it had been headed back by a returning movement of 12th Lancers. In all 200 prisoners). [more inside]
    posted by univac on Jan 14, 2014 - 11 comments

    Snow is truly a sign of mourning

    Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers In the decades that followed the armistice, the world warmed up and the glaciers began to retreat, revealing the debris of the White War. The material that, beginning in the 1990s, began to flood out of the mountains was remarkably well preserved.
    posted by MrVisible on Jan 14, 2014 - 12 comments

    We are simply passing through history....

    "It’s not often that one finds buried treasure, but that’s exactly what happened in Wayland High School’s History Building as we prepared to move to a new campus. Amidst the dusty collection of maps featuring the defunct USSR, decades-old textbooks describing how Negroes are seeking equality, and film strips pieced together with brittle scotch tape, was a gray plastic Samsonite briefcase, circa 1975."
    posted by Kid Charlemagne on Sep 4, 2013 - 40 comments

    Distemper

    Pitch Battles: How a paranoid fringe group made musical tuning an international issue.
    The petition had its origins in one of the strangest conflicts to have overtaken classical music in the past thirty years, and many of these luminaries were completely unaware of what they’d gotten themselves into. The sponsor of both the petition and the conference that featured Tebaldi was an organization called the Schiller Institute, dedicated to, among other things, lowering standard musical pitch. ... But behind this respectable front lurks a strange mélange of conspiracy, demagoguery, and cultish behavior. At its founding in 1984, its chairman Helga Zepp-LaRouche laid out the Institute’s role in surprisingly apocalyptic terms
    Originally published at The Believer.
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 9, 2013 - 51 comments

    ... not a circus act

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand And His Astounding Death Car
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 7, 2013 - 24 comments

    A Soldier's Letters from World War I

    Soldier's Mail: Letters Home from a New England Soldier, 1916-1919.
    posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 9, 2009 - 11 comments

    We will remember

    The Great War Archive goes live today (November 11), the 90th anniversary of the Armistice. Launched by the University of Oxford in March 2008, the initiative invited members of the general public to submit digital photographs, audio, film, documents, and stories that originated from the Great War. Although the dealine for submissions is past, photos can still be added to the project's Flickr group.
    posted by Abiezer on Nov 10, 2008 - 19 comments

    Gallipoli

    Gallipoli is one of the most famous battles of World War I. Fought in on a Turkish peninsula in 1915 it was, like most Great War battles, a huge waste of life and largely fruitless. Jul Snelder's site has a wealth of information, the causes, history and aftermath of Gallipoli, the slang of the ANZAC forces, placenames in both English and Turkish, interesting little factoids, how Allied troops used subterfuge to hide their evacuation, the Turkish perspective, pictures of the battlesite today juxtaposed with old photographs, a mini-travel guide to Gallipoli and much more. One of the most famous units at Gallipoli was the Australian 12th Light Horse Regiment. To learn more about this type of unit, responsible for the "last successful great cavalry charge" two years after Gallipoli, I direct you to the excellent website of the Australian Light Horse Association, where you can learn anything you might reasonably want to know about the subject.
    posted by Kattullus on Sep 15, 2008 - 82 comments

    I have a boot in my eye! And I am shaped like a boot! To boot!

    Satirical maps of Europe from 1914-15.
    posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Aug 6, 2008 - 25 comments

    Peter Jackson Does WWI

    Crossing the Line a trailer for a short film by Peter Jackson. [more inside]
    posted by marxchivist on Oct 22, 2007 - 60 comments

    Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dog of War

    The story of Sgt Stubby of the 102nd Infantry, the most decorated dog of WWI, is an amazing tale. As a stray he wandered onto a troop barracks in the U.S. & was adopted by one of the young recruits. Barely a pup when he was smuggled aboard a troop transport to the front lines, he served in over 17 battles, providing morale boost up & down the trenches, early warning (through his enhanced sense of smell) for gas attacks, and even uncovering & capturing a german spy in the trenches. Though largely forgotten today, upon his return to the U.S., Stubby was met with a hero's welcome, and went on to become the original mascot for the Georgetown Hoyas. After his passing in 1926, his preserved remains were put on display by the Smithsonian, wearing the special coat he was given to hold the large number of medals & awards he received for his service in the Great War.
    posted by jonson on Sep 1, 2007 - 29 comments

    "The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"

    On this day in 1915 the ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat, which helped turn public sentiment in the US against Germany in The Great War. FirstWorldWar.com is your go to site for all things War to End All Wars related, from how it began to propaganda posters to maps to memoirs and diaries to the weapons and battles to audio and video and to the justly famous poetry of World War One. Also check out the feature articles and encyclopedia.
    posted by Kattullus on May 7, 2007 - 12 comments

    In Flanders Fields

    In Flanders Fields - by John McCrae

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields


    MetaFilter readers wherever you are, please take a moment of silence to honour those who gave their lives so that we could live ours.
    posted by PWA_BadBoy on Nov 11, 2001 - 75 comments

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