With the death of Louis de Cazenave
, Lazare Ponticelli
is the last surviving French veteran of World War One, and the country has been wondering how to mark the inevitable.
By contrast, Germany's response to the recent death of Erich Kaestner
has been a more muted affair, indeed, all but unnoted. [more inside]
The Great War in the Air
is a 69-part video project, clearly a labor of love, by one Jan Goldstein
, a musician
, painter, and publican
. Overwhelmed? Here's a representative sample: Part 7, on the French ace Georges Guynemer
. Please note: extensive use of YouTube. Many of the images seen in the film may be perused at earlyaviator.com.
The Great War:
"People at the time experienced it differently. We may think they were misinformed and deluded, and perhaps they were, or maybe we have become incredibly cynical and mistrusting. What were once considered to be civic virtues are now thought to be quaint anachronisms at best or grand delusions at worst. Things change." The site proffers an incredible variety of popular-press articles and imagery concerning the unfortunate European events of 1914 to 1918.
Armistice Day: WW1 Document Archive
. Verdun memorial
. The Western Front today
. A World War One Literature Blog
. Trenches on the Web
, unsurprisingly slammed today, it seems.
Consider visiting a nearby military cemetary today. I've found it to be a worthwhile use of my time in the past.