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Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Anzac, History, Humanism, Philosophy, War, WW1

In 1934 Atatürk learned that a ship carrying relatives of fallen Allied soldiers had docked near Gallipoli and that its passengers were mounting at the site. He sent them a moving message that is now chiseled, in English translation, into a memorial stone there. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives,” he […]

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Ataturk and Gallipoli – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and Gallipoli – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Anzac, Culture, History, War, WW1

Turkey’s experience as an ally of Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany was disastrous, with one shining exception. To the astonishment of Europe and the world, in 1915 a Turkish force managed to resist and then repel British-led invaders whose battle plan had been drawn up by no less a personage than First Lord of the Admiralty Winston […]

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Menzies War Record – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Menzies War Record – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Anzac, Australiana, Pacifism, Politics, War, WW1

When Menzies was Prime Minister in 1939, the Country Party leader, Earle Page, subjected Menzies to a bitter attack in the house. Page had served on the Western Front as a doctor (his field instruments are on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra). Page told the Parliament that he and his party were […]

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The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Colonialism, Culture, History, Poetry, War, WW1

Quoting Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ ‘Forward the Light Brigade! ’ Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldiers knew Some one had blundered: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

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German Terrorism in WW1 – “The Guns of August 1914” – Barbara Tuchman

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on German Terrorism in WW1 – “The Guns of August 1914” – Barbara Tuchman · Human Rights, War, WW1

The turn of events in Belgium was a product of the German theory of terror. Clausewitz had prescribed terror as the proper method to shorten war, his whole theory of war being based on the necessity of making it short, sharp and decisive. He said the civil population must not be exempted from war’s effects […]

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Vodka and the Russian Army and Economy – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Vodka and the Russian Army and Economy – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman · Communism, Economics, History, Policy, Politics, WW1

Vodka, another traditional companion of war, was prohibited (by the Russians). In the last mobilization in 1904 when soldiers came reeling in and regimental depots were a mess of drunken slumbers and broken bottles, it had taken an extra week to straighten out the confusion. Now, with the French calling every day’s delay a matter […]

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Relations Were Denuded of the Amenities – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Relations Were Denuded of the Amenities – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman · Politics, Quotes, WW1

When General de Selliers, the Chief of Staff, rose to explain the strategy of defence to be adopted, his Deputy Chief, Colonel de Ryckel, with whom his relations were, in the words of a colleague, ‘denuded of the amenities’, kept growling between his teeth, ‘il faut piquer dedans, il faut piquer didans [We must hit […]

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Some Damned Foolish Thing in the Balkans – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Some Damned Foolish Thing in the Balkans – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman · History, Leadership, Politics, War, WW1

“Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans,” Bismark had predicted would ignite the next war. The assassination of the Austrian heir apparent, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, by Serbian nationalists on June 28, 1914, satisfied his condition… War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off. It was no use. Agents […]

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The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman · History, Quotes, War, WW1

In Whitehall that evening, Sir Edward Grey, standing with a friend at the window as the street lamps below were being lit, made the remark that has since epitomized the hour: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.

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The Csar – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on The Csar – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman · Democracy, Totalitarianism, War, WW1

The (Russian) regime was ruled from the top by a sovereign who had but one idea of government – to prserve intact the absolute monarchy bequeathed to him by his father – and who, lacking the intellect, energy, or training for this job, fell back on personal favourites, whim, simples mulishness and other devices of […]

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