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    VIDEO: How Armistice Day Became Veterans Day – Armchair Historian

    Griffin Johnsen, the Armchair Historian, explains how a celebration of peace became riots, reform, and remembrance....

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    D Day 1917

    Haig’s innovative plan to invade the Belgian coast may have been doomed from the start, but he had glimpsed the future, and someday his ideas would work...

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    What Happened at Celtic Wood?

    In October 1917, during the Passchendaele attacks, there occurred the most celebrated missing-persons case of World War I...

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    Pershing’s Eyes in the Sky

    As a freshly minted lieutenant in the Twelfth Aero Squadron, Robert Paradise took to the sky as one of the Army Air Service's early aerial observation pilots...

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    Jutland

    John Keegan’s inspiration has been to focus on something too often overlooked: the experience of the individual soldier on the battlefield. How much terror and pain and confusion is embodied in those unavoidable map arrows showing...

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    The Fokker Menace

    At the outbreak of World War I, mili­tary men regarded the airplane as an unreliable toy that might or might not have a certain value for reconnaissance or for artillery observation–provided it didn’t frighten the horses. In fact,...

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    Dismantling Bismark

    As fanfare and celebrations ushered in the new century on January 1, 1900, two nations were clearly emerging from the pack as contenders for the rank of “superpower “: the United States and Germany. The impact of these two...

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    Outfoxing the Allies in German East Africa

    Led by imaginative commander Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck, vastly outnumbered German and native forces were able to tie down more than 300,000 Allied troops in East Africa during World War I....

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    The Great War’s Human Plight

    War does not much dis­criminate as to its choice of victims. Military strategists have often targeted noncombatants as a means of forcing issues. But the effects of pre-1914 conflicts on civilians paled in comparison to the two world...

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    The War Lover

    Manfred von Richthofen-the legendary ace of aces-had an explanation for his success: the "hunting fever." But in the end, the consummate hunter would allow himself to become the hunted. ...

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    The Miraculous 75mm Gun

    At the 1914 Battle of the Marne, resolute French soldiers were finally able to stop Germany’s relentless march with a little help from ‘Mademoiselle Soixante-quinze.’ The once proud French army dug itself out of the...

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    “These Hideous Weapons”

    During the first winter of World War I, the rocky hills around Verdun developed a reputation for being consider­ably quieter than other sectors. The Ger­man and French high commands were occupied elsewhere–primarily to the north, in...

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    Massacre of the Innocents

    One of the enduring legends of the Great War, the singing attack of German students at the First Ypres is a curious mixture of fact and self-serving fiction–a cover-up that became a cornerstone of Nazi mythology. ...

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    Salonika

    The world’s biggest internment camp” was what German propagandists called the Allied positions around the Greek city of Salonika. A quarter-million British, French, African, Serb, and Greek troops spent so much time entrenching...

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    From ‘Belgian Rattlesnakes’ to BARs

    For nearly a century, the infantryman has been linked in the popular mind and battle doctrine with the sus­tained-fire machine gun. Whether it is a Wehrmacht soldier spraying Omaha Beach with an MG 42 or a U.S. Army Ranger rak­ing a...

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    The Unreal City

    Think of the Western Front as a great metropolis, whose chief industry was not production but destruction. From 1914 until 1918 it was the largest city on earth...