Category: ww1

From 1914 to 2005. Or, from World War I through the Invasion of Iraq

Since 1219, Estonia was ruled at various times by Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian governments. It declared independence after World War I, but that only lasted until 1940 when it was occupied by the Soviet Union. Estonia has only been an independent nation since 1991.

That means that since 1219, Estonia has been independent for exactly 50 years out of 800!

Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) cutest pilot ever, dont change my mind, look at those eyes.

In World War I, the German navy disguised one of their ships as a British ship, the RMS Carmania, and sent it to ambush British vessels. Unfortunately for the Germans, the very first British ship she encountered was the real RMS Carmania. Who promptly sank its doppelganger.

In German East Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania) during World War I, soldiers painted this pony to resemble one of the local zebras so it could be tethered in the open without being shot. The Imperial War Museum adds, “Two white ponies behind anxiously await their makeovers.”

The Wichita Beacon, Kansas, August 9, 1918

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celebratingamazingwomen:

Ecaterina
Teodoroiu
(1894-1917) is considered a heroine in Romania for her role during World
War I. She fought and died on the battlefield, while leading an infantry
division.

She was responsible for setting up the first Scouts organizations in her
country. Even though she was a battlefield nurse at first, she started fighting,
driven by the deaths of all four of her brothers. Today, she is remembered
through several monuments and names of institutions in Romania.

While British and American suffragettes get all the attention, Japan had a contemporary suffragette movement. It began after the Meiji Restoration when major educational and political reforms started educating women but excluding them from participation in the new “democratic” government. By law, they were barred from joining political parties, expressing political views, and attending political meetings. Japanese women, more educated then ever and slowly participating in Japan’s workforce, began fighting for the right to participate in the new civil democracy as well.

Unfortunately, when Western white women began winning the right to vote after World War I, Japanese women’s participation in politics was still fighting for basic rights. In 1921, for instance, a court ruling overturned the law forbidding women from attending political meetings. This led to a flowering of women’s suffrage organizations in the 1920s, in addition to literary circles which began publishing feminist magazines during the interwar period.

Japanese women kept the issue alive, but did not win the right to vote until 1945, when election laws were revised under the American occupation.

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young Georges Clemenceau was a babe.

Georges Clemenceau (1841 – 1929) was a French politician who was Prime Minister of France during WW1. A leading independent radical, he played a central role in the politics of the French third republic.

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young Georges Clemenceau was a babe.

Georges Clemenceau (1841 – 1929) was a French politician who was Prime Minister of France during WW1. A leading independent radical, he played a central role in the politics of the French third republic.