“Don’t forget me, cobber.” I saw this on my walk to work this morning. Just over 100 years ago in the Battle of Fromelles, the Australian Fifth Division lost over 5,500 in one night. Men wandered into no mans land to retrieve injured and dying for 3 days. War does not determine who is right, only who is left. #lestweforget
They don't really teach you enough about history in school. War isn't just about heads of state or countries. It's about the people who actually face battle, destruction, and death. Did you know that 37 sets (pairs and trios) of brothers were assigned to the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941? Twenty-three sets were killed that day.
Did you know oil is still bubbling up from the wreckage?
Proud to present me and @ww1thegreatwar
's newest addition to our collection: a very scarce U.S. Navy Mk.I gas mask. As you can see, it's a bit of a mix between a German M15 ’gummischutzmaske’ and American C.E.M. masks. Furthermore, you can see that it is marked ‘U.S. Navy‘ on the carrying tin.
Did you know that Private Shirley spent one and a half years carving this monument whilst a patient of the Lady Davidson Convalescent Hospital?
William Shirley was in hospital, being treated after serving in WW1. Shirley died in 1929, leaving this memorial to fallen A.I.F. comrades. “To my glorious comrades of the A.I.F by the late W. Shirley No 5756 Pte. 13th Battalion Died 27th August 1928”
RSL Victoria's Founding President in 1916 was Naval Commander Rowland Griffiths Bowen. Born in Taggerty in 1879, he spent his school years in Queensland before serving in the Queensland Naval Brigade, becoming a Sub Lieutenant in 1900 in the emerging Commonwealth naval forces.⠀
In 1911 he joined the @RoyalAustralianNavy
and at the outbreak of war in 1914 he sailed with the Australian Naval and Military Expedition Force where he led a party of twenty-five naval reservists in Australia's first WWI engagement. In the attack on a German radio station at Bita Paka, Bowen was shot in the head by a sniper and evacuated, after coercing a prisoner to act as a decoy by indicating that 800 Australians were advancing. The false report of the strength of Australian troops had unforeseen consequences, ensuring German New Guinea forces and military occupation abandoned their defence.⠀
Keenly interested in the welfare of returned soldiers, 37 year old Bowen became the Foundation President of the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia, Victorian Branch (today known as the RSL) in 1916. His service continued in 1917 before being promoted to Commander and made District Naval Officer in Tasmania from 1919 to 1923 and in Western Australia between 1923 and 1935.⠀
Bowen retired from the Navy in 1936 at the age of 57 and continued to serve his community in his senior role with the St John’s Ambulance Association. In 1957 Bowen was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Civil Division in the 1959 New Years Honours List. He died on 21 October 1965.⠀
Read more: navy.gov.au & 'St John History, The Journal of the St John Ambulance Historical Society of Australia, Volume 11, 2011-2012' stjohn.org.au⠀
#53DaysToGo #100StoriesFor100Days #CentenaryofArmistice #RemembranceDay2018 #WeWillRememberThem #PoppyAppeal #LestWeForget
Famous Photographs II:
Who: a British soldier and a German prisoner.
What: aftermath of the Battle of Épehy.
Where: a 21st Division advanced dressing station, Èpehy, France.
When, the evening of September 18, 1918.
100 years ago today, the Battle of Épehy was fought and won by the British and Australians.
A) Since August, the Germans had been slowly retreating to the Hindenburg Line. In early September they finally completed their retreat, and the allies began preparing for a grand offensive to finally end the war.
B) Emboldened by the success at the town of Harvincourt at the northern end of the line near Cambrai, General Henry Rawlinson proposed a limited attack to clear the last opposition before the Hindenburg Line. This was granted by Haig, who initially had been preparing his grand offensive.
C) On the 18th, the battle began as the 4th and part of the 3rd armies attacked the village. While the attacks by the British on the flanks stalled at first, the German center gave way to the two Australian divisions taking part in the battle. Go figure.
D) The final numbers are 12,000 Germans captured, 1,500 guns and 300 MGs captured, and 3 miles of ground taken.
E) The reason for the limited success on the flanks was that French support did not arrive as it was supposed to. Even still their positions were consolidated by the end of the day.
F) This would be the last battle before the big one. Épehy was the climax of a series of successful battles from late July to September that precipitated the end of the war.
To some, this picture shows camaraderie between traditional enemies. To others, a symbol of the waning power of the German Army, and the ascendancy of the allied powers.
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A while ago, I mentioned online that I was doing a special charity drive this year to mark the centenary of the armistice ending the First World War, and to mark my 20th annual collection with @poppyscotland.
My drive is in memory of my great-grandfather, who was killed in March 1916. He is buried in the small French town of Béthune.
While I can't get out to visit there at the moment, I have mapped the mileage between Edinburgh and Béthune, and I'm doing a #virtualcycle
matching the mileage. Yesterday, a quick 12 mile cycle took my running total just over the halfway mark, resting at 275/548. I have given myself until November 11th to complete the rest.
In order to make the ride worthwhile, I'm hoping to raise a minimum amount of £1 per mile. If I can persuade any of you fine people to donate even just a little, it would make the world of difference to me, and will spur me through the inevitably windy and rainy weather to come! You can find the relevant JustGiving page here:
Thank you very much!
#edinburgh #béthune #edinburghtoBéthune #poppyscotland #remembrance #lestweforget #armistice
Three boys in the imperial Russian army, their ages ranging from 11-14. An observer in Russia noted that durring the war, boys were among the most common, and patriotic volunteers. At the beginning of the war such young volunteers were intentionally not used in combat, but as the war progressed and the Russian army faced immense losses, these boy soldiers were called to the front. Thousands of these boys served in the Russian army and Navy throughout the conflict with many not surviving the slaughter of the Eastern front. 🇷🇺 #lestweforget #war #battle #russia #ww1 #thegreatwar #greatwar #russian #russianempire #history #historical #historybuff #historic
Atonement (2007) 💔
I have this on DVD and still haven't watched it oops 🙈
"After the war perhaps I'll sit again
Out on the terrace where I sat with you,
And see the changeless sky and hills beat blue
And live an afternoon of summer through.
I shall remember then, and sad at heart
For the lost day of happiness we knew,
Wish only that some other man were you
And spoke my name as once you used to do."
~ 'After the War' by May Wedderburn Cannan
This day 100 years ago Britain started to advance against the German army. We fought against a combined Islamic and European force to preserve our values, empire and homeland. Do not forget those before us as we face a similar challenge today. Fight as they did🇬🇧#UKIP #lestweforget #britain #nationalism #wwi #protectourhome
100 years ago today my great grandfather lost his life in Northern France right towards the end of WW1.
100 years on his loss fighting in France is something I actually think about a lot since visiting his grave last year, also the great woman and person my Nan was and how important it is to be a good person and show the care and warmth she showed the world.
#100years #WorldWarOne #LestWeForget #Family