Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944
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November 11th is the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. Dignitaries from around the globe, are in France this weekend to commemorate this event.
Scars of the First World War can still be seen across Europe.
70 million military personnel were mobilized during WWI. Some 9 million combatants, and 7 million civilians died as a direct result of the war. The 1918 influenza epidemic was exasperated by the mass movement of troops. Between 50 and 100 million people died due to the epidemic world wide.
The Battle of Verdun took place between 21 February – 18 December 1916. It was the longest and largest battle on the Western Front. French casualties were estimated at between 336,000 – 434,000 men, with 143,000 killed. German casualties were at 379,000, with 163,000 soldiers killed. The battle became known as Die Hölle von Verdun in Germany; The Hell of Verdun.
Bulgaria was the first to sign an armistice on 29 September 1918. The Ottoman Empire did the same a month later on October 30. Germany signed the armistice at 5am on 11 November, on a railcar at Compiègne. A cease fire was declared at 11am on the 11th of November: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”
The Gypsy Hiker is a fellow blogger here on wordpress and he has recently started on a very nice trek. I’ve never reblogged someone’s post before, but he asked me if I’d share his video blogs, and as most of you know, I’m a sucker for a big trip. The Frenchman is visiting six Asian countries over the course of the next six months, and a link to his site and vlog is below. You can click on his site to get to his youtube page. Currently, The Gypsy Hiker is in Thailand, taste testing the country’s delicacies.
War correspondent Robert Capa took this photograph while wading ashore Omaha Beach with one of the first landings of soldiers. Capa took 79 images during the first hours of the invasion. A careless lab tech ruined all but 7 of the negatives.
Over his 22 year career, Capa covered the Spanish Civil War, the London blitz, World War II, the birth of Israel, and the war in Indochina. He was killed in 1954 when he stepped on a mine while covering his final conflict in Indochina.