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14 Reasons World War I Happened (And Four Things That Could Have Stopped It) For the past few years, Erik Sass has been covering the events that led to World War I exactly 100 years later. Here's a look back at how we got here. In mid-June 1914, Europeans were preparing for a beautiful summer. In the mansions of the mighty, servants covered the furniture and packed heaps of luggage for a season at country retreats, while ordinary folks looked forward to holidays at the seaside, hiking in the mountains, and long afternoons at beer gardens or bistros.

Behind the scenes, however, on June 16, 1914, German Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg wrote to the German ambassador to Britain, Prince Lichnowsky, warning “any insignificant conflict of interests between Russia and Austria-Hungary may set the torch of war alight.” Within a matter of weeks his prediction came true. But was the Great War inevitable? Well, the final answer to that depends on questions like whether free will exists. 1. Outline of History 2. Wikimedia Commons 3. Wikimedia Commons 4. 5. Wikimedia Commons 6. 7. 8. WWI Centennial: Central Powers Invade Serbia. The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that shaped our modern world. Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 204th installment in the series. October 6, 1915: Central Powers Invade Serbia The First World War resulted from Austria-Hungary’s determination to crush Serbia, but against all expectations the small Slavic kingdom managed to repel a series of invasions with decisive victories over Habsburg forces at Cer Mountain and Kolubara.

Subsequently Austro-Hungarian chief of the general staff Conrad von Hotzendorf had his hands full trying to stop the Russian advance in Galicia, and then organizing defenses on yet another front after Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in May 1915. But this yearlong respite was only a temporary reprieve, and by the fall of 1915 Serbia’s number was up. Click to enlarge In short, there was never any question about the outcome: Serbia was going to be annihilated. [2010] Germany Closes Book on World War I With Final Reparations Payment - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International. Oct. 3, the 20th anniversary of German unification, will also mark the completion of the final chapter of World War I with the end of reparations payments 92 years after the country's defeat. The German government will pay the last instalment of interest on foreign bonds it issued in 1924 and 1930 to raise cash to fulfil the enormous reparations demands the victorious Allies made after World War I.

The reparations bankrupted Germany in the 1920s and the fledgling Nazi party seized on the resulting public resentment against the terms of the Versailles Treaty. The sum was initially set at 269 billion gold marks, around 96,000 tons of gold, before being reduced to 112 billion gold marks by 1929, payable over a period of 59 years. Germany suspended annual payments in 1931 during the global financial crisis and Adolf Hitler unsurprisingly declined to resume them when he came to power in 1933. Hitler Tapped into Sense of Injustice Keep track of the news Stay informed with our free news services: Ce que l’armée US préféra censurer : la première guerre mondiale. Un noir avec des fleurs, qui lui ont été offertes par des femmes françaises le remerciant d'avoir contribué à les libérer ? Mais vous n'y pensez pas ! Des soldats américains, sourires en coin et choppes de bière à la main, dans la "Kantine" de la position ennemie qu'ils venaient de libérer ?

L'alcool était formellement interdit ! Secrecy News, excellent blog de la Federation of American Scientists consacré à la culture du secret et aux services de renseignement, a récemment mis en ligne un mémoire datant de 1926 et présentant tout l'éventail de ces photos de la première guerre mondiale que l'armée américaine préféra censurer. Un document passionnant illustré de superbes photographies témoignant de ce que la censure ne voulait pas que les gens voient, souvent pour des raisons improbables, ou que l'on aurait vraiment eu grand peine à imaginer. Petit best of, en mode diaporama : Signaler ce contenu comme inapproprié. Le certificat de décès du Baron Rouge retrouvé. Dimanche 21 avril 1918. Le capitaine Manfred von Richtoffen, dit le « Baron Rouge » décolle du terrain de Cappy, à bord de son triplan Fokker Dr.I, et prend la la tête d’une formation de la Jasta 11, avec ses avions peints avec des couleurs criardes, ce qui lui vaut d’être appelée le « cirque von Richtoffen ».

Le Baron Rouge n’est pas n’importe qui. Venu de la cavalerie comme bon nombre de pilotes aux débuts de l’aviation de chasse, Manfred von Richtoffen est l’as des as allemands, avec près de 80 victoires aériennes (le Français Fonck le talonne de près avec 75 avions abattus). Autant dire que beaucoup, à l’époque, aimeraient défier cet aviateur hors-norme et le surclasser. Ce jour d’avril, les dix avions de la Jasta 11 rencontrent une formation britannique, l’escadrille 209, équipée de Sopwith Camel. Le combat s’engage alors. Le pilote de Sopwith Camel est une proie facile pour von Richtoffen, d’autant plus que sa mitrailleuse s’est enrayée. Le Fokker Dr.I se pose sans trop de casse. World War I, 1918-1942 : Europe plunges into War. Aircraft Detection Before The Invention Of Radar | Before, Radar, Acoustic, Ears, Hearing. Aircraft Detection Before Radar... I bet none of you ever saw this stuff before. How air attacks were detected before radar... Old time acoustic hearing aids.

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