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“A poor man in this world can be done to death in two main ways, by the absolute indifference of his fellows in peacetime or by their homicidal mania when there's a war.”

Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night 

On 27 October 1918 the commander of the German fleet von Hipper gave the order to launch a last desperate attack on the Royal Navy. The entire Hochseeflotte would have to confront a superior enemy, going to a certain defeat. However, on 3 November 1918, in Kiel several crews of German battleships mutinied and the firemen stop the engines, preventing ships from leaving the sea. The mutiny immediately became a symbol of German defeat and the peace will of the troops, giving way to a period of...
The 1st October 1918 the Arab rebels led by Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faysal entered Damascus. The capture of the Syrian city was the culmination of more than two years of clashes, daring escapes and ambushes against the Ottoman forces. However, the victorious campaign of Palestine will not bring to Lawrence and Faysal's men the long-awaited unification into one Arab nation, reason because the British agent had succeeded in bringing together most of the local tribes. In fact, with the...
Between 19 and 25 September 1918 the Battle of Megiddo took place, composed by the the Battle of Nablus – where the British Empire's XX Corps attacked the Ottoman Empire's Seventh Army – and the Battle of Sharon – where the XXI Corps attacked the Eight Army. The Battle of Megiddo began the Final Offensive of the war in the Sinai and Palestine campaign.
The heavy and constant air bombardments on both fronts were fundamental, aimed at interrupting the possible escape routes of the enemies, as...
Attracted by hostilities, in 1918 Ernest Hemingway decided to reach Europe wearing the uniform of a second lieutenant, despite a problem in one eye. He joined the Red Cross and, passing through France, he arrived in Milan, where, as soon as he arrived, he had to witness with horror the devastating consequences caused by the explosion of a munitions factory: Ernest and his companions were forced to recover reduced bodies in tatters. After three days, he moved to Schio: even in the mountains the...
And the enemy returned for pride and hunger

he wanted to vent all his desires,

he saw the open plan above: he still wanted to

feed and to exult again!


This verse of the famous song La leggenda del Piave sums up one of the main aspects of the so-called battle of the Solstice. On the one hand the difficulty for the imperial-royal army to feed troops to the front - in a state of severe malnutrition - because of the lack of supplies, so that the...
On 21 April 1918 took place the last flight of Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen (1892 - 1918), the famous Red Baron. The famous aviator of the German Empire died before turning twenty-six, and he was respected and feared by enemies for the his eighty air victories.
Following his numerous merits in 1916 he became the commander of the Jagdstaffel 11; the fighter squadron was the one with the highest number of successes: three hundred and fifty shooting down. The squadron earned the name of "flying...
On 21 March 1918, the Operation Michael began, first of the five offensives by the German army, the last on the Western Front. Ludendorff planned the last of these offensives; the battle began on 15 July , but the French army, supported by American, British and Italians troops, stopped the attack and rejected the Germans. Paradoxical was the name chosen for the offensive: Friedensturm, or “Peace Offensive”, especially considering the heavy losses suffered by the German and Allied forces.
 
In the night between 10 and 11 February 1918, three MAS, departed from Venice fourteen hours before, entered the dangerous area between the island of Cres and the Istrian coast to the Bay of Buccari where, according to information from the military espionage, some Austrian naval units were stationary. On one of these MASs traveled the captain of the frigate Costanzo Ciano and the Vate Gabriele D'Annunzio. However, even though they reached the mouth of the Buccari bay without being...

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