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"Poincaré the war-monger" for some, "the eminent statesman" for others, Raymond Poincaré's political career has fueled two contradictory parallel legends. Despite this ambiguity, he nevertheless remains one of the most distinguished French statesmen of the contemporary age.
The fate of this cautious and persevering man of Lorraine has gone through the long period between 1880 and 1930, disturbed by the memory of the defeat of 1870, the difficulties of the first years of the Third Republic, the...
From the beginning of the First World War, a number of Czechs and Slovaks demonstrated their dissent with the Austro-Hungarian Empire by joining the armed resistance. The Czechoslovak Legions formed in Russia, France and Italy played a key role in gaining independence and laid the foundations for the future national army.
From the beginning of the First World War, a number of Czechs and Slovaks demonstrated their dissent with the Austro-Hungarian Empire by joining the armed resistance. The Czechoslovak Legions formed in Russia, France and Italy played a key role in gaining independence and laid the foundations for the future national army.
“With superhuman inhumanities, Long-famous glories, immemorial shames— And crawling slowly back, have by degrees Regained cool peaceful air in wonder— Why speak they not of comrades that went under?”

(Wilfred Owen – Spring Offensive)

The offensive launched by the German army in the spring of 1918, which went down in history as the Kaiserschlacht, the Kaiser’s or Emperor’s Battle, represented General Ludendoff’s last opportunity to reverse the fate of the...
On 4 August 1914, the German armed forces entered into war by attacking Belgium, thereby violating the country’s neutrality. In mid August, the Kaiser’s troops invaded northern France. The advance of the soldiers wearing the Pickelhaube was not halted until it was 70 km from Paris (the First battle of the Marne, 6-12 September 1914). By the winter, German troops controlled most of Belgian territory, which was divided into three distinct administrative zones. In the same period in France, ten...
"What was going on in my head when the war broke out in 1915? We were complete innocents, we did not know why we were going to that war, we knew nothing at all. We only talked about it among ourselves, all of us people without any schooling, that did not read the newspapers (...) at school I had learned the alphabet and how to grow radishes and parsley, I still have the book that six of us children, brothers and sisters, studied."
Pietro Balsamo (Margarita - Cuneo, born in 1894,...
There is a special place nearby the Douaumont Ossuary, surrounded by a legend. The area, strategically important as direct access to Souville and then Verdun, now houses a monument, the Bayonet Trench. The story tells that during the Battle of Verdun the German artillery made an entire trench collapse on the heads of the French soldiers, burying them alive, and leaving only the bayonets comes out from the ground. Others argue that the Germans, astonished by the strenght of the soldiers, buried...
Winston Spencer Churchill was born on 30 November of 1874 in Woodstock, son of lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, an important conservative politician. Churchill went to the military school of Sandhurst and was a correspondent in South Africa at the time of the Boer war, then Afghanistan and India.
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