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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...
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...
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.
 
On  9 January 1918, some US Army troops clashed with a band of Yaqui native Americans at the Bear Valley in Arizona. The battle was fought on horseback, with cavalry charges and skirmishes on the ground. It was a "minor" clash, but in some ways important because it represents the last phase of the so-called Indian wars between Native Americans and settlers and, in some way, the end of an era that characterized the previous century.
On 15 January of the same year, on the other side of the globe...
On 11 December 1917 the British General Edmund Allenby (1861-1936) entered Jerusalem, taken from the Ottomans 9 of the same month, through the Jaffa Gate. The general, as a sign of respect for the Holy City, decided to enter on foot and not on horseback, as witnessed by Allenby himself:
"I entered the city officially at noon, December 11th, with a few of my staff, the commanders of the French and Italian detachments, the heads of the political missions, and the Military Attaches of France,...
Ljudevit Pivko was an irredentist Slovene lieutenant intent on striking from inside the Austro-Hungarian Empire; he became the unexpected alley of the Italians, helping them to attempt a surprise attack in order to overstep the enemy lines. Pivko handed over topographic sketches about the defense line in Valsugana; the Italian Major Cesare Pettorelli Lalatta considered reliable the sketches and the Italian Army Information Service decided to organize a surprise action in the Austro-Hungarian...
At 03:50 a.m. On July 31, 1917, the battle of Passchendaele began with the assault of Pilckem by nine British divisions; German general Hermann von Kuhl defined the battle «[...] the greatest martyrdom of the first World War [where] no division could survive more than a week in that hell.»
The battle, wich ended in November of the same year, opposed the British on one side and the German Empire on the other. The battle was one of the biggest defeats in British military history due to the heavy...
“Tell me, when was the war over?” “The war is not over, millions are being killed. Europe is mad, the world is mad.”
It seems that these were the words exchanged in May 1916 between Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) and the director of the Stromness whaling station in South Georgia. Captain Shackleton finally arrived, with a lifeboat, then walking through the ice, again into civilization, determined to find the means to save the men of the Endurance Expedition, which departed in August 1914,...

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