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PostSubject: 100 Years After WWI   Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:56 pm

July 28 will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

I haven't heard anything about events planned -- have you???
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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:42 pm

No. Not at all. It will be interesting to see how the political elites spin that one.
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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:00 am

Yeah you can bet Germany won't be participating.

I found a few small-scale websites:I guess with none of the combatants still alive people's memories are fading. The conflict that took 16 million lives -- one out of every 100 people alive -- is one nobody is very proud of, and now that there's nobody left to honor, the living would just prefer we forget the whole thing.

If it was up to me, I'd revisit the horrors of the war and use it as a cautionary teaching tool. But that's just me.
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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:05 am

NoCoPilot wrote:
If it was up to me, I'd revisit the horrors of the war and use it as a cautionary teaching tool.  But that's just me.
I'd go for that too, but it doesn't serve the leaders' purposes for us to recall so readily.
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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:23 pm

It doesn't take a hundred years for the populace and the government to completely forget about a war and all the people who had to live with the consequences of their actions for a lifetime.
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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:51 pm

WWI was a bad one though -- or was it the Civil War, now I forget? -- where more casualties occurred off the field of battle from primitive medicine than from combat.


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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:53 pm

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About two-thirds of military deaths in World War I were in battle, unlike the conflicts that took place in the 19th century when the majority of deaths were due to disease.
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Most casualties and deaths in the Civil War were the result of non-combat-related disease.  For every three soldiers killed in battle, five more died of disease.

These statements come from Wikipedia, so I do not vouch for their accuracy.
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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:58 pm

One percent of world population died in WWI.

What percent of US population died in the CW?
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PostSubject: Re: 100 Years After WWI   Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:06 pm

The most widely accepted number, 620,000, is about two percent of the population. That is military deaths only. The number of civilian deaths is less well known, but is estimated to be from 50,000 to 100,000.
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