This likely won't generate enough interest but I wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI; 8/4/1914. I also recently got a publication from February 1914 that had many interesting historical articles(to history buffs anyway). These two didn't seem to merit two threads.
There are some WWI specials that have recently been on the History Channel and other cable channels. The "Great War" resulted in so much slaughter because of new technologies that tactics didn't catch up with; the machine gun, air power used to bomb civilians, modern submarines, poison gas.
The war also had the first modern genocide with the Turks murdering about 1 million Armenian civilian (Christians) by a forced death march with no food, water,medicine or shelter.
Serbia also lost 650,000 civilians due to disease and starvation. Serbia lost 1.1 million people out of a population of 4.5 million.
I never thought of Italy as a big player in WWI but they lost 650.000 KIAs and had another 950,000 wounded.
WWI also marked the end of several empires; Austo Hungary, the Ottoman empire. Monarchies also disapperaed; some to democratic forms; Russia's Czars being replaced by communism.
There was a real interesting show about the last day of WWI. The French general Foch who met with the German committee hated Germany. He had lost a son and son-in-law in the war. The armitice could have ended 4 days earlier but Foch wanted to jerk the Germans around first.
The last day of the war was set to end at 11 am. Allied commanders ordered attacks up to the last minute resulting in thousands of deaths with no impact. The post war territory lines were set in the armitice. So many American families were upset that their relatives were killed in the last few hours of the war that they complained to congress. When questioned the American generals basic response was that no one ordered them not to attack. It ended up with a whitewash with the Dems saying it was a Republican attempt to emberass Woodrow Wilson.
I became interested in WWI because I had 5 great uncles who fought in this war; two of whom were gassed. And by fought I mean they were all in combat units at the front.Somehow they all lived although one great uncle who was gassed died a few years later from the lung damage. He was sent to live in Arizona because doctors told him he'd breathe better there.