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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

First World War - YouTube Series


This is an ambitious program that began two years ago and might be worth sharing here for those of you with a taste for history. It's a YouTube series that is taking the First World War one week at a time - 100 years later.


The history of the First World War is largely lost to the present generation so I applaud the efforts of the producers of this excellent series, designed to educate.


This is the most recent entry, published on Jun 6, 2016

Aleksei Brusilov was the mastermind of Russia's finest moment in World War 1: The Brusilov Offensive. Although it didn't achieve it's planned objective, it broke the back of the Austro-Hungarian Army. The life of Aleksei Brusilov was an interesting one between the cultures and even after Imperial Russia was gone, his career was not over.


Then there is Lawrence of Arabia.



8 comments:

  1. I'll check that out and, to be honest, I'd forgotten about Brusilov.

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    1. The series is well done and comes in 8-10 minute bites so that you don't have to spend any longer than that to get the story. But the Great War 100 years later is compelling.

      My grandfather had an uncle (I'd have to look up his name) who was at the Marne. He left, a country boy. When he came back but was never the same again. It was that for so many in that vast meat grinder.

      You could say the same for every other war and be accurate, but somehow I think that to me, WW1 was the worst.

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    2. I agree, there's something especially bad about WWI.

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  2. A nasty war. Thank you for that, Sir history teacher, I shall give it a whirl.

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  3. Thanks for the tip on that series! Looks very good. Weird personal side note on T.E. Lawrence: Having grown up working as a young man near Taos, New Mexico, I could never understand why a British WWI officer and LoA legend had hung out so much in such an isolated place in the American SW. There were Lawrence monuments and shrines and ranches and roadside historical notes. Much later, I figured out that the Taos writer was D.H. Lawrence. Not T.E. Duh. Looking it up, apparently I'm not the only one to make the mistake, but still. What a maroon.

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    1. (chuckle)

      I didn't know that there was a monument to DH Lawrence.

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    1. It also serves to remind us of what passed before. Sometimes we forget, or we forget what we forgot.

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