Closing Thought–14Jul17

Today the French celebrate Bastille Day, their equivalent to our 4th of July, the day when France became a republic and not a monarchy.

Also our president has traveled to France to help celebrate the day and the arrival of American troops to participate in World War One….

That is where I want to pick up this post….World War One…..some of the bloodiest battles ever fought were fought 100+ years ago in what was called the “Great War” that became known as World War One…….

World War I will be remembered as one of the bloodiest wars in human history.  Millions of soldiers died on both sides, and whole generations of young men were wiped out.  Armies were bogged down in impenetrable trenches, resulting in thousands dying in futile assaults against fortified enemies.  The war also introduced new and terrible weapons, such as the machine gun, which made the war even more horrific and bloody.  There are many terrible battles, but this is a list of the worst.

Source: Top 10 Deadliest Battles of World War I – Toptenz.net

The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was more than 38 million: there were over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.

The total number of deaths includes about 11 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. The Triple Entente (also known as the Allies) lost about 6 million military personnel while the Central Powers lost about 4 million. At least 2 million died from diseases and 6 million went missing, presumed dead. This article lists the casualties of the belligerent powers based on official published sources. 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. Nevertheless, disease, including the 1918 flu pandemic and deaths while held as prisoners of war, still caused about one third of total military deaths for all belligerents.  (thanx to wikipedia)

That is enough for today…go out and enjoy your weekend for I shall….see you guys tomorrow and thanx for all the visits and replies…..you are much appreciated……chuq

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16 thoughts on “Closing Thought–14Jul17

  1. Nice tribute to WW1, chuq. An interesting fact is that even more died in the great Spanish Flu epidemic that followed. BY 1920, tens of millions of people alive in 1914 were gone. Tragedy upon tragedy. Appalling.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. Not much of a problem apparently since nobody hardly remembers …. or cares.

      2. That is there problem but as long as I breath they will not be forgotten…and hopefully some o9ne will do the same for my generation.

      3. Once I am gone I don’t care! I don’t even want my grave to be marked it I can get away with it.

      4. My whole family has practiced burial. I am the first to refuse to mark graves. My wife is in an unmarked grave. I believe that marking graves is the height of pride. Who cares who is buried where? Dead is dead and the dead cannot help the living and the living sure as hell don’t need to be burdened with remembering that which is past and cannot ever be again. Most of my relatives don’t care enough about me to communicate while I am alive. Why should I care whether they know who I am or what I was about once I am gone?

      5. Thanks Chuq — even the simplest gravestone can cost as much as $1,200 or more here where I live.

      6. I know…my father had his cremation pre-paid and it still cost $1000 for it to proceed….dying just sucks! chuq

      7. I guess there are things that I would rather be doing personally … come to think of it.

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