Flashback Friday: War Begins & Ends 1914-1919

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Much like June 14, June 28 is also a very interesting day. It marks the beginning and ending of The Great War or, The War to End All Wars. Though true that the guns fell silent on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month with the signing of the Armistice in a railroad car in Compiègne, France, today’s date serves as solid markers in the timeline. ~Vic

Franz Ferdinand Image One
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On this day in 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. The archduke traveled to Sarajevo […] to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908. The annexation had angered Serbian nationalists, who believed the territories should be part of Serbia. A group of young nationalists hatched a plot to kill the archduke during his visit to Sarajevo and, after some missteps, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip was able to shoot the royal couple at point-blank range, while they traveled in their official procession, killing both, almost instantly.

The assassination set off a rapid chain of events, as Austria-Hungary immediately blamed the Serbian government for the attack. As large, powerful Russia supported Serbia, Austria asked for assurances that Germany would step in on its side against Russia, and its allies, including France and possibly Great Britain. On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and the fragile peace between Europe’s great powers collapsed, beginning the devastating conflict now known as the First World War.


Treaty of Versailles Image Two
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World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles [on this day in] 1919. The treaty, negotiated between January and June […] in Paris, was written by the Allies with almost no participation by the Germans. The negotiations revealed a split between the French, who wanted to dismember Germany to make it impossible for it to renew war with France and, the British and Americans, who did not want to create pretexts for a new war. The eventual treaty included 15 parts, […] 440 articles, […] reassigned German boundaries and assigned liability for reparations.

The German government signed the treaty under protest. The U.S. Senate refused to ratify the treaty and the U.S. government took no responsibility for most of its provisions.

For five years the French and the Belgians tried to enforce the treaty quite rigorously […]. In 1924, however, Anglo-American financial pressure compelled France to scale down its goals and end the occupation. […] The French assented to modifying important provisions of the treaty in a series of new agreements. Germany in 1924, and 1929, agreed to pay reparations under the Dawes Plan and the Young Plan but, the Great Depression led to the cancellation of reparations in 1932. Hitler denounced the treaty altogether in 1935.

One can never know whether either rigorous Franco-British enforcement of the original treaty or a more generous treaty would have avoided a new war.


Poppies Image Three
Evening walk.

16 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: War Begins & Ends 1914-1919

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    June 28, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    We will never know. But I suspect too many different pressures all pushing for a war.


      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 29, 2019 at 12:11 AM

      Hm. Yeah. And, they are STILL pushing…even to this day.


    Kenneth T. said:
    June 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM



    Lwbut said:
    June 29, 2019 at 3:25 AM

    Less said about war the better… I really love poppies! 🙂

    Mine are sprouting and may be sending up flower stalks soon – around 2 months early!


      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 29, 2019 at 1:09 PM

      GAH. The idiots here are beating Iran war drums. Really? GEEZUS. We are tired of war. We STILL have troops in Afghanistan & Iraq…possibly still Syria. They need to come HOME. Enough already.

      As a lover of history, I constantly want to point out…”HEY. We’ve been here, BEFORE. It didn’t turn out well the first ten times. Time to change strategies.” If you don’t know your history, not only will you repeat it, ad nauseam but, you haven’t the first clue who you are or where you came from.

      Our local Masonic Lodge planted the poppies. They were gorgeous and I got several pix with the Lodge in the backdrop and, a Judge’s old house from the 1800s. I live in a neat old town.

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        Lwbut said:
        June 30, 2019 at 1:08 AM

        Sounds like you do! 🙂
        So agree on the ‘history lesson’ but what chance have you got when you get so much money from making and selling weapons of mass destruction??
        Besides as one of your once great leaders said: “History Is Bunk!” 😉


          The Hinoeuma responded:
          July 1, 2019 at 2:02 PM

          I wouldn’t classify Henry Ford as a ‘great leader’. And, his ‘bunk’ remark was made in 1916 when he was trying to sell vehicles. He was a forward thinking progressive type and progressives are notorious for ignoring past mistakes. They just keep stomping ahead, doing the same stupid shit, over & over, again.

          That also leads me into, dems dat run da world WANT people to be ignorant of their history, hence all the censorship we keep seeing…”Don’t pay any attention to that man behind that curtain!” That also explains the dumbing down of kids in government run schools. Keep ’em stupid so they won’t have enough sense to stand up & protest.

          I’m not following your making & selling weapons of mass destruction. Are you saying that history should show that it is a bad idea? I’m quite sure the Japanese would agree.


            Lwbut said:
            July 2, 2019 at 1:33 AM

            Yeah – i was being a tad ‘tongue-in-cheek’ with the great leader’s comment. 😉

            The WMD stuff was implying that Governments will readily go to war when there is a buck to be made by large corporations (who fund governments/politicians) that manufacture arms.The lessons of history largely show that powerful country’s leaders generally come off a lot better than the rest of us do in such situations (as long as you are on the winning side) and rarely see the need not to enter into another one. 😦


              The Hinoeuma responded:
              July 2, 2019 at 11:24 PM

              Governments declaring war and not going, themselves (or their family members) reminds me of the saying “Let’s you and he fight.” When there is push-back, they institute the draft. My next thought was the phrase “War is business and business is good.” Assholes.

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    bayphotosbydonna said:
    June 30, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    I love those poppies!


      The Hinoeuma responded:
      July 1, 2019 at 3:07 PM

      They were beautiful. Lots of photos. I hope they plant them, again.

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    badfinger20 said:
    July 12, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    This war gets overshadowed by the second world war. I want to see the new documentary that Peter Jackson did…You are right though…history keeps repeating itself but war brings in the money…it’s pretty sick.


      The Hinoeuma responded:
      July 13, 2019 at 12:14 AM

      I nearly got to go to that film but, it was such a limited release.

      Liked by 1 person

        badfinger20 said:
        July 13, 2019 at 12:15 AM

        I know the same with me….it should be out on dvd or streaming soon. I’m looking forward to it.

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