In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row…

In my life, November 11th was Armistice Day. The day of remembrance, the day of poppies. In much of the world it still is.

I remember my friends and kin who were veterans of World War 2 no less. But, Peter Jackson revives the experience of the War to End All Wars to a new level.

7 thoughts on “In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row…

  1. Santayana says:

    “A Hundred Years After the Armistice : If you think the First World War began senselessly, consider how it ended.” By Adam Hochschild (The New Yorker, Nov 5th, 2018 issue)
    The war took a staggering toll: more than nine million men killed in combat, and another twenty-one million wounded, many of them left without arms, legs, noses, genitals. Millions of civilians also died.
    …Because Marshal Foch, the Supreme Allied Commander, rejected German requests for a ceasefire while the Armistice was being negotiated, half a million casualties were added to the war’s toll In the five weeks after the Germans first requested peace negotiations. Worse yet, British, French, and American commanders made certain that the bloodshed continued at full pitch for six hours after the Armistice was signed on November 11th. As result twenty-seven hundred and thirty-eight men from both sides were killed, and eighty-two hundred and six were left wounded or missing – a toll greater than both sides would suffer in Normandy on D Day, 1944.
    And this was incurred to gain ground that Allied generals knew the Germans would be vacating days, or even hours, later.
    Image: Corporal Adolf Hitler during his stay in a military hospital after he and several comrades were temporarily blinded in a British mustard gas attack in the Ypres Salient in Belgium on October 14, 1918 See also
    BBC News (11/2014): “World War One: The British hero who did not shoot Hitler”

  2. Whitewash says:

    “The Vietnam War was obviously one of the most disastrous of this country’s past mistakes — and the Pentagon’s “50th Vietnam War commemoration” is a near-perfect example of how both national and military leaders and a willing public have avoided facing important truths about Vietnam and American wars ever since.
    That’s not just a matter of inaccurate storytelling. It’s dangerous because refusing to recognize past mistakes makes it easier to commit future ones. For that reason, the selective history the Pentagon has been putting out on Vietnam for more than six years, and what that story tells us about the military leadership’s institutional memory, is worth a critical look.
    The commemoration website’s historical material — principally a set of fact sheets and an extensive “interactive timeline” — is laced with factual mistakes, errors of both omission and commission. Its history drastically minimizes or more often completely ignores facts that reveal America’s policy and moral failures, its missteps on the ground, and its complicity, along with the enemy’s, in massive civilian suffering not just in Vietnam but in Laos and Cambodia, too.
    Opposition to the war at home is largely scrubbed out of the record, as well.”

  3. Bone spurs says:

    “French army trolls Trump with picture of them training in rain : Tweet appears to mock US president who cancelled visit to war graves due to weather” The grandson of British leader Winston Churchill Nicholas Soames also whacked Trump.
    “They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” wrote Soames on Twitter Saturday.
    A day after Trump was criticized for skipping a trip to an American cemetery due to inclement weather, the president spoke at a different US cemetery in the rain, and expressed jealousy that some of the veterans in the audience were seated under cover. “You look so comfortable up there. Under shelter. As we’re getting drenched,” Trump told a World War II vet. “You’re really smart people.”

  4. Footnote says:

    In late February 1919, the soldiers of Company B [U.S. Army 339th Infantry Regiment] reached the breaking point, when griping gave way to mutiny. The Americans had expected to face Germans on the Western Front. Yet three months after the Nov. 11 armistice ended the Great War, they were instead fighting Bolshevik revolutionaries in Russia’s frigid European north. (includes archival film) Around the time President Wilson dispatched the force to Archangel, he had also ordered a separate contingent to Siberia, 3,500 miles east of Archangel.

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