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Thread: As we commemorate #ArmisticeDay100 let’s look at two Irish war artists - Sir John Lavery & Sir William Orpen. Orpen travelled to the Front & observed the slaughter at close hand whereas Lavery depicted the Home Front #Armistice100
Both artists moved in high society in London. Lavery painted the royal family in 1913, indicating his success. He also painted singular portraits of the King & Queen. Orpen moved amongst the rich & titled too (Oscar Beit, 1913)
Orpen joined up in 1915 & painted Churchill in 1916. He became an official war artist in 1917. Self-Portrait (1917) & NCO Pilot (1915). Constant themes of his were wry self portraits displaying his general amusement at life.
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After Ally blockade of Germany-allied Ottoman Empire caused mass starvation (est. 500K dead) in historic #Syria (which includes Lebanon, Palestine) France&UK greedily grabbed that territory as victors' spoils.WW1 end was start of many ills for Syrian et al peoples #Armistice100
I'm going to excerpt a few pages from #TheHomeThatWasOurCountry A Memoir of #Syria - these experiences of WW1 are often left out from these commemorations. Rivals yet co-victors France & UK, used their victory to gain more power/wealth, at expense of Syria's peoples
On #Seferberlik - what WW1 years were like for peoples of historic #Syria Image
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For #ArmisticeDay100: After graduating from college, I found myself reading dozens of books about the First World War, and becoming completely engrossed with the topic. This reading journey began after reading Paul Fussell’s magisterial book “The Great War and Modern Memory.” 1/
In this astonishing book, Fussell painstakingly examines the literature that was written during, and came out of, the “Great War” and makes the claim that our modern sense of irony and cynicism dates… 2/
…from the experiences of soldiers who were expecting a traditional, romantic war--the kind they had read about in books and poetry--and instead were faced with a brutal, appalling, mechanized one. 3/
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The signing of #Armistice100 - General Weygand, Admiral Wemyss and Marshall Foch after signing the armistice with Germany to mark the end of World War One. The ceremony was carried out in a railway car.

Photograph taken at 7.30am, 11 November 1918.
Also known as the Armistice of Compiègne from the place where it was signed, it came into force at 11 a.m. Paris time ("the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month") and marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany.
This photo was a challenge....
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Nov. 11 1918: The last Austro-Hungarian Emperor Charles I signs a proclamation in which he "relinquish(ed) every participation in the administration of the State" marking the end of the 600-year rule of the Habsburgs over #Austria. #TodayInHistory #ArmisticeDay100 #Armistice100
On 13 November, Charles IV issued a similar (Eckartsau) proclamation for #Hungary. In neither declaration did the emperor use the word 'abdication'. Indeed, he tried to reclaim the Hungarian throne twice in 1921. "I did not abdicate, and never will," he wrote to a confidant.
Altogether the losses of Austria-Hungary during #WW1 can be estimated at around 2 million (excluding direct civilian war deaths). #ArmisticeDay100 #ArmisticeDay
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Good morning all on this 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time and #RemembranceDay2018 , the 100th anniversary of the Great War's Armistice.
(Mass for Allied soldiers in a gully on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Sep 1915)
As today (11 Nov 18) is #RemembranceDay #ArmisticeDay100

Please buy a red poppy & help ADF veterans & families…
Australia's Great War (1914-1919)
- 5m population
- 416,809 men enlisted
- more than 60,000 killed in action
- 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner
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Trump does not care. These are not heroes, they didnt make it, remember. All he cares about is himself, his needs, his whims. He calls the WH a "sacred" place and then berates reporters there. He believes he is America's only salvation. Trump is a narcissist of the highest order.
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel unveil commemorative plaque at the spot where the Armistice ending World War One was signed 100 years ago. #armistice100

Trump didnt go bc of light rain (°53F) and is instead sitting in his hotel room tweeting.
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Trump’s having trouble remembering Russia’s talking points. He confused the Baltics with the Balkans today in Paris, blaming the leaders of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania for the war on Yugoslavia. 🤦‍♀️

Putin picked a truly stupid puppet. (Which also works out great for the Kremlin.)
Correction: Trump confused Baltics/Balkans last April. LeMonde wrote of it today covering the embarrassing POTUS in Paris, who bagged an #Armistice100 ceremony honoring US troops at Belleau #AisneMarne cemetery—over rain. There’s still tomorrow. And Putin.…
Trump uses the military as a prop in his phony agitprop presidency. Today he sent Kelly to Belleau cemetery b/c it was too rainy for him to honor fallen US troops. He hired veterans-scammer Whitaker. Just y’day he lied about the military to attack Obama
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(1) Trump in Paris for #WWI100 commemorations #PhotoThread #1

(Links to other threads will appear at the end.)
(2) Not so many PDAs so far but, we'll see what happens.😉
(3) Hello my little friend, we meet again.
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#MMTLens #Armistice100
A weekend of quiet reflection.…
Today’s blog comes just before the weekend commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War, the ‘war to end war’.
When it started people thought it would be over in a matter of months
but it turned into a fight to the bitter end. It is regarded as the first “total war” in which military and industrial resources and people were mobilised on a scale never before thought possible. Trench warfare created an endless demand for men, munitions and supplies
with often no apparent gains or victories. But by the beginning of 1918 those resources had been drained too much.
Demoralised German workers, suffering from food and fuel shortages, threatened revolution at home.
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People don't fight for war; they fight for peace.
They tried peace between 1918-1939. It didn't hold. So 7 years after the end of WW2, they created the European Coal & Steel Community, ensuring economic cooperation, which eventually became the EU. #Armistice100 #ArmisticeDay
That's why I find those who use our war history as a reason FOR Brexit completely unacceptable. #Armistice100 #ArmisticeDay
I strongly suggest you listen to what RAF Veteran Stuart Thomson (@Vets4eu) has to say about Brexit: #Armistice100 #ArmisticeDay
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In honor of #Armistice100 : the first time the poppy is connected with a fallen soldier appears in a beautiful simile in Homer's Iliad Bk VIII.

Teucer's arrow pierces the chest of Priam's son, Gorgythion, then his helmeted head bows like a poppy weight down by its seeds & rain.
The above Homer's Iliad passage comes from Robert Fagles 1990 lyrical translation [1]
The poppy μήκων (mḗkōn) capsule [kodeia] was associated w/ the goddess of harvest/fertility Demeter because the poppy flowers at harvest time. It also alludes to the poppy's pain-relieving properties assuaging Demeter's intense grief in search of her lost daughter, Persephone.
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