Remains of an unknown British soldier that died in 1914 being buried today [639x960]

That is very interesting and a brilliant story that is cool many thanks for sharing. No issue. She retired about 4 years when I graduated. A shame actually, wonderful woman and she always reached some kids ...

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  • That is very interesting and a super cool story, thanks for sharing.
  • No problem. She retired about 4 years after I graduated. A shame really, wonderful woman and she always reached some kids when she started to read his letters.
  • Thanks for sharing this story. As messed up as America seems to be at least we still do somethings right. My apologizes for missing the original post, so much respect for our UK brothers(sry it's 4:50 am here)
  • Amazing how much story you can get out of joining a war when it's already over. Very interesting and moving story.
  • Works in the US until the war breaks out and since they took him in when he needed it he considered joining up as his way of saying thanks. What? It sounds like he joined when it started.
  • And also the US didn't really enter WWI until 1917 which makes sense for the story. Titanic sunk in 1912, he lives/works in the US for 5 years, then goes to war. If he meant that in 1917 the war was almost over, I see what he means but he's still wrong.
  • You really are a complete cunt aren't you?
  • At least I'm not racist...
  • Huge percentages of the casualties of WW1 were listed as "missing." A much higher proportion than any other conflict I'm aware of. Its sad to realize how many thousands of people were ripped apart so badly by artillery that they either just disappeared entirely or were so horribly mangled as to be unidentifiable.
  • Or were killed in no man's land and left there for months or even years... It's fascinating to me how similar WW1 is to the American civil war. The biggest differences between them are only that WW1 was on a much larger scale, and of course that WW1 was fought with significantly more destructive weapons than the civil war only 50 years earlier.
  • This is definitely true, especially during the latter part of the war in northern Virginia. The Battle of Petersburg in particular was essentially trench warfare. Attrition and human wave attacks against fortified positions
  • Cold Harbor and Spotsylvania Courthouse were also battles in that campaign that were defined by Union assaults on Confederate defensive lines. Really the entire Overland campaign was a huge bloody mess.
  • By that point Grant had realized that the quickest way to end the war was to fully take advantage of the North's overwhelming superiority in terms of numbers and equipment. Use a hammer instead of a scalpel. Basically to bludgeon the Army of Northern Virginia to death, no matter the cost to his own forces
  • Which is why it is my opinion that Sherman was best Union commander of the war. His march to Atlanta was an excellent example of how to turn an enemy out of prepared positions without direct assault. He repeatedly ignored southern defensive lines in favor of flanking them or cutting lines of supply. Granted, his opponent was not of the same caliber as Lee but in my opinion Sherman's approach would also have succeeded in Virginia.
  • How exactly? Sherman was marching through the South and was making for the coast while Grant's target, Richmond, was right there in front of him. To cut the supplies to Richmond would have required attacking Petersburg eventually and would have likely devolved into the same trench warfare.
  • Well at in least in how it was fought WWI had a lot in common with the Crimean War, which both France, Britain and indeed Italians fought in.
  • This is a very cool, respectful gesture. It never occurred to me that they would do this if they found the remains of a soldier. I never really thought about it.
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