The pistol, originally designed as a cavalry weapon, was the staple weapon for a variety of personnel during World War One (and beyond).  Traditionally issued to officers of all armies the pistol was also issued to military police, airmen and tank operators. Reasons for Pistol Use For men involved in the latter professions the pistol was […]

When trying to think of an interesting World War I topic to start my primary source search for I decided that the impact of the war on life at home would be a good choice. Most of the history classes I have taken have only touched on how things at home were affected and focused […]

During World War I, shrapnel was the cause of countless gruesome and in many cases, deadly injuries. With the level of medical knowledge at the time, doctors were able to save soldiers’ lives and keep them alive, but the injuries left them in terrible physical condition. This was where Harold Gillies came in. The British […]

One of the biggest problems for the Allies during World War I was Germany’s success with intercepting. Since we typically used encoding systems based on European languages or mathematics, the messages were not that difficult for the Germans to decode. This kept the Allies from being able to keep anything a surprise and allowed the […]

World War 1 Ace

April 28, 2015 | 2 Comments

My first primary source is from the perspective of a world War one pilot fighting for Germany named Oswald Bolcke.  He describes in journal like context his experiences fighting with the British pilots from his conscription on August 1st, 1914 to his last letter/journal entry on October 26. 1616, two days before he is killed […]

The following video is a great and entertaining tool for learning the history of the Soviet Union (and the reason I remembered that bit of history back in high school). As we are discussing the rise of the USSR I thought it useful to offer some means of remembering the events without rote memorization. Additionally, […]

Mythology is a powerful force in any given human culture. It is an attempt to link together the world we live in, and the possibility of a world beyond it. Unfortunately, there are those who would wish to exploit their brothers and sisters in humanity, and use this to create the illusion they are a […]

Rene Descartes René Descartes was born was born on March 31, 1596, in La Haye, France. He was extensively educated, first at a Jesuit college at age 8, then earning a law degree at 22, but an influential teacher set him on a course to apply mathematics and logic to understanding the natural world. This […]

The Black Hand

October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Black Hand was a secret cabal of Serbian terrorists that was formed in 1901 with the express purpose of uniting all the territories with South Slavic populations. In 1914, members of the Black Hand assassinated Archduke Ferdinand of Serbia and are largely credited with starting the cascading chain of events that led to the […]

You could say that the cause of World War One was that European countries had all allied with each other, and that created an obligation that once any of the countries went to war it would pull the rest of Europe into the same war. While this is a good explanation for the immediate events […]

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