During the American Civil War, soldiers gave themselves syphilis trying to avoid smallpox. When threatened by an outbreak, they attempted DIY vaccinations by deeply cutting their arms, opening an infected soldier’s pustule, and collecting the fluid to put into their own bloodstreams. However, so many soldiers already had syphilis, which produces similar lesions, that they often ended up catching an STD instead. Source

‘Saturday is market day and the usually sleepy place awakens. Booths spring up and the farmers flock in to offer their produce. Rows of stolid looking cheeses are lined up like so many corpses awaiting identification. Cabbages, cauliflowers and apples are everywhere, piled in heaps. The hot chestnut vendor calls his wares and the ubiquitous faker harangues his credulous audience. The hum of voices in barter fills the air. Soldiers everywhere, en repos, or just passing through. Clad in their horizon-blue uniform, topped with their steel casque, they stroll around. it’s at the market that I first mixed with the poilus and found that their rough, cheery philosophy and kindly bonhomie make them the most lovable comrades.’

Behind the Wheel of a War Ambulance – Robert Whitney Imbrie, WW1 American ambulance driver

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This November 11...

Shoutout to the a-spec soldiers.

Shoutout to the gay soldiers.

Shoutout to the lesbian soldiers.

Shoutout to the trans soldiers.

Shoutout to bi soldiers.

Shoutout to nonbinary soldiers.

And to the pansexual soldiers.

Shoutout to any and all LGBTQ+ troops.

💜❤💛💚💙

The Arlington Ladies are professional mourners who attend all funerals at Arlington cemetery. These military wives and family members brave the rain, snow, and extreme heat to visit up to 3 funerals a day. Members are not allowed to grieve or console, they are simply there to make sure no soldier is ever buried alone. Source

Armistice Day

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day.

RIP to all the young black and brown kids, who were specifically targeted by recruiters because they knew there weren’t many other options. RIP to all the poor high schoolers who joined for a regular paycheck and a supposedly “honorable” job. RIP to all the brown folks who found themselves in another country killing people who looked just like them. RIP to all the black and brown kids who joined for a chance to further their education, who never saw their dreams realized. #Hate it!