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British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword

A top quality Wilkinson 1897 pattern British infantry officers sword (still current regulation for infantry officers) with a hexagonal proof disc denoting Wilkinson’s best quality. The sword is dated to 1933 and has George V cypher on the hilt and blade. The blade itself is in good condition with some light staining and a few marks but no pitting and some lovely crisp etching. The panel in which a coat of arms or name may be added is blank but the stamped serial number, 63754, may allow the sword to be researched. The spine of the blade also has the ‘made in England’ stamp.

Battle of Hill 70

Canadians in a captured German trench on Hill 70.

August 15 1917, Lens–The first British efforts around Lens had petered out after a few days, but were renewed again around August 10, with limited success, and they were preparing more attacks in future.  To divert the Germans from the area, the Canadians attacked near Lens on August 15.  Their main target was not the city itself, but the unimaginatively-named Hill 70 on the outskirts of town, which commanded the surrounding area.

The Canadians’ plan was to secure the hill and inflict heavy casualties on the Germans attempting to retake the position.  Incredibly detailed planning went into the artillery barrage.  In some cases, guns would swap out their targets and the type of shell being used multiple times over the course of the barrage; gunners were urged to keep their ammunition carefully ordered to prevent mixups in the heat of battle.

The assault opened at 4:25 AM on August 15, and the Canadians were in possession of Hill 70 within twenty minutes; many units were at their final objectives and preparing for counterattacks twenty minutes after that.  And the Germans did counterattack–twenty-one times in the next three days.  The Canadian artillery, having in many cases calculated their trajectory to shoot at German staging areas ahead of time, inflicted severe casualties on the Germans; their commander, General Currie, wrote that “our gunners, machine-gunners, and infantry never had such targets.”  The Canadians held on, despite the repeated infantry attacks, German shelling, mustard gas, and in one case flamethrowers, and would maintain control of Hill 70 for the remainder of the war.  The attack did not divert any troops from Ypres, however, though it did tie up all the German troops around Lens.

Today in 1916: Two British Submarines Sink After Collision
Today in 1915: Stopford’s Last Attack at Suvla Bay Fails
Today in 1914: Japan Issues Germany an Ultimatum

Sources include: Derek Grout, Thunder in the Skies.

i just happened to read the other day about how WWI was the time of great disillusionment - everyone thought it would be The War To End All Wars, the Last Big War, after which there would be an end to wars forever. young boys eagerly joined the war for what they thought would be their last opportunity to take part in a battle, and fight for the glory of their country. imagine the huge disillusionment that happened when the reality of the war set in. death, pain, injury, ugly and horrible, not knowing who’s right and who’s wrong. great acts of evil on both sides of the war, and the death of millions as if nothing mattered. the entire WWI generation experienced an ugly realisation about war and about humanity. it led to a generation of cynicism and pessimism. imagine their horror when, less than 50 years later, another war began again. 

and that’s xactly what wonder woman was meant to go through over the course of the movie. she thought that she was going to kill ares and that would be the end of war forever. she charged in, so eager to seize what she thought would be the last chance for a battle. so what better time period to set this in than right then, for wonder woman to experience this great disillusionment together with the rest of humanity. this choice was a genius move. *applauds dc*

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In the years leading up to WWII, Adolf Hitler spent the majority of his time painting. He produced hundreds of paintings and even attempted to make a living out of his art. In his youth, Hitler had aspired to become a professional artist. However, he was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The institute were displeased by how Hitler had much preferred painting architecture to people.

Shortly before the outbreak of WWII, Hitler told British ambassador Nevile Henderson: “I am an artist and not a politician. Once the Polish question is settled, I want to end my life as an artist.” Even while serving in WWI, Hitler continued to paint during his downtime. One can’t help but question whether Hitler had succeeded in his childhood dreams, then maybe he could have gone down a different and positive path.

Though Phoebe Chapple was recognised as a skilled doctor, the Australian government’s policies precluded her from military service. Undaunted, the Adelaide-born Chapple travelled to Britain in 1917 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, becoming one of the first two woman doctors sent to France. During a bombing raid near Abbeville in May 1918, her care for those wounded around her, regardless of personal danger, led to her being awarded the Military Medal – the first woman doctor ever to receive this decoration for bravery.

(Australian War Memorial)