Category Archives: peace

Peace In No Man’s Land

On Sunday 28 June 1914 Bosnian assassins attacked the motorcade of Austrian Archduke anarchists Franz Ferdinand. The first attempt was foiled by the Hapsburg heir deflecting a diabolical device. His bodyguards strongly recommended seeking safety, however Franz Ferdinand insisted on a hospital visit to see bystanders injured by the bomb. His driver took a wrong […]

Christmas Truce

Peace on earth. I’m declaring a Christmas Truce on all bad thoughts. Enjoy.

WALTZING MATILDA the Pogues

The Fleet in the Dardanelles. April 25, 1915. The British Empire versus The Ottoman Empire. Bloody disaster for Ireland. Only one Dubliner officer survived the landing and of the 1,012 Dubliners who landed, just 11 survived the Gallipoli campaign unscathed. And the rest of the Anzacs fared no better. Fucking tea bag General Staff. Peace. […]

11-11-11-11-18

The Great War of 1914-1918 ended on the 11th minute of the 11th hour or the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. My grandfather and grandmother were in France, serving as doctor and nurse with the Royal Canadian Medical Expedition. They returned to Maine with German helmets, bayonets, zeppelin debris, and medals as […]

11-11-1918

My grandfather and grandmother met in France. The year was 1917. They served together in a frontline hospital for the Royal Canadian Medical Expedition. T Neither had much use for God after witnessing the carnage of trench warfare. Today I toast the millions of sacrifices in that bloody conflict. I also thanked the stars that […]