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Did the United States pay France rent for trenches?

May 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

There is a persistent but unfounded popular belief in the United States that the American government paid the French government a rental for the use of battle trenches during the First World War. On this subject the United States War Department says: “The rumors in regard to this matter have probably originated from the fact that this Government rented ground …

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What is the surname of David Lloyd George?

May 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Lloyd George, not simply George, is the surname of the British statesman who was Prime Minister during the First World War. David Lloyd George was born in Manchester in 1853 of Welsh parents. His mother was a daughter of David Lloyd, and his father was William George, who died when his son David was a …

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Who were the Blue Devils?

May 1, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

The French soldiers belonging to the Chasseurs Alpins were called Blue Devils by the Germans during the First World War because of their dark blue uniforms and their dashing attacks in the fighting in the Vosges. Chasseur is derived from French chasser (“to hunt”). The Chasseurs in the French military service may consist of eight …

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Who was the Laughing Murderer of Verdun?

January 14, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Frederick William, Crown Prince of Germany from the time of his birth in 1882 until the downfall of the Hohenzollerns in 1918, was called the “Laughing Murderer of Verdun” by his enemies during the First World War. He commanded the forces before Verdun and the name referred to the terrific losses his army sustained in …

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Where do goldfish come from?

December 25, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Goldfish as we know them do not exist anywhere in the wild state. They are a product of long years of selective breeding. The wild fish from which goldfish were developed belong to the carp family and are still numerous in the streams of China. They do not naturally have the golden hue, but are …

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Who are the Anzacs?

December 9, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

This is a name often applied collectively to the people of Australia and New Zealand. It originated during the First World War. The Australian and New Zealand divisions in the British forces were merged into a single unit officially known as the “Australian-New Zealand Army Corps.” In popular usage this name was shortened to Anzac, …

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