WWI graffiti in France reveals trench soldiers' experience

Apr 6, 2015

WWI graffiti in France reveals trench soldiers' experience

A headlamp cuts through the darkness of a rough-hewn passage 100 feet underground to reveal an inscription: “James Cockburn 8th Durham L.I.” It’s cut so clean it could have been left yesterday. Only the date next to it — April 1, 1917 — roots ...

Great War cost Europe a century

Feb 16, 2015

Great War cost Europe a century

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There was absolutely nothing noble about U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's intervention in Europe during the carnage of 1917. It led to a peace of vengeful victors, triumphant nationalists and avaricious imperialists — when the war would have otherwise ended in a bedraggled peace of ...

Industrial band raises ghosts of World War I

Nov 25, 2014

Industrial band raises ghosts of World War I

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The metallic clank and screech of cult German industrial band Einstuerzende Neubauten’s homemade instruments are chillingly appropriate for “Lament,” its idiosyncratic performance for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Since bursting onto the Berlin punk scene in the early 1980s, ...

From a century ago: Great War yields great champagne vintage

Oct 23, 2014

From a century ago: Great War yields great champagne vintage

Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger Champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages. As Champagne goes, 1914 was a superlative year, when the warmest of summers ...