World War I

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White House: Cemetery Motorcade Would Have Disrupted Roads

President skipped event honoring Marines

(Newser) - Stung by criticism for not attending an event honoring US military dead , the White House says President Trump didn't want to disrupt Paris roadways for a last-minute motorcade to a cemetery in northern France. Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence Saturday... More »

In World War I's Final Hours, a Terrible Toll

The last American was killed at 10:59am

(Newser) - Augustin Trebuchon is buried beneath a white lie. His tiny plot in Vrigne-Meuse, France is almost on the front line where the guns finally fell silent at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, after a four-year war that had already killed millions. A simple white... More »

Topless Trump Protester Steals Headlines at WWI Event

She rushed president motorcade in France

(Newser) - President Trump joined other world leaders Sunday in Paris at a ceremony honoring the millions of soldiers who died in World War I, but he may not have liked French President Emmanuel Macron's speech. "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,"... More »

'Low Energy' Trump Skips WWI Cemetery Ceremony

The president blamed bad weather

(Newser) - President and Melania Trump are skipping a World War I ceremony in France Saturday, and critics pounced. "It's incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary—and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the... More »

It's Been 100 Years Since Germans Shelled a US Town

German U-156 submarine broke the surface off Orleans, Mass.

(Newser) - Over 3,000 miles from the trenches and battlefields of the Western Front, where many hundreds of thousands had already died, residents of Orleans, Mass., were enjoying a typical summer morning on July 21, 1918, waiting for the fog to lift off the shore. Then suddenly, a German U-156 submarine... More »

Young Swimmers Find Small Piece of History in Lake

Girls in Michigan discover a World War I-era practice bomb

(Newser) - Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan, reports the AP . The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt... More »

Macron's Gift to Trump Holds Powerful Meaning

The French president will give Trump a seedling that grew on a famous WWI battlefield

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron is bringing an environmentally friendly gift to the White House when he visits President Donald Trump this week: a tree sapling. The young oak also has historical significance — it sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of US Marine Corps legend.... More »

Australian Sub 'on Eternal Patrol Since 1914' Is Found

HMAS AE-1 found off Papua New Guinea's Duke of York Islands

(Newser) - Thirteenth time's the charm. The first Allied submarine lost in World War I, and Australia's first sub lost ever, has finally been found on the 13th search mission for a vessel that vanished more than a century ago. The HMAS AE-1 was spotted by an underwater drone in... More »

For 23, WWI U-Boat May Have Become a Coffin

Sunken sub found off the coast of Belgium

(Newser) - Eleven German submarines from World War I have been found sunk in Belgian waters. The latest to be discovered, however, is the "best preserved" of all, officials say. The U-boat, 88 feet long by 20 feet wide, has been found in an undisclosed location off the Belgian coast near... More »

Questions Linger After Lusitania Telegraph Is Recovered

Why did the ship sink so fast?

(Newser) - When the R.M.S. Lusitania was struck by a German torpedo on May 7, 1915, as it sailed from New York to Liverpool, a mysterious second explosion rocked the British luxury liner from deep within and the vessel sank in just 18 minutes—far faster than, say, the nearly... More »

How Shaving Brushes Spread Anthrax During World War I

CDC has a warning to people scooping up the antiques today

(Newser) - Anyone picking up a trendy antique shaving brush might want to check the date: Those made before 1930 or so have been linked to the spread of anthrax back in the day. In an interesting CDC study picked up by the Verge , researchers show how cheap, improperly disinfected brushes used... More »

100-Year-Old Antiseptic Could Battle Viruses and Superbugs

It does double duty, binding to DNA of both patients and bacteria

(Newser) - An antiseptic that German scientists invented in 1912 using coal tar has the potential to help treat and prevent both viral and bacterial infections, according to new research out of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Australia. Acriflavine was used throughout both world wars as a shotgun approach to... More »

How Tolkien's War Experience Gave Us His Masterpiece

Young author began writing 'Lord of the Rings' at Somme

(Newser) - Thousands in France today are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, a five-month siege during World War I that left more than 1 million men killed or wounded, reports the BBC . One of those who served was a 24-year-old Brit named JRR Tolkien,... More »

Putin Bashes 'Delirious' Soviet Founder Lenin

Says Lenin placed 'time bomb' under Russian state

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a "time bomb" under the state and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government. The harsh criticism of Lenin, who's still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual (though... More »

2 Soldiers to Be Honored for Their Valor—in 1918

Henry Johnson, William Shemin will receive Medal of Honor posthumously

(Newser) - Pvt. Henry Johnson is "one of the five bravest American soldiers in the war," Theodore Roosevelt once wrote . Today, Johnson will finally be recognized for his valor—almost a century after he joined an all-black National Guard unit and helped fight off German attackers while on loan to... More »

100 Years Ago, a Yellow-Green Cloud Changed History

April 22, 1915, marked the dawn of the era of chemical weaponry

(Newser) - As a spring breeze wafted into his trench, commander Georges Lamour of the French 73rd infantry saw something almost surreal drift his way. A yellow-green cloud. He barely had time to react. "All my trenches are choked," Lamour cried into the field telephone to headquarters. "I am... More »

WWI Soldiers Left Moving Legacy in French Tunnels

Huge collection of well-preserved notes found in Naours, France

(Newser) - An archaeologist in France planned to study the medieval history of a quarry—but in the process, he made a much newer, and deeply moving, find. During World War I, soldiers made almost 2,000 inscriptions in the series of underground chambers, which were a tourist attraction at the time,... More »

Town Hopes to Preserve WWI Soldier's Bedroom

Mayor of Belabre, France, hopes buyer will come along

(Newser) - A French town wants to preserve a bedroom that has remained nearly untouched for almost 100 years. Why not update the decor a little? Because WWI dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau left the room that way when he went to war, making it a time capsule of a man who died... More »

Better Late Than Never: Britain to Repay WWI Debt

It still owes WWI investors some $3.2B

(Newser) - Britain is beginning to pay back some of the $3.2 billion it borrowed to help pay for World War I. The government plans to redeem some national war bonds (issued in 1917) in February, when it refinances $348 million of debt issued as far back as the 18th century.... More »

Soldier's Room Still a Shrine 96 Years After WWI Death

Parents insisted bedroom be kept as it was for 500 years

(Newser) - Hubert Rochereau became a casualty of World War I some 96 years ago, and his mother and father are long gone as well. But one part of the French soldier lives on: his bedroom, which his parents preserved as a shrine to the young man after his death, the Guardian... More »

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