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Old 03-13-2018, 05:37 PM   #181
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Injured Lothar von Richthofen, lucky to have survived, grounded.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:24 PM   #182
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Richthofen brought down another Englishman 100 years ago today.


Victory #66 Mar. 18, 1918, above the Molain-Vaux road and near Audigny; Sopwith Camel 1; deputy flight commander W. G. Ivamy, made prisoner.
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:25 PM   #183
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100 years ago today, Fregkapt.Karl Friedrich Max von MÜLLER, commander, light cruiser SMS Emden granted orden Pour le Me'rite.
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:24 PM   #184
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German Spring Offensive (Kaiserschlacht) starts 21th March with Operation Michael. Last attempt by the German Armies to break though the allies Western Front, before the arrival of huge masses of fresh American troops would have made the war unwinnable for them. A number of battles followed, but by the middle of July, the initiative passed to the allies. Here are two death cards of German soldiers who fell on the the first day of Operation Michael
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:00 PM   #185
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Very nice. Was the German army the only army with this custom?
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Old 03-22-2018, 06:18 AM   #186
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No - its not a military tradition, its a catholic custom, still in use today, printed by the decease's relations with a potted history of the dead person. If he died as a soldier in a war. Usually there would be a emphasis on his military career with a picture of the man in uniform. Catholic Austro-Hungarian soldiers also had death cards. In both WW1 & WW2 death cards of servicemen were printed, WW2 death cards mostly have less detail. There are a number of collectors of these cards, who collect according to different themes, which unit, in which action the soldiers fell, the soldiers picture, whatever theme interests them.
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Old 03-23-2018, 02:15 AM   #187
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I had no idea. I have never seen one in person. Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-23-2018, 01:17 PM   #188
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As far as I know the Baron wrote his last letter to his mother 100 years ago today.


March 23, 1918, In the Field.

Liebe Mamma;
You will have received my wire advising you of Lothar's fall. Thanks to God, he is doing nicely. I visit him daily. Please Mother, don't worry about anything. He is really doing quite well.

His nose has already healed, only the jaw is still bad, but he will keep his teeth. Above his right eye he has a rather large hole, but the eye itself has not been damaged. Several blood vessels burst under his right knee and in the left calf.

The blood he spit out did not come from any internal injuries. He had merely swallowed some during his fall. He is in the hospital in Cambrai and hopes to be back at the front within a fortnight. His only regret is not to be able to be with us at the present moment.

Manfred

Richthofen would be quite busy for the next five days.
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Old 03-24-2018, 12:19 PM   #189
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Operation Michael, First Battle of the Somme, Ludendorff’s large -scale offensive against the Allied front on the northern part of the Western Front underway. Known as the Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle) began on 21 March included the Battle of St. Quentin. 72 German Divisions attacked in three waves. Infantrymen from three German armies, the Second, Seventieth and Eighteenth Armies left the German Front Line after a five-hour artillery bombardment by over 6,600 artillery pieces. 3.2 million shells were fired on the British held lines during the first day.
100 years ago today, 24 March 1918, the First Battle of Bapaume would begin.
100 years ago today, the German long range 256 ton Railway gun named “Kaiser Wilhelmgeschütz” with a range of 75-80 miles fired its first shells on Paris from the Forest of Coucy. Residents of Paris were terrified. Shells were fired from such a long distance, they could not hear the gun.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:16 PM   #190
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The air warriors were in the big offensive as well. Manfred did his bit 100 years ago today.

Kill # 67 Mar. 24, 1918, Combles; S. E. 5. 1; Second Lieutenant Wilson Porter, Jr., killed.

Interesting thought, all the time, money, production, effort, and skill to kill one man in the air, compared to the mass slaughter on the ground below. We humans are a strange lot.
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Old 03-25-2018, 12:51 PM   #192
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The Baron's deadly business continued 100 years ago today.

Kill #68 Mar. 25, 1918, above Bapaume-Albert Road, near Contalmaison; Sopwith 1; Second Lieutenant Donald Cameron, killed.
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100 years ago today, 25 March the battle of Noyon began. The lines are changing.
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:31 PM   #194
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The Red Baron was hard at work. He shot a double 100 years ago today.


Victory # 69 Mar. 26, 1918, S. of Contalmaison; Sopwith 1; Second Lieutenant W. Knox, killed.


Victory # 70 Mar. 26, 1918, N. E. of Albert; R. E. 2; Second Lieutenant Mat Leggat, observer, and Second Lieutenant V. J. Reading, pilot, both killed.

Richthofen was back in the saddle, so to speak.
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The German Spring Offensive - Operation Michael had been running the past six days with much success, by 27/3/18 overrunning the allied fronts and taking bounty - storage camps, munition trains and POWs. However it did knock their morale realizing how well the allied soldiers were fed against their poor, meagre rations. Here's four press photos showing German troops inspecting captured English lines between Bullecourt - Croisilles and a second picture - English POWs eating from the German Field Kitchen near Bapaume. Third picture shows a captured English munitions train and clearing out a storage camp at Roisel. Fourth photo shows troops on the St. Quentin - Ham road.
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