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The Most Intense Part of WW1 for America

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The Most Intense Part of WW1 for America

Four American airmen recieved the Medal of Honor for deeds in WWI: Rickenbacker, Luke, Goettler and Bleckley. Fall of 1918 was a busy time for American soldiers and the journalists covering them. The main events leading to all four of these medals happened within about a two-week period over the end of September and the beginning of October,

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Luke the Original Skywalker, Batman's Commander, and C.S. Lewis

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Luke the Original Skywalker, Batman's Commander, and C.S. Lewis

You could shoot quite a bunch of holes in a WWI balloon and the gas could leak out of all of them for a very long time before it made any real difference. It would be rather a disappointment.

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Influenza and WW1, and WW2

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Influenza and WW1, and WW2

Although the effect of the flu was supposed to be a state secret for the same reason that nations talk about troop readiness only in positive terms, seeing so many sick and dying would erode anyone's feistiness. It is notable that the Armistice came so soon after the peak of flu deaths.

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1918 Influenza Overview

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1918 Influenza Overview

It is estimated now that 50 to 100 million people (quite a range of uncertainty!) were killed by the flu, which is 5 to 10 times as many as WWI killed. And those deaths came fast. According to Barry, it appears that more than 5 percent of the world's population died, most during a twelve-week period in 1918.

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Fokkers, Marines, and Flu

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Fokkers, Marines, and Flu

Looking at these little aircraft a hundred years later, we should remember these quaint, colorful planes were the cutting-edge technology that was such a fearsome part of the German war machine that they were mentioned in the conditions of the Armistice.

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