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Insuber
01-22-2008, 02:36 PM
On Jan. 20th, the last but one French WWI veteran, M. Louis de Cazenave, aged 110, left this world for greener pastures. He was drafted age 19 and assigned to a colonial regiment, with whom he fought in 1917 in the battle of Chemin des Dames.

The last surviving French veteran is M Lazare (Lazzaro) Ponticelli, founder of a large French industrial group, born in Italy in 1897 and immigrated in France as a poor orphan at age 9. M Ponticelli fought in the Légion Etrangère at Soissons at the beginning of the war, and from 1915 to 1918 in the Italian Army on the Austrian front. He asked the French nationality in 1939 and joined later the French resistance.

The last German, Polish and Australian WWI veterans left us recently. Only 6 of them are still among us.

Honor and respect to them and to the unknown millions.


Regards,
Insuber

leitmotiv
01-22-2008, 02:45 PM
Not F.W. Buckles, he is giving interviews on TV, and appearing at events all the time. He has just about worn out his daughter (my ex-girlfriend). He is now the last ambulatory U.S. WWI veteran.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/record.xpd?id=110-s20070524-56

foxyboy1964
01-22-2008, 02:58 PM
Originally posted by Insuber:
Honor and respect to them and to the unknown millions.

Yes indeed.

Metatron_123
01-22-2008, 04:52 PM
A salute to that.

MB_Avro_UK
01-22-2008, 05:51 PM
Hi all,

This evening I watched 'Joyeux Noel'. It's a joint French/German/British production about the unofficial Christmas truce in 1914.

Based on fact, it relates to the combatants climbing out of their trenches,sharing alcohol and playing football.

An amazing situation and took place on many sectors. The Generals on all sides of course were angered but for a short time humanity prevailed.

Here's a clip from Sir Paul McCartney as an illustration. War is madness http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=NVK_mJrLbmY

Three of my great uncles (all brothers) were killed during the Battle of the Somme 1916. But the same happened to German families.


Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MB_Avro_UK
01-22-2008, 06:21 PM
Hi all,

This is a German Prussian 'Picklehaube' from WW1 in my collection.Please note the aviation books in the background...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/IMGP7758.jpg


Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Viper2005_
01-22-2008, 06:35 PM
I'm not sure how many of you this will work for but

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/b008vkx1.shtml?f...version_pid=b008vksj (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/b008vkx1.shtml?filter=category%3A100005&scope=iplayercategories&start=5&version_pid=b008vksj)

The above is a link to The Great War in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn on BBC iPlayer. It's time limited, and will only be available for a few more days. I think it's only available within the UK. Anyway...

jadger
01-23-2008, 12:46 AM
The last time I heard, there are five (5) Canadian WW1 veterans left alive.

I personally think we should honour them before they are all gone.

P.S. MB Avro UK, are you sure that is Prussian? as far as I know, the roundel on the sides represent the kingdom in Germany they came from. Red and White being Hamburg or Hesse I believe. FR on the pickelhaube should denote the ruler, perhaprs Friedrich Rex although that does not match any of the regional rulers of the WWI period I believe. maybe it means "FRei" as in the free city of Hamburg, I have seen special medals from WWI from Hamburg before, maybe this is similar. Do you have more info on it? Or maybe this pickelhaube predates WWI and comes from the reign of Frederick III (ruled for only 99 days). Indeed you have picqued my curiosity.

Blutarski2004
01-23-2008, 09:32 AM
The men who served on the Western Front in WW1 endured hardships and horrors that we can only barely imagine.

MB_Avro_UK
01-23-2008, 10:52 AM
Originally posted by jadger:
The last time I heard, there are five (5) Canadian WW1 veterans left alive.

I personally think we should honour them before they are all gone.

P.S. MB Avro UK, are you sure that is Prussian? as far as I know, the roundel on the sides represent the kingdom in Germany they came from. Red and White being Hamburg or Hesse I believe. FR on the pickelhaube should denote the ruler, perhaprs Friedrich Rex although that does not match any of the regional rulers of the WWI period I believe. maybe it means "FRei" as in the free city of Hamburg, I have seen special medals from WWI from Hamburg before, maybe this is similar. Do you have more info on it? Or maybe this pickelhaube predates WWI and comes from the reign of Frederick III (ruled for only 99 days). Indeed you have picqued my curiosity.

Hi,

The Coat of Arms is Prussian. The Eagle is holding an Orb and Sceptre. The FR I believe stands for Frederick Rex. I haven't got a date of manufacture but would it be likely during Frederick's short reign?

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Dance
01-23-2008, 11:39 AM
I paid tribute to them many a time as a cadet, marching through the frozen November air in shirt sleaves, I'd do it again tomorrow. S!