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Old 08-23-2018, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I realized today that I don't know nearly enough about World War I. And I found this comical, yet informative video. Kinda a fun watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHSQAEam2yc

I'm curious if anyone here has any family stories from WWI? I had family in WWII, but not WWI (that I know of).
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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now go find the youtube channel 'the great war' and fall down their rabbit hole of weekly updates of what happened 100yrs ago in that war. They've been running that series since 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar

each episode is about 10-12mins long. and they have lots of bonus feature vids also. It is really fascinating stuff, and they do collaborations with other channels too.

like I said - a rabbit hole.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Not exactly a WW1 story, but my great grandparents came over from Ireland in 1916, to escape war... etc. THe ship they came over in, was torpedoed and sunk on the way back.
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Not exactly a WW1 story, but my great grandparents came over from Ireland in 1916, to escape war... etc. THe ship they came over in, was torpedoed and sunk on the way back.
that seems pretty WWI-ish... the time frame, the action... OH WAIT, you pansies hadn't jumped in the fray yet...
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that seems pretty WWI-ish... the time frame, the action... OH WAIT, you pansies hadn't jumped in the fray yet...
Officially, my relatives went to Toronto, because, you know, you can't just walk into America.

During the war, my GGrand Father worked as a mechanic for the Royal Air Corp. But... after the war, they crossed over.
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Officially, my relatives went to Toronto, because, you know, you can't just walk into America.

During the war, my GGrand Father worked as a mechanic for the Royal Air Corp. But... after the war, they crossed over to the dark side.
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Officially, my relatives went to Toronto, because, you know, you can't just walk into America.

During the war, my GGrand Father worked as a mechanic for the Royal Air Corp. But... after the war, they crossed over.
That's awesome! I can just se our Air Corp. circa 1916: a McDowall monoplane and a pilot with a Webley revolver and britches full of
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I know we have some gun nuts around here so I thought I'd share this with you all.

I was lucky enough to be given my great-grandfathers service pistol from WW1. Its an original Colt model 1911. I also have his foot locker/chest from when he was training. He was given the option to purchase the gun when the war was over.



Now I was talking with a family friend about this gun and he brought up that he had his grandfathers old pistol and "some gun he brought back" so he just gave them to me. I threw some money his way because it wouldnt be fair. All he said is that they were rusty.



Canadian standard issue Smith and Wesson Triple Lock in .455 Webley (with name engraved in the wood grips) and a 1915 German artillery model Luger.
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That's awesome! I can just se our Air Corp. circa 1916: a McDowall monoplane and a pilot with a Webley revolver and britches full of
Haha! Sounds like state of the art for the time.


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I know we have some gun nuts around here so I thought I'd share this with you all.

I was lucky enough to be given my great-grandfathers service pistol from WW1. Its an original Colt model 1911. I also have his foot locker/chest from when he was training. He was given the option to purchase the gun when the war was over.

Now I was talking with a family friend about this gun and he brought up that he had his grandfathers old pistol and "some gun he brought back" so he just gave them to me. I threw some money his way because it wouldnt be fair. All he said is that they were rusty.
That's crazy. I wouldn't be ballsy enough to shoot them but those would look fantastic mounted up in a shadowbox of some sort.
I think the only thing I got from my great grandparents was a predilection for cancer. No WWI stories at all.
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