December 24th, 1914 – The Christmas Truce

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914 that began on December 24th, 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both […]

October 8th, 1919 – The Legend of Sergeant York

On October 8th, 1918, US Corporal Alvin C. York led seven men into battle in the Argonne Forest of France, killing 28 German soldiers and capturing another 132.

August 15th, 1915 – Edison Sells Explosives to Germany!

On August 15th, 1915, the New York World newspaper printed an exposé that the Imperial German government had purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for the war effort.

June 26th, 1917 – The USA Joins the Fight Against Germany!

At the outbreak of the First World, the United States pursued a policy of non-intervention, avoiding conflict while trying to broker a peace. When the German U-boat SM U-20 sank the British liner RMS Lusitania on May 7th 1915 with 128 Americans among the dead, President Woodrow Wilson insisted that “America is too proud to […]

Upcoming “Steampunk” Movies for Summer 2015

Okay they’re not Steampunk Movies, which is why we’re labeling them “Steampunk” movies, as in films that we feel confident Steampunks will enjoy . . . and as far as we can see there aren’t too many “period” films coming out this summer, but’s here’s a couple that might wet the Victorian and Edwardian appetites. […]

May 7th, 1915 – German Submarine Sinks Passenger Ship!

The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on May 7th, 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 and sank in 18 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles […]

April 25th, 1916 – Martial Law Declared in Ireland!

The Easter Rising, also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was mounted by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland, secede from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in […]

April 24th, 1918 – The First Tank Vs. Tank Battle!

The Mark IV was a British tank of the World War I introduced in 1917. It benefited from significant developments on the first British tank, the intervening designs being small batches used for training. The major improvements were in armour, the re-siting of the fuel tank, and easier transportation. A total of 1,220 were built: 420 […]

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