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Sunday, December 9, 2018: 
Mark and Paula visited the National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.
It was the "war to end all wars" 1914 - 1918 in Europe.
Over 15 million soldiers and civilians died in the conflict.  Some 23 million were wounded.  A staggering amount!    
WWI re-enactors outside the museum included a Scottish soldier and a Russian soldier.
The United States became involved in 1917.  Even Hollywood was pushing for victory.
Some 4.7 million Americans served.  Of those, 116,516 died and 320,000 were injured.
The museum has a scene with soldiers going through mud at night and one of the big guns of the time.
Tanks were invented during WWI as the latest weapon.  Men charged from trenches to attack their enemies.
The Battle of the Somme claimed the lives of 630,000 German with 485,000 British and French.  Trench warfare was brutal
Battlefields were hell holes of destruction and water filled trenches resulting in water-logged boots and "trench foot."
Gas (chemical warfare) was used for the fist time, killing about 100,000 and injuring 1.3 million."
History re-enactors that day included a Scottish soldier and an British soldier.
A French soldier and his gear.
A German soldier and his equipment.
The woman re-enactor on the left was in the U.S. Navy. 
The one on the right is a British widow who lost her husband to the war, but is still patriotic. 
A portion of a mural showing the players in this war.  Their faces stare back at us from across time.
The irony is that this war set the stage for WWII, only 20 years later.

Quote of the day:    We can all learn from history.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Questions, Comments?  Email Mark Persons  teki@mwpersons.com

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