MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13336 posts, RR: 64 Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1309 times:
This was the generation of my great-grandparents, the last one of them died in the 1970s (though all on my dad´s side were regular pre-war NCOs with a previous 12 year career in the Kaiser´s Army, who got reactivated when the war started.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10243 posts, RR: 40 Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1279 times:
This most valued generation of WWI fighterrs is almost extinct.
Both my grandfathers were in the war. One of them I never had the chance to know.
He was gone before I was born. The other granfather whom I can remember, died of cancer.
They were both in the trenches and the Marne taxis.
These WWI soldiers all had a really hard life. A very cruel war.
It is amazing how some of them lived really old.
I hope there will be a lot of testimonials left from these people so the truth will not be distorted.
RIP Mr Harry Patch.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4934 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1183 times:
Isn't it amazing? Millions of men fought in that war, and now, 90 years later... only 3 are left. In 25 years or so, we'll be having the same discussion about World War II vets, and that will be the true tragedy once the last vet of that war dies...
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12708 posts, RR: 80 Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 1133 times:
At the most recent November 11th national Rememberence Day, the final three British WW1 veterans, Harry Patch, Bill Stone and Henry Allingham, together were the centrepeice of that most solemn of events.
Now they are all gone.
But they all lived very long lives, unlike all too many of those they served with.
Every day after the Armistice was a bonus for them, they made it, survived it.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1045 times:
Quoting San747 (Reply 6): Millions of men fought in that war, and now, 90 years later... only 3 are left. In 25 years or so, we'll be having the same discussion about World War II vets, and that will be the true tragedy once the last vet of that war dies...