Because Foch rejected German requests for a ceasefire while the Armistice was being negotiated … sixty-seven hundred and fifty lives were lost and nearly fifteen thousand men were wounded. Worse yet, British, French, and American commanders made certain that the bloodshed continued at full pitch for six hours after the Armistice had been signed. The delegates in Foch’s railway carriage put their signatures to the document just after 5 A.M. on November 11th … Nonetheless, Allied soldiers scheduled to attack that morning did so until the very last minute.
– “A Hundred Years After the Armistice,” New Yorker, November 5, 2018
Perhaps the above unfortunates found, that morning, a moment to contemplate how neat triple elevens looked. Or maybe they chuckled at an oldie but goodie:
In the second year of the conflagration that engulfed most of Europe, a bitter joke made the rounds: “Have you seen today’s headline? ‘Archduke Found Alive: War a Mistake.’”
– “The Great War’s Ominous Echoes,” New York Times, December 13, 2013
For solemn consideration of two veterans of later wars, please read the latest post on my obit site. It’s about enemy soldiers who met unusually and then died in circumstances they probably would not have imagined.
For irrelevant consideration of Franz Ferdinand, please read on.