...there's lots to see and do, so grab a coffee and come and join us....
This site serves as a monument to all
soldiers who fought and all casualties of World War 1 and the Colonial Wars in the
period leading up to World War 2. It intends to honor soldiers of all nationalities and all races and if you think the soldiers of your particular country are not shown enough... we invite you to visit the section "What YOU can do for the site"... I would be very happy to put up any articles you may have floating around...
New arrival is a FOR SALE section where I can pass on all my extras and finance a few things, the site included. If there are any family researchers out there who need simple things like Iron Crosses and wound badges to get a set like Granddad had, I usually have a few floating around, please contact me.
The site has grown since I started out and as a
result I have revamped the front page to include the main sections at a
glance.... we also have our own Search Engine
The Kaiserscross project
This deals with the
Imperial German army, it´s evolution, it´s battles, it´s units and also the men
who served in it, the awards they received and their deeds. Great emphasis is
placed on the simple soldier, the unknown man who marched off to Verdun, the Somme, Flanders or Russia and if he was unlucky, never
came back. Often all that is left of these men are an old Iron Cross and a few
tattered documents. The Kaiserscross project tries to put the medals and
documents awarded by the German army during the First World War into their
historical and human context. See HERE
Cross of War
A section dealing with the
French Croix de Guerre, the men that won it and the battles they fought in.
Runners, Trench Raiders, Machine Gunners… the award documents are always
interesting research projects as the citations contain a short description of
the act of bravery done to merit the award. With a bit of simple research the
collector can get a wonderful insight into what the soldier did and what small part
his unit played in the history of the war.
The arrival of Pershing's Doughboys tipped the balance of the war. While the German Army was loosing the struggle to refil its ranks, the sheer numbers of new arrivals allowed the Allies to more than make up for their losses.
It is all to easy to forget
that the “Glory” of war is paid for in blood. The blood of a soldier’s
comrades, but also the blood of the foe. Whether it be the blood of a Bavarian
farmer, a Pennsylvania steel worker or a
herder from the Khyber Pass, the result is
always the same. Left behind is a grieving family, a widow and children without
a father. Most of the casualties were men who had little influence over the
events they were caught up in but died or were wounded for what they believed
to be right.
Harry has articles covering pre WW2 Campaigns in far flung corners of the African continent.
The wars in Africa
It is not the intention of this site to
ponder the moral implications of colonization. The intention is simply to
examine the awards and medals of soldiers fighting in Africa
from about the 1890’s to the last gasps of empire. Included are sections on the
Boer war, the campaigns for with the French Medaille Coloniale was awarded, the
fighting in the German colonies.
1st Ypres, 2nd Ypres,
3rd Ypres, North of the Somme, South of the Somme, Left bank of Verdun, Right bank at Verdun… WW1 has a confusing array of bloody
battles. On the site we will do our best to create a series of very brief
synopsis’s to help the collector understand where his soldier fits into the big
picture. This section will be of interest to readers who do not have access to
French or German sources as it covers many actions ignored by English sources.