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The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 137

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 137

Welcome to the 1951 Rolling Review Show which features pieces of music I have enjoyed at some time in my life. I hope you enjoy them as well. Let me know if you do.

“This Song For you” – Chris de Burgh

“This Song For You” is a track from Chris de Burgh’s 1975 album Spanish Train and Other Stories.

Remembering Passchendaele 1917 …

Remembering Passchendaele 1917

100 years ago today saw the beginning of one of the bloodiest and most deadly conflicts of WW1. The battle of Passchendaele began at 3:50 a.m. on 31 July 1917 and was to last until 10 November.

At the end of three months of fighting, over half a million soldiers from both sides had either been killed, wounded or posted missing in action. That averages out at five thousand men a day. They were fighting to control just a few square miles of land, most of it reduced to muddy vision of hell.

This last picture kind of says it all. Here are two soldiers sharing a cigarette at the end of the battle. One is Canadian and the other is German.

My Sunday Poem … # 15

My Sunday Poem … # 15

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A painting by John Singer Sargent. ‘Gassed’, 1919. The most terrifying new weapon was gas, whose first major use occured at Ypres, in April 1915, when the Germans released a lethal mist of chlorine that killed, disabled, or panicked hundreds of French and Canadian troops. Gas was used by both sides during the Great War.

One hundred years ago the world was in the grip of the Great War. (1914-1918). The horrors and deprivations of trench warfare visited upon the combatants on both sides were almost without boundary. New weapons technology and almost unlimited manpower led to four years of mass slaughter and misery. The widespread use of chemical warfare was a distinguishing feature of the conflict. . Gases used included chlorine, mustard gas and phosgene. The casualties caused by gas attacks were relatively light when compared to those caused by artillery. But its use and effect were absolutely horrifying …

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100 Years of War …

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This year 2014 sees us commemorating the centenary of the start of one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. During the First World War (1914 – 1918) over 37 million soldiers were either killed, wounded or posted as missing in action. We must never forget them and the sacrifices they made.

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I was born in November 1951 just 33 years after it ended. By this time of course we had been through an even more destructive Second World War (1939 – 1945) which saw a further 73 million casualties.

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In 1951 itself the Korean War (1950 – 1953) was in full swing and 1.5 million soldiers were either killed, wounded or posted as missing in action. In addition to this an estimated 2.5 million civilians lost their lives in the fighting.

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And today there are major conflicts (1000+ deaths per year) going on in Gaza (1948 – present), Afghanistan (1978 – present), Somalia (1991 – present), Nigeria (1991 – present), North-West Pakistan (2004 – present), Egypt (2011 – present), Syria (2011 – present), South Sudan (2011 – present) and Central African Republic (2012 – present).

Gaza - 2014 When will we ever learn ... ?

Gaza – 2014
When will we ever learn … ?