Tag Archive | WW I

Wearing A ‘Red Poppy’, With Pride, For ‘Remembrance Day 2019’ — November 5.

by Anura Guruge

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A tad late this year, but that is OK. Yes, one of my Canadian ‘red poppies’ and I am cool with that since this now time-honored tradition is all due to Canadians. The truth be told, when it comes to the paper ones, I only have Canadian poppies. That is OK. I do need to get some U.K. ones with the green leaf and the more pronounced black ‘button’.

Nobody but nobody commented on it. 98% of Americans have absolutely NO CLUE as to what it is and what it signifies though Americans fought in both Wars — though they were not at ‘Flanders Field‘ in 1915. I would love to see America adopt the custom. I have tried. I wrote to President Obama asking whether he would please wear one on Veterans Day.

Well, as I do every year, I set out to honor the fallen and keep the memory fresh and alive.

by Anura Guruge

Newly Colorized Pictures Of WW I Armistice Day — 99 Years Ago (Tomorrow).

by Anura Guruge

Poppy Day commemorates Armistice Day,
November 11, 1918; i.e., 11/11/1918.

Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.

From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click here for original & MORE.

These were lovingly and painstakingly colorized by a Welsh electrician, Royston Leonard (55) — who lives in Cardiff.

Thank YOU, Roy. Great job. [Yes, he is on Facebook.]

There is also this page on Facebook. Click to access.

For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition
please refer to my
Thank YOU.

by Anura Guruge

Tanks Were Used In Battle, For The Very Time, This Day 101-Years Ago By (Of Course) THE British; September 15, 1916.

by Anura Guruge

The British Mark I Tank

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanks_in_World_War_I

Battle of the Somme

WW I. Battle of the Somme. I remember reading about this and story behind how tanks were conceived at the start of the 20th century. Two BIG names, one on each side of the Atlantic, were involved: dear Winston Churchill and George S. Patton (who was the junior officer at the time). There was a fair amount of opposition to tanks at the start. They were thought to be UNGALLANT! An affront to the chivalry of the mounted cavalry — Patton having started his career in the 15th Cavalry.

The early tanks, as were to be expected, were not that successful. But they literally paved the way to the super tanks we have today — though I am fairly convinced that the days of the tanks are long gone. Yes, they were used in the Gulf, but that was a decade ago.

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by Anura Guruge

Donald Trump & Australia — Lets Not Forget That Australia Was Also An Ally In WW I.

by Anura Guruge

Over the last 2 days I have kept on hearing that Australia has fought alongside the U.S. in every war in since WW II.

Well, that OMITS the HUGE involvement of Australia in WW I — albeit fighting as part of the ‘British Empire‘. Nonetheless, it was Australians who fought and died.

Over 420,000 Australians served in the military during WW I
and over 60,000 DIED.


Click to access the Wikipedia entry.

I give you this haunting song which is about the sacrifice of an Australian soldier in WW I in Gallipoli.

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by Anura Guruge

This Being Gallipoli 100th Anniversary “The Water Diviner” Is A Great Enlightening Movie To See.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access IMDb.com listing for the movie.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the ending of the incredibly gruesome World War IGallipoli Campaign‘, 25 April 1915 – 9 January 1916, in which over 112,000 soldiers, from both sides, died — ironically, pretty close to 50:50. The Allies that fought in ‘Gallipoli’ were made up of forces from the U.K., France, Australia, New Zealand, British India & the Dominion of Newfoundland.

Most of us, especially those of us lucky enough to be from the mighty British Commonwealth, obviously, know of ‘Gallipoli’ but would be hard pressed to come up with much details other than that a lot of folks, many of Australia and New Zealand, died. And yes some of us know of and mark ANZAC day.

Well, this movie, is a great way to learn a LOT about what happened in Gallipoli while being entertained to a fairly good yarn and some beautiful cinematography.

HBO had it, i.e., “The Water Diviner“, as its featured Saturday night movie a few weeks ago. I DVRed it and we watched it recently. We liked it. I learnt a lot. So sharing that with you.

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by Anura Guruge

Commemorating ‘Memorial Day’ 2015 — (‘Happy’ Is Not The Appropriate Celebration Nor Greeting).

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

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I also give you Eric Bogle singing The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
which is all about what were the horrors of World War I.


Click to access YouTube video. You WILL THANK me for sharing this gem with YOU.

In November 2014, ahead of ‘Poppy Day
I introduced you to Eric Bogle singing
the HAUNTING and very beautiful
The Green Fields of France
— which was also about WW I.

Click to access YouTube video.

Sad Centenary Of The Sinking Of The RMS Lusitania By The Germans.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

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The “massacre of the innocents” by the dastardly Germans.
1,198 killed (94 children) — 128 Americans.
Another reason I will NOT own a German car and
openly ridicule those that do —
including my own family members.

This sinking, and their are valid theories that the Lusitania was sacrificed for the ‘better cause’,
was what got the U.S. into seriously thinking about getting involved in WW I
— and even then it took another ‘2 years’.


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia attributed to “Bundesarchiv, DVM 10 Bild-23-61-17 / CC-BY-SA”. you should ponder this and other pictures of the sinking to appreciate what a dastardly deed this was.


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Click to access BBC coverage.


Click for ‘History Channel’ coverage.

A sad and sobering anniversary. The Lusitania does not get the same attention that the Titanic commands — though historically the Lusitania was a more significant event. Much more interesting too. My now 22-year old son, Matthew, aged 3, following a visit to the Maritime Museum at the Greenwich Observatory (London, U.K.), became, overnight, a maritime disaster buff — an avid interest he maintained well into his teens. Thanks to his interest I learned a lot and still have a fairly large ‘Titanic’ library and memorabilia. Matthew was into the Lusitania too and I would watch documentaries with him. I remember all the stuff about the zig-zag course it tried to follow when it entered the war-zone around Ireland and people on shore seeing the disaster.

Please take a minute to reflect and RESOLVE

‘Remembrance Day’ — Poppy Day — For The Redoubtable (Nepali) Gurkhas.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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I like most Brits having nothing but undisguised admiration, respect and gratitude for the Gurkhas — who for so long have fought beside us.

I mentioned them in this post about British Commonwealth Troops in WW I (from which the Poppy Tradition arises) since they were such an integral force in that war — as in so many other wars.

From Wikipedia. Click to access original.

From Wikipedia. Click to access original.

So today I went in search of Gurkhas with Poppies pictures.
I lucked out. I am so happy.

From the ‘NepaliSamajUK.com’ photo gallery. Click to access. They have LOADS more pictures.

That this was Remembrance Day for ex-Gurkhas at Llanelli, Wales just made my day! Many don’t appreciate it, but I am Welsh. My underlying accent is not from Ceylon, it is a Ceylon accent modulated by Welsh. I spent 3 of my most riotous years of my life in Swansea, Wales. Llanelli wasn’t far away. I have been to Llanelli, visited the Rugby club and even more importantly was able to say ‘Llanelli’ correctly, saying like a true Welshman.

So this great, but I always associate Llanelli with greatness — not just on the rugby field.

Then there was this:

From "demotix.com". They also have a large gallery. So click to visit.

From “demotix.com”. They also have a large gallery. So click to visit.

Then this from Flickr:

Click to access original at Flickr.

Click to access original at Flickr.

A Potted, Personal View Cum History Of ‘Remembrance Day’ — Poppy Day By My Friend Canadian ‘Nancy’, An Expert On This Matter.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Canadaremberance

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The annual event of national Remembrance of those who lost their lives in the service of our country and others in the Empire group, is based on the date the Armistice was achieved in the World War of 1914-8. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

In ’18, there was naturally national rejoicing at achieving victory. But in 1919 we were reminded of the cost to our families of sons, fathers, brothers, husbands and some women in the Nursing service.

The imagery of the hugely poignant Canadian battlefield was with us since 1915.

Turning this flower into a lapel device to be handed out as a fundraiser for French orphanage support came here from Madame Anna Guerin. She got support in the US but was sabatoged by the major returned soldier group deciding the flower was ‘too foreign’ and such nonsense.

So she focused on a long time Great War ally in that war, the Dominion of Canada. That Thunder Bay plaque documents this. They shared the profits for her children’s work overseas and their need for fund to help needy war vets here.

She goes to the UK with her concept and Douglas Haig, 1st Earl of Haig, backs the idea, as do other Dominions. 1921

Soon, her financial goal reached here, Mme. Guerin returned to her country but her little fabric device has caught on, and returned soldiers here are commissioned to make them. Mid 20s the Legion clubs have

a monopoly on production and profits but many civilian volunteers distribute them.

Armistice Day is renamed Remembrance Day.

More recently veteran groups start crowding the occasion, confusing their role in collecting money and benefitting from it, with the civilian/family-oriented intent of remembering the names of our lost men and women. This is the last batch of the mid 20th century returnees.

Almost every family living here in Canada since c. 1900 was touch by WWs.

Many had just emigrated, then joined up to go overseas in our uniform to fight on the side of their homeland, large UK.

‘Poppy Day’ in my experience died out when the fundraising period was extended beyond this one blitz day, after WW2.

November 11 would still stand if the device were not worn, and the empire-adopted Poppy imagery means War Dead, Fallen.

It’s been converted by the charities to meaning themselves, lucky fast-passing survivors, desperately reminding people of the early 20th century wars where they served in foreign fields, and those who seek power and better benefits.

Poppies are laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Remembrance Day in Ottawa -- from Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE.

Poppies are laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Remembrance Day in Ottawa — from Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE.

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