“In the Orkneys” (WWI)

These postcards were acquired by a British or American sailor during the First World War.  They were probably made available to the men as keepsakes of their service.  In the image above, a line of sailors is visible in the distance, probably on a brief leave to sightsee. The snowy hills on the island below... Continue Reading →

Armistice on the Eastern Front (December 1917)

On December 15, 1917, an armistice was signed between the Central Powers and the new revolutionary communist government of Soviet Russia.  It went into effect two days later, on December 17.  The Soviets would officially leave the war the following March, after the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, but the December armistice clearly felt like the end... Continue Reading →

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