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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1916, French troops celebrated the recapture of Douaumont at Verdun. For those not up on anatomy, the Douaumont is the thing that hangs down in the back of your throat   (history.com) divider line
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2021-10-25 12:06:35 PM  
Douaumont at Verdun, his heart triumphant.
 
2021-10-25 12:08:27 PM  
I heard subby's mom had hers blasted off the roof of her mouth.
 
2021-10-25 12:09:01 PM  
The duodenum is the exhaust manifold of the stomach, where it empties into the intestines.  This guy wrote a song about it:

Frank Zappa - Duodenum
Youtube oylUODycgRA
 
2021-10-25 12:11:51 PM  
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2021-10-25 12:13:08 PM  
Around here that's a thingamajig.
 
2021-10-25 12:14:23 PM  
I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.
 
2021-10-25 12:15:32 PM  

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.


And then to realize you were just setting up for a more insane war 30 years later.
 
2021-10-25 12:19:07 PM  
Somebody is being wrong on Fark!

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Well, any way.
 
2021-10-25 12:21:45 PM  
Yes, it was Subby. And intentional. And the word is uvula.

Remember that for solving cross-words. Someday it may come in handy for winning a game of Scrabble (aka Squabble in many families).
 
2021-10-25 12:23:29 PM  
Fun Fact: it was an accident of timing (and the fact that Wilhelm II was a moron) that put Britain on the side of the Entente Powers.
 
2021-10-25 12:23:30 PM  
It's history day on Fark!
 
2021-10-25 12:23:37 PM  

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid


A horrifying thing has stuck with me from a WWI book I read years ago - soldiers enduring an artillery barrage would scream for their mothers' help.
 
2021-10-25 12:24:22 PM  
I thinknone of the mods has been spending the day learning history.

Go home mod, you're drunk.

/I assume they are all always a biy drunk
//its the only sensible explanation for fark.
 
2021-10-25 12:24:55 PM  
Squabble is a good word for Scrabble and can be built on squab.

I have a joke for that.

It's time to decide what to have for Thanksgiving and the family is gathered around the Turkey to decide its fate.

What does every one want for dinner?

I want ham.

I want roast beef.

I want turkey.

Squab, squab, squabble.

Well, that' three votes for squab. Set the turkey free.
 
2021-10-25 12:25:43 PM  
Knock knock
Who's there?
Babs's uvula?
Bans' Uvula Who?
 
2021-10-25 12:25:54 PM  
the Douaumont is the thing that hangs down in the back of your throat


No, dumbass, the Douaumont is the part of the story at the end where everything is wrapped up.
 
2021-10-25 12:26:54 PM  
A couple of years ago I went to northern France. Toured Verdun and several other battlefields. Actually seeing the lay of the land did a lot to help me understand how the battles played out the way they did. And yes, the ground not graded or farmed is still cratered.

/CSB: the guide stopped at a strawberry farm and we all got these amazing strawberries. Also there was a collection of stuff the farmer had pulled up. Cartridges, shells, buckles...and grenades. The guide handed me this lump of rusty metal and said "that's a live grenade" and I nearly shat myself.
 
2021-10-25 12:28:08 PM  

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.


The shear idiocy of that war.

If Von Kluck hadn't chickened out and taken Paris when he could have...it might have ended in August 1916.

/ He had 75 divisions. The Entente Powers had 12 (counting the Belgians) between Von Kluck and Paris.
 
2021-10-25 12:28:41 PM  
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Falkenhayn was a stubborn, paranoid fool.  He wanted to leverage the campaign of attrition at Verdun into luring the British into anothercampaign of attrition, and then launch a counter-offensive once the Entente was exhausted and vulnerable.

Much like Moltke the Lesser, his plan was too complex for its own good*. The final stage would required holding back such a large contingent of fresh reserves that cut into what the German 5th Army badly needed to hold the line at Verdun.

Ironically, both the Germans and the French had lower casualty rates at Verdun than they suffered in either the campaigns of maneuver in 1914, or the offensives and counteroffensive of 1915.

* But what else could you expect from the Germans, their reliance upon inflexible and overly complex operational plans was a principal reason they ended up in the war in the first place.
 
2021-10-25 12:31:11 PM  

Por que tan serioso: I heard subby's mom had hers blasted off the roof of her mouth.


How far does a girl have to go to untangle her tingle?
 
2021-10-25 12:31:51 PM  

Somacandra: Knock knock
Who's there?
Babs's uvula?
Bans' Uvula Who?


Was hoping for a Babs reference.
 
2021-10-25 12:34:36 PM  

iheartscotch: BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.

The shear idiocy of that war.

If Von Kluck hadn't chickened out and taken Paris when he could have...it might have ended in August 1916.

/ He had 75 divisions. The Entente Powers had 12 (counting the Belgians) between Von Kluck and Paris.


Prussian generals, inflexible when they need to be flexible, and vice versa.
 
2021-10-25 12:40:45 PM  

iheartscotch: Fun Fact: it was an accident of timing (and the fact that Wilhelm II was a moron) that put Britain on the side of the Entente Powers.


The Brits were never going to side with the biggest army against the second biggest army, that would go counter to British doctrine dating from when she started to rule the waves.

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.


Not only that, it wasn't until Hindenburg put Ludendorff in charge (I may be getting the names wrong, but it took plenty of time to get the idea put in place) that they  realized that since it was an artillery duel, there was no reason to fill the trenches that were in range of artillery with cannon fodder.  Just put enough to make it extremely painful to attack, and have enough guys (and artillery) to mow down the new occupied trench.

They did not pass.

/needs to be linked to every time the "dropped once, never used" meme pops up on fark.
 
2021-10-25 12:42:37 PM  
A Douaumont is like a comforter but it has a cover.
 
2021-10-25 12:43:04 PM  

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.


Look on The bright side.  At least Krupp got to try out all his pretty new toys.
 
2021-10-25 12:43:44 PM  

UNC_Samurai: iheartscotch: BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.

The shear idiocy of that war.

If Von Kluck hadn't chickened out and taken Paris when he could have...it might have ended in August 1916.

/ He had 75 divisions. The Entente Powers had 12 (counting the Belgians) between Von Kluck and Paris.

Prussian generals, inflexible when they need to be flexible, and vice versa.


Whilst playing Napoleon Total War as anyone other than France, I always use the Schlieffen Plan. It works real good.

/ last time, Von Blucher *HORSES SCREAM* held the center at Alsace-Lorraine and Von Scharnhorst took Paris
 
2021-10-25 12:44:48 PM  
That's the uvula subby.    Ann Coulter doesn't have one.
 
2021-10-25 12:44:59 PM  
On 25 February 1916, Fort Douaumont was entered and occupied without a fight by a small German raiding party comprising only 19 officers and 79 men, entering via an open window by the moat.

Le preevat Freakstorm!  Iz zee window by zee moat clo-sed?

"Oui, oui.  Haz anyone zeen my Oui Magazeen?  It haz zee Demi Moore, no?  Talk about zee fired gardener but since vee are Franche we eat zat up.  No. It vas not a double entendre.  Le giggity."
 
2021-10-25 12:46:15 PM  
Jesus... 3 "on this day in history" posts and a "word of the day post" in a row.

Slow Fark day...
 
2021-10-25 12:49:29 PM  

Fasces Breaker: A Douaumont is like a comforter but it has a cover.


No, no, a Douaumont is a two piston automobile built in France in 1928. It was known for its fine Corinthian leather interior.
 
2021-10-25 12:52:20 PM  

brantgoose: Squabble is a good word for Scrabble and can be built on squab.

I have a joke for that.

It's time to decide what to have for Thanksgiving and the family is gathered around the Turkey to decide its fate.

What does every one want for dinner?

I want ham.

I want roast beef.

I want turkey.

Squab, squab, squabble.

Well, that' three votes for squab. Set the turkey free.


Huh?
 
2021-10-25 12:53:49 PM  

JammerJim: A couple of years ago I went to northern France. Toured Verdun and several other battlefields. Actually seeing the lay of the land did a lot to help me understand how the battles played out the way they did. And yes, the ground not graded or farmed is still cratered.

/CSB: the guide stopped at a strawberry farm and we all got these amazing strawberries. Also there was a collection of stuff the farmer had pulled up. Cartridges, shells, buckles...and grenades. The guide handed me this lump of rusty metal and said "that's a live grenade" and I nearly shat myself.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_ha​r​vest

Over a hundred years later and the Belgian and French militaries still have to run an enormous collection service during the plowing season to collect the mass of unexploded ordinance that comes out of the farmers' fields.
 
2021-10-25 12:55:45 PM  
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2021-10-25 12:55:57 PM  

Polish Hussar: JammerJim: A couple of years ago I went to northern France. Toured Verdun and several other battlefields. Actually seeing the lay of the land did a lot to help me understand how the battles played out the way they did. And yes, the ground not graded or farmed is still cratered.

/CSB: the guide stopped at a strawberry farm and we all got these amazing strawberries. Also there was a collection of stuff the farmer had pulled up. Cartridges, shells, buckles...and grenades. The guide handed me this lump of rusty metal and said "that's a live grenade" and I nearly shat myself.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_har​vest

Over a hundred years later and the Belgian and French militaries still have to run an enormous collection service during the plowing season to collect the mass of unexploded ordinance that comes out of the farmers' fields.


Yup. They put it out for pickup almost like we do recycling.
 
2021-10-25 1:00:00 PM  

basscomm: brantgoose: Squabble is a good word for Scrabble and can be built on squab.

I have a joke for that.

It's time to decide what to have for Thanksgiving and the family is gathered around the Turkey to decide its fate.

What does every one want for dinner?

I want ham.

I want roast beef.

I want turkey.

Squab, squab, squabble.

Well, that' three votes for squab. Set the turkey free.

Huh?


Don't try to make sense of it, tis a fool's errand.
 
2021-10-25 1:04:03 PM  
No subby, that's an aglet.
 
2021-10-25 1:05:16 PM  
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2021-10-25 1:05:41 PM  

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.


Also you had to hang around with Hitler.
 
2021-10-25 1:08:08 PM  
France Turns The Tide At Verdun I THE GREAT WAR Week 118
Youtube dE5GRq0lPE0


This guy completed a week by week exploration of the Great War and is now doing the same for the same for World War Two. It's worth checking out, he's up to 1942 already and things are heating up around Stalingrad.
 
2021-10-25 1:09:48 PM  
My great grandfather was a veteran of Verdun. A stretcher bearer specifically.

By all accounts he was a bit eccentric. After the war he would push his way to the front of any lineup stating out loud (in french) "make way...I am a veteran of Verdun!". Maybe that makes him more of an ass than eccentric though.

Apparently this worked quite well for him.
/CSB
//There is also a story of him driving all over Paris with his mistress and that he only ever used 2nd gear but that is another tale.
 
2021-10-25 1:13:05 PM  

Ketchuponsteak: BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.

Also you had to hang around with Hitler.


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2021-10-25 1:13:22 PM  
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"OOOOOOOOOO-VULAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
 
2021-10-25 1:20:43 PM  
I don't have the screen shots anymore, but there's a scene in A Very Long Engagement where they're marching up to the front and meet a grave digging party. Looks like there's been some heavy fighting and lots of casualties. But the grave diggers say "no, it's been a very quiet sector, and they've brought you up for a new offensive. We're getting a head start."
 
2021-10-25 1:35:06 PM  
It'll behoove ya to take care of your uvula

/nothing is obscure on fark
 
2021-10-25 1:44:38 PM  
I'll take any of the flimsiest of excuses to post this bit

Doug Stanhope on nationalism
Youtube QsPDT5qHtZ4
 
2021-10-25 1:57:07 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Ketchuponsteak: BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: I can't even begin to imagine being a soldier in the utter hellscape that was the trenches of WWI.

Machine guns forming lines of uncrossable death. Artillery bombardment you had to dig underground to avoid. Giant multi-ton mines being laid underneath your feet. Living in mud-covered filth for weeks on end. Disease. Poison gas.

Absolute hell.

Also you had to hang around with Hitler.

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People claim he ruined that stache, well, it was an ugly stache.

It was only popular, because it was a way of showing you were a soldier in WW1. Bushy mustaches didn't allow gask masks to fit properly, so, Hitler stache it was.
 
2021-10-25 2:03:19 PM  
 
2021-10-25 2:12:52 PM  
Perhaps the most jaw-dropping thing about WWI is how completely unnecessary it was, and yet how inevitable.

Best summary of the run-up to the Great War is Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August" which looks at the human side of the war that the history books always leave out. All the generals in France and Germany who were plotting and planning the war were veterans of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, and all just itching for a rematch. When people say "it makes no sense that something so stupid (the assassination of Franz Ferdinand) would set off the war" it's because textbooks don't look into the personalities that pushed the war forward.

Wilhelm II, General Foch, General Joffre, General von Moltke...they all wanted a reboot of 1870, and they were looking for a reason, any reason, to have one. And once the spark was provided, they barreled into war on a timetable that would not allow any diplomacy or negotiation. It was complete insanity. But they got to play war one last time.
 
2021-10-25 2:14:18 PM  
If you ever get a chance to go to Verdun, go. I could write 10 pages of what it's like and you still wouldn't understand until you see it.
 
2021-10-25 2:20:16 PM  
oncw it goes in, it doesn't dangle anymore......!.
 
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