World War I

Christmas Truce 1914

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In 1914, during the Great War — or World War I as we call it today — the British and French armies were manning the 27-mile Western Front fiercely defending French territory from the advancing German Army. Across the British and French trenches, as near as 200 feet away, the Germans were dug in. What separated the opposing armies was a Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In 1914, more than a century ago, the German Army was advancing into French territory along a 27-mile stretch of land known as the “Western Front.” The French and the British armies were fiercely defending French territory in trenches along a 200-foot narrow strip called “No Man’s Land” that separates them from the Germans who were dug in on the other Read More …

Ceasefire in Ukraine

PerryScope By Perry Diaz (I wrote this article on December 23, 2005 to commemorate the 91st  anniversary of the “Christmas Truce” during World War I in 1914.  One hundred years later after the celebrated “Christmas Truce,” another truce — or ceasefire — took effect in East Ukraine where Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists were fighting for dominance of a huge chunk of Ukrainian territory that Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When the Great War broke out in 1914, it came to be known as the “War to end all wars” but years later it was known, and to this day, as World War I. Germany lost the war to the western powers and on November 11, 1918, she signed the Armistice of Compiegne; thus, ending the war that was supposed to Read More …

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a session at the annual meeting of the WEF in Davos January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

By Kiyoshi Takenaka      The Star Online TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared current tensions between Japan and China to rivalry between Britain and Germany on the eve of World War One, but his top spokesman denied the Japanese leader meant war between Asia’s two big powers was possible. Sino-Japanese ties, long plagued by what Beijing sees as Japan’s failure to atone for Read More …

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By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press  China said Friday it has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan. Bitter rhetoric between the neighbors has spiked since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a late-December visit to a war shrine in Tokyo that outraged Beijing. Abe this week Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo by a group of Bosnian Serbs.  The assassination, which became known as the “Sarajevo Incident,” set in motion a series of events.  As Austria-Hungary confronted Serbia over the assassination, other European countries aligned with one side or the other.  Germany sided with Austria-Hungary Read More …

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Perryscope By Perry Diaz   1st Class Warriors, 2nd Class Citizens, 3rd Class War Veterans On June 29, 1918, the first Filipino-American war hero – Pvt. Tomas Claudio — died during a battle in France.  He was a member of the American Expeditionary Force to France sent to fight the German army during World War I.  France awarded him its highest honor — the Legion Read More …