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50 Facts on The First World War

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50 Facts on the First World War

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  • MarkSamuelTuttle MarkSamuelTuttle Yes, Scott. You're right about the 'Zimmerman Telegram'. Woodrow Wilson was elected President to 'Keep us [the U.S] out of war'. Then he received a copy of the telegram from British intelligence, who concealed the fact that they had a copy before the German diplomats did. Once he saw the telegram that tipped the scale, and he committed the U.S. to war on the side of the Allies. And, that broke what amounted to a stalemate. 3 months ago
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  • scottaddington Scott Addington, writer / researcher / marketer Great insight Mark, and thanks for the clarification. You are right that it is an area often overlooked and I am guilty of it here. Indeed I also think that German encrypted messages to Mexico urging them to join the fight were intercepted and deciphered by the British in WW1 and were a major factor in America joining the war. 3 months ago
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  • MarkSamuelTuttle MarkSamuelTuttle I wasn't clear enough re my observation about WWI code-breaking efforts leading to (WWII) Enigma. As explained clearly in BBC's 'The Rise Of Enigma' and 'The Triumph Of The Codebreakers' (DVD) by Norman de Lacy Evans, the British broke the German Naval codes in WWI. A German 1934 report on this led to development of ('unbreakable') Enigma used in WWII. Similarly, breaking of Japanese codes during post-WWI disarmament talks led them to develop 'Purple' (machine-based) codes used during WWII. Thus, events during WWI (and immediately after) had a dramatic effect on WWII as both German and Japanese codes were broken - again, eventually, though each effort proved very difficult. Both German and Japanese coders believed their codes were unbreakable. These mistakes tipped things in, for instance, (WWII) Battle of the Atlantic and Midway.

    In spite of my efforts to learn about all this over many years, I'm still learning new things - even now.* This led to my suggestion about under-appreciated effect of code-breaking in and after WWI.

    None of this detracts from your wonderful '50 Facts ...'.

    Thank you,
    --Mark

    *Apropos, current U.S. NSA snooping, the British read everything transmitted by transatlantic cable during WWI - including diplomatic and military stuff from U.S., France, Sweden, etc. (The Germans cut their end of the cable at the beginning of WWI.)
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  • handychandrajayapura Handy Chandra, Ketua Kelti Teknologi Kelautan & Peneliti Madya at Kementerian Kelautan Dan Perikanan (KKP) Nice Post, Great job... 3 months ago
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  • FlixPrez Flix Prez Thank you for this presentation. 3 months ago
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  • ColonelDilipSharma Colonel Dilip Sharma Wonderful work. Thank you for sharing this presentation. 3 months ago
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  • intermast Sergei Tumashev, СЕО at Intermast @scottaddington You make a lot and useful. Thank you for your attention to the last time 3 months ago
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  • flusyrom flusyrom @scottaddington Youp, makes sense - I guess now I'll have to work myself thru the entire list of 1568 facts ;-) 3 months ago
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  • eugenebrilev Eugene Brilev, Game Designer at Steel Monkeys 62 is so prophetic 3 months ago
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  • scottaddington Scott Addington, writer / researcher / marketer @flusyrom - great comment, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my slideshare - i really appreciate it! You are correct in what you say, and this slideshare only covers a tiny % of the facts that are in the book. (See final slide) The book has 1,568 facts on the war and I have tried to cover as much of the war as possible. Italy and Russia have their own sections, Mata Hari is covered as is the war in the East - this slideshare was purposefully put together to contain some of the most popular facts that most people would relate to - this is why there is a western front bias. Hope this makes sense!
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