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The German Potato

In History on March 7, 2018 at 10:00

During World War I the German press and propaganda machine has attempted every trick in the book to raise morale. This leaflet from 1917 addressed German farmers to produce more potatoes as it was hoped that the German potato could make the difference in the war effort.

The German Potato must defeat England

This is the message the leaflet tries to bring across. In order to increase output of spuds the German government offered financial incentives such as 35 Marks for roughly 2500sqm extra area dedicated to potatoes.

To the left and right the leaflet shows the overall area available to provide the vegetable. In 1914 there were 3.38 million hectares available which has shrunk to 2.41 million hectares in 1917. This is a significant decrease and underlines the urgency which with the German government pleaded with the farmers in order to get more crops out of less soil. The effort was in vain as it turned out. Despite the peace agreement with Russia at the Eastern front the war efforts were futile and finally led to the ceasefire which was signed in 1918 and which led to catastrophic developments in the cause of the 20th. century.

The attempt to turn the odds around with potatoes speaks of the desperation of the German government to mobilise anything in order to win the war. What this possibly has achieved however was prolonged fighting and thus more fatalities on both sides of the Western front.

The Great War (in Britain) or the First World War (in Germany) was not decided by the amount of potatoes grown but was decided by the fact that the German has become untenable which led to the ceasefire from November 11, 1918.


Anglo-German Football, discussion

In Anglo-German Relations on October 16, 2015 at 09:00

Being able to present my research to an interested and knowledgeable audience was a great experience and i have enjoyed it very much even though i had the feeling i have not answered each question. Read the rest of this entry »

Voices from The Great War – Miles behind the Lines

In History on October 10, 2015 at 08:00

Miles behind the lines
behind the lines,
We’ve got a sergeant-major
Who’s never seen a gun,
He’s mentioned in despatches
For drinking the privates’ rum,
And when he sees old Jerry
You should see the bugger run
miles behind the lines.

July 1914

In History on July 28, 2014 at 11:11

July 1914 saw Europe sway between war and peace. In the following there are some voices from across Europe showing attitudes and opinions on the political events.
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Sarajevo: 28 June 1914, Count Franz von Harrach’s Testimonial

In History on June 28, 2014 at 16:45

The July Crisis: 100 Years On, 1914-2014

Count Franz von Harrach was a crucial witness to the Sarajevo assassinations. He was in the archducal car when shots were fired at Franz Ferdinand and his wife. 

Excerpt from the Memoir of Count Franz von Harrach

As the car quickly reversed, a thin stream of blood spurted from His Highness’s mouth onto my right check.  As I was pulling out my handkerchief to wipe the blood away from his mouth, the Duchess cried out to him, “For God’s sake!  What has happened to you?”

At that she slid off the seat and lay on the floor of the car, with her face between his knees.

I had no idea that she too was hit and thought she had simply fainted with fright.  Then I heard His Imperial Highness say,

“Sophie, Sophie, don’t die.  Stay alive for the children!”

At that, I seized the Archduke by the collar of his uniform, to…

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28 June 1914

In History on June 28, 2014 at 10:00

The events of 28 June 1914: The Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were killed in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists. This fact is undebatable. Throughout July, Europe remained calm, only to stir into action towards the end of the month when Austria declared war on Serbia, which triggered a declaration of war of Russia to Austria which in return demanded Germany to declare war on Russia and France as it was allied with Austria. This is the first post in a series of posts re-telling the Great War from an Anglo-German perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Football Philosophy

In Academia on November 16, 2012 at 12:00

Football Philosophy 1970s style as portrayed by Monty Python:

Football Philosophy in the age of digital history, The Football Scholars Forum where academics meet to discuss books on the beautiful game:

Germany: The Accidental Empire?

In Germany, History on October 18, 2012 at 12:06

A whole series of articles published in the guardian newspaper investigate how the British (English?) views on Germany have changed over the last decade. The topics range from the german army finding it difficult to adopt its new role, to the World Cup 2006 which was the biggest factor in English media to alter the public’s perception of Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

Eric Hobsbawm 1917-2012

In History on October 2, 2012 at 15:40

Eric Hobsbawm, the great historian of the 20th century has died yesterday, Monday October 1, 2012. For any historian from any direction this is sad news.

The Hundred Years’ War

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History, Sport on May 14, 2012 at 21:26

Just like the Hundred Years’ War between France and England (1337 – 1453) the sporting relations between England and Germany as well as England and France could equally be described as Hundred Years’ Wars. Just like their historical blue print, the Anglo-German ‘Football war‘ or the Anglo-French rugby rivalry are not constantly contested conflicts rather they flicker from time to time and there are periods when these ‘wars’ will appear to be hot instead of cold, i.e. ahead of a football or rugby match and in the aftermath of these. Most of this will happen in the media, where all sorts of language is used to describe the events on the pitch in most the bellicose manner. That the language to describe football matches contains martial terms and phrases, makes it even easier for writers and journalists to paint a picture of war and conflict.

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