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Subject: France down to one surviving WW1 vet
HoundOfHello    1/20/2008 9:31:30 PM
France down to one surviving WWI vet Published: Jan. 20, 2008 at 8:53 PM Print story Email to a friend Font size: BRIOUDE, France, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Louis de Cazenave, France's oldest World War I veteran, has died at age 110, leaving just one French survivor of what once was called the war to end all wars. De Cazenave, who saw action in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, died in his sleep surrounded by family at his home in Brioude, his son Louis said. De Cazenave, who was 19 when he went to war, worked for the railroads and became a pacifist after the war, his family said. "War is something absurd, useless, that nothing can justify. Nothing," he told Le Monde newspaper in a 2005 interview. French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent condolences to de Cazenave's family and paid tribute to all those killed in the war. "This generation has only one remaining representative today," he said in his statement. The lone French survivor of the epic war -- which claimed the lives of 1.4 million French soldiers and left 4.5 million more wounded -- is Lazare Ponticelli, who also 110, the BBC said. A handful of World War I veterans from other nations are also still alive. ______________________________________________________________________ It's sad to see the passing of a generation who went through hell for four long years. Any numbers for the other major nations involved (US, UK, Germany, Russia, Turkey, ex-European colonies, etc.)? -HoH
 
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free_man 12    Considering...   1/21/2008 2:42:12 PM
Considering, many claim that France has no WWII vets, because to be a Vet you have to fight, France may be down to 1 person with any fighting experience, unless you include the growing Muslim population that has a lot of Jihad experience.
 
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Enterpriser    Was that......   1/21/2008 10:15:11 PM


Considering, many claim that France has no WWII vets, because to be a Vet you have to fight, France may be down to 1 person with any fighting experience, unless you include the growing Muslim population that has a lot of Jihad experience.



Was that really necessary......?
 
Brett.

 
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free_man 12       1/21/2008 10:16:28 PM
Sorry, could not control myslef.
 
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ArtyEngineer       1/21/2008 11:11:18 PM
Below should be a link to a Wiki page which seems to have a pretty up to date list.  Not very many of these old buggers left.  Not be long before the "War to End all Wars" has passed from living memory. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I
 
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the British Lion       1/26/2008 9:54:25 AM
"Considering, many claim that France has no WWII vets, because to be a Vet you have to fight, France may be down to 1 person with any fighting experience"

France suffered over 300,000 casualties during the Battle of France... yes they were beaten quickly, but don't say they didn't fight.

B.L.
 
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free_man 12    Considering...   1/26/2008 6:38:40 PM
 I think a lot of the criticism that France gets for WWII, and rightfully deserves in my opinion, is based on how most of the country became sympathizers and even supporters of the Reich.  And, of course, their infamous boneheaded attempt to prevent Germany from even trying to attack France.
 
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00_Chem_AJB    Really?   1/26/2008 6:59:57 PM
So what about the French resistance and their sacrifice? Are you going to totally sweep them under the rug of surrender monkeys?
 
 
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free_man 12    Absolutely not!   1/26/2008 7:08:36 PM
However, the Vichy regime was particularly brutal and had too many of the populace in favor of the Reich. As a country, over all, they were pansies and Nazi sympathizers.  It is a shame that the many who actively fought the Nazis get overlooked, but that is the fault of France, not the Historians.
 
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the British Lion       1/26/2008 7:20:54 PM
"they were pansies and Nazi sympathizers."

Try saying that after your country had fought in the most brutal war in world history and lost a million and a half men just over 20 years ago.
It's so easy to judge sitting in your nice safe home. When it became obvious the battle was lost, the French were mostly unwilling to carry on with another slaughter. I have a hard time blaming them for that.

Compare and contrast how long it took America to exorcise its ghosts of Vietnam, and that was just 50,000 dead. Try an entire generation and see if you still have the stomach to fight again...

B.L.
 
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free_man 12    Lion   1/26/2008 8:48:28 PM
There's a big difference between France not continuing to fight, which I don't understand too well, and them actively supporting the Nazis, which most of France did.   The Great War should not have made the Vichy regime and the Nazi Collaborators more brutal, in many ways, that Italy's Mussolini, who was part of the original Axis powers. 
 
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