25th August 1914 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY:

~ in Jyväskylä, Finland – Ilmari Vartia, olympic fencer who died of a fencing wound in 1951.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilmari_Vartia

~ In Okawa District, Kagawa, Japan – “The Queen of Boogie-Woogie, Shizuko Kasagi

http://www.discogs.com/Shizuko-Kasagi-Tokyo-Boogie-Woogie-Gomen-Nasai/release/3389612

“Tokyo Boogie-Wookie” 1947 – C’est La Chanson du Siecle!

War!

Eastern Front: Austrian troops take 6000 prisoners in their victory over the Russians at the Battle of  Krasnik (in Galicia, in present day Poland).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kra%C5%9Bnik

Southern (Balkan) Front: The Serbians are mopping up after the complete defeat of the Austro-Hungarians, who have retreated behind their own borders, leaving Serbia bloodied, but not bowed.

Western Front: German troops take Namur, Louvain and Sedan.

A French soldier writes to his mother (in anticipation of an imminent move to the front line):

“…Know that it would be shameful to think for one instant of holding back when the race demands the sacrifice. My only part is to carry an undefiled conscience as my feet may lead”

[Letters of a Soldier, 1914-1915]

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Soldier-1914-1915-Centenary-Series/dp/1473314356/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1408812070&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=letters+of+a+soldier+1914-1915

 

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