1.8.08

Marking the Anniversary of the beginning of World War One

In 1964 I was about 9 years old. World War I was a mere 50 years earlier. I received from a friend of my father a concise history of the Second World War. I will never forget the opening page even now. It concerned the cost of the First World War...

Cost of World War One
Cost in $

United States : 22,625,253,000
Great Britain : 35,334,012,000
France : 24,265,583,000
Russia : 22,293,950,000
Italy : 12,413,998,000
Belgium : 1,154,468,000
Romania : 1,600,000,000
Japan : 40,000,000
Serbia : 399,400,000
Greece : 270,000,000
Canada : 1,665,576,000
Australia : 1,423,208,000
New Zealand : 378,750,000
India : 601,279,000
South Africa : 300,000,000
British Colonies : 125,000,000
Germany : 37,775,000,000
Austria-Hungary : 20,622,960,000
Turkey : 1,430,000,000
Bulgaria : 815,200,000


My book related what could have been bought with this money, Schools and Universities, Hospitals, advances in Medicine, but the money was needed elswhere. Todays Anniversary of the old order and the begining of the new order. The begining of the war to make the "World safe for Democracy"...

God save us.
de Brantigny

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