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  • Tough gig to work the chronology of events in there. Mighty fine.

    February 12, 2009

  • THE WAR: A-Z

    An Austrian Archduke, assaulted and assailed,

    Broke Belgium's barriers, by Britain bewailed,

    Causing consternation, confused chaotic crises;

    Diffusing destructive, death dealing devices.

    England engaged earnestly, eager every ear,

    France fought furiously, forsaking foolish fear,

    Great German garrisons grappled Gallic guard,

    Hohenzollern Hussars hammered, heavy, hard.

    Infantry, Imperial, Indian, Irish, intermingling,

    Jackets jaunty, joking, jesting, jostling, jingling.

    Kinetic, Kruppised Kaiser, kingdom's killing knight,

    Laid Louvain lamenting, London lacking light,

    Mobilising millions, marvellous mobility,

    Numberless nonentities, numerous nobility.

    Oligarchies olden opposed olive offering,

    Prussia pressed Paris, Polish protection proffering,

    Quaint Quebec quickly quartered quotidian quota,

    Renascent Russia, resonant, reported regal rota.

    Scotch soldiers, sterling, songs stalwart sung,

    "Tipperary" thundered through titanic tongue.

    United States urging unarmament, unwanted,

    Visualised victory vociferously vaunted,

    Wilson's warnings wasted, world war wild,

    Xenian Xanthochroi Xantippically X-iled.

    Yorkshire's young yeomen yelling youthfully,

    "Zigzag Zeppelins, Zuyder Zee."

    John R. Edwards.

    February 12, 2009