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WW I Ends 11 11 18       An Australian Veterans Remembered Today was the anniversary of the end of World War I The War to end all wars. Germany surrendered 11-11-18.
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Added: 11th November 2007
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Posted by: Naomi on 2007-11-11 
I think many of us often forget that we weren't the only nation to be affected so enormously by this war. For Australia, WWI remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-11 
Boy, is that an understatement! Along with Australia's 60,000 dead, Canada lost 62,000 soldiers killed (out of a population of eight million). The United Kingdom lost 700,000 soldiers killed. France lost about 1.385 million soldiers killed.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-11 
For the record, the United States of America lost exactly 51,822 soldiers killed in action during the First World War. (The comparison to other nations' casualty figures would likely startle people who aren't history buffs.)
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-12 
There are fewer than 40 accepted surviving First World War veterans in the world. None of them are Australian. Canada is down to one.
Posted by: Steve on 2007-11-12 
Wow, I remember when in Jr. High reading about the last Civil War veteran, then years later widow dying. Heck I'm only 49!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-12 
Steve, as late as 2004 there was still one Civil War widow alive: 89-year-old Maudie Celia Hopkins of Arkansas. In 1934 when she was 19, she married an 81-year-old Confederate veteran to escape poverty. He died in 1937. She might still be alive today.
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