terça-feira, 15 de julho de 2014

World War I centenary is celebrated in the Bastille

For this commemoration of the Centennial, were invited delegations from 80 countries, particularly Portugal.

The first world war was a global war centered in Europe, which began in July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. The conflict involved the great powers of the world, which were organised in two opposing alliances: the allies (based on triple Entente between United Kingdom, France and the Russian Empire) and the central powers (originally triple alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy; but as the austro-Hungarian Empire had taken the offensive against the agreement, Italy has not entered in war). These alliances reorganized itself (the Italy fought by the allies) and expanded in more Nations that entered the war. Ultimately, more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants were killed, largely because of technological advances that led to a huge growth in the lethality of weapons, but without corresponding improvements in protection or mobility. It was the sixth deadliest conflict in human history and that later paved the way for several political changes, as revolutions in many of the Nations involved.

Portugal, before entering the war in Europe, has fought with the Germans in Africa; in 1916, struck the German ships in the coast of Portugal and, the following year, he sent 200 thousand hoimens in the Expeditionary Corps for Flanders, which were then fighting in France.

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