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11. Month 11. Day 11. Hour

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November 11th 1918, a German machine gunner kept firing at his enemy, belt after belt. It was informed that the hostilities would cease at exactly 11 o'clock. Exactly 11 o'clock the firing stopped. Lonely gunner stood up, walked few yards towards the enemy lines, took his steel helmet off and took a bow, like a musician after finishing a concert. Then he put his helmet back on and walked back to his own lines...

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Imperator-Zor's avatar
If only more of the German soldiers had this sentiment at the end of that nightmare.
DanielMedina98's avatar
And here we are, a hundred years later
TinkerTanker44432's avatar
Well then.. I would love to meet him and ask him way he did that.. to bad he might be dead.
Unfortunately, the last World War 1 veteran passed away in 2012. 
Mlp-shadow-prints's avatar
The The 11th month of the 11th day of the 11th hour.
Enrico1946's avatar
wow they have so much respect then WWII so much sportsmanship in WWI :D
Kenisi's avatar
I can´t help but feel like this guy is delivering a massive "u mad, tommies? :trollface:" of sorts to the poor brits he was supressing.
RabidSpace's avatar
It wasn't the tommies he was firing at it was the Americans
Kenisi's avatar
Was he? I honestly didn't know, thanks for letting me know. ;)

In that case: "U mad, doughboys? :trollface: "
RabidSpace's avatar
well that's what I read in the reports of a few American officers on that day.

anyways the comment you put was funny as hell to begin with.  
This is actually a rather grotesque story. One of the last soldiers to be killed in the great war was killed by this man. His maxim tore the poor lads jaw off and when the gunner checked his watch for the time, he got up, bowed, and walked away.
ColonelBSacquet's avatar
Nor does it cost something to pay homage to your enemies who, although enemies, remain humans.

Make me think to the last article of Foreign Legion's Code of Honor :
"In combat, you act without passion and without hate. You respect your vanquished enemies and never abandon nor your dead, nor your wounded, nor your weapons."
ColonelBSacquet's avatar
As Winston said, "When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite."
SPEARHARD's avatar

He (Winston), also said; "Better, jaw-jaw than war-war".... (he meant talking about it is better than fighting about it)

Poignant words in the context of how that young Tommy (Doughboy, I just read below) died....

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jackherler's avatar
o yes this last min of ww1
heretic14's avatar
Dont know much about these machine-gun, or something, but one thing I know exactly - he got balls of steel.
tuomaskoivurinne's avatar
Hopefully, if someone on the other side of the canal has slow watch.
PavelKirilovich's avatar
The MG 08/15 is barely manportable. The Germans only developed an air cooled "light role" machinegun late in the war with the MG 08/18; which was superior in some ways to the Lewis gun, being belt rather than magazine (drum) fed. This made it better for laying down a base of fire to support an attack; but less mobile to support the maneuvre of the attack.
tuomaskoivurinne's avatar
Indeed, but MG08/18 way too late to have good impact to the war. Just like MP18 "Maschinenpistole", which would have been an infantry close-quarters "super" weapon, if had more in numbers and earlier in time. I believe first MP18s appeared in actual battle around May -18 and still remained a rarity until the end of the war. Please read my reply to briantk2003 below :thumbsdown:
PavelKirilovich's avatar
Quite. If the MG 08/18 and MP18 been in effect sooner, perhaps with a good tube-magazine-fed shotgun for the Germans, the Stosstruppe would have had the capability to annihilate most opposition quite easily.
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