Thursday, February 07, 2013

Today -100: February 7, 1913: Of inspections

Some time ago one August Wolter was thrown out of the German military, allegedly for being mentally deficient. So he sends a telegram (possibly delivered it himself, dressed as a telegraph messenger, depending on whose version you believe) supposedly from the kaiser to the military governor of Strasbourg, saying he would be arriving that day for inspection. 18,000 soldiers hastily polish their boots and bayonets and line up; there’s a Zeppelin overhead and everything. Hilarity ensues.

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