Thursday, September 20, 2018

Today -100: September 20, 1918: Readiness for peace is not in contradiction to the spirit with which we are waging the struggle for the homeland


Austrian Foreign Minister Baron Burian says that his note to belligerents calling for closed-door talks on peace was indeed approved by Germany, and it was considered for weeks and so it was certainly not a panicked response to recent military setbacks, how could you suggest such a thing? And Field Marshal von Hindenburg tells the German army that the proposal doesn’t mean they can slack off: “Readiness for peace is not in contradiction to the spirit with which we are waging the struggle for the homeland.” German planes drop leaflets containing the proposal on the Western Front.

Today in forged anti-Soviet documents: Germany ordered Russia to withdraw the Red Guards from Finland so it could be taken over; the Soviets recruited notorious anarchists to assassinate counter-revolutionaries.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt arrives back from Europe with Spanish Flu (contracted on the boat) and double pneumonia. He’s met at the dock by an ambulance and taken to his mother’s house. And then Eleanor unpacks his bags and finds a bundle of letters from Lucy Mercer...


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