Category Archives: 1915

Serbian Retreat During World War 1

King of Serbia during the Serbian RetreatThe elderly King of Serbia, Peter I, in a cart being pulled by four oxen, during the Serbian retreat.

World War 1 started because of the conflict between Serbia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. What would otherwise have been a small regional conflict, developed into a world wide bloodbath once the Great Powers aligned themselves with or against Serbia. At first the Serbs were completely overmatched and most of their country was occupied by the Central Powers. However the King and the remnant of his army managed to retreat to Greece and Albania, where, supported by the French and British, they were able to hang on and eventually regroup.

Climbing a Glacier

Climbing a Glacier in Mt. Ranier National ParkA group of adventurous men and women, sporting the latest mountain climbing equipment for 1915, climb a glacier in Mount Ranier National Park. It’s interesting to see just how unsuitable their shoes and clothing is compared to today’s equipment.

The women are all wearing cumbersome skirts and floppy hats. It must have been warm on that day because no one is wearing gloves or scarves.

I am not sure exactly where this picture was taken and I wonder if the glacier is still there, or if it has melted and receded in the face of global warming.

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