September 29, 2010

For You, Ze War Is Over.

The first world war that is.

Germany will make its final payment on the 3rd of October.

Full story here.

A snippet:

"The final £60 million instalment is part of a £22 billion debt imposed for starting one of the bloodiest conflicts in history will be cleared on what will also be the 20th anniversary of German reunification.

The Allied victors - primarily Britain, France and America set the reparations in 1919's Treaty of Versailles - a peace agreement - as both compensation and punishment for waging the four year war, which left 10 million soldiers dead, and European towns and cities devastated.

Germany's Federal Office for Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues said that the bond issued to pay remaining debts stemming from 'The War To End All Wars' will be written off on 3 October."

Now, about those reparations for WWII turning David Hasselhoff into a major recording artist...

Yes, this bloke:

£1M for everyone on the planet who ever had the misfortune to hear him sing would just about do it.

We'll call it the Treaty of Ranty Barracks.



banned said...

UK only paid off America for WW2 debts about 4 years ago, the Yanks like to think that all the stuff they sent us was free, which it was not.

robbo said...

Its debatable whether germany started any wars, but they certainly lost them!

James Higham said...

Just in time for the next war.

Dioclese said...

Apparently Luxembourg was the only country to fight two world wars simultaneously. They forget to put them in the 1919 armistice agreement and they fought on alone until 1945.

Personally, I think we are about to lose the last war with the Germans - It's called the EU. If force doesn't work - try economics. It worked on the Prussians!

Anonymous said...

Oddly enough it may well come to pass Germany is the country that kills off the EU .

Captain Ranty said...

Good comments from all.

I especially agree with Anon @ 12:52.