100 years ago, sports rise from ashes

After the conclusion of World War I, troops were waiting to travel home from the war. Sports were the best option remaining to make use of the time.



April 1, 2020 - 10:25 AM

The opening ceremonies of the Inter Allied Games held at the Pershing Stadium, during June 1919 and July 1919. Seen here is the American Army Band marching on to the stadium at the head of the American Section of the Guard of Honour, to be inspected by General Pershing. Note the large crowd in the background. Photo by Australian War Memorial

The world in 1919 was hardly a place for fun and games.

A war like no other had ravaged Europe, killing untold millions and leaving the continent devastated. The Spanish Flu pandemic was waning but still wreaking its horrors, with some 50 million people dead worldwide, including 675,000 in the United States.

But hundreds of thousands of troops from various countries were still in Europe. The war was over but they were bored, with little to do until the time came to be shipped home.

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