Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

WW1 Tanks You Can See

WW1 Tank Facts

This table lists data about the four most common tanks used by both sides in WW1. You can read more about the FT-17 here.

The entry ‘Marks’ encompasses all the British Heavy Tanks, variously designated as Mark I,II,III, IV and V.

Whippet tank Royal Military Museum, Brussels

The largest number of surviving examples are at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset U.K. There are eight FT-17’s, one Mark IV, one Mark V and one Whippet on display in the U.S. ...read more

Library of Congress Exhibit is online.

Echoes of the Great War – American Experiences of World War I is an outstanding exhibit at the Library of Congress. It has been running since April 4th, 2017 and is closing on Monday. However, you can visit it online.

“They Shall Not Grow Old”

Just in case the word hasn’t reached some sources yet, the Peter Jackson WWI documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” is getting an encore screening this coming Monday, January 21st. If you missed the previous showings, here’s another opportunity to see it; if you want to see it again, here’s the opportunity. ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, January 20 – 22

Upcoming World War I programming on the C-SPAN networks this coming weekend:

C-SPAN2

Douglas Mastriano, Thunder in the Argonne. Airs at 4:00 a.m. Monday morning, January 21st.

C-SPAN3

World War I Lessons. With Michael Neiberg and Geoffrey Wawro. Airs at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, January 20th. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #57

100 years ago in Kansas, February, 1919.

February 4, 1919.

-Lt. George S. Robb, Salina, was awarded the Congressional (sic) Medal of Honor for action in France, September 29-30, 1918.  The official citation read:  “He held his position on the front line all night though severely wounded twice, and although wounded twice again the following day, assumed command when his captain and company officers were killed, and by flanking the town of Sechault with machine guns, aided his battalion in holding it.” ...read more

How Many Countries?

A good starting point is to list all of the nations that were represented at the peace conference in 1919.

These were 32 allied and associated powers, either as voting members or as observers. This number consisted of:

  • The thirty sovereign nations that declared war (see list to follow),
  • Less Montenegro, which was included in the 1919 Jugo-Slav state along with Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia,
  • Less Newfoundland and
  • Including Czechoslovakia, the Arab state of Hedja, Poland and the 1919 Jugo-Slav state.

The five defeated nations were also allowed to be represented but were excluded from all of the deliberations. ...read more

Another December 7th event

In my December 20th post I featured the one and only observance of “Britain’s Day”. However, December 7th, 1917 was noteworthy as well.

“[The President] shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” ...read more

The Fallen of High Wood

In this video the American landscape artist John Cleaveland Jr. puts the dramatic finishing touches on his painting with the title as above.

Coincidentally, my recent post entitled ‘Body Recovery’ included a piece of a 1919 map that happens to include High Wood. Click here to read. ...read more

WW1 Memorials in Germany and Hungary

Click here to go to a fascinating annotated collection of photographs of German war memorials that were taken between February 2014 and December 2017 by Russian documentary photographer Vova Pomortzeff, who has searched throughout the country. To date he has photographed 114 monuments to fallen German soldiers, mostly from WW1 (some are for both wars), 75 of which are shown herein, and the project is continuing. The final version will be published in 2020. ...read more

A German Christmas Card 1914

My German isn’t very good but here’s my translation. 

In the upper left hand corner: “Christmas Eve in the trenches”.

Below the picture: “To our brave soldiers in enemy territory heartfelt Christmas greetings and God’s protection and blessing in the New Year”. ...read more

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