Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The Fiction Disclaimer

Every movie contains this statement like this in the end credits:

This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental.

Did you know that one of the most famous characters of the WW1 era was indirectly responsible for this? That person was Gregory Rasputin, and you can read the whole story at this link. ...read more


HMT Olympic, sister ship to the RMS Titanic

One of the most interesting developments of WW1 was Dazzle Paint. As the U-boat war became more deadly the Allies sought many ways to make their ships less vulnerable. Although it proved impossible to make ships invisible to U-boats, it was possible to confuse the U-boat commander. Read about the evolution of Dazzle Paint here. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #31

100 years ago in Kansas, December 15-28, 1917.

December 15, 1917

  • Kansas oil refineries had more than doubled in number in the past year.  They were located at Neodesha, Cherryvale, Erie, Chanute, Coffeyville, Moran, Humboldt, Arkansas City, Caney, Augusta, El Dorado, Kansas City, Hutchinson, Niotaze, Gordon, Independence, and Wichita.
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    C-SPAN3, December 9-10

    There are a couple of programs airing on C-SPAN3 this weekend, including one that first aired last weekend.  As usual, all times are Central and we’re not responsible for schedule changes.  All shows can also be seen on the C-SPAN website after their first airing. ...read more

    Memorials to the Missing – Cambrai

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing at Cambrai is situated on a terrace adjacent to the Louverval CWGC Cemetery near the village of Doignies, France. The site was the location of a field ambulance during the Battle of Cambrai (Nov. 20th to Dec. 6th, 1917) and the burials are from that time, unchanged except for the landscaping and permanent headstones added in the 1920’s. There are only 124 graves, and these would probably have been moved to a consolidation cemetery had the memorial not been built here. ...read more

    National Archives – Kansas City Newsletters

    We’re a little behind in posting, so we give you links to both the November and December newsletters from the National Archives branch in Kansas City.

    The November issue features an article about the records of conscientious objectors in World War I.  See the newsletter here:  https://www.archives.gov/files/kansas-city/press/newsletter/2017-november.pdf ...read more

    WWI Movies on Turner Classics for December

    We have four movies that have a WWI-theme to them in some way–not necessarily with historical accuracy–that will air on Turner Classic Movies this month.  I believe we’ve mentioned them all in the past, so we’ll just do the basics.  As usual, all times Central, and we’re not responsible for schedule changes. ...read more

    Christmas at the Front

    This article by Doran Cart, Senior Curator at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, graces the American Legion magazine and website. Click here to read the article.



    C-SPAN3–December 3rd

    It’s going to be a quiet weekend for WWI on C-SPAN3–just one program, repeated once.

    Peace Efforts Before U.S. Entered WWI.  Jay Sexton and Jennifer Keene comment on audio clips from the podcast, “Enter the Peace Broker.”  First airing is at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3rd; it repeats that evening at 9:30 p.m.  Times are Central, and as usual, we’re not responsible for schedule changes. ...read more

    Centennial Countdown to the Great War: November 1917

    In November 1917 British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issues a declaration stating the British Government’s support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”  The Bolsheviks seize power in Russia and proclaim to the world that the new government intends to negotiate an “immediate democratic peace.”  Prime Minister Kerensky escapes Petrograd and rallies the Army in an attempt to retake control, but is defeated and goes into hiding.  Trotsky publishes the text of confidential diplomatic communications and secret treaties with foreign governments discovered in the Russian Foreign Office.  Armistice negotiations between Russia and Germany begin.  On the Western Front, the battle of Passchendaele comes to an end after weeks of intense combat and high casualties on both sides.  The British Army launches a surprise tank attack at Cambrai; initial gains are lost in German counterattacks.  Allied leaders meet in Rapallo to coordinate strategy.  French Prime Minister Painleve is forced to resign after losing a vote of confidence; former Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau assumes leadership of a new government.  An American delegation led by Colonel House arrives in Paris for the inaugural conference of the Inter-Allied Supreme War Council.  In Great Britain, the Marquess of Lansdowne, a former Foreign Secretary, sends a letter to the Daily Telegraph urging the Government to seek a negotiated peace with Germany.  In an agreement finalized in Washington, the United States agrees that Japan has “special interests” in China and Japan agrees to the “principle” of the “open door” policy; China is not consulted.  President Wilson tells the annual convention of the American Federation of Labor in Buffalo that the way to a permanent peace is through victory.  American forces achieve their first victories and suffer their first casualties of the war.  Woman suffrage, still making slow but steady gains state by state, is approved in New York but rejected in Ohio.  New York City’s reform mayor John Purroy Mitchel loses his bid for reelection to Tammany Hall’s candidate.  The Espionage Act survives a First Amendment challenge. ...read more

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