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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

C-SPAN3, June 23-25

This weekend on C-SPAN3 we have one new WWI presentation and a couple of repeats from last weekend.  All times are Central.

George C. Marshall & World War I.  From a symposium at the MacArthur Memorial at Norfolk, Virginia.  Airs at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday evening, June 23rd. ...read more

The 353rd ‘All-Kansas’ Infantry Regiment

The 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th ‘Rolling W’ Division, was established at Camp Funston, Kansas on September 5th, 1917. The initial strength was 2,974 men, all draftees from Kansas, so the regiment was named ‘The All-Kansas’. The 89th division was under the command of Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood (1860-1927), the famous Apache fighter, the former CO of Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba and who, along with Teddy, had been a spokesman for the ‘Preparedness Movement ’in the U.S. and one of the founders of the ‘Plattsburg’ Camps for the training of future officers in 1916.
Over the course of the next few months we will follow the progress of the All-Kansas men as chronicled in the History of the 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, National Army September 1917 – June 1919, by Capt. Charles F. Dienst and associates, published by the 353rd Infantry Society in 1921. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Italy, and Vera Brittain

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Giavera Memorial to the Missing and Cemetery are located in the Piave River valley about twelve miles northeast of Treviso, Italy. There are 417 graves and a large stone plaque listing 151 names under the inscription: ...read more

The Great War Returns to PBS

PBS will again air the American Experience documentary, The Great War, beginning on June 19th.  The three part series will then air in successive weeks on June 26th and July 3rd.  For stations serving Kansas, the series will be broadcast from 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central, with the exception of KOOD, which will air it from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Readers outside of Kansas should check their local PBS stations’ schedules. ...read more

Germany gets a new National Anthem

In a  previous post I discussed the popularized event known as the KINDERMORD VON YPERN, where the German ‘student battalions’  rashly attacked en masse, supposedly singing Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, the first verse of Das Lied der Deutschen (“The Song of the Germans”), a rowdy Pan German song  favored by students in beer halls. Long after the Christian symbolism of the inspirational sacrifice of beloved youth had grown old, the song was still on everyone’s lips. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #46

100 years ago in Kansas, June 18 – 30, 1918.

June 18, 1918.

-Topeka business and professional men organized a twilight harvest crew and shocked 20 acres of wheat which belonged to a farmer – soldier in France.

June 19, 1918.

-Pvt. Louis Kopelin, former editor of the Appeal to Reason, Girard, was one of a commission of seven Socialists sent from Camp Funston to allied countries to counteract German influence among laboring classes. ...read more

C-SPAN3, June 16-17

This weekend on C-SPAN3 some new programs are offered about the World War I experiences of some noted World War II figures.  These three programs were part of a symposium held by the MacArthur Memorial at Norfolk, Virginia.  That probably gives you a clue as to one of the three figures discussed! ...read more

Langemark Cemetery and the Kindermord

Langemark is a village in West Flanders, Belgium that was the site of three engagements in the First World War. Towards the end of the First Battle of Ypres, Oct. 21st– November 14th, 1914, the German command sensed a weak spot in the British defenses here and rashly sent inexperienced German reservists of the XXVI Corps in Napoleonic-style waves against Tommy Atkins and the Mad Minute, resulting in heavy casualties.  On April 22nd, 1915, at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans used gas for the first time on the Western Front near here, panicking French colonial troops into a retreat that was stopped by the Canadians at Frezenberg Ridge. Finally, during the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres (August 16th -18th, 1917), also called the Passchendaele Offensive, British units pushed the Germans out of Langemark but lost momentum and the ANZAC’s had to be brought in to get to the top of the ridge. ...read more

C-SPAN3, June 9-10

There is one program on World War I that will appear on C-SPAN3 this weekend.  As usual, the times here are Central.

Political & Military Leaders & the End of World War I.  Naval War College professor John Maurer discusses the piece that came at the end of World War I and how it led to World War II.  It airs at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and repeats at 5:25 a.m Sunday morning. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #45.

100 years ago in Kansas, June 10 – 13, 1918.

June 10, 1918.

-A “yellow-paint squad” at Potter daubed all buildings in which one of its residents had an interest.  Included were an elevator, residence, garage and bank.  The owner was charged with hoarding flour, retarding Liberty bond and Red Cross drives, and consorting with “off-colored persons.” ...read more

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