William and Elizabeth Smith Friedman were among the premier cryptoanalysts in the First World War. You can read more about them by clicking here.
Saturday January 22nd 10:30 AM CST “A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Sufferage in the First World War” Zoom lecture from the Linda Hall Library
Saturday January 22nd 7:00 PM CST “Success Against the Odds: The US Army in Germany 1918-23” Youtube lecture
Much of the barbed wire used by both sides on the Western Front was manufactured in Allentown, PA. Read the whole story by clicking here.
This isn’t about the $277 billion media and entertainment company that Walt Disney (1901-1966) started in 1923. This is about Walt himself, who altered a document to serve as a Red Cross civilian volunteer, arriving at the Front shortly after the Armistice. You can read Walt’s story by clicking here, which is a link to an official Disney website.
There are fourteen of these:
The Rise of Giving, Volunteers, War Fare, The Christmas Truce, 11-11-18, The Poster, Trenches of WW1, WW1 A to Z, Make Way for Democracy, Intro to the Museum, Architectural Tour, Immersive Tour, Curator’s Tour and Home Before the Leaves Fall.
A few months after the Antwerp fiasco (click here) Churchill enthusiastically contributed the Royal Naval Division (RND) to his next brainchild, the Dardenelles campaign. They were landed on April 25th, 1915 at lightly defended ‘X’ Beach, but didn’t advance from the beachhead and were soon withdrawn by sea as the 29th Division needed reinforcement at Helles. The RND remained in that sector throughout and participated in all of the Krythia battles. In the first battle (April 28th) The Royal Marine Brigade assaulted but failed to capture the strongpoint later called Gurkha Bluff because the 1/6th Gurkhas eventually took it. In the second battle (May 6th-8th) the RND served with two brigades of ANZACs in an ad hoc division-sized force. The Hood battalion succeeded in capturing a position called Kanli Dere but this only moved the line about 400 yards and the bulk of this attack was borne by the ANZACs, particularly the Kiwis. As a result of this brief association the ANZACS regarded the RND as poor fighters.
Coming up this week at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. You can read more about this by clicking here.
In addition to the original WW1 Unknown burial, there are side crypts for the Unknowns from WW2 and Korea. There was also a Vietnam War crypt but it is currently empty as subsequent DNA analysis identified the remains originally interred there in 1982 and they were reburied in a national cemetery in 1998.
Phoebe Ann Mosey (1860 – 1926), popularly known as ‘Annie Oakley’, was a sharpshooter who starred for 17 years in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. It is said that, while performing in Berlin in 1887, she shot off the tip of a cigarette clenched between the teeth of the future Kaiser Wilhelm II. You can read more about Annie by clicking here.