Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The Blue Army

During the Middle Ages the kingdom of Poland was a vibrant state, a bastion of power and Catholic enlightenment. The dynasty reached its zenith in 1683 when the Polish King Jan III Sobieski led the army that defeated the Ottomans in the Battle for Vienna, which proved to be the high water mark of Ottoman incursion into Central Europe. The subsequent decline of the Polish state paralleled the rise of the Prussian state to the north, and beginning in 1764, Polish territory was nibbled away by Prussia, Russia and Austria, until in 1795 the entire nation had disappeared into the ‘partitions’, the largest of which was Russian and included Warsaw. ...read more

C-SPAN3, May 19

In case you aren’t watching the Royal Wedding and all the fanfare that goes with it, there is one WWI program  on Saturday morning, May 19th, on C-SPAN3.  That is a repeat from last weekend of American Artifacts:  World War I Soldiers and Art in the Trenches.  It airs at 9:00 a.m. Central. ...read more

Armistice Day Observances

The time is fast upon us to observe the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of fighting in World War I.  We hope shortly to have more information about plans from the National Centennial Commission .  We hope that some people out there have some ideas how they may mark the observance in their communities, and we also hope that you will share the ideas here. ...read more

The Post-War wars

The fighting and dying didn’t stop on November 11th, 1918. As the list below shows, it continued on somewhere for at least four more years.

Dates Between Winner Losses Result
1917-18 Finnish Soviet War I Finland- Russia Finland     38,000 Independence
1917-20 Kazakhstan War Kazakhs-Russia Russia     10,000 Annexed by USSR
1917-21 Ukrainian Soviet War Ukraine-Russia Russia   100,000 Annexed by USSR
1918-22 Finnish Border Wars Finland-Russia Draw        3,000 Treaty of Tartu
1918-19 Lith. Soviet War Lithuania-Russia Lithuania unknown Treaty 1920
1918-19 Polish Ukrainian War Poland-Ukraine Poland     25,000 Treaty of Warsaw
1918-20 Latvian Soviet War Latvia-Russia Latvia     10,000 Treaty of Riga
1918-20 Estonian Soviet War Estonia-Russia Estonia        4,000 Treaty of Tartu
1918-20 Armenian Azeri War Armenia-Azeris Indecisive     10,000
1919 Hung. Romanian War Hungary-Romania Romania        8,500
1919-20 Polish Lith. War Poland-Lithuania Poland unknown Suvalki Treaty
No dip. rel. til 1938
1919-21 Polish Soviet War Poland-Russia Poland   107,000 Treaty of Liepaja
1919-23 Greco Turkish War Greece-Turkey Turkey     33,500 Treaty of Lausanne
1919-20 Armenian Turk. War Armenia-Turkey Turkey   100,000 Tr. of Alexandropol
1920 Armenian Soviet War Armenia-Russia Russia unknown Annexed by USSR
1920 Azerbaijan War Azeris-Russia Russia unknown Annexed by USSR
1918 Georg. Armen. War I Georgia-Russia Indecisive        2,000
1918 Georgian Turkish War Georgia-Turkey Compromise unknown
1918-19 Sochi War Georgia-Russia Russia unknown
1918-19 Hungarian Czech War Hungary-CzS CzS        2,000
1920 Georg. Armen. War II Georgia-Armenia Georgia        5,000
1921 Georg.-Soviet War Georgia-Russia Russia        8,700 Annexed by USSR
1918-20 Constantinople War Allies-Turkey Turkey        1,000 Allied withdrawals
(UK, France, Italy, Greece)
1918-20 N Russian Intervention Allies-Russia Russia        2,700 Allied withdrawals
(UK, US, France, Canada)
1918-22 Siberian Intervention Allies-Russia USSR     14,000 Allied withdrawals
(Japan, US, CzS, Italy, UK, Canada, China, France, Poland, Mongolia)
1920 Vlora War Italy-Albania Albania        6,000 Italian withdrawal
 

Azeris = Azerbaijan

CzS = Czechoslovakia
Doesn’t include civil wars or insurrections
In many instances third parties assisted one or both combatants
German forces were involved in several of these wars

 

The Annals of Kansas, #43

100 years ago in Kansas, May 23 – June 2, 1918.

May 23, 1918.

-Manhattan school children won a $100 prize offered by the Kansas Fraternal Aid Assn. for the best garden.

May 30, 1918.

-Kansas had raised $2,5888,577 for the Red Cross; the quota was $1,000,000.

-Three carloads of surplus flour were found in Franklin county.  Names of the hoarders were sent to the State Food Administrator. ...read more

The FT Tank

After the frenetic activity of the first six months of the First World War, the Allies saw the Germans building very strong fortifications in their lines. These featured extensive use of concrete and the construction of Stellung, or strong points, that could repel any frontal assault. In due time, the idea was born that the way to break through these defenses might be to employ a swarm of moving mini-forts to lead the attack, impervious to opposing machine gun and rifle fire. ...read more

A WWI Movie on Turner Classics

We’re a little slow with this monthly post, but given there appears to be only one World War I-related film on Turner Classic Movies this month–and it’s next week–there didn’t seem to be much of a hurry to do so!

The one film of the month is Mata Hari from 1932.  The title role is played by the one and only Greta Garbo, with  co-stars Ramon Novarro and Lionel Barrymore.  It will air at 5:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon, May 18. ...read more

C-SPAN3, May 12 – 13

Two World War I programs air this weekend on C-SPAN3.  As usual, all times posted here are Central, and we can’t be held responsible for schedule changes.

World War I Naval Warfare airs twice on Saturday, May 12, first at 9:15 a.m. and again at 3:00 a.m which is technically Sunday morning.  The talk is given by Professor Stanley Carpenter of the Naval War College. ...read more

Lewis Hine’s Photographs

Lewis Hine’s photos from 1918 are featured this month in the Atlantic Monthly.

Memorials to the Missing: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre & The Old Contemptibles

On August 4th, 1914 Britain reluctantly declared war on Germany. The War Ministry created The British Expeditionary Force (BEF), under the command of Gen. Sir John French, to go to the aid of Belgium. Within the home islands there were enough units to form six infantry divisions, a cavalry division and a cavalry brigade. It was decided to hold back an infantry division against the unlikely possibility that Germany would try to invade the islands, and on August 9th the BEF began to arrive in France. ...read more

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