Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: May 2018 (page 1 of 2)

DC Memorial Still Not Approved

The projected date for completion of the future National World War 1 Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC is now November 11th, 2021. Read the whole story here.

The Annals of Kansas, #44

100 years ago in Kansas June 4 – 9, 1918.

June 4, 1918.

-Louis B. Leach, president of the Wamego State Bank, was removed by the State Bank commissioner, charged with declining subscriptions to Liberty Loan and Red Cross drives and encouraging his son-in-law to evade the draft. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Soissons

Soissons is an ancient cathedral city on the Aisne River in northern France, about sixty miles from Paris and just five miles from the western end of a prominent ridgeline called the Chemin-des-Dames, which formed an important part of the Western Front. Well within the range of German heavy artillery, the city was heavily damaged during the war. ...read more

Today is National Poppy Day

As a Legionnaire myself, I urge you to join with The American Legion in commemorating those who died in all of our conflicts, including WW1. Learn  more here.

Also, I urge you to watch the Memorial Day ceremony at Aisne Marne Cemetery in France which will be broadcast at 9:00 PM Monday on CSPAN3. You can read more about this here. ...read more

C-SPAN3, Memorial Day Weekend

C-SPAN3 has made sure that it did take note of World War I programming for the Memorial Day weekend, and some of it will be repeated a few times.  A reminder that all times posted here are Central, and we’re not responsible  for schedule changes.

Reel America:  Chateau – Thierry Sector U.S. Army Silent Film.  Mitchell Yockelson and Guillaume Moizan provide commentary for this film from 1918.  11 minutes.  Airs Saturday evening, May 26, at 9:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, May 27; 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, May 28; 7:44 a.m. Monday morning , May 28; 10:00 a.m. Monday morning, May 28; 10:00 p.m. Monday evening, May 28. ...read more

Newspaper Clippings 1914-1926

The Library of Congress has digitized the Otto Spengler clipping service files. Read more about this here.


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


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