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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: March 2019 (page 1 of 2)

Turkish Perspectives on Gallipoli

One of the many likenesses of Kemal on the site

Here’s a link to a collection of documents translated and compiled as a part of The Gallipoli Centenary Research Project at MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Mustafa Kemal is on the left

Here’s another link, this to The Turkish Cultural Foundation, where you can read a 98 page history of the entire Dardenelles Campaign written by Dr. Recep Boztemur of the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Of particular interest are the discussions of why the Ottoman army never used gas and their use of female volunteer soldiers, particularly as snipers. ...read more

C-SPAN3, March 30

The C-SPAN programming is very light this weekend when it comes to the WWI period–one program. Time is Central.

Reel America: We Heard the Bells, The Influenza of 1918. Airs at 7:10 a.m. Saturday morning, March 30th.

The Only Operating FT-17 tank

Of the 70 or so Renault FT-17 tanks still in existence, one is in running condition. This machine is at The Museum of the American G.I., which is located near College Station, TX. Click here to see a clip of the FT-17 in operation.

For a complete history of the Renault FT-17 tank, click here. ...read more

German mine-laying along the East Coast

The U.S. Navy became aware that the range of certain U-Boats included the U.S. East Coast in October 1916. You can read about U-53’s unexpected visit to Narragansett Bay here.

Laid down in 1902 the U.S.S. San Diego (ACR-6), originally the U.S.S. California, was one of a class of six vessels intended to be battleships but the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 rendered them obsolescent in that role so they were reclassified as a type of cruiser. You can read more about the San Diego here. ...read more

C-SPAN3, March 23 – 25

Two programs this week from the World War I era. All time are Central.

Reel America: Uncle Sam Watching the Mexican Border – 1916. Airs at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, March 23.

Reel America: We Heard the Bells, The Influenza of 1918. Airs at 9:00 p.m., Saturday evening, March 23. Repeats at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 24, and 1:00 a.m. Monday morning , March 25. ...read more

The ‘Yeomanettes’

During World War 1 nearly 11,000 women who weren’t nurses served in the U.S. Navy in non-combatant roles. You can read about them here.

Agatha Christie, V.A.D.

Agatha Christie DBE (1890 – 1976), a/k/a Lady Mallowan by her second marriage, was the author of 66 novels and 14 short story collections, mostly murder mysteries. She also wrote 27 stage plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, has been running in London since November of 1952, a total of well over 27,000 performances and counting. ...read more

C-SPAN3, March 16 – 19

A couple of programs of note this week. All times Central as usual.

Reel America: Uncle Sam Watching the Mexican Border. Airs at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16; repeats at 4:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17; and at 1:00 a.m. Monday, March 18.

U.S. Supreme Court During World War I. Airs at 10:12 p.m. Monday, March 18; repeats at 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. ...read more

Kansans in the Great War: The AEF’s ‘Super Bowl’, March 29th, 1919

This epic contest was played between the 89th Division and the 36th Division. This article from Kansas History describes the event and you will learn that it was somewhat of a Kansas vs. Oklahoma game. Please read the link; I won’t tell you who won.

The Paris Peace Conference

As stated in the previous post, we’re a little behind in promoting the Education Newsletters from the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Here’s the latest from mid-February on the Paris Peace Conference: http://wfly.co/e6R8J

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