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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: James Patton (page 2 of 28)

Civilian Volunteers

During the Great War there were many persons who found ways to serve in humanitarian and medical capacities in spite of their ineligibility for military duty. The most numerous of these were the members of the British Voluntary Aid Detachments, familiarly known as ‘V.A.D.’s’, which numbered about 80,000 young women. These volunteers became nursing assistants and hospital workers, and Wikipedia lists twenty-three noteworthy V.A.D.’s, some of whom were Vera Brittain, Agatha Christie, E.M. Delafield, Amelia Earhart, Violet Jessop, and Freya Stark. ...read more

What was a ‘kit bag’?

At some point in time, you may have heard the words ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’ and you may have wondered “what is a kit-bag?”

Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag

Smile, boys, that’s the style.

And smile, smile, smile,

While you’ve a lucifer to light your fag, ...read more

Economic Warfare

Blockades, embargoes and sanctions. Although these tactics are many centuries old, historians say that the first effective blockade was imposed on France by the Royal Navy under Admiral Edward Hawke (1705-1781) during the Seven Year’s War (1754-1763), which Americans know as The French and Indian War. ...read more

Teaching WW1 to high school students

Yesterday the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission ran this story about a Virginia high school’s approach. You can read the article here.

The Inter-Allied Games of 1919

One hundred years ago today this major sports event in Paris concluded, having started on June 22nd. Organized by the Y.M.C.A. and supported by Gen. John Pershing, participants from 14 allied nations competed in a sports complex built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in only three months. You can read the whole story here. ...read more

American Philanthropy and World War 1

The National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas City has just opened this on-line exhibit. You can access it here.

WW1 Home Movies

Home movies began in 1923 when Eastman Kodak offered the 16 mm film. One could buy a kit of a camera, projector, tripod, screen and splicer for $335 (about $5,000 in today’s money). This Youtube clip was prepared by The National Archives from 16 mm movies sold for home use by The Empire Safety Film Co. The 16 mm film was called ‘safety film’ because it was made from cellulose diacetate rather than the highly flammable cellulose nitrate used in the theater product. ...read more

Sinking of the German Fleet – and you can own a piece of it

Scapa Flow June 1919

After the Armistice, the German High Seas Fleet was assembled under British control at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands pending disposition of the ships as war prizes. One hundred years ago today, by secret order from the ranking German officer on the scene, Konteradmiral Ludwig von Reuter (1869-1943), seventy-four of them were scuttled. Read the full story here. ...read more

WW1 and the Morgan Silver Dollar

Back in the 1950’s I was interested in coin collecting. In those oh-so bygone days before President Lyndon Johnson’s administration all U.S. coins of value higher than the nickel were made of .90 fine silver.  As a kid, the only coins that I could afford to collect were dimes, but I remember others lamenting about the shortage of dollar coins. At the time I didn’t know that this shortage was yet another result of World War One. ...read more

Pershing Park Memorial Inscriptions Announced

In August, 2017 I posted that the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission was seeking ideas for suitable inscriptions on the reverse side of the proposed memorial in Pershing Park. You can read that article by clicking here.

U.S.M.C. officers. Williams is on the right.

My personal favorite quote is “Retreat? Hell, we just got here.” – Capt. Lloyd Williams, 51st Co. 5th Marines, on June 2nd 1918 at Belleau Wood. Nine days later Williams was killed in the same action. You can read all about Capt. Williams here. ...read more

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