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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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The Battenbergs Change Their Name Too

Two of Queen Victoria’s daughters married German Princes from Hesse, and they settled in England, using the name Battenberg. When King George V changed his dynastic name to Windsor, his cousins followed suit, changing theirs to ‘Mountbatten’ and renouncing all of their Germanic crowns, titles and honors. George V gave the men British titles as compensation for their action. ...read more

C-SPAN3, July 22-23

A little late posting this week, but there appears to be only one WWI program on the C-SPAN networks this weekend.

Legacies of World War I.  This is a panel session that was taped at the National World War I Museum and Memorial back on April 6th, and I believe it has aired before so it should be out on their website.  Airs at 4:12 p.m. Saturday afternoon; repeats early Sunday morning at 2:12 a.m.  As usual, those times are Central. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #18

100 years ago in Kansas, July 25-28, 1917:

July 25, 1917

  • The Atchison Saddlery Co., received an army order for 2,000 harness sets and 8,000 horse collars.

July 28, 1917

  • Gen. Vladimir Roop, Russian, visited Topeka.  A military parade was staged for him.

The End of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

OK, not quite the end.  There was simply a name change.  On this date in 1917–July 17–the ruling family of England ceased to be the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and became the House of Windsor.

Three years of war, German aircraft capable of reaching England called Gothas, and a strong anti-German sentiment prompted King George V to bring an end to all German titles held by British nobility.  The House of Windsor continues to reign today, with Elizabeth II in the sixty-sixth year on the throne. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – ‘Plug Street’, and Churchill at War.

Ploegsteert Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing is located near the village of the same name in Belgium, about ten miles south of Ypres (Ieper). In 1914 the Brits quickly renamed the village ‘Plug Street’ and so it remains to them today. ...read more

C-SPAN2, July 16

It’s a slow weekend for WWI programing on the C-SPAN networks.  The only show scheduled is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Central, and it’s Jennifer Keene speaking about her book, World War I:  The American Soldier Experience.  Well worth listening to; it has been on before, and can be seen on the C-SPAN website. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #17

100 years ago in Kansas, July 18-20:

July 18, 1917

  • Kansas has one enlisted man for every 143 persons and ranked seventh among the states.

July 20, 1917

  • Allen, Chase, Ford, Douglas, Kearny, Montgomery, Ottawa, Woodson and Wyandotte counties escaped the draft because they exceeded enlistment quotas.
  • Winning With Wheat, a film produced for the Kansas Council of Defense, was being shown at all theaters in the state,  It was a modern version of the Biblical parable of the sower.
  • The Belgian Mission visited Topeka.
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    American War Poet Alan Seeger

    It’s been 101 years and three days since the death of Alan Seeger (1888-1916); for those of us who remember the 1960’s, he was the uncle of the very popular folk singer, composer, musicologist  and Vietnam War protester Pete Seeger (who died in 2014 at age 94). Additionally, Alan’s brother Charles (Pete’s father) was also a musicologist and also prominently anti-war – in 1916 he was sacked by the University of California at Berkeley for his outspokenness. How times have changed. ...read more

    The Annals of Kansas, #16

    One hundred years ago in Kansas, July 1917:

    July 13, 1917

  • Phil Billard, Topeka aviator, went to San Diego, Calif., to become a civilian instructor for army aviation. See the previous post about Phil Billard:  https://www.kansasww1.org/aviators-philip-billard/
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    Lafayette We Are Here

    July 4th, 1917, one hundred years ago today.

    Gen. John Pershing had arrived in France on June 13th and the advance units of his force had disembarked on June 27th. So, on the fourth it seemed appropriate for a parade, so members of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Division marched through the streets of Paris, greeted by cheering throngs. ...read more

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