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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Memorials to the Missing – Meuse Argonne, Montfaucon and Sgt. York

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive (September 26th – November 11th, 1918), was the largest battle in U.S. military history as measured by either the casualty rate or the number of ground forces involved.

Twenty-two divisions saw action, about 1.2 million soldiers were deployed, 26,277 were killed and 95,786 were wounded. ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, October 11 – 15

It appears we’re getting closer to the anniversary of the Armistice.  The C-SPAN networks are piling on the World War I programming.  Let’s hope it keeps up!

As usual, all times are Central, and we’re not responsible for schedule changes (not that anyone is really blaming us . . . ) ...read more

The North Staffordshire Tapestry

The last post was about the North Staffordshire regiment. Click here to read an article about an amazing WW1 artifact – the N Staffs Tapestry.

The Riqueval Bridge photograph

Riqueval Bridge May 2011

Many have seen this iconic image  of British soldiers lining the bank of the St. Quentin Canal in France, listening to the words of their Brig. J.V. Campbell, who must have had quite a loud voice, especially considering that after long exposure to artillery the soldiers probably didn’t have keen ears. ...read more

Straggling

A dictionary definition of a straggler is ‘a person in a group who is moving more slowly or making less progress than the others’. In a military setting there can be a fine line between a straggler and a deserter, who is a person who has demonstrated by his actions or the passage of time that he has no intention of rejoining his group. There are also associated with straggling or deserting the additional concepts of ‘shirking’ or ‘skulking’, which mean avoiding difficult or dangerous situations. ...read more

C-SPAN3, October 6 – 8

This week’s World War I viewing on C-SPAN3.  As usual, all times are Central.

Reel America:  The Lost Battalion – 1919.   Airs at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, October 6th.

American Artifacts:  U.S. Army World War I Posters.  Airs at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7th.  Repeats at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7th. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Somme American and the ‘Borrowed Soldiers’

The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Somme American Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is located between Bony and Le Catelet in the modern region of Hauts-de-France. During the Great War this region was called by its ancient name, Picardy.

The site is actually located on the battlefield of September 29th – 30th , 1918 where the American 27th and 30th Divisions, backed by the Australian 2nd and 5th Divisions, attacked over the Bellicourt Tunnel and broke through the Siegfriedstellung, which the Allies called the Hindenburg Line. ...read more

The war touches Tahiti

You can’t get much farther from the Western Front than Tahiti, but it was a world war. Then as still today, Tahiti and the surrounding islands were French territory.

Enter the German Navy’s East Asia Squadron, under the command of Vizeadmiral Maximilian von Spee (1861-1914). Home-ported at Tsingtao in China, when the war began most of the unit was steaming towards German New Guinea, and von Spee was ordered to divert to the island of Ponape in the Carolines to await orders. ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, September 29 – October 1

This weekend’s  WWI programming on the C-SPAN networks is listed below.  As usual, all times listed are Central.

C-SPAN2

David Pietrusza, TR’s Last War.  Airs Sunday, September 30th, at 4:00 p.m.

C-SPAN3

Reel America:  The Lost Battalion – 1919 Silent Film.  Airs on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00 p.m.  Repeats on Sunday, September 30th at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, October 1st, at 1:00 a.m. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #50

One hundred years ago in Kansas, October, 1918.

October 2, 1918.

-Three hundred cases of influenza had been reported over the state.  Hays was hardest hit with 200 cases and several deaths.

October 8, 1918.

-Atchison theaters, churches and schools were closed because of the influenza epidemic.  Lawrence closed schools and theaters and order university students not to leave town.  At Winfield schools and public gatherings were cancelled.  K.S.A.C. had 78 cases of flu in the Student Army Training Corps.  A total of 1,255 cases were reported for the week ending October 5. ...read more

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