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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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WW1 Museum Ships

There are at least fifteen former naval vessels that saw service during the WW1 era that are currently preserved as museums, in twelve different countries. This number seems surprising since WW1 was not much of a naval war and none of these are U-Boats. Nevertheless, here they are, by order of their year of construction: ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, April 20

This may say it all now that the centennial of the Great War moves towards its end. On C-SPAN, the Civil War and the Second World War continue to find programming, but the First World War recedes back into the anonymity it does not deserve.

In any case, we have a couple of programs this week to announce. All times Central as usual. ...read more

C-SPAN2, April 17 – 18

If you were looking for WWI viewing on C-SPAN last week, we were unable to detect any programming. We have one story this week, and times as usual are Central.

Jeremy Brown, “Influenza.” Jeremy Brown of the National Institute of Health talks about the 1918 flu pandemic. Airs at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 17; repeats at 1:15 a.m. Thursday morning, April 18.
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From Vira Whitehouse to Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain VAD

Vera Brittain (1893 – 1970) was born to a middle class family and was unusually well-educated for a woman of her time. In 1915 she left her Oxford studies and joined the Voluntary Aid Detachments (known as the VAD’s), an auxiliary whose members assisted nurses in wartime hospitals.  After postings to England and Malta, she was sent to General Hospital No. 24 in Etaples, France, where she served from August 3rd, 1917 to April 29th, 1918. You can read more about Vera, her brother Edward and her friends here. ...read more

Vira Whitehouse: Activist and Agent

Here’s a link to Edward Lengyel’s blog, in which he tells about Vira Whitehouse (1875 – 1957. An early Feminist, she spearheaded the four-year- campaign in New York that resulted in women getting the right to vote in state elections in November 1917.

In 1918 she was named the head of the Switzerland office of George Creel’s Committee on Public Information, an important post because the only uncensored German language newspapers in Europe were Swiss. She also worked on women’s rights issues with the European activist Rosika Schwimmer (1877-1948), who was the Hungarian ambassador in Bern.  In 1920 Vira published her memoirs of her Swiss experience, titled A Year as a Government Agent. ...read more

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

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