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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Michigan’s Polar Bears

As events unfolded in Russia during the fall of 1917, the Western Allies became more and more concerned about the fate of their massive munitions and supply depots located at Archangelsk and Murmansk in the sub-Arctic. This reached a climax on March 3rd, 1918 when the Bolsheviks dropped out of the war. The Bolsheviks had been talking about selling or even giving these stocks to the Germans, who had moved troops to Finland against this possibility, but there were also the battles between warlords, Bolsheviks vs. other Communists and all Communists vs. Capitalists. A real civil war was building steam, and it was feared that the depots would be looted by the warring forces. Another consideration was that most of these materials had never been paid for. ...read more

The 1914-15 Red Cross Mercy Mission

In September 1914 the American Red Cross raised a group of doctors and nurses, all volunteers,  to go to Europe and provide medical care. Assistance was offered to all of the combatants and the Hamburg-American Line offered the use of their interned passenger liner S.S. Hamburg as transport. Re-painted as a hospital ship and renamed the S.S. Red Cross , it sailed that fall. Among the early members of the mission were Dr. Richard Derby and his wife, Ethel Roosevelt, the younger daughter of the former President. Click on this hyperlink to read an excellent article about the nurses in the Mercy Mission. ...read more

C-SPAN3, August 25-27

First, my apologies to anyone who missed these C-SPAN updates on WWI programming the last two weekends.  The blogger has been on vacation, and as he prefers, he takes the word “vacation” very seriously.

Quite a bit of programming this weekend, however, and as usual, all times are Central and we’re not responsible for any schedule changes.  The upcoming programming: ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Caterpillar Valley and New Zealand in the War

Lying squarely in the middle of the 1916 Somme Battlefield, Caterpillar Valley was the name given by the army to the long swale which rises eastwards, past “Caterpillar Wood”, to the high ground at Guillemont. Longueval village is on the northern edge of the feature and 500 meters west of the village, on the south side of the road, is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing and Cemetery. ...read more

The Occupation of Butte Montana

The onset of total war brought forth a critical need for copper, and the world economy was already facing a copper shortage due to the demand for electrical wire. The supply was tight and new production had been slow to come on line due to the high capital costs of finding and developing new mines. In 1914 the U.S. mines contributed 77% of the world’s copper, and about 31% of U.S. production was from Butte, Montana, which sat atop an ore body that was 50 to 80% copper, the richest in the world, and also contained important amounts of zinc, lead, manganese and molybdenum, all strategic metals as well. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Vis-en-Artois

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Vis-en-Artois Memorial to the Missing and Cemetery are both located near the village of the same name in Pas-de-Calais, France. The memorial wall lists 9,843 British and South African soldiers with no known grave who were lost between August 8th and November 11th, 1918 in the area officially described as “Picardy and Artois, between the Somme and Loos”. Canadian, Australian and New Zealand missing in this area during the same period are commemorated elsewhere. ...read more

C-SPAN3, August 4-5

This weekend’s World War I viewing on C-SPAN3.  As usual, all times listed here are Central.  Not responsible for schedule changes.

American Artifacts:  German World War I Soldiers.  Airs at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4th.

The Presidency:  Woodrow Wilson’s Life & Politics.  Airs at 11:00 a.m Saturday, August 4th. ...read more

Maxim, Hotchkiss, Lewis and Browning

No, not a law firm. Hiram P. Maxim (1840 – 1916), Benjamin B. Hotchkiss (1826 – 1885), Col. Isaac N. Lewis (1858 – 1931) and John M. Browning (1855 – 1926) have at least two things in common. First, they all designed machine guns that were used in the time frame of 1890 – 1920. Second, they were all Americans. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #48

100 years ago in Kansas, August, 1918:

August 6, 1918.

-The Rev. Manasse Bontrager, Dodge City, was fined $500 for writing an article criticizing the Liberty bond campaign.  The Mennonite Weekly, Sugar Creek, Ohio, was fined the same amount for publishing the article. ...read more

C-SPAN3, July 29th

This Sunday on C-SPAN3–as usual, all times are Central:

American Artifacts:  German World War I Soldiers.  Airs at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 29th.  Repeats at 9:00 p.m. that evening.

Reel America:  The St. Mihiel Drive – 1918 U.S. Army Silent Film.  Airs at 6:48 p.m. Sunday, July 29th.  Repeats at 10:48 p.m. that evening. ...read more

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