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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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C-SPAN2 & 3, December 15 – 17

We seem to be back on track with WWI programming this week, including a few talks from the symposium held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in November.  Remember–all times listed here are Central.


Douglas Mastriano:  Thunder in the Argonne.  Airs at 11:00 p.m. Saturday evening, December 15th. ...read more

WW1 Brochures Available from The U.S. Army

The U.S. Army Center of Military History has made available a series of seven brochures entitled ‘The U.S. Army Campaigns of World War I’. You can access these here and download the .pdf version of each

The Center is located at 102 4th Ave. Building 35, Ft. McNair, DC 20319-5060. Due to enhanced security in the area the Center is not open to the public at this time.  ...read more

Bosko the Doughboy

This cartoon short was produced in 1931. I wonder if the veterans thought it funny? You can watch it here.

C-SPAN2 & 3, December 9 – 10

We still have World War I programs appearing on the C-SPAN networks.  Here are this weekend’s programs, and as usual, all time are Central.


–Douglas Mastriano:  Thunder in the Argonne.  1:00 a.m. Sunday morning, December 9th.


–American Artifacts:  U.S. Army World War I Exhibit.  5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 9th.  Repeats at 9:00 p.m. Sunday evening, December 9th.

–The Presidency:  Woodrow Wilson’s Vision for Global Relations.  7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Sunday evening, December 9th.  Also repeats at 4:45 a.m. Monday morning, November 10th.

“They Shall Not Grow Old” — Peter Jackson Interview

Peter Jackson, the director of the WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, was interviewed for the recent issue of TIME Magazine:



Turner Classic World War I Movies for December

We’re passed the Armistice, and everything seems to be slowing down as far as events go.  We have three movies in December on Turner Classic Movies that touch on World War I, including two that are truly classic .  Times given here are Central.

–Paths of Glory (1958).  The classic Stanley Kubrick film with Kirk Douglas and Adolph Menjou.  9:15 p.m. on Monday, December 10th.

–A Carol for Another Christmas (1964).  Written by Rod Serling, stars a cast that includes Sterling Hayden, Eva Maria Saint, Ben Gazzara, Peter Sellers, and Steve Lawrence.  Not strictly a World War I film, but it does have a WWI segment.  2:45 a.m. early Sunday morning, December 23rd.

–Doctor Zhivago (1965).  Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, and Alec Guinness.  3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 30th.

Happy viewing!

C-SPAN2, December 1 – 2

We’re now seeing if WWI programming will be sustained on the C-SPAN networks now that we’re past the centennial of the Armistice.  This week we’re down to one specific program on C-SPAN2.  Time is Central, as usual.

–Douglas Mastriano, Thunder in the Argonne.  Airs on Sunday evening, December 2nd, at 9:30 p.m.

We will throw in another worthy program.  At 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, December 1st, Michael Beschloss will be on talking about his book, Presidents at War, which will be followed by a call-in at 8:46 a.m.  Since Woodrow Wilson is included in the book, there could be some discussion about World War I.

C-SPAN3, November 23 – 25

Yes, there is World War I programming on C-SPAN3 over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, for those of you who want something other than football.  As usual, all times are Central.

–Sergeant York:  The Man and the Movie.  Airs on early Friday morning at 2:26 a.m.

–World War I & the 1917 Selective Service Act.  Airs on Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m. and again early Sunday morning at 12:15 a.m.

–U.S. Supreme Court During World War I.  Airs on Sunday morning at 9:55 a.m.

The Annals of Kansas, #55

100 years ago in Kansas, December, 1918:

December 3, 1918.

-Special police patrolled Topeka streets to see that no one violated the influenza quarantine.  Among the deaths was that of Mrs. S.M. Brewster, wife of the Attorney General.

December 4, 1918.

-The State Board of Health had recorded 1,138 deaths from influenza, exclusive of those at Camp Funston and Fort Leavenworth.

December 6, 1918.

-William Allen White and his son, Billy, left Emporia for France to represent a group of newspapers at the peace conference.

December 7, 1918.

-Governors of seven states reviewed the 10th Division on Britain Day at Fort Riley.

December 10, 1918.

-Junction city, Pratt, Iola, Newton, and Independence had banned public meetings because of flu.  Camp Funston was quarantined.

December 12, 1918.

-The State Home for Feeble-Minded, Winfield reported 300 cases of influenza.

December 20, 1918.

-Christmas trees were placed outdoors because of the flu epidemic.  Holiday entertainment would be in the open.

December 31, 1918.

-Topeka had had 3,900 cases of influenza and pneumonia with 208 deaths since October 1.

C-SPAN2 & 3, November 18 & 20

We’d hoped that C-SPAN would not give up on WWI programming after giving us several days of great programming leading up to and including the anniversary of the Armistice.  Perhaps they won’t but this week they are giving everyone a break from WWI with only two programs.  As usual, times are Central.


–Neal Bascomb; The Escape Artists.Airs at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, November 20th.


–World War I and the Selective Service Act.  Talk by Christopher Capozzola.  Airs at 8:10 a.m. Sunday morning, November 18th.

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