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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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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

WWI Movies on Turner Classics for October

We have a fair number of World War I themed films appearing on Turner Classic Movies this month, including several on the morning and afternoon of the 24th.  All times are Central.

The Lost Patrol (1934).  Directed by John Ford, and stars Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, and Wallace Ford.  Airs at 6:15 a.m., Thursday, October 4th. ...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.


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


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

Memorials to the Missing – Doiron

The Salonika Front. Notwithstanding the mosquitoes, the inevitable French-British rivalries, the on-again off-again Greek politics and nearly three years of launching futile attacks against strong defenses held by a lightly-regarded adversary, ultimately this was where the end of World War I began. ...read more

“Keeping Legends Alive” at Haskell Indian Nations University

This Friday and Saturday (September 21 and 22), the Haskell Indian Nations University at Lawrence will honor the legacy of those who served the country.  The program will recreate the 1926 dedication of the Haskell Arch and Stadium–the first tribal World War I memorial. ...read more

Emporia’s Veterans Day

Emporia takes credit as the home of Veterans Day, and rightfully so, although it is important to remember that November 11 is also Armistice Day.

But Emporia does make the most of the observance.  This year it includes a talk on the subject, “Emporia’s Company ‘L’  in WWI.”  The talk will be delivered twice, first on Wednesday, November 7th in the Sauder Alumni Center at 7:00 p.m.  It will be repeated the next day, Thursday, November 8th, at 3:00 p.m. in the commons area at the White Library. ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 22-24

This week’s WWI programming on C-SPAN3–as usual, all times here are Central.

American Artifacts:  World War I Battle of Saint-Mihiel.  Airs at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 22nd.

German U-Boat North America Campaign, 1918.  Airs at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 22nd.  Repeats at 12:00 Noon, Sunday, September 23rd, and 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 24th. ...read more

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