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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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New Research on “Shell Shock”

When this condition first became apparent to British doctors in 1915 it was thought that the cause was concussive force from being too near the explosions of artillery. Soon, however, this didn’t seem to be a comprehensive explanation, and in 1916 two conditions were described: Shell Shock (Wounded) and Shell Shock (Sick). ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Aisne Marne and Iron Mike

Devil Dog Spring

On May 4th, 1918 the Germans launched Operation Blücher (also called Blücher-Yorck), the third of their five planned offensives on the Western Front called the Kaiserschlacht. The previous attacks, called Michael and Georgette, had been successful in the sense that the British were reeling, their line bent but not quite broken. Blücher was directed at the French, British and Italian forces in the vicinity of the Aisne River, occupying a line that was established in the Nivelle Offensive a year before. ...read more

National WW1 Memorial Gets CFA Approval

With this approval granted on July 19th, the proposed national memorial at Pershing Park in DC seems on track to a 2020 completion. To date a little over half of the estimated $42 million needed has been raised, as more foundation and corporate partners have joined the effort, which now includes Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Starr Foundation, the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, The Richard Lounsbery Foundation, General Motors, Huntington Ingalls Industries, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and The American Legion. ...read more

C-SPAN3, July 21-22

For the upcoming weekend, C-SPAN3 has the following World War I programs.  As usual, all times are Central.

Reel America:  L’Effort Americain – 1918 French Silent Film.  Airs at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21st.

American Artifacts:  French World War I Soldiers.  Airs at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21st. ...read more

Wrist watches come of age in WW1

The First World War was a turning point in the development of watches. Although wrist watches had been invented in the 1860’s as a fashion accessory for ladies, war service quickly made the value of being able to tell time without using your hands apparent to men. Accordingly, all of the clockmakers rushed out a wide variety to market, where they were snapped up quickly. New types of wrist watches were introduced as well; a Cartier best-seller today is a variant of a 1917 model. Read more about this here. ...read more

C-SPAN3, July 14-16

This weekend on C-SPAN3 (all times Central):

World War I in the Middle East.  Airs at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 14th.  Repeats at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, July 15th.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Airs at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, July 14th.  Repeats at 3:55 a.m. Sunday, July 15th. ...read more

Web-based Resources from the US Armed Services

All five of the US Armed Services have got resource sites about WW1, even the Air Force, which didn’t exist until 1947.

Be sure to check out the Army booklets, which are generously illustrated with Signal Corps art work and photographs.

US Army Center for Military History  ...read more

There’s a Long, Long Trail

There’s a long, long trail a-winding
Into the land of my dreams.
Where the nightingales are singing
And the white moon beams.
There’s a long, long night of waiting
Until my dreams all come true;
Till the day when I’ll be going down
That long, long trail with you. ...read more

C-SPAN3, July 7-8

The following WWI programs will air on C-SPAN3 this weekend, barring any schedule changes.  As usual, all times given here are Central.

World War I and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  This talk was given recently by Sergeant Major (Retired) Gavin McIlvenna at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  Airs at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 7th; repeats at 1:55 a.m.  Sunday morning, July 8th. ...read more

Operation Twin Links

A couple of motorcycle enthusiasts from France found a U.S. Army surplus 1918 Harley Davidson in pieces and have restored it to 1918 condition. They have embarked on a 5,000 mile ride around the U.S. and some time in the next few days they should pass through Cherokee County, KS. Folks in Baxter Springs should keep a lookout for them. You can read more about this here and also here. ...read more

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