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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Tommies and Doughboys

Many of you know that during World War 1 the British soldiers were known as “Tommies” and the Americans as “Doughboys”. But did you ever wonder where these sobriquets came from?

As for ‘Tommy’, there is a charming story that the Duke of Wellington came up with the term, in memory of an outstanding soldier in his command who died in heroic circumstances in 1794, but the actual source is considered to be from The Soldier’s Account Book, issued by the War Office beginning in 1815. At the head of each page there was a sample ‘filled-in’ line that the clerks could use as a template, and this sample soldier was named “Thomas Atkins”. ...read more

World War 1 Rifles and the Mad Minute

Much has been said about how the military strategists of 1914 failed to appreciate the effect of the profound developments in weapons technology that came about starting in the 1880’s. Machine guns are most often mentioned, with quick-firing artillery next on the list, but often overlooked are the lowly rifles, a new generation of which were accurate to 1,000 yards and capable of sustained fire in excess of ten rounds per minute, with box magazines and stripper clips for fast loading. ...read more

Bells of Peace: A National World War I Remembrance

The United States World War One Centennial Commission is now promoting the following activity for the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending The Great War.  The program  is entitled Bells of Peace:  A National World War I Remembrance.  We will let the following statement from the Commission explain: ...read more

WWI Films on Turner Classic Movies for June

Well —  we have only two films that we can see on TCM this month.  Both are films that often run on TCM, often enough that you can probably guess what they are.  We’ll even give you time to guess:



Made your guesses?  OK, first up is a film that should have you humming “Over There” at the end.  That’s right, it’s the biopic of George M. Cohan, Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).  It airs at 7:00 p.m. on June 14, presumably because it’s Flag Day.  It stars James Cagney, Joan Leslie, and Walter Huston. ...read more

C-SPAN3, June 2

Sorry for the late posting.  After the collection of WWI programming last week, we’re reduced to three this weekend, all repeats .  As usual, all times are Central, and we ‘re not responsible for schedule changes at C-SPAN.

That last statement is important, as when we posted last week, C-SPAN3 later added additional WWI programs to the schedule. ...read more

DC Memorial Still Not Approved

The projected date for completion of the future National World War 1 Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC is now November 11th, 2021. Read the whole story here.

The Annals of Kansas, #44

100 years ago in Kansas June 4 – 9, 1918.

June 4, 1918.

-Louis B. Leach, president of the Wamego State Bank, was removed by the State Bank commissioner, charged with declining subscriptions to Liberty Loan and Red Cross drives and encouraging his son-in-law to evade the draft. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Soissons

Soissons is an ancient cathedral city on the Aisne River in northern France, about sixty miles from Paris and just five miles from the western end of a prominent ridgeline called the Chemin-des-Dames, which formed an important part of the Western Front. Well within the range of German heavy artillery, the city was heavily damaged during the war. ...read more

Today is National Poppy Day

As a Legionnaire myself, I urge you to join with The American Legion in commemorating those who died in all of our conflicts, including WW1. Learn  more here.

Also, I urge you to watch the Memorial Day ceremony at Aisne Marne Cemetery in France which will be broadcast at 9:00 PM Monday on CSPAN3. You can read more about this here. ...read more

C-SPAN3, Memorial Day Weekend

C-SPAN3 has made sure that it did take note of World War I programming for the Memorial Day weekend, and some of it will be repeated a few times.  A reminder that all times posted here are Central, and we’re not responsible  for schedule changes.

Reel America:  Chateau – Thierry Sector U.S. Army Silent Film.  Mitchell Yockelson and Guillaume Moizan provide commentary for this film from 1918.  11 minutes.  Airs Saturday evening, May 26, at 9:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, May 27; 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, May 28; 7:44 a.m. Monday morning , May 28; 10:00 a.m. Monday morning, May 28; 10:00 p.m. Monday evening, May 28. ...read more

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