Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The Great Forgotten

The Great Forgotten, by Kacie and Karen Devaney, is a television series in development, a derivative of their successful Off-Broadway play of the same title. The plot line follows two American women, one a nurse and the other a nursing aide, with scenes alternating between WW1 and the future. Click here to read more about this project. ...read more

Ft. Eisenhower is coming?

The Congressional Naming Commission has released their recommendation for retitling nine Army installations presently named for Confederate historical figures. One of the recommendations is to change the name of Ft. Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia to Ft. Eisenhower, after five star General and the 34th POTUS Dwight D. Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, Kansas. This post is the Headquarters of both the Army Signal Corps and the Army Cyber Command. Click here to read the full press release. ...read more

ANZAC Day 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the April 25th Gallipoli Dawn Observance from ANZAC Cove resumed this year. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s live stream broadcast is now available for FREE on You Tube. Click here to view. Noteworthy in this presentation are the absences of any member of the British Royal Family, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand. In his defense, Morrison was embroiled in the final weeks of an election, which his party ultimately lost. The crowd size was obviously smaller than in prior years, and there was more pageantry recognizing the indigenous peoples of the Antipodes. The performance of the three national anthems was moved up in the program schedule to ensure that, if the broadcast ran long, the New Zealand anthem wouldn’t be cut as it was in 2014. ...read more

Winston Churchill’s Soldiers Part 3

Winston Churchill took responsibility for the Gallipoli fiasco (click here to read more). After his resignation from the Admiralty, the Royal Naval Division (RND) was quickly shifted over to army command. Since at the time it had only one ‘naval’ brigade and the marine brigade, it was augmented by the addition of  190th Brigade, which included the 7th Royal Fusiliers, 4th Bedfords, 1/1st Honourable Artillery Co. (an infantry unit) and the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Three of these battalions were Territorials and one was New Army. The RND was re-titled as the 63rd Division, and although this was the highest-numbered division in the British Expeditionary Force, it was the senior division in the order of precedence, as the navy is senior to the army. Thereafter, as the numbers of the ‘Naval’ brigades declined, they were replaced by soldiers. ...read more

Still More WW1 HazMat in DC

This is a story that just doesn’t seem to end. After declaring the Spring Valley cleanup finished  (click here to read about this), authorities in Washington, DC now have another WW1 chemical weapons dump site on their hands. You can read about this here. An in-depth explanation of how and why these sites came into existence and why there may be more still to be found can be read by clicking here. ...read more

Museum Ship USS Olympia

The USS Olympia C-6 was built as a fast sail-capable commerce-raider. Launched in 1895, it was built by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco. No other ship of its class was ever completed. The Olympia served as the flagship of Dewey’s squadron at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. During WW1 the Olympia was re-designated as CA-15 and performed escort duty in the Atlantic. In 1921 it was again re-designated from CA-15 to CL-15 and carried the Unknown Soldier back to the U.S. Mothballed in 1922, in 1931 the Navy re-designated it again to Relic IX-40 in recognition of its historic value. Since 1957 Olympia has been berthed in Philadelphia. The present owner, The Independence Seaport Museum, now needs to raise $20 million to dry-dock the ship and properly repair the hull. You can read more about this here. ...read more

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