Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: June 2017 (Page 2 of 4)

C-SPAN3, June 24-26

A light weekend of WWI viewing on C-SPAN3.  As usual, all times Central, no responsibility for changes, and all programs should be viewable on the C-SPAN website at any time for viewing.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

-7:00 a.m.–Home Front 1917-1919.   Excerpt from the CBS WWI series of the early 1960s. more

The Annals of Kansas, #14

100 years ago in Kansas, June 25-28, 1917:

June 25, 1917

  • Ogden Flats, east of Fort Riley on the Kansas river, was chosen as a site for a U.S. Army cantonment.

June 26, 1917

  • The first U.S. troops landed in France.

June 28, 1917

  • Kansas Mennonites told the War Department they would serve but not fight and asked assignment to agricultural work.
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    C-SPAN2 & 3, June 17-18

    Your WWI viewing pleasure on the C-SPAN networks this weekend.  All times Central, and no responsibility here for any schedule changes.  Programs can usually be viewed on the C-SPAN website after their first viewing on the networks.


    Sunday, June 18–2:00 p.m.  Why Wilson Matters.  Tony Smith of Tufts University speaks of the impact of Woodrow Wilson on American foreign policy.  Repeats at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning the 19th. more

    The Annals of Kansas, #13

    100 years ago in Kansas, June 19-21, 1917:

    June 19, 1917

    • Western Kansas women were canning Russian thistle and other tumbleweeds for greens.

    June 21, 1917

  • Company A, Topeka’s national guard unit of the Kansas Engineers, was ordered to active duty.
  • Topekans gave diamonds, pianos–anything which could be converted into money–to the Red Cross drive.
  • Charles I. Martin was appointed brigadier general of the Kansas National Guard.
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    The Big Push began with a Big Bang

    British Gen. Sir Charles Harington: “Gentlemen, we may not make history tomorrow, but we shall certainly change the geography”.

    At 3:10 AM on June 7th, 1917 Royal Engineers detonated 19 explosive mines placed by tunneling companies under major German strongpoints known as stellungs. A creeping barrage delivered by 756 guns followed, and IX, X and II ANZAC Corps advanced behind this firestorm. This was the beginning of the Messines-Wytschaete Ridge (usually abbreviated to Messines) attack to drive the Germans off of the high ground south of Ypres and north of Ploegsteert in Belgium. This was a necessary first objective of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig’s 1917 Offensive to End the War, regrettably called ‘The Big Push’, later officially labelled the Third Battle of Ypres. more

    WWI Movies on Turner Classics in July

    We’re a little early on this, but you’ll have the information.  All times Central.

    -On July 2nd at 11:00 a.m. and again on July 4th at 7:00 p.m.–Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).  The biopic about George M. Cohan, who gave us “Over There.”  If I remember correctly, you get to hear it twice.  Stars James Cagney, Joan Leslie, and Walter Huston. more

    Centennial of the Big Red One

    That’s today! The US 1st Infantry Division, ‘The Big Red One’, which is currently based at Ft. Riley, was organized on June 8th, 1917 at Ft. Jay, Governor’s Island, NY. The infantry components, all regulars, were the 16th, 18th, 26th and 28th Regiments. The 16th and the 28th were pulled from Mexican border service and the 26th came from the Philippines. more

    National Archives Kansas City Newsletter, June 2017

    The National Archives branch in Kansas City has been including World War I items from their collections in their monthly newsletter.  This month has an article about bankruptcy case files; as they describe, the files “can help researchers understand the economic circumstances facing individuals and companies in our country during both times of war and times of peace.” more

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