Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: October 2017 (Page 1 of 3)

Centennial Countdown to the Great War: October 1917

In October 1917 the Allied offensive in Flanders bogs down in mud and heavy rains near Passchendaele. The Austro-Hungarian Army, aided by German reinforcements, breaks through the Italian Army’s lines at Caporetto, sending the Italians into a headlong retreat. French Army forces commanded by General Petain attack German Army positions on the Chemin des Dames, forcing them to withdraw. more

The Annals of Kansas, #28

100 years ago in Kansas, November 5 – 10, 1917.

November 5, 1917

  • A sugar shortage caused Topeka bakeries to quit making pies, cakes and cookies.

November 7, 1917

  • Camp Funston had 30 cases of spinal meningitis, with six deaths.
  • Junction City’s waterworks capacity was doubled.  The town had been included in the sanitary zone surrounding Fort Riley.
  • Mother – daughter canning clubs had put up 424,000 quarts of fruit and vegetables; 128 clubs in the state had 8,094 members.
  • Kansas joined the national movement for meatless Tuesdays and wheatless Wednesdays.
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    Cap’n Eddie and the SPAD XIII

    The Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) was created in 1913, a consortium led by aviation pioneer Louis Blériot. SPAD made aircraft using an automotive engine, the Hispano Suiza liquid cooled V-8, initially under small contracts from both the Russian and the French air services.  Eventually, the SPAD VII was a big success, with about 3,500 built, while the SPAD XIII, introduced in April 1917, was the crown jewel of the firm with 8,472 produced, about 900 of which were sold to the U.S. Army. The SPAD XIII’s engine developed up to 220 hp, the aircraft’s top speed was 135 mph, its range was 171 miles, it could fly up to 21,000 ft. and its rate of climb was 384 ft. per minute. more

    C-SPAN3, October 29-30

    We haven’t posted much about WWI viewing on the C-SPAN networks recently, and for good reason:  they haven’t been showing any WWI programming.  That is likely to change in the next few weeks, as keynotes and some sessions at the “Remember Muted Voices” symposium were taped, and I suspect the conference at the WWI Museum next weekend will have sessions taped as well. more

    Centennial of the 2nd Division

    WW1 officer’s uniform, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division

    Tomorrow the 2nd Infantry Division will observe 100 years of service to the nation. Perhaps a few words about the organization of large military formations are in order here. In the 1917 U.S. Army the ascending math goes like this: a company was several platoons, a battalion was several companies, a regiment was several battalions, a brigade was two regiments, a division was two brigades, a corps was more than one division and an army was more than one corps. Got it? more

    Summing Up “Remembering Muted Voices”

    Here are a few articles that take a look at the symposium, “Remembering Muted Voices:  Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I Through Today” that was held in Kansas City this past weekend.  This is a subject not always covered in discussions about World War I but no less important.  The sponsors of the program are to be congratulated, and once again the National World War I Museum and Memorial has hosted a program that one might call a less than traditional conference that some museums might shy away from.  250 people were in attendance. more

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