Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: July 2018 (Page 2 of 3)

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. more

July 4th, 1918

USMC in Paris

Wilson at Mt. Vernon






One hundred years ago today a detachment of U.S. Marines withdrawn from the Belleau Wood fight and described as ‘the men with the cleanest uniforms’, marched in Paris before cheering crowds hailing them as the saviors of the city. This public relations coup was a masterful act of upstaging the Army and as happening outside the combat zone, was widely covered by both French and American newspapers. more

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