Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: September 2018 (Page 1 of 3)

Memorials to the Missing – Somme American and the ‘Borrowed Soldiers’

The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Somme American Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is located between Bony and Le Catelet in the modern region of Hauts-de-France. During the Great War this region was called by its ancient name, Picardy.

The site is actually located on the battlefield of September 29th – 30th , 1918 where the American 27th and 30th Divisions, backed by the Australian 2nd and 5th Divisions, attacked over the Bellicourt Tunnel and broke through the Siegfriedstellung, which the Allies called the Hindenburg Line. more

Centennial Countdown to the Great War: September 1918

In September 1918 the Allies are on the offensive on every front.  British and Belgian troops attack the Ypres salient and recapture Passchendaele.  To the south, the American Expeditionary Force under the command of General John J. Pershing clears the St. Mihiel salient, and then turns north to attack along the River Meuse and through the Argonne Forest. Launching the Fourth Liberty Bond drive with a speech in New York City, President Wilson calls for a “secure and lasting peace” enforced by a League of Nations.  He sets forth five “particulars” designed to achieve that goal, representing his view of “this government’s own duty with regard to peace.”  Three days later he goes before the Senate and asks it to approve the proposed woman suffrage amendment to the Constitution, already approved by the House of Representatives, as a “war measure.”  British forces under General Allenby advance in Palestine.  Americans join French and British units in the “Polar Bear Expedition,” designed to protect war supplies stockpiled in the Russian Arctic.  An Allied offensive in Macedonia leads to an armistice with Bulgaria.  Germany and Austria-Hungary are rocked with unrest and protests calling for an end to the war.  At month’s end, faced with military defeat and loss of support in the Reichstag, German Chancellor Georg von Hertling is forced to resign.  In the United States, the baseball season ends early because of the war.  In the World Series, which begins and ends in September for the only time in its history, the Boston Red Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs four games to two.  The Red Sox will win their next World Series championship in 2004. more

The war touches Tahiti

You can’t get much farther from the Western Front than Tahiti, but it was a world war. Then as still today, Tahiti and the surrounding islands were French territory.

Enter the German Navy’s East Asia Squadron, under the command of Vizeadmiral Maximilian von Spee (1861-1914). Home-ported at Tsingtao in China, when the war began most of the unit was steaming towards German New Guinea, and von Spee was ordered to divert to the island of Ponape in the Carolines to await orders. more

C-SPAN2 & 3, September 29 – October 1

This weekend’s  WWI programming on the C-SPAN networks is listed below.  As usual, all times listed are Central.


David Pietrusza, TR’s Last War.  Airs Sunday, September 30th, at 4:00 p.m.


Reel America:  The Lost Battalion – 1919 Silent Film.  Airs on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00 p.m.  Repeats on Sunday, September 30th at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, October 1st, at 1:00 a.m. more

Emporia’s Veterans Day

Emporia takes credit as the home of Veterans Day, and rightfully so, although it is important to remember that November 11 is also Armistice Day.

But Emporia does make the most of the observance.  This year it includes a talk on the subject, “Emporia’s Company ‘L’  in WWI.”  The talk will be delivered twice, first on Wednesday, November 7th in the Sauder Alumni Center at 7:00 p.m.  It will be repeated the next day, Thursday, November 8th, at 3:00 p.m. in the commons area at the White Library. more

C-SPAN3, September 22-24

This week’s WWI programming on C-SPAN3–as usual, all times here are Central.

American Artifacts:  World War I Battle of Saint-Mihiel.  Airs at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 22nd.

German U-Boat North America Campaign, 1918.  Airs at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 22nd.  Repeats at 12:00 Noon, Sunday, September 23rd, and 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 24th. more

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