Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: October 2018 (Page 2 of 3)

The Pantheon de la Guerre

October 19th marked the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the massive World War I painting, The Pantheon de la Guerre.  This painting that was created in France even before the war ceased, has had a rather unfortunate history.  What remains of it in Memory Hall of the National World War I Museum and Memorial is remarkable, but a still a shadow of the original painting. more

The Lost Battalion

Lost Battalion site today

Recently the public’s eye was drawn to the heroism of 1st Lieut. Erwin Bleckley of Wichita, who was remembered there on October 6th.  His story is part of the lore of The Lost Battalion, one of the most widely known events involving the U.S. Army in World War 1. Unlike the Sgt. York site the location of this action is well-known, lying in rugged wooded terrain unchanged from 1918, except for the size of the trees. However, the land is privately owned and sometimes not accessible to visitors. If you are able to get in, there are still visible remains of rifle pits. If not, the monument shown above is on the nearest road. more

They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old is a documentary produced by New Zealand-based Sir Peter Jackson, of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his high-tech studio Wing Nut Films, in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum.

The film footage used is entirely authentic to the war, but the speed has been re-regulated and the images digitally cleaned, improved and colorized, with stunning results. The soundtrack is taken from interviews with British veterans that were recorded forty or fifty years ago. The run time is 99 minutes and the theater version is available in 3-D. more

C-SPAN3, October 20 -21

After a number of World War I programs last weekend, C-SPAN cut back a bit this week.  Hopefully they’ll remember the centennial observance on November 11!

As usual, all times given here are Central.

American Artifacts:  The Lost Battalion.  Airs at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20. more

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