During the Great War there were many persons who found ways to serve in humanitarian and medical capacities in spite of their ineligibility for military duty. The most numerous of these were the members of the British Voluntary Aid Detachments, familiarly known as ‘V.A.D.’s’, which numbered about 80,000 young women. These volunteers became nursing assistants and hospital workers, and Wikipedia lists twenty-three noteworthy V.A.D.’s, some of whom were Vera Brittain, Agatha Christie, E.M. Delafield, Amelia Earhart, Violet Jessop, and Freya Stark.
At some point in time, you may have heard the words ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’ and you may have wondered “what is a kit-bag?”
Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag
Smile, boys, that’s the style.
And smile, smile, smile,
While you’ve a lucifer to light your fag,
Blockades, embargoes and sanctions. Although these tactics are many centuries old, historians say that the first effective blockade was imposed on France by the Royal Navy under Admiral Edward Hawke (1705-1781) during the Seven Year’s War (1754-1763), which Americans know as The French and Indian War.
Yesterday the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission ran this story about a Virginia high school’s approach. You can read the article here.
One hundred years ago today this major sports event in Paris concluded, having started on June 22nd. Organized by the Y.M.C.A. and supported by Gen. John Pershing, participants from 14 allied nations competed in a sports complex built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in only three months. You can read the whole story here.
The National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas City has just opened this on-line exhibit. You can access it here.