Only the British and the Americans attempted to keep track of the number of their missing, and the official counts are still changing as the remains of fallen soldiers are regularly found in the areas of France and Belgium that were the battle grounds of the Western Front. Every now and then an American soldier is found, particularly in the Meuse Argonne.
Gun collectors and WW1 enthusiasts – Colt’s Manufacturing Co. are re-issuing their 1918 U.S. Army contract version of the .45 ACP M-1911 automatic pistol in blackened metal. These new units are faithful in every detail. Click on this link for more information.
This weekend we have the repeat of two previous shows on Sunday, October 20. As usual, times are Central.
–The Presidency: Herbert Hoover’s World War I Relief Work. Airs at 8:10 a.m.
–The Presidency: World War I-Era German Hunger. Airs at 12:15 p.m.
Always interesting to see what comes up in the performing arts that has a connection to World War I. Here is a new play that talks about the Iraqi National Museum which was founded by Gertrude Bell in the 1920s, and relates it to its looting and reopening in 2006.
There will be an Armistice Day Commemoration held November 9 at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea School in Bucyrus, Miami County. More information is below:
Gen. John J. Pershing (1860-1948) was the consummate professional soldier – utterly dedicated to duty. He didn’t marry until his forty-fifth year, to Helen “Frankie” Warren (1880-1915), the only daughter of the wealthy and prominent Sen. Francis Warren of Wyoming. The Pershings had four children in the space of six years, all while Pershing’s career took the family to Japan and the Philippines. Back in the U.S. they settled at The Presidio of San Francisco. Pershing was sent off to temporary duty at the Mexican border, leaving the family at The Presidio, where Helen and their three daughters died in a fire at their residence. Surviving was six year old Francis Warren Pershing (1909-1980).
This weekend on C-SPAN3 we see repeats of some previous programs, and at least one new program. All times are Central, as usual.
–Reel America “Motor Convoy” 1919 Silent Army Film. Airs at 8:47 p.m. and 11:52 p.m. Friday evening, October 11, and at 2:57 a.m Saturday morning, October 12.
In the middle of one lonely night in 1970 when I had the duty at headquarters I answered a telephone call from an off-post bar. It seemed that there was a hot controversy going about whether there was such a rank as a six-star general. I knew that Pershing had been promoted to a higher rank than General but I didn’t know what the insignia was so I wasn’t able to be the tie-breaker. What follows is the whole story about ‘six-star’ generals. Judge for yourself what I should have said.
Turner Classic Movies has a fair number of films with a WWI theme this month. We make no claims about them being scholarly; we just post them to show how the war did influence movie-making, particularly in the decades afterwards and before World War II. All times listed here are Central.
This weekend C-SPAN3 repeats programs from previous weeks. Of course, they can also be watched online at the C-SPAN website. all times are Central if you are watching as regularly scheduled programs.
–The Presidency: Herbert Hoover & Aid to Famine-Stricken Russia. Airs at 11:05 a.m. Saturday morning, October 5. Repeats at 7:43 p.m. and 11:43 p.m. Tuesday evening, October 8.