Previously we’ve written about Alaskan sled dogs in WW1 (click here). Here’s a link to a good article about the wartime service of all kinds of dogs (click here). The YMCA even used dogs to deliver cigarettes, a fundamental policy change for the ‘Y’ which had previously taught that cigarette smoking was unhealthy and immoral. You can read all about Mutt, a YMCA dog, by clicking here.
Among the offerings are these:
Understanding Black service in WW1 Sat. Aug. 27th, 10:30 AM CDT
The Great War and You Sat. Aug. 27th, 3:30 PM CDT
Both are free but registration is necessary. Click here to sign up.
At the conclusion of the war the American Expeditionary Force had, by one tally, 126,136 vehicles in France. Given the projected needs of the peace time army, there were already more than enough vehicles still in the U.S., in fact over 36,000 of these were declared surplus and given to other government agencies for their use. Everything overseas had to be disposed of in situ. You can read about this immense task by clicking here.
The other day was the 106th anniversary of the start of what is popularly known as The Battle of the Somme, although military historians and experts divide this four and a half month offensive into many distinct battles.
Here is a link to an excellent piece where film footage shot at the time is worked into the modern site. Click here to watch.