Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: July 2022

YMCA Dogs in WW1

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. more

The Great Vehicle Auction

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. more

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