Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: August 2022

Torty the Tortoise

A Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca) which is at least 106 years old was found during WW1 in Thessaloniki, having been run over by a French gun carriage. Nursed back to health, the reptile was smuggled to New Zealand by NZEF stretcher bearer Stewart Little and has remained in the care of the Little family ever since. These tortoises have been known to live for 200 years. You can read more about this by clicking here. more

Alternative US Army Helmets

Even after the US adopted the British Brodie Helmet Dr. Bashford Dean (1867-1928), an Ichthyologist and the Curator of on medieval armor at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, convinced the army to commission him as a major to head up a program to produce alternative designs. He even wrote a book about the subject titled Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare, which was published by Yale University Press in 1929. In all, there were 15 patterns designed, some were produced in quantities as big as 2,000 while others were one-offs at best. Dean got Henry Ford interested and he arranged for his factories to produce four different helmets. One was even evaluated in France in 1918. You can read all about this (and see remarkable photographs) by clicking here. more

Echoes of the Great War

Recently there has been a rash of wildfires in the Adriatic region due to a ‘Heat Dome’ forming over Europe. On the Karst Plateau in Slovenia, the scene of eleven battles between Italy and Austria-Hungary in 1915-17, unexploded munitions are popping off all over the place, adding a significant hazard to the job of the firefighters. You can read about this by clicking here. more

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