Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: James Patton (Page 1 of 40)

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges.
An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and is affiliated with the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Salonika Campaign Society and the Gallipoli Association.

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

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

The Great Forgotten

The Great Forgotten, by Kacie and Karen Devaney, is a television series in development, a derivative of their successful Off-Broadway play of the same title. The plot line follows two American women, one a nurse and the other a nursing aide, with scenes alternating between WW1 and the future. Click here to read more about this project. more

Ft. Eisenhower is coming?

The Congressional Naming Commission has released their recommendation for retitling nine Army installations presently named for Confederate historical figures. One of the recommendations is to change the name of Ft. Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia to Ft. Eisenhower, after five star General and the 34th POTUS Dwight D. Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, Kansas. This post is the Headquarters of both the Army Signal Corps and the Army Cyber Command. Click here to read the full press release. more

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