The National Guard traces its existence to December 13th, 1636. These citizen soldiers have served in all of our nation’s conflicts, and in the First World War the 26th through 42nd Divisions of the American Expeditionary Force were composed of Guardsmen. You can read more about this here. Happy Birthday to the Guard!
In this recorded lecture Stephen Badsey Ph. D (Cambridge) FRHistR, for 19 years a professor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and now on the faculty at the University of Wolverhampton, discusses the myths and misconceptions that have passed down to us about World War 1. Click here to see the whole presentation on YouTube. Settle in, though, because it lasts over 47 minutes.
A superb documentary film about the Lafayette Escadrille premiered on November 9th at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio. Read the whole story by clicking here.
Also well worth a read is the 2007 monograph entitled Like a Thunderbolt, produced by the Air Force Historical Studies Office. You can download it here, courtesy of The Doughboy Center.
Good news! Tomorrow evening (Nov. 27) C-SPAN3 will begin airing the talks from the annual symposium of the National World War I Museum and Memorial held earlier this month in Kansas City. It looks like there are a few talks that will be aired at a later time, including Margaret MacMillan’s keynote address.
Theatre Latte Da from Minneapolis, MN, has made a Christmas tradition of a musical they created based on the 1914 Christmas Truce. This has been very successful for them, and in past years they’ve had a touring company as well as the production in the home theater.
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.
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:
It’s coming close to the time for the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s annual symposium! Scheduled for November 1-2, it promises to be another excellent program. This year’s topic: 1919: Peace?
For more information, use this link: https://www.theworldwar.org/learn/2019-symposium