Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Pandemic Isolation Projects

During this pandemic isolation period many of us have found extra time on our hands. Recently I learned from the Western Front Association (WFA) of two worthwhile volunteer efforts that World War 1 researchers and students are working on. These are called Project Alias and Project Hometown. ...read more

ANZAC Day Dawn Service Cancelled

Ever since 1934 a memorial ceremony has been held at dawn on April 25th to commemorate the service of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey. You can read about this in an earlier post by clicking here.

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, on March 17th the governments of Turkey, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand agreed to cancel this year’s activities. Since it is only appropriate to observe ANZAC Day on ANZAC Day, there will be no observance at Gallipoli in 2020. You can read more about this from a British perspective here and from a Turkish perspective here. ...read more

Last Post Ceremony Continues

Awhile back when I posted about the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium I covered the Last Post Ceremony which has been held every evening beginning in 1927, except for when the Germans occupied Ypres from 1940-44. You can read that post by clicking here.

By agreement between the Belgian authorities, the Last Post Association and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the nightly ceremony is continuing, with one bugler and NO AUDIENCE. You can read about this by clicking here. ...read more

WW 1 Memorial Virtual Explorer

A message from the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission:

‘On Friday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. EDT, you are invited to join us for the first public look at the WWI Memorial Virtual Explorer.  We will introduce our webinar guests to the “Augmented Reality” smart phone app that will allow you to place a 3D model of the entire National WWI Memorial being built in Washington DC into your living room to experience, explore and discover many aspects of WWI. ...read more

Pandemic

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.

attributed to Mark Twain

We now find ourselves in a quandary similar to that of 1918. Of course, there is no one left who went through the Great Influenza Pandemic, but there are still some of us who knew someone who did. One such person was my mother-in-law, Priscilla Hicks (1908-2004). Her stories as told to her daughter resonate today. ...read more

The Hindenburg Line

One hundred three years ago in France, the German Army performed Operation Alberich, a withdrawal to their newly constructed defenses known as the Siegfried Stellung or, to the British, the Hindenburg Line. This new fortress work was a masterpiece of military engineering that made the British positions in the Loos sector that were discussed in the previous article look rather ordinary. Read the Wikipedia entry on The Hindenburg Line by clicking here. ...read more

Engineering on the Western Front

The Durand Group was founded by two Royal Engineers, Lt Col Philip Robinson and Lt Col Mike Watkins, following their experience removing several undetonated mines at Vimy Ridge. The group continues to be the premier engineering firm regarding for this kind of work, and with its charitable foundation has also undertaken extensive underground archeological exploration. You can visit their website by clicking here. ...read more

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