WW1 Centennial News for Wednesday January 25, 2017- Episode #4
1. Kentucky site up and a KY report from Heather French Henry
2. WW1 Museum online ballot for favorite WW1 Propaganda poster - Go vote!
3. PBS American Experience announces great screening kits for "The Great War Series"
4. State Outreach call announced for Feb. 2 - Subject is 100 Cities / 100 Memorials
5. Lots of interesting WW1 news articles from around the world
6. Great new posts from WW1 100C/100M, WWrite and Trench Commander blogs
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WW1 Centennial News - Weekly Video Podcast
January 25, 2017
Welcome to WW1 Centennial News. Today the show is being hosted by Andrew McGreal. Andrew.. Take it away.
Thank you Theo! Hello everyone- this is Andrew McGreal filling in for Theresa Sims today who is actually out in Kansas City helping to plan Fiery Trial and Sacrifice - our national event commemorating America’s entry into World War I on April 6.
World War One NOW
General Pershing’ attends Inaugural Ball
We’re going to start off today’s show with a light story coming out of our nation’s capital. General Pershing - portrayed by reenactor David Shuey - made a special appearance at a Great Gatsby themed inaugural ball last week. Check the chat room for a link to find out more about this event and to watch an interview with the reenactor.
Updates from the States
Moving on, It’s time for some updates from the states.
Kentucky - Website is live
First, a big congratulations to Kentucky. Their World War One Centennial website went live last week. With us today is Kentucky Commissioner Heather French Henry to talk more about what you can expect from Kentucky during the centennial and from Kentucky’s new website.
Hello Heather! We’d love to hear what you’ve got in store for the centennial...
Michigan - New Exhibit
Next, From Michigan, there is a new World War I exhibit that focuses on Marquette County's involvement in the Great War. The exhibit features uniforms, newspaper articles and a letter from then-Navy Secretary Franklin Roosevelt. The exhibit runs through the Spring and is a fantastic example of a community connecting their local heritage to the war.
State Outreach Call
There is another state outreach call coming up on February 2nd at 12pm eastern time. To participate, save the link in the chatroom.
US WWI Museum seeks your vote on historic Great War posters
Finally, from Kansas City, The National World War I Museum is holding an online ballot to determine the most popular WW1 propaganda poster. The winning design will be highlighted as part of a year-long exhibit opening in February. Spread the word and the URL - This is a fun and interactive opportunity!
Switching gears to headlines from around the world, it’s time for our international report.
120 WWI shells found in garden
A follow up from last week’s story… In France the headline reads, “120 WWI shells found in a garden.” The bombshells were discovered during a home improvement project in Pas-de-Calais. The head of the disposal unit was called about quote-unquote 'some' ordnance - but experts with detectors soon discovered the cache was much larger than they had anticipated.
This may be a rather small and specific example, but it is an example nonetheless of the lasting impact of the great war.
WWI Memorial Wood Comes to Life
Jumping across the Channel to the United Kingdom, the headline reads: “WWI Memorial Wood Comes to Life” Last week, three hundred volunteers gathered to “plant” a memorial. Langley Vale in Epsom has become the site of the first of four Centenary Woods being planted in honor of all those involved in the First World War. The organization behind this project, the Woodland Trust, is planting one wood for each nation of the United Kingdom as a quote ‘poignant and meaningful memorial’.
Spotlight In The Media
Hopping back over stateside, for our “Spotlight In The Media” segment, we have Carrie Phillips from the PBS American Experience to tell us about a special screening kit they’ve developed for their Great War program.
Welcome Carrie! Tell us a bit about this...
Articles and Posts
Moving on, in our “Articles & Posts” segment we start off with a post from the 100 cities / 100 memorials blog.
The Timothy Ahearn Memorial Backstory - Part 3 of 3
The last installment of Laura Mac-a-loo-so’s three part series on the Timothy Ahearn Memorial has been posted. This series of articles demonstrates that the research and documentation of a single monument is a multi-faceted endeavor. Thank you Laura for all your hard work in putting this together. I encourage everyone to take a look at Laura’s blog series.
WWrite Blog article
Award-Winning Veteran Poet Brian Turner Writes and Plays WWI Musical Composition, "Sleeping in the Trenches."
Moving on, This week on WWrite Blog, Award winning military veteran poet Brian Turner contributes an article about a musical composition in which has participated called “Sleeping in the Trenches”. The post features a short 2 ½ minute video preview of the work.
In the Trench Commander Blog - On the Border Chasing Villa
Next, A new post is now available on our Trench Commander Blog. The saga of the Bachuas family continues as Joseph Bachus ventures into Mexico. Bachaus and other members of the Michigan National Guard took part in a punitive action to disperse Pancho Villa’s guerillas and to hopefully capture or kill Pancho Villa himself. We encourage you to check out this story when you have a chance. You can find a link to the blog in the chatroom.
Doughboys reenactors & volunteers to distribute poppy seed packets on Inauguration Day
Last Friday in our nation’s capitol, Doughboy Reenactors & Commission Volunteers handed out free packets of poppy seeds to Inauguration goers all while spreading the word about the centennial and the National WWI memorial. The reenactors were a big hit- they posed for selfies with passerbys and even got some media coverage!
If you want to read more about this story check out the link in the chatroom.
Edith Cavell: A reluctant martyr of World War One
We have a profile piece on nurse Edith Cavell now available on our website. Cavell is known for being a martyr of the first World War. She helped more than 200 Allied soldiers escape into neutral Holland and smuggled intelligence back to Britain before being tried and executed by Germany as a spy. To find out more about her accomplishments, read the article - the link is in the chatroom.
Next, let’s see what was going in the world of social media this week. Theo, can you bring up our feed?
World War One Then
100 Years Ago This Week
We start today’s World War One Then by highlighting some interesting events that happened 100 years ago this past week.
First, on January 19, 1917 a massive munitions explosion shook Silvertown on the Thames in the UK. Fifty tons of TNT exploded and killed 73 workers. The shockwave triggered another explosion in a gas tank across the river and heavily damaged flour mills near the munitions plant. While initially thought to have been the result sabotage, it was later discovered that an accident was to blame.
Germans Halt Offensive in Romania
The next day on January 20th, 1917, German forces decide to halt their advance across Romania. Russian and Romanian forces repelled the Germans at the River Siret. At this point two-thirds of Romania, along with its valuable oil and wheat resources, was securely under German occupation.
Wilson’s “Peace Without Victory” Speech
Most significant to we Americans, the newly inaugurated 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson addressed the senate and delivered his “Peace without Victory” speech. In it, Wilson proposed that America would help to arrange peace and to guarantee this peace in the future between the countries at war.
German Ambassador Bernstorff welcomed the speech, and sent desperate pleas back to Berlin to postpone the German U-boat offensive that he knew would - and in fact did - wreck any chance for an American diplomatic solution.
Less than 3 months later, the United State would join the war.
The Great War Channel
It’s time for us to check in and see what’s new with our friends over at the Great War channel. This week, they have three new videos up:
- Sharpshooters and Snipers in World War 1
- German Jäger Corps - Russian Steamroller - Pickelhaube
- Fighting on Alpine Peaks - Call for Self Determination
Definitely take a moment to watch these videos when you can.
War in the Sky
Next, let’s find out what was happening this week, in the skies over Europe in today’s War In The Sky segment. Theo, take it away.
This week 100 years ago in the great war in the sky we expand the focus from the red baron, dog-fight - air-to-air combat aspect of the war in the sky - to the reconnaissance and bombing uses of this new technology.
Within the first month of the war, Germany had formed the "Ostend Carrier Pigeon Detachment", actually an airplane unit that was used to bomb English port cities. During the First Battle of the Marne, a German pilot flying aerial reconnaissance missions over Paris in a Taube regularly dropped bombs on the city. In the early days, bombs were hand dropped and aimed with the eye. On one of those first raids, they dropped five small bombs and a note demanding the immediate surrender of Paris and the French nation.
On January 19, 1915 the first zeppelin raid on the UK took place - three air ships cross the channel L3, L4 and L6.
L-6 aborted with technical problems but L3 and L4 drop 110Lb bombs and incendiaries killing 4 and injuries 16.
So where was L5?
about 5 days later it was on a patrol flight and came across a naval battle in-process - the Battle of the Dodger Bank between the British and German battlecruisers. It provides recon to the German commanding admiral.
Back to 100 years ago this week... On January 27, 1917 the French launch an air raid into Germany attacking the city of Freiburg.
So you can see that the capabilities of this new technology are being explored for surveillance, bombing and direct combat in the great war in the sky 100 years ago this week.
This series is credited to the work of author RG Head whose detailed timeline of the Great War In The Sky appears on our website under education at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
Fantastic as always - thank you, Theo.
Great War Project
Finally, let’s hear from Mike Shuster and the Great War Project.
Mike, what’s on tap for today?
I want to thank all of you for joining us today and I want to extend a special thank you to our guests: Carrie Phillips from PBS American Experience, Heather French Henry from Kentucky, and, as always, Mike Schuster from the Great War Project.
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