WW1 Centennial News for June 15, 2018 - Episode #76
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Highlights: The Battle of Belleau Wood
- The Battle of Belleau Wood - Mike Shuster | @02:15
- June 11 Breakthrough at Belleau Wood - Dr. Edward Lengel | @06:00
- The birth of the modern US Marine Corps - Alan Axelrod | @10:05
- War in The sky: The Ace who ran Pan Am | @16:45
- Historian Corner: The Dept. of State in WWI - Thomas Faith | @18:25
- 100 Cities / 100 Memorials: San Francisco - Ken Maley | @25:55
- Speaking WWI: Boot Camp | @32:00
- WWI War Tech: Submarine | @34:00
- Articles & Posts: Weekly Dispatch Highlights | @37:50
- Social Media - Katherine Akey | @43:50
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World War One Then
The Great War Project
Historian Mike Shuster’s discusses the events of this week in 1918, including the all-important Battle of Belleau Wood, a disastrous outbreak of Spanish Flu in the German ranks, and the dawn of Allied numerical superiority on the Western front. The latter two developments force the German command to make a difficult strategic choice.
America Emerges: Military Stories from WW1
Dr. Ed Lengel explores the battlefield events 100 years ago this week, filling in the details with direct accounts as we witness the fierce fighting determination of the 2nd Brigade’s Marine division- which took the Germans by surprise.
100 Years Ago: Belleau Wood
The Battle of Belleau Wood became the crucible that transformed the United States Marine Corps, from a small force that primarily served on ships to a highly respected land combat outfit. At this late stage of the conflict, the stakes could not have been higher for either the Germans or the Allies. Author Alan Axelrod describes this ferocious, consequential battle that changed the course of the war and U.S. military history.
War in the Sky
100 years ago this week, Douglas Campbell, the first US trained Air Ace, scores his sixth and final aerial victory. While Campbell duels the Germans above Europe, Capt. John Alcock and Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown make the first non-stop transatlantic flight.
World War One Now
Remembering Veterans: State Dept
Tom Faith, an in-house historian at the State Department, illuminates the pivotal role that the State Department played during the war, from the beginning of the conflict through the Treaty of Versailles. He also discusses the impact of the war on American diplomacy and foreign policy, and the diplomatic implications of illegal poison gas use by the belligerent powers.
100 Cities/100 Memorials
San Francisco War Memorial Building and Opera House
Ken Maley, coordinator of the San Francisco Armistice Centennial Commemoration, discusses Centennial Commemoration in San Francisco, a city with a strong link to the First World War. Additionally, other restorations are underway in the Bay Area, including memorials in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Carmel.
This week on Speaking WW1 -- where we explore words and phrases that are rooted in World War One -- Our phrase this week is “boot camp”, the slang term for military training camp.
WW1 War Tech
For WW1 War Tech, this week we take a look at the U-Boat -- one of the most notorious battle machines to debut in the Great War.
Articles and Posts
The headlines from this week’s Dispatch newsletter include stories about digitized WWI Newspapers at the Library of Congress, memorial poppies planted at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a new exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum, a new WWI book by author Nancy Cramer, early investigations of PTSD, MIA doughboy 1st Lt. Leonard Charles Aitken, and an incredible photograph book by past podcast guest Jeff Lowdermilk.
Katherine Akey highlights our recent social media activity, including posts about ongoing archaeological efforts in France and Flanders, a promotional video for Traces of War, and an article from the Telegraph about the bizarre inventions of WWI.
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