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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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PODCAST NOTES: Guest links and our research

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.   

http://greatwarproject.org/2018/06/10/belleau-wood-crucial-test-for-the-americans/

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.

http://www.edwardlengel.com/portfolio/thunder-and-flames-americans-in-the-crucible-of-combat-1917-1918/

http://www.edwardlengel.com/forgotten-heroes-marine-breakthrough-belleau-wood-1918/

https://www.facebook.com/EdwardLengelAuthor/

http://www.edwardlengel.com/about/

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.    

https://www.amazon.com/Alan-Axelrod/e/B001IQULA4

https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/belleau-wood

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.

http://ww1cc.org/warinthesky

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Campbell_(aviator)

 

World War One Now

Historians Corner

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.  

https://www.press.uillinois.edu/wordpress/qa-with-behind-the-gas-mask-author-thomas-faith/

https://militaryhistorynow.com/2015/11/16/doughboys-and-gas-american-chemical-weapons-in-world-war-one/

https://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/wwi

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1914-1920/wwi

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1917-72PubDip

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.

www.ww1cc.org/100cities

http://alwmcsf.org/world_war_one/

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/1914-war-begins-in-europe

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/1915-1916-swaying-american-opinion

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/1917-america-enters-the-world-war

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/american-women-in-the-war/

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/1917-1918-america-funds-its-war

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/industrial-scale-slaughter

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/1918-armistice-ends-world-war

www.alwmcsf.org/ww1/memorial-to-all-who-served

Speaking WW1

Boot Camp

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.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/3087941?mag=doughboy-slang&seq=7#page_scan_tab_contents

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-boo4.htm

WW1 War Tech

Submarine

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.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U-boat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_warfare#World_War_I

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/guest-bloggers/the-dakota-hunter-nippons-2nd-attack-plan-on-x.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_Mine_Barrage

https://www.militaryfactory.com/ships/ww1-submarines.asp

https://mashable.com/2015/09/18/german-u-boat/#zM4hW0tivuqR

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zq3q2hv

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.

http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/2015-12-28-18-26-00/subscribe.html

The Buzz

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.  

https://www.facebook.com/FlandersFields1418/posts/2603190469694660

https://www.facebook.com/FlandersFields1418/videos/2603065473040493/?hc_ref=ARRCrG55c5X9WQeQLPEOaa6sIfW0xET-0FsWgyqZa7CFhbEot4vxAzLP4uqsi-F5CV4

http://www.inflandersfields.be/en/traces-of-war-wwi-archaeology

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11937199/Secrets-of-World-War-I-Papier-mache-heads-ponies-dressed-as-zebras-and-fluorescent-sea-lions.html

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