H.L. Mencken - newspaperman, literary magazine editor, and outspoken pro-German commentator.

Dissent Was Not Unpatriotic

The onset of war in Europe in the summer of 1914 found the United States distantly observant but naturally pre-occupied with its own politics and predominant social issues of the day, amid a blossoming cultural ferment that would ultimately produce a unique 20th-Century American identity.  As a true “nation of immigrants” America had ties to every corner of Europe going back to the first half of the 19th Century in which Irish and German … [Read More...]

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USMA West Point Announces September 2014 WW1 Conference

The United States Military Academy at West Point has announced that it will host a conference focusing on the literature and collective memory of the First World War.  Co-sponsored by the Academy's Philosophy, English and History Departments, "Literature, Memory and the First World War" will take place from September 11-14, 2014. In addition to conference presentations from a variety of noted scholars, the event will include panel discussions … [Read More...]

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Landmark English Translation Published POILU: THE WORLD WAR I NOTEBOOKS OF CORPORAL LOUIS BARTHAS

For English-speaking students of the First World War, personal accounts depicting the French perspective are comparatively few.  Though published in France in 1978, the new English translation of The World War 1 Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker 1914-1918 by Edward M. Strauss represents a major achievement in the field of World War 1 French literature in the English speaking world. From the publisher, Yale University … [Read More...]

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“Millionaire’s Unit” Documentary Film Focuses on Yale’s Pioneer American Aviators

"The Millionaire's Unit: America's Pioneer Pilots of The Great War" is the title of a new documentary film project launched by film makers Darroch Greer and Ron King of southern California.   The feature-length documentary will recount the story of a handful of Yale University students who formed an aero club and trained at their own expense as aviators while America was still neutral.  Following the April 1917 US declaration of war on … [Read More...]

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Australian War Memorial Launches Gallipoli Traveling Exhibition

A remarkable series of photographs taken by a noted surgeon who served with the ANZAC Corps at Gallipoli in 1915 will be among the key features of a new exhibition that will travel throughout Australia this summer and fall.  "A Camera at Gallipoli" will feature 39 photographic images taken by Sir Charles Ryan in the Dardanelles during 1915 providing "a real insight into the dry forbidding landscape, exhausted troops in trenches, squalid dugouts, … [Read More...]

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PAFA Plans for Major WW1 Art Exhibiton in 2016

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will open a substantial new exhibition in 2016 which examines the effect of World War I on American art.  According to Dr. Robert Cozzolino, lead Curator for the project, “World War I and American Art” will seek to dispel a long-held notion in art history that the First World War had little impact on … [Read More...]

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American Support Sought for Cartoonist Bairnsfather Recognition

The British World War 1 cartoons of Bruce Bairnsfather, which realistically but humorously portrayed … [Read More...]

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“Survivor Quest” Organization Lauches WW1 Commemorative Coin Project – Deadline August 29

The non-profit organization Survivor Quest has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation … [Read More...]

A US Navy Curtiss Model H Sea Plane of the First World War.

Memorial to First American Airman Killed in WW1 Unveiled in Ireland

Bantry Bay, Cork, Ireland:  A monument to US naval aviator Walford August Anderson, killed in an … [Read More...]

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Australian War Memorial Launches Gallipoli Traveling Exhibition

A remarkable series of photographs taken by a noted surgeon who served with the ANZAC Corps at … [Read More...]

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Landmark English Translation Published POILU: THE WORLD WAR I NOTEBOOKS OF CORPORAL LOUIS BARTHAS

For English-speaking students of the First World War, personal accounts depicting the French … [Read More...]

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New Biography of American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker Released

America's highest-scoring flying ace of World War 1, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, was a … [Read More...]

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Publishers Face Challenge in WW1 Literature Says WALL STREET JOURNAL

According to the WALL STREET JOURNAL, over the past 53 years some 12,500 books on World War I topics … [Read More...]

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“Behind Enemy Lines: Over 100 Photographs of Germans Fighting World War I”

The website anorak.co.uk has created an intriguing photo essay focusing on Germany in World War I - … [Read More...]

Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand who's assassination on June 28, 1914 sparked the outbreak of the First World War.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” Examines The Assassination in Sarajevo – “How Bad Directions (And A Sandwich) Started World War I”

  The National Public Radio (NPR) feature "All Things Considered" talks with Christopher … [Read More...]

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