The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.  At center in the distance, is the memorial chapel.

Journey to Romagne

As a young man in my mid-20s, more than 20 years ago,  I had been teaching high school history for several years, right out of college.  I was passionate about my job and eagerly seized professional enrichment opportunities whenever they appeared - and travel was form of enrichment that I particularly enjoyed. Having a strong interest in the history of the First World War, I decided one year to spend the spring break visiting some of its … [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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New Book “The Lost Sketchbooks” Is ‘Time capsule’ for the American Doughboy Experience

A kind of visual time capsule, The Lost Sketchbooks: A Young Artist in the Great War, by Rex Passion, provides an extraordinary and previously unknown window into the experiences of an American Doughboy in the First World War. For some 90 years, the original wartime drawings and watercolors of artist and illustrator Edward Shenton, who went to France as a soldier in the 28th Infantry Division in 1918, had been locked away; recently rediscovered, … [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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Getty Research Institute to Open Major Exhibiton of WW1 Art

  The Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles will open a major new exhibition that examines the use of art in the visual propaganda created by the combatant nations in the First World War.  Set to open on November 18, 2014, "World War I: War of Images, Images of War" will draw on art held by the Institute's own Special Collections, as well as … [Read More...]

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New Project Studies American Military Medicine in World War 1

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African American WW1 Soldier May Be Awarded Medal of Honor

Sergeant Henry Johnson of the renowned 369th Infantry Regiment - "The Harlem Hell Fighters" - may … [Read More...]

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

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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...]

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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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