TRENCH REPORT...With Spring approaching our correspondents are sending a lot of news of battlefield excursions organized by GWS and WFA members. Stalwart Western Front Navigators Frank Jordan and Tom Gudmestad have an exciting two week trip to the Western Front in May coordinated by Orinda Travel of California. Doug Gangler of World War Specialty Tours in Pennsylvania is planning two ten day packages, one in April and later in July. (Click here for more details on all the trips) . . .Christina Holstein passes word that on February 23rd
there will be a walk to commemorate the 87th anniversary of the opening of the battle of Verdun. The walk will take in part of the old front line between Azannes - Herbebois - Ornes - Grémilly- Azannes. Anyone who registers with the organizers and completes the walk - which isn't more than
10 miles at the most - will receive a commemorative medal. (Email Christina if you want more information) . . . Also, if you are travelling to New York in the next three months, you may want to book tickets for Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, a play by Frank McGuinness at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre . . .Lots of World War I events are on the horizon. Please check our events calendar below . . . We've even heard from our pals at the Civil War Roundtable; their 53rd annual Gettysburg trip is due to start April 30th.(Details).
Marker on Verdun's "Sacred Way"
This month we are presenting another focused reading list. Featured are the two most original theorists produced by the British Army in the First World War: JFC Fuller and BH Liddell Hart.
- Liddell Hart: A Study of His Military Thought.
- Bond, Brian
- Memoirs of an Unconventional Soldier.
- Fuller, JFC
- Generalship - Its Diseases and Their Cure: A Study of the Personal Factor in Command.
- Fuller, J. F. C
- The British Army and the Theory of Armored Warfare, 1918-1940.
- Larson, Robert H
- The Real War, 1914-1918
- Liddell Hart, Basil Henry
- Strategy, 2d rev. ed.
- Liddell Hart, Basil Henry
- The Education of an Army: British Military Thought, 1815-1940.
- Luvaas, Jay, ed
- The Tank Pioneers.
- Macksey, Kenneth
- 'Boney' Fuller: Soldier, Strategist, and Writer, 1878-1966.
- Trythall, Anthony John
Lt. James Reese Europe, Conductor of the Legendary Harlem Hellfighters Band of the 369th Infantry, learned his musical skills on the piano and violin in his hometown of Washington DC from community volunteers who were members of John Philip Sousa's US Marine Corps band.
French Ace Charles Guynemer
In Old Charles
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Composed by George M. Cohan
Hungarian War Minister Samuel Hazai
Memorable February Dates:
- 02/03/15 Turkish Assault on Suez Canal Repulsed;
- 02/03/17 US Breaks Diplomatic Relations with Germany;
- 02/04/15 Submarine Warfare Against Merchantmen Starts;
- 02/07/15 2nd Battle of Mansurian Lakes;
- 02/07/20 Kolchak Executed by Red Army;
- 02/13/18 White Cossacks Defeated in S.Russia;
- 02/16/15 1st Battle of Champagne Begins;
- 02/19/15 Naval Bombardment Starts at Dardanelles;
- 02/21/16 Battle of Verdun Begins;
- 02/23/17 German Retreat to Hindenburg Line Begins;
- 02/24/17 British-Indian Forces Capture Kut;
- 02/28/16 German Surrender of Cameroons.
VETERAN OF THE MONTH
Soldier & Expressionist Franz Marc
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Crown Prince Wilhelm's Army
KIA at Verdun, 4 March 1916
Great War Society founder Flip Carroll was memorialized on January 11th with a Mass and jolly reception for his family & friends at Santa Cruz, California.(Tribute). . . Basil Hayden died at home in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky on January 9, 2003. He was 103 and veteran of WW1 although he never served overseas. After the War he became the first basketball All American for the University of Kentucky. . .Henry Botterell, 106, the last of Canada's World War 1 fighter pilots died January 3 in a Toronto nursing home. A bank employee who joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1916, Mr. Botterell crashed during a training run before his first mission, then recovered and rejoined the service six months later. He was credited with shooting down a German observation balloon and told dramatic stories of survival in aerial battles.[Article]
GREAT WAR 2002/03 EVENT CALENDAR
Great War Society Eastbay Chapter|
WWI Bookshelf: New Works & Classics
10:30 February 8, 2003;
640 Arlington; Berkeley CA;
Great War Society Palo Alto Chapter|
Author Steve McLaughlin on the Russian Navy in the Great War
10:00 February 15, 2003;
Bldg. 200, Rm 302
Stanford University Quad
WFA Pacific Coast Branch|
Annual General Meeting & Spring Seminar
March 7-8, 2003;
Canadian Scottish Regimental Officers’ Mess
Bay Street Armoury
Victoria, British Columbia
WFA-USA 2003 Ypres Salient |
Tour and Seminar
Tuesday 8 April - 16 April 2003
Details at: (link)
Great War Society Seminar 2003|
The French Army, 1914-1918
April 11-13, 2003;
San Francisco, California;
Cathedral Hill Hotel
Complete Program Now Available: (link)
WFA-USA East Coast Chapter Spring Seminar|
War Memorial Building, Baltimore, Maryland, Saturday April 26, 2003
Watch for details: (link)
WFA Tennessee–Kentucky Chapter|
Saturday June 14, 2003
The Indiana War Memorial
431 North Meridian Street
The League of World War I Aviation Historians|
September 10-11, 2003;
US Air Force Museum|
Great War Dawn Patrol Fly-In
September 12-14, 2003;
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio;
WFA-USA 2003 National Seminar|
US Marine Corps University,
September 19-21, 2003
Three Guidelines for longevity from retired Col. Frank Steer, the oldest living graduate of West Point and a World War I veteran, who celebrated his 102nd birthday Jan. 12 at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
- Chew your food,It's more important than anything else. If you don't chew your food well, your digestive system won't be able to get all the nutrients out of it.
- Exercise the mind and body.
- Wake up every day.