October 2003

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TRENCH REPORT: Start the Countdown! Next month will be the first anniversary issue of the St. Mihiel Trip Wire: new features will debut, special photos will appear plus some surprises . . . Remember the Renault WWI Tank found in Afghanistan that is headed for the Army's Patton Museum? Well it turns out two were found in a military junkyard by Colorado National Guard soldier Major Robert Redding. . . One of the most moving 9-11 Commerative Articles I read drew heavily on Sassoon's Aftermath. It's Paul Beston's Have We Forgotten Yet? (link)

Music Cover from Gene DeMartini's Collection
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German Troops at the Marne

Neither rain nor sleet nor a hurricane could keep the WFA - US Chapter from holding their national seminar at Quantico this past month. As part of the festivities, the winners of their annual Tomlinson Book prize were announced. The $3,000 prize went to Leonard V. Smith, Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker, for their book France and The Great War, 1914-1918. (See link above.)

Are you familiar with these two literary treatments of the Spanish Influenza in America: Katherine Anne Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider and John O'Hara's story The Doctor's Son?

A new book has been published on J.R.R. Tolkien and his experiences in WWI. In the UK its title is Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle Earth. Here in the US its title is Tolkien's War: The Great War and a Modern Master. The author is John Garth.

Can any readers point us to a poem on his experience at Verdun by that long-lived Nazi, Rudolf Hess?

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By Geoffrey O'Hara

Memorable October Dates:
  • 10/01/18 Allenby enters Damascus;
  • 10/03/15 Allies land at Salonika;
  • 10/03/18 US assault on Blanc Mont, Champagne;
  • 10/04/18 Central Powers request peace talks;
  • 10/06/14 Japanese seize Marshall Islands;
  • 10/07/18 Lost Battalion relieved;
  • 10/08/18 Alvin York in the Argonne;
  • 10/09/14 Germans capture Antwerp;
  • 10/09/14 Battle of Warsaw begins;
  • 10/09/17 Poelkapell NE of Ypres Captured by British;
  • 10/11/15 Bulgarians invade Serbia;
  • 10/12/15 Edith Cavell Executed;
  • 10/14/14 British occupy Ypres;
  • 10/14/14 First Canadian Troops on W.Front;
  • 10/18/15 Gen. Munro named commander at Gallipoli;
  • 10/19/14 1st Battle of Ypres begins;
  • 10/24/16 Fr. recapture Ft. Douaumont;
  • 10/24/17 Battle of Caporetto begins;
  • 10/27/18 Austrians ask for armistice terms;
  • 10/29/18 Italians capture Vittorio Veneto;
  • 10/29/18 German Naval Mutinies begin;
  • 10/30/17 Canadians before Passchendaele;
  • 10/31/17 Epic Australian Cavalry Charge at Beersheba;
  • 10/31/18 Turkey surrenders.


Gertrude Bell
Archeologist, Linguist, Spy
Mother of Iraq

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Company E, 142nd Inf., 36th Div and a good part of the 358th Inf., 90th Division were American Indians. An estimated 17,000 Native Americans representing over 60 tribes served in the US military in WWI.


WFA-USA NE/NY Fall Seminar

Saratoga Springs, NY
New York Military Museum,
Saturday, October 25, 2003.
(full program now available)
WFA-USA Florida-Gulf Chapter Fall 2003 Seminar

November 8, 2003;
Central Florida Community College, Ocala
First Century of Flight

Celebrate Freedom Foundation
Columbia, South Carolina

WWI Aircraft Featured
5-9 November, 2003;
(email for info.)
Zelandia's Great War

Celebrate Freedom Foundation
Auckland, New Zealand

Seminar 7-10 Nov, 2003
Burial of New Zealand's Unknown Soldier Nov 11, 2003;
(email for info.)
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Doing their part
Canine Machine Gun Transport

The war was good, by drawing over our depth that hot surface wish to do or win something.

      T.E. Lawrence

The following individuals are hereby thanked for their contributions to this issue of the Trip Wire: Lee Brightman, Pete Guthrie, Tony Langley, Andy Melomet and Diane Rooney. Until next month, your editor, Mike Hanlon.

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