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La Vie en France #7: Welcome to the Punch Bowl

La Vie en France #6 proved to be quite popular, as there seems to be a good bit of interest in seeing where the Webmaster is living during his six months in France.  Le Vie en France #7 shows a panoramic view of the “Punch Bowl” encircling Doulcon.  It is taken from a hillside along the D164 perhaps a kilometer West of Doulcon.     Western portion of the punch bowl.     Eastern portion showing Doulcon and Dun-sur-Meuse.  The church on the Hillside at Continue reading →

Research Tips: The “Griffin Group” Photos in the National Archives

A special shout-out is due to Marc Romanych of Digital History Archive who introduced the Webmaster to the Griffin Group photos!!!  As a result, the Webmaster spent the last two days in the National Archives “walking” the Western Front shortly after war’s end.   National Archives record group 120-G is a collection of 2,262 photographs of the American battlefields of the Western Front taken in early 1919 under the direction of Major T. H. Griffin of G-2.  His team of photographers was tasked with taking Continue reading →

Join the Friends of Romagne and Support the Romagne 14-18 Museum

  Jean-Paul de Vries’ Romagne 14-18 Museum one of the best known museums / attractions in the Meuse-Argonne, and it is visited by thousands each year.  (The Webmaster first visited the museum in 2004, right before it moved to its current location.)  However, as with most museums it takes a tremendous amount of work and funds to operate.  In order to ensure adequate financial support for the museum, the foundation “Friends of Romagne” has been established.  Below is a letter from the foundation’s Chairman encouraging visitors Continue reading →

La Vie en France: Post #3. Skills and Talent Residence Permit Visa Obtained!!!

A key part of the Webmaster’s plan to work in France as a freelance battlefield tour guide was obtaining the “Skills and Talent” residence permit visa.  Per the France in New York website: “If you have a project, the three-year, renewable “Compétences et Talents” card allows you to exercise the professional activity of your choice in connection with your project.” However, at the Visa Section of the French Consulate-General one will not find a life coach who will guide one through the process.  Rather, one Continue reading →

Twist on a Famous Poster: Do You Know What Your Daddy (or Grandfather or Great Uncle) did in the War?

April 6, 2017 marked the beginning of the Centennial of U.S. involvement in World War 1; and yet many U.S. families know much less about the activities of their ancestors during 1917-1919 than during other time periods.  It’s not too late to correct that deficiency; and it’s also not too late to plan a customized battlefield tour following in the footsteps of your relative! Webmaster Randal Gaulke is making plans to live in France for several months in 2017.  During that period he will be working Continue reading →

La Vie en France: Post #2. Time is not on my Side!

  15 March, 2017 was the Webmaster’s last day at work.  Eight weeks seemed to be more than enough time to get everything done before moving to France for six months on 15 May.  Well, four weeks have passed, and the Webmaster still has an unbelievable do list to accomplish over the next month!!!   To be sure, he did accomplish some major home projects–including renovating an office and the guest bedroom.  He also has spent quality time with the family; and he was able to participate Continue reading →

Research Tips: The Western Front Association, East Coast Branch and The Western Front Association

    As the Centennial commemoration of U.S. involvement in the war approaches, interest in the First World War is likely to increase.  However, without giving the newly interested some tangible steps to “feed” their hunger for knowledge and networking interest in the topic could quickly fade.  Luckily, there are organizations in the U.S. and world-wide that can help people learn more about the First World War.  The March 6 blog post focused on the World War One Historical Association.  This blog post will focus Continue reading →

We Forget Today: Private John J. Monson of the Lost Battalion

  We forget today just what an impact World War I had on the lives of its participants and their families.  Last Fall author Kevin Fitzpatrick sent the webmaster two blog posts from his upcoming book:  “World War I New York:  A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War.”  However, the webmaster has been delinquent in publishing them.  With the book set to release in late March, 2017, here is one of the two stories:   When the City Rallied for John J. Continue reading →

News and Events–Stateside: April 6 is Fast Approaching. Stay Informed of Upcoming Events

  Did you know?  Do your Friends know? April 6–the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war is fast approaching, and events will be happening across the U.S. to mark the date. The WW1CC  (http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php) is an umbrella organization that communicates among all groups and does so much more. The WW1CC provides a monthly (or bimonthly) “Education Resources” newsletter for educators.  (Drop-down tab “Educate.”) The WW1CC will post “Stories of Service” about your relative who fought in the Great War.  (Drop-down tab “Commemorate.”) The WW1CC is raising funds to build Continue reading →

Then and Now: Montfaucon under German Occupation

Authors/researchers and editors/publishers don’t always share the same objectives.  More often than not, photographs, maps, tables, etc. get edited out of books for reasons of length, readability, etc.  The webmaster felt this when reading William Travis Walker Jr.’s well-researched “Betray at Little Gibraltar:  A German Fortress, a Treacherous American General, and the Battle to End World War I.”  Mr. Walker’s description of the German positions in and around Montfaucon was largely verbal, with a limited number of photos and no war-time map. As one would Continue reading →