Tag Archives: WW1

News and Events–Over There: 32nd Militaria Show, Les Islettes, Sunday, 23 August

The 32nd annual Militaria show will be held at Les Islettes on Sunday, 23 August.  Location is the Salle de la SIBA and the entrance price is 2 Euros.  The show is open from 0800 to 1700 hours. This is a major militaria show in Europe; and it attracts exhibitors and attendees from many, many countries.  So, if readers happen to be in the area on that day, it is well worth a visit.  Parking can be a bit tight. The webmaster had the opportunity to attend Continue reading →

New Feature Article Added: A Meuse-Argonne Tour and Driver’s Guide

In 2007 the webmaster was offered the opportunity to lead the second half (six days) of the Western Front Association’s U.S. Branch Tour; which included four days in the Meuse-Argonne, participation in the Memorial Day Celebration at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, and two days in the St. Mihiel Salient. The author prepared a Study Guide and Driving Directions for that tour; and they have been added to the website under the Features/Articles section. Broadly speaking, the tour was organized to give one or two days Continue reading →

WW1 in USPS Stamps: The Role of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

Do readers want to see a series of USPS stamps commemorating America’s involvement in the war in 1917-18?  Let your voices be heard.   On its recent weekly call, the World War One Centennial Commission is encouraging all interested to WRITE VIA SNAIL MAIL a letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee encouraging them to produce a series of stamps commemorating America’s involvement in the war.  Readers can include suggestions of stamps they might like to see:  Major leaders, heroes, major battles, etc. It is Continue reading →

Books and Movies: The Lost Sketchbooks, a Young Artist in the Great War

Readers who know the webmaster well know of his passion for exploring the Meuse-Argonne battlefield armed with maps, regimental histories and highly detailed first person accounts.  Thus, when he was introduced to this book, he must admit that he did not know how to respond:  It certainly was not a detailed study of the battlefield such as those published by Paul Braim (The Test of Battle:  The American Expeditionary Forces in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign) or Mark Ethan Grotelueschen (The AEF Way of War.)   Also, there are Continue reading →

Noteworthy Websites: Facebook Pages and Groups

  For those readers interested, the author has established a public Facebook group called Meuse-Argonne.com.  The reality is that career, family and social commitments limit the amount of blog and website postings, and FB is a quicker way to get the word out.  Sharing information from another FB can also be done easily via the FB group while commuting.  Finally, readers seem more open to responding in a FB group than on a blog.  So, please consider joining the FB group.   Additional FB Pages and Groups of Interest Continue reading →

Then and Now: German Narrow Gauge Railroad Station at Varennes–Part of the Argonnenbahn

  Caption:  The German narrow gauge railroad station at Varennes-en-Argonne; part of the “Argonnenbahn.”  That is, the narrow gauge network that the Germans operated throughout the Argonne Forest and vicinity.   Location:  On the D38a northwest of Varennes-en-Argonne.  Note:  The reason for the numerous now pictures is to show that the remains are well hidden by brush.  It is the remains of Varennes in the circle that identifies the building.  The station is NOT the similar looking building in good condition several meters to the Continue reading →

Newsletter Verdun-Meuse, May 2015

The May 2015 Issue of the Newsletter Verdun-Meuse (http://verdun-meuse.fr/images/files/mai2015.htm) is now available.  Each issue features a calendar of relevant events (Agenda section), book reviews and several well-researched articles.  As alluded to by the thumbnail above, portions of this newsletter focus on France’s colonial troops. Continue reading →

We Forget Today: Sgt. York Sites, Pall Mall, TN

We forget today just what an impact World War One had on the lives of its participants and their families…   Pilgrimage definition:  A journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion.  (Dictionary.com.) A visit to the Sgt. York Sites in Pall Mall, TN had long been on the webmaster’s bucket list.  So, on a recent business trip to Nashville, he took an additional day off for the 2.5 hour drive from Nashville to Pall Mall, TN Continue reading → Continue reading →

Newsletter Verdun-Meuse, March 2015

            The March 2015 issue of the Newsletter Verdun-Meuse (http://verdun-meuse.fr/images/files/mars2015.htm) is now available.  Each issue features a calendar of relevant events (Agenda section), book reviews and several well-researched articles.  As alluded to by the thumbnail above, portions of this newsletter focus on French engineers and the 2015 mining war at Les Eparges. Continue reading →

News & Events–Over There: Famous Verdun Hotel Le Coq Hardi and Restaurant Chantaco Close

The Meuse edition of the French newspaper L’Est Républicain reported that the famed hotel and its restaurant closed on 2 April after the Commercial Court in Bar-le-Duc put the restaurant into receivership.  Apparently, under French law the business has been operating in receivership since 18 December, 2012.  The owners could find no buyer / investor to save the business. Continue reading →