World War I

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United States Army Depot Brigades in World War 1 by author Alexander Barnes and Peter L. Belmonte

Barnes and Belmonte conduct a deep dive of a rarely examined aspect of the United States Army in World War One. The American Expeditionary Force in France is what comes to mind for most history fans when they think of the American contribution to allied victory. This analysis shows how America organized, trained, and equipped troops for overseas service.

Warship Builders and the Liberty Factory

Warship Builders – An Industrial History of U.S. Naval Ship Building, 1922-1945, by Thomas Heinrich (Naval Institute Press, 2021, 346pp, $29). Liberty Factory – The Untold Story of Henry Kaiser’s Oregon Shipyards, By by Peter J Marsh (Seaforth Publishing, 2021, 256PP, $40). Reviews by Don DeNevi Publisher’s Summary: Warship Builders is the first scholarly study …

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Review: The Battle of Bellicourt Tunnel – Tommies, Diggers, and Doughboys on the Hindenburg Line 1918

Review by Major Peter L. Belmonte, USAF (Retired)   Students of World War I are very familiar with the strategic situation of the Western Front in September 1918. With the goal of driving the Germans across the Hindenburg Line, cutting German army rail supply lines, and positioning the Allied armies for victory in 1919, Marshal …

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Uncovering Tunnels of World War I: The Falkenhausen Tunnel

In August 2019, Association des Souterrains Allemands de Puisaleine et des Environs 14/18, reopened a German underground network which was created during the Spring of 1916 on the battlefield of the French department Oise. This incredible network of underground tunnels, named “Falkenhausen Tunnel”, has 3 levels and extends over 400m (1312 feet) in length. A.S.A.P.E. …

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Getting Dressed VAD Nurse WW1

WATCH: How a VAD Nurse got dressed during World War 1

If you ever were interested in how nurses dressed themselves or how many layers they wore during World War One, this is an interesting video guide on how a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse got dressed during World War 1. This video was produced by Nick Loven from Crow’s Eye Productions, who also directed Tell …

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Members of the 77th Co, 6th Machine Gun Battalion & French poilus near Belleau Wood.

US Marines at Belleau Wood and Blanc Mont during World War 1

In 1918, World War I was in its fourth year. Imperial Russia had succumbed to the Communist Revolution and capitulated to Imperial Germany. In the West, a race against time was on. The Allies of Great Britain and France were watching with mounting concern as German armies from the Eastern Front began reinforcing those on …

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Petit-type tourniquet, London, England, 1823-1829.

History of the life-saving Tourniquet

During World War I, the medical profession responded with mobile X-Ray machines, the use of the Thomas Splint, use of vaccines, and new emphasis on continuing care and rehabilitation. Many of the medical innovations that were seen in the Great War proved itself as an instrument to save lives. These innovations were modified and improved …

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The 3/4th Queen’s at the Battle of Broodseinde in 1917

The 3/4th battalion of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) was a territorial battalion that been formed in 1915 and went overseas in June 1917, joining 62nd Brigade, 21st Division, in August. Although the battalion spent some time in the line, the Battle of Broodseinde on 4th October 1917 was to be its first action. On the night of …

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