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WW1 Centennial News for Wednesday January 4, 2017 - Episode #1


1. Sync-call is changing format and branding to become WW1 Centennial News * soon to be syndicated podcast

2. Last 2 episodes in the OSU War To End All Wars Symposium

3. Michael Tezlow from Wisconsin on their commission and website

4. Lots of action in the media - New movie about Sgt. Stubby announced, C-Span highlights "America Goes Over" documentary and more...


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WW1 Centennial News - Weekly Video Podcast

January 4, 2017

Happy New Year everyone and welcome.
As you may have noticed, we have changed our name and our look for 2017.
For perspective….

We launched the Sync-Call in 2014 as a simple phone meeting to keep our staff and commissioners up to date as we spun ourselves up into functionality.
In 2015, with many more state partners and interest group joining in the centennial commemoration, we expanded out,  first into a web meeting and then a webinar.
For 2017 we are turning this into “World War 1 Centennial News - a weekly video podcast. We are staying with the theme of WW1 NOW - all about the commemoration, and WW1 THEN - all about what happened 100 years ago this week. We will be producing more pre-built segments and interviews, more features and more video. With you as our live audience - we will start pushing the weekly show out over the podcast subscription networks.

As always, if you have any questions during our show, please feel free to type them into the questions section or raise your hand in the chat room and because the show is all about pointing to web links - we will be posting those into the chat room as well.
So welcome to WW1 Centennial News!

Now over to Theresa Sims who will be hosting this week’s show.

International Report

Our first story is in the new “International report” segment
As you might remember from our last show, we talked about the Christmas Truce that occurred in 1914. In keeping with our new format - let me begin with a great story that shown that WWI THEN - 100 years ago -  is still happening with WWI NOW.
Over the holidays, coalition forces decided that they would also like to celebrate that spontaneous expression of humanity in their own way.
On Christmas day, German and British soldiers stationed at NATO headquarters in Kabul, gathered together for a friendly game of Soccer.
Instead of wearing their uniforms, the soldiers wore t-shirts with the words “1914-2016, Great Britain vs. Germany Christmas Football” printed on them.
It’s great to see people still taking time to remember and celebrate the Christmas truce. If you want to know who won, we’ll post a link to the story in the chatroom.

LINK: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/german-british-soldiers-commemorate-wwi-christmas-truce-on-kabul-soccer-field-1.446056

Cher River Valley Event
Also in our international report -  from our allies in France.
In the Spring 1917, the American General Staff launched an extensive training and supply infrastructure in the Cher River Valley of France.
Nearly 100 years later, the communities and associations located in the Cher Valley are celebrating this historical episode by organizing a wide array of cultural activities to commemorate the friendship that evolved between the Doughboys and the local population. Follow the link in the chatroom to see Valerie Chapeau, historian for the French region of Vallée du Cher, talk about what the region has planned for the event this year.

Now on the domestic front, let’s get some Updates from the States.

Updates From the States

As featured in one of our web news stories interviewing  Michael Tezlow, a member of the Wisconsin Centennial Committee and Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum,  the Wisconsin Centennial Committee web site website is now operational… The URLs are WW1CC.org/wi or ww1cc.org/wisconsin. Articles, events, the start of a map of ‪World War One monuments, memorials, and historic sites found across The Badger State are just the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding site.  We invite you to read the article in the news section of the site.
LINK: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/1694

State Outreach Call
Tomorrow, we’re going to have our monthly state outreach call at 12noon eastern time. This is part 2, of a  discussion about how YOUR state can commemorate the centennial of the US entry into World War I in early April.
The time to begin planning is NOW. Join us on Thursday to learn more about what different state organizations are planning!

Spotlight on the Media

America Goes Over
In our new segment called Spotlight on the Media.
CSPAN-3 will be showing the film “America Goes Over” on Saturday, January 7th at 10 PM eastern time.
America Goes Over is a silent documentary propaganda film produced by the US Army Signal Corp in 1918.
It documents the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I under General John J. Pershing. We have a link to a small excerpt narrated by Historian and WWI Scholars Allison Finkelstein and our own advisor Mitch Yockelson from the broadcast to share with you today. (We will play you the soundtrack of the promo but the pictures will be steppy - you can check it out directly with the link.)
PLAY VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZzZ_Ennz8g
Set your recorders to catch the whole film on Saturday at 10 pm Eastern.  

Stubby Film- opens in 2018!
COLUMBUS, Ga., Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fun Academy™ Motion Pictures, an innovator in educational entertainment for digital cinemas, has set an April 13, 2018 U.S. release date for "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero," a new animated feature based on the life and times of the United States Army's most decorated dog.
Do you know who Sgt. Stubby is? He’s an American Hero - and a dog!
On April 13th, Produced a new animated feature based on the life and times of the United States Army's most decorated dog will make its way into US theaters.
"Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,"  tells the incredible true story of a stray dog and the bond he forged with the doughboys of the 26th "Yankee" Division at the onset of America's entry into World War I.
Sgt. Stubby saved hundreds of lives by sounding the alarm for incoming attacks and catching an enemy spy in the trenches. For his valorous actions, Stubby was the first dog to be promoted in U.S. Army history.
The animated film release will be timed to early April of course. We’ll see if we can get you a sneak peek at the trailer.
LINK: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fun-academy-and-mikros-images-sgt-stubby-slated-to-open-in-us-theatres-on-april-13-2018-300381989.html


Teaching & learning

OSU Symposium
This week, our “Teaching & Learning” segment focuses on the last 2 episodes of the “War To End All Wars” 2016 WWI Symposium held at Ohio State University.
Last week, John Quigley, the Professor Emeritus of Law at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law was featured with “WWI and the Emerging Laws of War.”  This episode features the poem was “Picnic,”  by Rose Macaulay.  

This week, the final episode in the 6-part series is “Shell Shock: Core Insights” presented by Mark Micale, Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Micale specializes in European intellectual history and the history of medicine with a focus on psychiatry.
The entire symposium with all six lectures is available on the Commission website under education. 
We would also like to thank all of the presenters and the poetry readers that worked together to create this wonderful series.
If you’ve enjoyed the series for the past few weeks, and know some folks who might enjoy it also, please share it! You can find a link to the Symposium in the chatroom.
Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/educate/history/the-war-to-end-all-wars.html

The Impact of War
Teaching children about history can be a bit of a challenge. But a group of surrealist artists in the United Kingdom have taken on that challenge. With their interactive exhibit, “The Impact of War,” these artist hope to inspire literacy, history, science and art lessons for third and fourth graders at West Dean Primary School.
Dr Sharon-Michi Kusunoki, a governor and the executive director of Surrealism and the Arts, curated the small but extremely powerful exhibition to aid the children’s learning.
All of the works assist in informing and inspiring future generations to consider and question the lessons learned from the First World War.
LINK: http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/education/powerful-exhibition-shows-pupils-the-impact-of-the-first-world-war-1-7741897

100 Cities / 100 Memorials
This week in our 100 Cities / 100 Memorials blog we have Part 2 of Laura A. Macaluso’s conservation treatment and research of the Timothy Ahearn Memorial. In part 2, she examines how the memorial came about and how the artist Karl Lang sculpted the figure. There are some great parallels to this story and what our own Sabin Howard  is doing for the US National Memorial at Pershing Park. Her insightful and knowledgeable project profile offers a great resource for teams who are looking at a 100 Cities / 100 Memorials project. The final installment will be coming up soon.
LINK: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/100-cities-100-memorials-blog.html

Now let’s shift gear to WW1 THEN - This week 100 years ago.

Great War Channel

We will start with the new videos from the Great War Channel on youtube The titles are fun and the videos informative… New subject titles include:

  • Ottoman Uniforms of World War 1
  • Absurd Trivia About King Zog - How Italy Prepared To Attack France
  • Turmoil in Russia - The Assassination of Rasputin
  • AND - Rasputin - The Man Behind The Tsarina
  • Starving For Total War - The Turnip Winter of 1916
  • AND FINALLY They Did Not Pass - The Battle Of Verdun Ends


War in the Sky

Next, let’s find out what was happening at the start of the new year, in the skies over Europe with the War In The Sky segment. Take it away Theo.
Welcome to January 1917 in the Great War in The Sky.
It will be a tumultuous year.

The German Air Force begins the year with more advanced aircraft and more experienced pilots than the British or French and continue to hold air superiority that will culminate in “Bloody April.” You'll hear more about that as we go along.
The German Air Force disbands three bomber wings and redesignates their squadrons as escort squadrons. The new "Schusta" squadrons are tasked with escorting two-seat observation planes of the german field flying detachments and artillery flying detachments during their reconnaissance flights and are based with them.
The Germans deploy the Albatros D. III, which is designed with a thin lower wing, like the Nieuport fighters. This plane is more maneuverable than other biplanes, but the wing is subject to frequent failures, so the craft is grounded at the end of the month until the wing can be strengthened.

Meanwhile in the United States - There is news in the aircraft manufacturing front - this will become important as the US gear up to "go over there"... The Thomas Brothers Aeroplane Company merges with the Morse Chain Works to form the Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation in Ithaca, New York.

And that the news this week 100 years ago in the great war in the sky.


Thanks Theo.

Great War Project

Finally in our WW1 THEN section we will hear from Mike Shuster and his Great War Project blog: 

Thanks Mike and thank you all for joining us today.


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