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Sync Call for Wednesday November 25 at Noon EST
Serbian army in retreat, 1915
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News and Announcements:

Updates from the States

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

State commemorative body status map - 24 Nov 15

December 3 Collaboration Call
We will hold our second State Outreach Collaboration Call in the new format on Thursday December 3 at 12 pm EST. This call will focus on Library Exhibitions and we will have a panel of experts from several libraries on the line. Reminders will be sent out the day of the call. The call-in number will be the same as past calls - contact a State Outreach Coordination team member to get on the roster.

Pennsylvania has their state centennial webpage up and running on the national commission’s website. The Pennsylvania committee is the fourth state commemorative body to have a webpage on our site. This is a service that we’re offering to every state with an established commemorative body. We’ll link you up with our tech guys who will set up the page and show you how to operate it. Contact a state outreach team member to learn more about setting up a state page on our website.


The West Virginia University Reed College of Media is partnering with Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust to develop an app that would allow users to travel back in history. The app, BlackTimeMap, will combine virtual and augmented reality technology with community participation to create an immersive, interactive and educational experience that preserves African American history in WWI. It will allow smartphone, tablet and Google cardboard users to visit African American war memorial sites in 360° from anywhere in the world. Audiences will be able to access historical photos, film and audio as well as pin their own images, stories and documents to a virtual “wall” at the memorial sites. For more information, check out the BlackTimeMap kickstarter page.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Updates

Phase II of the Memorial Design Competition continues. The finalists will submit their polished designs by 9 December. These will go on public display both on the website and at a physical location to be announced. Until then, you can check out the original finalist concepts (and every other submitted concept) on our website.

Please remember that even with the forthcoming polished designs, we can’t build a memorial without donations. Every dollar donated will be matched by our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our WW1 veterans deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, Dec 12, Wreaths Across America will be placing wreaths at the Vietnam, Korea, and WWII Memorials. They will also place a wreath at Pershing Park for WWI. The ceremony will be at the Pershing statue in Pershing Park at 10am - we invite everyone to join us.

WW1 Commemorative Merchandise

The WW1CC merchandise store is open on our website! Go online to get your own fine-crafted piece of WW1 commemorative merchandise and to support the Commission all at once. We have an exciting and varied line of products available for purchase - check it out today!

DISPATCH Newsletter

The Commission publishes a weekly newsletter, the DISPATCH. If you’re not receiving this and want to, please email Meredith Carr to be added to the distribution list.


The Great War Channel

Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War Channel. Posting multiple times a week, ‘The Great War’ shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918. The host, Indy, takes you back week by week and shows you what was going on in the past. Please subscribe to see these great posts. Their latest videos are:

German Rifles of World War 1 feat. Othais from C&Rsenal : THE GREAT WAR Special
Published on Nov 23, 2015. Indy and Flo sat down for one of our live streams about historical firearms again. Othais from C&Rsenal explained the various German rifles and pistols of the First World War. Among them of course the famous Gewehr 98 from Mauser and its predecessor, the Gewehr 88. In our next episode we will also have a look at the iconic German pistols such as the Reichsrevolver or the Mauser C96.

What was the German Secret on the Eastern Front in 1915? : OUT OF THE TRENCHES
Published on Nov 21, 2015. Indy sits int he chair of wisdom again to answer your questions about World War 1. This time we are explaining the secret to the German success on the Eastern Front in 1915, who Eugene Bullard was and how pilots would navigate.

The Forgotten Front - World War 1 in Libya : THE GREAT WAR - Week 69
PPublished on Nov 19, 2015. 12 war zones were not enough for this global war and this week an often forgotten theatre of war opens in Libya. Local Arab tribesmen fight against the British in guerrilla war. As if the Italians did not have enough problems at the Isonzo Front where Luigi Cardona is still sending his men into certain death against the Austrian defences. The situation for the Serbs is grim too and on the Western Front the carnage continues unchanged.


The Great War 100 Years Ago

Presented by Mr. Mike Hanlon - WorldWar1.com

100 Years Ago in the Great War:
25 November 1915: Great Retreat of the Serbian Army Ordered

When the combined armies of Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Bulgaria – newest member of the Central Powers –attacked, Serbian defenses collapsed. Map of Serbian front, 1915The Austro-Hungarians and Germans began their attack on 7 October 1915, with their troops crossing the Drina and Sava rivers, covered by heavy artillery fire. Once they crossed the Danube, the Germans and Austro-Hungarians moved on Belgrade itself. Vicious street fighting ensued and the Serbs' resistance in the city was finally crushed on 9 October.

Then, on 14 October, the Bulgarian Army attacked from east along two axis, effectively outflanking the Serbs. In the Battle of Kosovo the Serbs made a last and desperate attempt to join two incomplete Allied divisions that made a limited advance from the Salonika sector to the south but all the allied forces had to pull back. A high-level conference of war reached an astonishing conclusion: the Serbian Army must abandon the nation to survive and fight another day.

Serbian Field Marshal Radomir Putnik ordered a full retreat of the Serbian military south and west through Allied Montenegro and into neutral Albania on 25 November 1915. The retreat got fully under way by mid-December with the troops joined by civilian refugees. King Peter and Putnik accompanied the columns. Boys, who could become soldiers in the future, were also encouraged to join.

The roads were terrible and transport had to be abandoned. The weather in the mountains was equally bad. The same conditions also limited the pursuit by the enemy. Nonetheless many others were lost to hunger, disease, hypothermia, and raids by Albanian tribal bands. The Albanian population was extremely hostile due to accusations of war crimes during the recent Balkan Wars. Some estimates of the dead during the retreat are as high as 200,000. The retreat, consequently, is considered one of the greatest tragedies in Serbian history.

About 155,000 exhausted Serbians — mostly soldiers — started reaching the coast by January 1916. Between 18 January and 21 February Allied ships carried them to various Greek islands, particularly Corfu, for rest and refitting before being sent to Salonika. It's believed that up to 30,000 more Serbians died after arriving.

Later at Salonika, though, in the fall of 1918 in a moment of Phoenix-like revenge, they would help defeat Bulgaria, initiating a falling-dominoes collapse of the Central Powers. The strategic decision to retreat was proven correct.

For More Information on the Serbian Retreat see:

Book: Mitrović, Andrej (2007). Serbia's Great War, 1914-1918

Online Video: Mars smrti: March of Death

Next Week: The Non-Submarine Naval War of 1915

Serbians evacuating to Corfu, 1915

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