The Story of the Female Yeomen during the First World War

The five-year program opened the minds of their male peers to the women’s abilities. By Nathaniel PatchArchives SpecialistU.S. National Archives and Records Administration Introduction I’ve been in frigid Greenland and in sunny Tennessee,I’ve been in noisy London and in wicked, gay Paree,I’ve seen the Latin Quarter, with its models, wines, and tights,I’ve hobnobbed oft with[…]

Peace to Be Picked Up: The Secret Diplomacy Failure of 1916 that Changed the World

From August 1916 until the end of January 1917, leaders from Germany, Britain, and the United States secretly struggled to end the Great War. By Dr. Philip ZelikowWhite Burkett Miller Professor of HistoryJ. Wilson Newman Professor of GovernanceMiller Center of Public AffairsUniversity of Virginia On August 12, 1916, France’s president, Raymond Poincaré, walked up to[…]

The Reel Story of the Great War: Videography during World War I

Soldiers were assigned to capture the action and sacrifice on camera for purposes of both patriotism and propaganda. The War According to CBS-TV By far the largest grouping of World War I film titles is located in the CBS collection. It contains footage collected from numerous sources by CBS TV for its landmark 1964–1965 documentary[…]

Nurses and Doctors Treating the Wounded on the Front Lines in World War I

World War One created thousands of casualties from physical wounds, illness, and emotional trauma. Introduction The First World War created thousands of casualties. New weapons such as the machine gun caused unprecedented damage to soldiers’ bodies. This presented new challenges to doctors on both sides in the conflict, as they sought to save their patients’[…]

Supply and Logistics in World War I

With focus on shipping, rail, road and manpower, this explores the logistics behind the management and supply of army resources in World War One. Introduction The First World War was fought with unprecedented volumes of manpower and equipment. Both had to be moved from the heartlands of the belligerent countries and into the campaigning theatres.[…]

Propaganda and World War I: A Memorial to Forgetfulness

This year marked the centennial of the conclusion of the First World War, an anniversary that passed in this country with relatively little notice. Yesterday, my family went to a screening of They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson’s new World War I documentary, which apparently set records for a cinematic “event” (i.e. a special one- or two-day[…]