The Restored Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum


  Military related issues, on the War and Home Fronts, 1901 thru 1920


Mexican Expedition Campaigns, 14 MAR 1916 – 07 FEB 1917

  Company M, 168th Infantry Regiment, on steps of the Post Office
in Red Oak, Iowa, June 1916, prior to departing to Brownsville, Texas.

      Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, and the origins of World War I

        “World War One – The War That Will End War”  (4pp, .pdf)
            The enduring consequences since the end of WWI in 1918

        The 34th Infantry Division began forming in JUN and JUL 1917,
             with National Guard units from ND, SD, MN, NE, and IA,
       at Camp Cody, Deming, NM.  Officially constituted 18 JUL 1917.  
        Stories and photos about training and life at Camp Cody, NM.


Photograph of 34th Sandstorm Infantry Division
                                    Animated Unit Insignia,
                     at Camp Cody, Deming, NM, 18 AUG 1918.  
                      Animated text:  Duty, Honor, 34, Country.   


                The Big Picture: 42nd Rainbow Division
                       during World War I & II    
(video 0:30 hours)


From The Roots of the War - A Non-Technical History of Europe
1870 - 1914 A.D. by William Stearns Davis, PhD, 1919, 557 pp.
Available at
"The heir to the throne, the Crown Prince Frederick William
[until fall of the empire on 09 NOV 1918], was openly
consorting with the extreme militarist, pro-war party,
applauding violent jingoist speeches in the Reichstag,
and evidently going to the extreme limit permissible
without provoking extreme foreign disquietude.

In 1913 he wrote an introduction to a volume, 'Germany
in Arms,' in which he said, 'It is only by relying upon our
good German sword that we can hope to conquer that
place in the sun which rightly belongs to us, and which
the world does not seem willing to accord us. . . . Till the
world shall come to an end, the ultimate decision must
rest with the sword.'"  pp 371-372.



                 Flanders by Otto Dix, recipient of the Iron Cross,
     Deutsches Heer, the Great War, 28 JUL 1914 - 11 NOV 1918


Extensive resources from the US Army Center of Military History -
images, historical audio/video, primary source documents, maps,
  order of battle for engagements and geospatial analysis on the
    Western Front, and Italy.  Encompasses pre-war training
      in the States, to post war occupation in the Rhineland.

          2,000+ colourised WWI photos on facebook

Foundations & Legacy: General of the Armies John J. Pershing

     “…by some spiritual quality, by a wordless, soundless
          something that radiated from him, he gradually
          turned the current and made it flow with him.”


                              The Triple Entente  


                           The Central Powers

      Silent film from WWI (1:20 hours) – the American
           Expeditionary Forces in St Mihiel, Cantigny,
     Château-Thierry, and Meuse-Argonne engagements. 

           Read about Iowans breaking the linchpin to the

                 Hindenburg Line, October 1918  (4 pp, .pdf)


The Record of the 168th Infantry  (1 page)
          Military engagements of the 42nd Rainbow Division, of which the
        168th Infantry Regiment was an element, included: Sector of Snipes,
        Oureq, Sergy, St Mihiel Salient, Marimbois Farm, Côte de Châtillon, 
           Tuilerie Farm, Baccart, Esperance-Souaine, Champagne-Marne,
                  Hill 212, Aisne-Marne, Essey-Pannes, Meuse-Argonne. 
                           The 42nd suffered a 30.6% casualty rate.

Triptych by Otto Dix, recipient of the Deutsches Heer Iron Cross,
                                            during the Great War


The Story of the 168th Infantry by John H. Tabor, 1925,
                       State Historical Society of Iowa
“The Boche was shelling the road directly ahead with 150’s and
   already the acrid smoke of explosion was choking the leading
 squads, so the column was halted and the men scattered into the
  the fields, where they waited for a few minutes, shells bursting
    near them, until the bombardment ceased.” 
(p 106, vol 2)
                     Volume 1             Volume 2

Silent US Army video
(0:10 hours) of the May thru July, 1918,
        St Mihiel and the (second) Battle of Château-Thierry. 
        A French major who saw the 42nd Rainbow Division
    (of which the 168th Infantry Regiment was an element)
  in action wrote, “The conduct of American troops has been
    perfect and has been greatly admired by French officers
     and men.  Calm and perfect bearing under artillery fire,
    endurance of fatigue and privations, tenacity in defense,
       eagerness in counterattack, willingness to engage in
           hand-to hand fighting—such are the qualities
       reported to me by all the French officers I have seen.”

           ---Thanks to H.W. Crocker III, and Scott Michael Rank, PhD.

11 November 1918: Memory and War  by Dr Keith Huxen  (3 pp, .pdf)

                   By Eric Henri Kennington, 1888-1960,
            official war artist for the British Armed Forces.

        Read about First Lieutenant Jarvis Jenness Offutt, U.S. Army,
        killed in action, while attached to the British Royal Air Force.

    “Did the end of the Great War come too soon?”  (8pp, .pdf)

American Committee for Devastated France - two videos, each 0:50 hours,
showing volunteers assisting in the caring of citizens and rebuilding
of the Aisne region of France during and after World War I.


Subsequently, the Franco-American Museum was founded in the
Château Blérancourt to celebrate artists from the two nations, and
house a library and memorabilia especially relating to the Great War.


Incredible footage on the World War I YouTube Channel

        Follow the events of the war week by week.

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   French Heroes Fund medal, 1918, bronze.  The Fund was

  established by Americans to help wounded French soldiers,
     their families, and children orphaned by the Great War. 

         The reverse symbolizes Marianne Lady Liberty,

             first appearing during the French Revolution

                             World War I Genealogy Research Guide
Includes 250 live hyperlinks  (.pdf, 9MB, 104pp)

World War I Memorial Fountain, Fountain Square Park,
           Red Oak, Iowa.  Each perimeter water spray is in honor
           of a World War I Hero from Montgomery County, Iowa,
               who gave their life in the Service of their Country,
                               during the Great War.

                    The names of those Heroes


                 THE WOUND IN TIME
                  By Carol Ann Duffy, 2018, Poet Laureate
                            of Great Britain, 2009 – 2019

      It is the wound in Time.  The century’s tides,
      chanting their bitter psalms, cannot heal it.
     Not the war to end all wars; death’s birthing place;
     the earth nursing its ticking metal eggs, hatching
    new carnage.  But how could you know, brave
    as belief as you boarded the boats, singing?
    The end of God in the poisonous, shrapneled air.
    Poetry gargling its own blood.  We sense it was love
    you gave your world for; the town squares silent,
    awaiting their cenotaphs.  What happened next?
    War.  And after that?  War.  And now?  War.  War.
    History might as well be water, chastising this shore;
    for we learn nothing from your endless sacrifice.
   Your faces drowning in the pages of the sea.




   St Mihiel American Cemetery.   WW1 Memorial to
      4,153 military dead, and 284 missing in action
Located near Thiaucourt, France, 260 km east of Paris.

The Restored Burlington Northern Depot
                     & WWII Memorial Museum