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
168th Infantry Regiment, on steps of the Post Office
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.
From The Roots of the War - A Non-Technical History of Europe
1870 - 1914 A.D. by William Stearns Davis, PhD, 1919, 557 pp.
"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
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.
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 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
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.
THE WOUND IN TIME
By Carol Ann Duffy, 2018, Poet Laureate
of Great Britain, 2009 – 2019
is the wound in Time. The
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.
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