The Western Front Association East Coast Branch (USA) will hold its Spring 2013 Symposium in World War I History on Saturday June 1, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. The symposium venue will be the historic Fifth Regiment Armory – site of the 1912 Democratic National Convention in which Woodrow Wilson received his party’s nomination for President of the United States.
WFA East Coast conducts two symposiums in WWI history each year which bring together authors, historians and scholars for a dynamic day-long program of presentations, discussions and displays focusing on the history and impact of the First World War. Individuals travel from throughout the United States to take part.
Slated for the Spring Symposium are the following presentations:
“Hell’s Observer: The Epic Wartime Journal of Private William J. Graham AEF” : Bruce Jarvis and Steven Badgley showcase their exciting new book and recount the amazing backstory behind the the lucky rediscovery of the original 1918 soldier’s journal which inspired it.
“Trench Raiding With the Royal Irish Fusiliers” : Retired British Army Col. Nick Metcalfe examines the uses of this vital component of warfare on the Western Front in three case studies from the 9th BN Royal Irish Fusiliers – based on his new book Blacker’s Boys.
“Beer, Bratwurst and Occupation”: Most Americans recall the occupation of Germany following WWII, however the AEF’s occupation of the Rhineland until 1923 is much less well-known. LTC Mike Rauer (Ret) recounts this unique chapter in WWI history as soldiers of the US 3rd Army and US Marines took on the duties of an army of occupation before returning home to the America of “The Roaring Twenties.”
“Wilson, The League of Nations and Versailles” : Dr. William T. Walker of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library examines Wilson’s hopes and frustrations at Versailles. To win Allied support Wilson had to compromise some of his most strongly held principles, resulting in situations that would ultimately destroy the League and his dream of creating a living memorial to the Doughboys’ sacrifices.
“Air War Over the Imperial Outposts”: Prolific aviation history author Jon Guttman presents some lesser-known chapters in WWI aero history as he recounts aerial operations over Tsingtao and Africa during The Great War.
Also included in the symposium will be refreshements, door prizes, a Branch-sponsored WW1 book sale, tours of the Maryland Military Museum housed within the armory, and an optional catered lunch. Attendees will also have the opportunity to obtain copies of the new WW1 books Blacker’s Boys and Hell’s Observer from the authors.
Text and images from the WW1 Centennial website