Reflections

My time in the UMW History department has been well spent. The skills I acquired have made me a better reader, writer, and researcher. The faculty is exceptionally professional and the curriculum challenging. The Great War has been my special area of interest and the projects I have accomplished allowed me to gain a rich …

Whittlesey’s Lost Battalion

The story of Major Charles Whittlesey and his “Lost Battalion” is one of unlikely heroes. The link below is for the American Heritage magazine’s synopsis. It is one of the most concise explanations of the events that occurred in the Charlevaux Pocket of the Argonne Forest in October of 1918. https://www.americanheritage.com/lost-battalion

World War I VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Nurses

The first time I read Not So Quiet it was quite a shock. While the work is fiction, Smith, who’s real name was Evadne Price, does not shy away from drawing on the emotional whirlwind that wartime nurses experienced. Price, an Australian who served in the Air Ministry from 1917-1918 expresses visceral and tragic feelings about the …

Paths of Glory – 1957 – Film Review

The film Paths of Glory is based on a 1935 book by Humphrey Cobb. Cobb (1899-1944)  an Italian-born, Canadian-American screenwriter and novelist had served in the World War I  Canadian army at the age of 17. Cobb kept a wartime diary and utilized his recollections when  writing Paths of Glory.[1] His disgust and disillusion are heavily reflected in the …

Literature Review Due 2/11/2022

                           HIS485 – Spring 2022                                                       Literature Review Students of World War I history need to be cautious when examining films that depict  specific events and individuals. The screenwriters and directors have distinct artistic goals and  financial objectives they wish to achieve and the film they craft may or may not be historically  accurate. The reviewed secondary …

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