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Western Front Association: Fall 2012 World War I History Symposium

November 10, 2012

Western Front Association – East Coast is hosting an exciting day-long program featuring displays, discussions and the following World War I history presentations:

“American Lions:  The 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I” :  Robert J. Dalessandro, Chief of the US Army’s Center of Military History, presents the story of the American Doughboys who fought in Italy in 1918 – based on his recent book.

“East Africa 1914-1918 :  Instead of the anonymous mass slaughter elsewhere, East Africa witnessed individual achievements and improvisation in a secondary theater that nonetheless effected the lives of millions.  Often misidentified as guerrilla warfare, how much was an exception to the 1914-1918 experience?  Presented by Dr. Corey Reigel of West Liberty University.

“Let Slip the Dogs of War : Fort Meade Museum Exhibits Specialist Barbara Taylor examines the many roles in which dogs were employed by the armies of WWI.

“Kaiser Wilhelm: Armistice and Retirement” : What were the final years for one of WWI’s most notorious personages like?  Retired US Army LTC Mike Rauer transports us from Spa, Belgium, Wilhelm’s headquarters, to Doorn, Holland, as he recounts “the rest of the story” for Imperial Germany’s Emperor in exile.

“Blacker’s Boys: An Infantry Battalion of the 36th (Ulster) Division 1914-1919 : With origins in the Irish home rule crises beginning in 1912,  the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers went to France taking part in the battles of the Somme, Third Ypes, Cambrai, and the German Offensive of 1918, ultimately finishing the war “in the line” – though greatly transformed.  Retired British Army Colonel Nick Metcalfe recounts their story – based on his new book.

 The symposium will also feature refreshments, door prizes, tours of the museum, a Branch-sponsored WWI used/out-of-print book sale, and an optional buffet lunch at the Fort Meade Officers’ Club !

Please note that due to Post security regulations, pre-registration is required.

When:  Saturday November 10, 2012.  Sign-in, meet-and-greet, refreshments begin at 8:30 AM, with opening remarks at 9:30 AM.

Cost:  $25.00 per person; students(through undergraduate)$10.00

Lunch:  An optional buffet lunch at the Ft. Meade Officer’s Club will be available at $15 per person (this includes a choice of two entrees, sides, soft drinks, and dessert).

Directions:  From the north or south proceed via I-95 or I-295 to MD Route 32.  Drive eastbound on RT 32 to MD Route 175 and exit toward Fort Meade.  The visitor entrance to the post is at the intersection of Reece RD and RT 175.  Please allow 10-15 minutes for passing through the visitor entrance.  A Government issued photo ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance will be required for driving on the post.  After leaving the visitor entrance, proceed on Reece RD into the post and turn LEFT at MacArthur Rd, RIGHT at Mapes Rd, and then LEFT at Griffin Ave.  There is ample parking in the lot across Griffon Avenue from the Museum (adjacent to Smallwood Hall).

To learn more visit the Western Front Association – East Coast on the web at: www.wfa-eastcoast.org


November 10, 2012
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Fort George G. Meade Museum
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Western Front Association – East Coast