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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Sharing a Little More WWI
I wanted to share just a little more of the history I was able to glean from my visit to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City. In addition to the main galleries, there are two exhibit halls on the mezzanine. One of those contained an exhibit entitled World War I All-Stars—Sports and the Inter-Allied Games.
This exhibit highlights the inter-allied games held in 1919. This was an Olympics type competition that was created to strengthen relationship between soldiers of the Allied Nations after the end of World War I. I had never heard of these Allied Games, and I’m sure it proves as intriguing to sports fans as those of us interested in history.
The fact that these games were held after 52 months of devastating war was remarkable. It was also a testament to the sportsmanship and hope for lasting peace. These games were held in a specially-constructed stadium in the Paris suburb of Jonville-le-Pont and nearly 1,500 athletes, who all served in the Great War, marched into a stadium instead of to the trenches.
So here's a little “Did you Know” to increase your World War I knowledge.
Did you know the expert Saudi Arabian Cavalry gave an exhibition of sword dancing and camel riding at the Inter-Allied Games? That would have been great fun to see!
Did you know Americans were the best grenade throwers in the Great War? Why? Baseball! The “baseball” throw which Americans used vs. the European “stiff-arm” method allowed better distance.
Did you know lime, like the type originally used to mark the lines on baseball fields, was used to filter air in gas masks during the Great War?
Do you recognize any of these names? They are some of the World War I soldier/athletes who participated were: Solomon Butler (born in Hutchinson, KS) track and field; Charles Paddock, track and field—the term “world’s Fastest Human” was coined when Paddock set five world’s records in 1921; Max Friedman, basketball; Ty Cobb, baseball; Norman Ross, swimming. So did any of those names sound familiar?? If so, do tell—only one jumped out at me.
May you find joy as you learn from history. ~Judy
P.S. Happy Valentine's Day to each of our faithful readers.
P.P.S. As to Tracie's challenge regarding our senior pictures: I honestly have no idea where I would find my senior picture. I know my old yearbooks "somewhere" and there's a framed picture "somewhere," but finding that picture would take far too much time and energy--even if it would give you all a chuckle.