April 21 1918: The Notorious Red Baron is Killed in Action

In the skies above the Somme River in France, The Red Baron is killed by Allied fire on April 21, 1918. The notorious ace-of-aces of the first world war had 80 air combat victories and was considered invincible. His name was Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen. Watch Real film footage of the Red Baron (Manfred…

How a Harlem Hellfighter spread the ‘Jazz Germ’ throughout Europe after WWI

In the afterglow of the armistice in 1918 that ended World War I, Europe, and particularly the city of Paris, exhibited a wild exuberance. In mid-January 1919, future civil rights pioneer and American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) officer Charles Hamilton Houston encapsulated the mood and sounds of European joy: “Paris is taken away with [jazz] and…

The Incredible War Pigeons of WWI That Saved American Lives.

World War I was one of the first great wars during the industrial revolution. From the introduction of airplanes to the use of tanks and railway guns on the battlefield, soldiers had to contend not only with each other but with the productions of the factory floor. Even the recent invention of the telephone made…