American born Lambert apparently went to Canada in late 1915 and tried to enlist, but instead became a chemist making explosives in a factory. Before the U.S. declared war, Lambert sought to join the British Royal Flying Corps that was recruiting in Toronto. He was accepted in June 1917 and received only four rather than the standard six to eight weeks of basic training. Wilson speculates that it was shortened due to the heavy losses suffered by the RFC during “Bloody April” of 1917. Surprisingly, he was sent home to Ohio for a brief visit before being sent overseas.
Lambert flew old Avros and the single-seat Sopwith Pup (“one of the nicest machines that any pilot could want”). He disliked the Sopwith Camel, and enjoyed the SPAD although “it would fall like a brick.” Lambert scored his 22 aerial kills flying the S.E.5a in No. 24 Squadron starting in March 1918. A nervous breakdown in August ended his WW1 career.
Wilson’s book is well written, entertaining, and covers Lambert’s post-WW1 experiences without ignoring his caustic personality. Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI
The Gold Star Mother Pilgramages of the 1930s: Overseas Grave Visitations By Mothers And Widows of Fallen U.S. World War I Soldiers by John W. Graham ISBN: 078642138X Published byMcFarland & Company on May 1st 2005 Pages: 229
Len's Summary: Between 1930 and 1930 the US Government paid the travel expenses of over six thousand Gold Star wives and mothers to visit their son's and husband's graves in England, France and Flanders. See the section on videos for a recent video on this subject.
Len's Summary: Written as an official history in 1927 by Marine Captain, author and artist John Thomason (Fix Bayonets!), who served in combat with the division's Fourth Marine Brigade. Thomason left the project incomplete after discovering unflattering facts about combat decisions taken by divisional officers. Includes original illustrations prepared by Thomason and a brief biographical sketches of the author and of the division written by the editor, George Clark, himself a Marine and published author who is a WFA member.
Len's Summary: Follows the Second Division through major AEF campaigns including Second Marne, Soissons, Blanc Mont and the Meuse-Argonne. Clark authored an earlier history of the Marine component of this division.
Len's Summary: How and why wireless voice communications failed to fulfill its promise as a break-through military tool. Larry Lyons is an electrical engineer who spoke on this subject at the 2009 WFA Florida Chapter seminar.
Len's Summary: Novelist Edith Wharton, Mrs. W K. Vanderbilt and other American expatriate socialites, adventurers as well as diplomats, soldiers, journalists, and relief workers among others write of their experiences on both sides of the lines. A different slant on the war by two new members of WWHA.
On Saturday March 12 the WW1HA hosted its first ever online quiz night. This was a fun way to get geographically distant members together virtually. We are considering doing this a few times a year.
The next issue of World War One Illustrated (WWOI) will be printed shortly. Members/subscribers should receive their printed issue in the next month or so.
Members are encouraged to participate in the monthly online seminars hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter; and we plan to announce a gathering of WW1HA members at the National World War I Museum’s Fall 2022 symposium. Stay tuned!
Do you have a special interest or knowledge regarding a WW1 topic? Consider sharing your knowledge by writing an article for WWOI or a shorter blog post (500 – 1,000 words) for the WW1HA Facebook page. Talk to Editor Ed Klekowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Charles Van Way (email@example.com) for more details.
Finally, you can always reach out to me with your thoughts or questions.