It took a dedicated group in KC 90 (!!!!) years to get the money together to build the museum. And wow, is it worth the wait.
It is the only museum in the country for WW1. There is only
ONE vet left from The Great War. He is living in Virginia,
and is about 108. He, of course, was born in Missouri. :)
In a historical nutshell, the European countries fell apart
in their reign of monarchies
which started a chairn reaction
involving much of the industrial world.
Suffice it to say that Germany was a big player in the
pot-stirring. And the Russians.
Wow, I thought my tax bill was high.
To understand WW1 is to understand Trench Warfare.
You should read about it if you don't know, but it is
basically each side dug out hundreds of miles of trenches which
the soldiers LIVED in (open air mind you). It was a way
to secure their holdings and border lands.The term "No Man's Land" comes from the strip of land
in the middle of the trenches, the land that was sort of a buffer zone.
You should read these writings because they say it much better than I can.
This is abou the famous Zimmerman Telegraph.
The pot-stirring Germans invited Mexico to go up
against the UNINVOLVED United States in
exchange for some land in the southwest US so Mexico
could expand. America at this time was not in the war.
After the Brits intercepted this information,
America joined in.