Public invited to Great War lecture Nov. 15

Public invited to Great War lecture Nov. 15


The Department of Military History of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the CGSC Foundation at Fort Leavenworth invite the public to attend the 13th in a series of lectures intended to educate the public about World War I during its 100-year commemoration. – Dr.’s Sean N. Kalic and Gates Brown will present “The Russian Revolutions,” at the Stove Factory Ballroom in downtown Leavenworth, Kansas (417 S. 2nd Street), Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. Attendees are also invited to the reception that begins at 5:30 p.m.

In this 13th lecture in the series Kalic and Brown’s presentation will begin when Tsar Nicholas II took personal command of the Imperial Russian Army in 1915, hoping to salvage the military situation on the Eastern Front. His troops were suffering from a lack of supplies and leadership, but the issues at the front paled in comparison to the troubles at home. The twin collapses of Russian arms and Russian internal stability in 1916 and early 1917 destroyed both the tsarist state and the relatively moderate Provisional Government, as the Bolsheviks used conditions and events at the front to justify their seizure of power. Seeing the impacts of the Russian revolutions on the Russian army makes clear the vital connection between the home front and the front line.

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. The CGSC Department of Military History hosts the General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series with support from the CGSC Foundation. The lecture series is intended to foster understanding of this world-changing conflict during its 100-year commemoration.

The CGSC Foundation has received support for all Pershing lectures in academic year 2018 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as the national headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Kansas City, Missouri.

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