Road trip: Remembering World War I, at Ringwood Manor

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By Jeff Sovelove

The Great War came to Ringwood Manor on Sunday, with re-enactors and demonstrations galore.  

An early American gas mask, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
An early American gas mask, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Today, there’s not much that marks the remembrance of World War I.  To remedy that, numerous artifacts were displayed, everything from a collection of German dress helmets to gas masks to a working Triumph 1917 military motorcycle.  

Historical balladeer Linda Russell & Company treated the crowd to a wide selection of music from popular songs of the period, including a George M. Cohan medley.  

There also was a lecture on how the early gas attacks were made and used by all sides in the conflict.  

Sam Sovelove, grandfather of Morristown Green photographer Jeff Sovelove.
Sam Sovelove, grandfather of Morristown Green photographer Jeff Sovelove.

The first crude gas masks were simply cloths soaked in urine (the ammonia neutralized the chlorine in the gas), then progressed to full head masks and then to the canister gas masks that we think of today.  

On a personal note, I found it fascinating since my grandfather, Sam Sovelove, fought in WWI as a lieutenant in the American Expeditionary Force.

 

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:

An early British gas mask and goggles, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Keith Allen in a German general's uniform and Fritz Baer, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
John Illenys with his 1917 Triumph military motorcycle. The paint is all original and it's in perfect running condition, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
German dress helmet, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
An Edison Gramophone of the US Army plays wax cylinders at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A typical medical kit, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
John Illenys with an early stethoscope, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A WWI gas mask kit with "Hell, Heaven, or Hoboken" written on it, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The nurses station, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Linda Russell & Company at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A German canister gas mask, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
British re-enactors, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A photo of a WWI veteran. Each member of Linda Russell & Company has an ancestor who fought in the war. From the Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Sam Sovelove, grandfather of Morristown Green photographer Jeff Sovelove.
Fritz Baer in uniform with his Mauser Model 1898 rifle. This is considered to be the first modern rifle used in warfare. From Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A German stick grenade, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
German dress helmet, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fritz Baer of Connecticut shows off his collection of German dress helmets, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Union Jack waves in the wind, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
John Illenys with his 1917 Triumph military motorcycle, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The crowd listening to Linda Russell & Company, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
An Edison Gramophone of the US Army plays wax cylinders at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
An early American gas mask, at Great War re-enactment at Ringwood Manor, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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