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WAR ON COMMERCE 1915

WE REMEMBER THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT WAR - WORLD WAR I - WINTER 1915

Club Hours
Mon - Fri 1pm-1am
Sat - 11am-1am
Sun - 12pm-1am
Albert E. Johnson
VFW Post 1223
1505 West Center Avenue
Dilworth, MN 56529
218-233-6100
Bingo Hotline
218-233-4786
Post Leadership
Commander - Joe Butler
Sr. Vice - Ray Pizarro
Jr. Vice - MK Lentz
Adjutant - Ron Gregor
Quartermaster - John Lopez
Chaplain - Roger Christopherson
House Cmte - Dennis Bushy
Gambling Manager
Dan Hunt
Ladies Auxiliary
President - Joann Lien
Sr. Vice - Arlene hagen
Jr. Vice - Bonnie Christopherson
Treasurer - Cindy Erickson
Cancer Chair - Cindy Erickson
701-371-2760
Jr. Girls Auxiliary
President - McKenzie Bekaen
Advisor - Karen Haugen
Mens Auxiliary
President - Troy Winter

Unrestricted submarine warfare announced by Germany in response to British Naval blockade.


By early 1915, all the combatants had lost the illusion that the war could be won quickly, and began to consider
harsher measures in order to gain an advantage.
The British, with their overwhelming sea power, had established a naval blockade of Germany immediately
on the outbreak of war in August 1914, and in early November 1914 declared it to be a War Zone, with any
ships entering the North Sea doing so at their own risk. The blockade was unusually restrictive in that even
foodstuffs were considered "contraband of war". The Germans regarded this as a blatant attempt to starve
the German people into submission and wanted to retaliate in kind, and in fact the severity of the British
blockade did not go over well in America, either.
Germany could not possibly deal with British naval strength on an even basis, and the only possible way
Germany could impose a blockade on Britain was through the U-boat. The German Chancellor, Theobald
von Bethmann Hollweg, felt that such a submarine blockade, based on "shoot without warning", would
antagonise the United States and other neutrals. However, he was unable to hold back the pressures for taking
such a step.
In response to the British declaration in November 1914 that the entire North Sea was now a War Zone,
on 4 February 1915 Admiral Hugo von Pohl, commander of the German High Seas Fleet, published a
warning in theDeutscher Reichsanzeiger (Imperial German Gazette):
(1) The waters around Great Britain and Ireland, including the whole of the English Channel, are hereby
declared to be a War Zone. From February 18 onwards every enemy merchant vessel encountered in this
zone will be destroyed, nor will it always be possible to avert the danger thereby threatened to the crew and
passengers.
(2) Neutral vessels also will run a risk in the War Zone, because in view of the hazards of sea warfare and the
British authorization of January 31 of the misuse of neutral flags, it may not always be possible to prevent
attacks on enemy ships from harming neutral ships.
In time, this would bring non-European nations (such as Brazil and the United States) into the war.
The German U-boat force was now primarily based at Ostend in Belgium, giving the submarines better
access to the sea lanes around England. The Germans made use of this advantage, sending out about 20 Uboats to begin the naval blockade. In January, before the declaration of "unrestricted submarine warfare" as
the submarine blockade was called, 43,550 tonnes of shipping had been sunk by U-boats. The number of
sinkings then steadily increased, with 168,200 tonnes going down in August. Attacking without warning,
German U-Boats sank nearly 100,000 GRT per month, an average of 1.9 ships daily.
On 10 April 1915 the British steamer Harpalyce, a Belgian relief ship and clearly marked as such, was
torpedoed without warning by SM UB-4 near the North Hinder lightship, just outside the strip of sea declared
safe by von Pohl. The ship had been en route for America to collect food for starving Belgians, and its sinking
outraged American citizens already unhappy at the death of Leon C. Thrasher, drowned when the SS Falaba
was sunk on 28 March 1915 by U-28 (Thrasher incident). Excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uboat_Campaign_(World_War_I)#1915:_War_on_commerce

VFW POST 1223 NEWS January March 2015


FromTomFigliuzziVeteransService
OfficerofClayCounty
VSOReportJanuary2015

MensAuxiliary

I have sent out follow up letters to the


various Posts and Chapters in Clay County,
regarding our request for a commitment to
the Veterans Gap Fund, and so far with the
exception of the DAV, & The American
Legion Barnesville, I have not heard of any
response.Thisisacriticalprogram,andone
that has been briefed to the leaders of the
Clay Countys various Posts, and we would
surelyhopefortheneededsupporttoit.

Abitofnotsogoodnews.Aspredictedwith
the VAs action of creating Fully Developed
Claims(FDC),thishascreatedthereduction
in the claims backlog that was once at a
feverish pitch in the media; but what has
happened is that most of those FDC claims
arebeingdenied.Ispoketothislastyearat
the US Senatorial Frankens roundtable. I
warned that it would create a system of
denials. Now what has happened; is that
those who are being denied are appealing
anditnowhascreatedabacklogofappeals
that was far worse than the backlog of
claims.

TheCassCountyVeteransServiceOfficerhas
beenannounced,heisDanThorstad.Hehas
alotofVeteransworkexperience.

Our front receptionist/admin person has


been away for a few days, and I want to
thankourwonderfulvolunteersthatcamein
anddonatedtheirtimetohelpusoutduring
thattime.

I especially want to Thank, Bonnie


Christopherson, Joann Lien, and the Ladies
Auxiliary of the VFW Post in Dilworth;
becauseoftheirworkandtheirsupportand
theircontributions;theyhavebroughtTVto
our waiting veterans & their families. The
veterans seem much happier waiting in our
areahavingsomethingtowatch.ThankYOU
Ladies!!!!!

As always; thank you all for your continued


support.

Greetings:

Wearegettingdeepintothe
Winterseason,butwiththat
it also means Spring is just
thatmuchcloser.Comingup
on February 21st, we will be
supporting the Fargo Air
Force Junior ROTC with a
pancake breakfast with all
money going towards their
needs. If you can help out,
we will take it. The last
breakfastwehelpedwithwe
served over 300 people in 3
hours!Thankyoutoallthat
came out and supported
them!
With the new year also
comestheinitialplanningfor
Mens Auxiliary Day and the
Cowboy Up Kickoff in May.
As always we will need
volunteers, auction items,
and people to get donations
toward this great cause.
There will be more to come
inthenextletter.
As always, please keep our
service members and their
familiesinyourthoughtsand
prayers, shake a Veterans
handwhengiventhechance,
and always remember our
freedom comes from their
sacrifices.

RespectfullySubmitted,

TroyD.Winter
Post 1223 Mens Auxiliary
President

ALBERT E. JOHNSON
ENTERS PINEWOOD DERBY!
Fargo, ND January 29, 2015
Albert E. Johnson has thrown
down the gauntlet and entered the
2015 Pinewood Derby at Post
762 in Fargo. The Derby will be
held on February 28, 2015.
The Official Weigh-In is at 12
noon and the races begin at 1pm.
When asked what his expected
outcome would be all he could
say was Well do it.
Competition is expected to be
fearsome with many racers being
professionals.
___________________________

Valentines Prime Rib


This year the Club is having
Prime Rib on Valentines Day
from 4-8pm. The cost is $25 for
each couple and $15 for
individuals.
Make your reservations now!!
The places are going fast..
218-233-6100

St. Patricks Day


Corned Beef & Cabbage
$6
Dont miss out on this one!

TURKS FAIL TO CAPTURE SUEZ CANAL

Feb. 2, 1915, Egypt


"The main army of the Turks, which had
now dwindled to 12,000 men, arrived at
the canal on February 2d. A skirmish near
Ismailia Ferry was suddenly terminated
by a violent sandstorm. After nightfall,
however, the Turkish Army hauled some
30 pontoon boats to the banks of the canal
at Toussoun, 12 miles below Ismailia, and
attempted to cross. The British troops
opened fire with maxim guns, which took
a heavy toll in lives. The Turks brought
several batteries of field guns into action,
but failed to silence the British batteries."
*
A Turkish army of 65,000 men advanced
from Constantinople to the Sinai Peninsula
to seize the Suez Canal from the British.
Before its arrival, and after a November
21, 1914 skirmish between the British and
2,000 Bedouins, the British had enhanced
their defenses of the canal, in part by
breaking through the canal dyke to flood
the desert to the east. British gunships
and French warships patrolled the Bitter
Lakes and flooded land through and along
which which the canal ran. The Turkish
force had been significantly diminished
by the time it reached the canal.
* King's Complete History of the World
War by W.C. King, page 139, copyright
1922, by W.C. King, publication date: 1922
Coutesy of:
www.wwitoday.com
Troop ships on the Suez Canal

RUSSIANS ROUTED ON EASTERN FRONT

RUSSIAN LOSSES ESTIMATED AT 200,000


OUT OF 220,000 SOLDIERS
RUSSIANS HOLD ON TO LAST MAN

Hindenburg would personally lead the northern offensive in the area


of the Masurian Lakes (site of the 1914 Battle of the Masurian Lakes).
General Alexander von Linsingen would lead an attack against the
Russians in the Carpathians aimed at Lemberg, and further south
General Borojevic von Bojna would attempt to relieve the besieged
fortress at Przemysl.
Hindenburg had available for the northern offensive the German Eighth
Army, commanded by Otto von Below. A newly created force, the German
Tenth Army, commanded by Colonel-General Hermann von Eichhorn
was also being sent to the east. Facing Hindenburg was General Sievers'
Russian Tenth Army in the area of the Masurian Lakes. To the south
along the Russian line near the Masurian Lakes was the Russian Twelfth
Army under Pavel Plehve.
On the February 7, in the middle of a snowstorm, Below's Eighth Army
launched a surprise attack against Sievers and advanced 70 miles within
the week, inflicting severe casualties on the Russians. The Russian
withdrawal was disorderly and many of them were taken prisoner. The
greatest loss came when the Russian 20th Army Corps, under General
Bulgakov, had become surrounded by the German Tenth Army in the
Augustow Forest. On February 21 the entire corps surrendered.
Even though the Russians had lost an entire corps, its heroic stand had
enabled the rest of the Russian Tenth Army to form a new defensive
position. On February 22, the next day, Plehve's Russian Twelfth Army
counterattacked and checked the German advance. The counterattack
ended any further German advances and brought the battle to an end.
The Second Battle of Masurian Lakes ended the German offensive in
the north. The Russians had suffered severe losses of soldiers and
ground, but they had prevented the Germans from advancing far into
Russia. Germany had also failed to come close to knocking Russia out
of the war.
Further south, Alexander von Linsingen's offensive had failed with
severe losses, and the fortress at Przemysl had been forced to surrender
to the Russians. Overall the Austro-HungarianGerman offensive of
1915 had failed to achieve its major objectives. The German high
command ended operations in which Germans operated as an independent
force, supporting Austrian campaigns in the south. From this point
onwards in the war, Germany and Austria-Hungary functioned under
joint operations on the Eastern Front. Courtesy of:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_the_Masurian_Lakes

VFW POST 1223


1505 Center Avenue West
Dilworth, MN 56529

NON-PROFIT ORG.

RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED

Moorhead, MN

U.S. POSTAGE
PAID
Permit No. 371

German U-Boats in Port World War I

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST #1223, LADIES & MEN'S AUXILIARY


February 2015
SUNDAY

MONDAY
1

TUESDAY
2

WEDNESDAY
3

BURGER NIGHT

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.

Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

4-6:00 p.m.

5 - 7:30 p.m.
Ladies Aux. Meeting
6:00pm

THURSDAY
4

Bingo - 2:00

Special Cod Dinner


$ 7.25

FRIDAY
5

Bingo - 2:00
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50

Special 8 0z. Steak Dinner

Groundhog Day

Bingo 1:30 & 5:00


8

Bingo - 6:00
9

10

BURGER NIGHT

Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

4-6:00 p.m.

Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

5 - 7:30 p.m.
Bingo - 2:00
Jr. Girls 12:30 p.m.
POST MEETING
8:00pm
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
15

16

17

BURGER NIGHT
Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.
5 - 7:30 p.m.

Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

4-6:00 p.m.

Bingo - 2:00
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Special Cod Dinner
Men's Aux. Meeting
$ 7.25
7:00pm
Special 8 0z. Steak Dinner
Bingo - 6:00
$ 8.50
18
19
Bingo - 2:00
Supper Club
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo - 2:00
Special 8 0z. Steak Dinner
$ 8.50

Bingo - 6:00
22

23

24

25

Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.


5 - 7:30 p.m.

4-6:00 p.m.

Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50
Bingo @ 6:30
KARAOKE

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo - 2:00

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo @ 6:30
KARAOKE

Special Cod Dinner


$ 7.25

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo - 6:00

$ 8.50

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo - 2:00

Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.


14
$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00
VALENTINE'S DAY
PRIME RIB
$25 PER COUPLE
$15 FOR INDIVIDUAL

Bingo 1:30 & 5:00


Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.
21
$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00
Open grill 11-2:30 p.m.
Supper Club
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner
$ 6.50
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.
27
28
$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00
Open grill 11-2:30 p.m.
Supper Club
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner
$ 6.50
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.
20

26

BURGER NIGHT
Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

13
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50

Special Cod Dinner


$ 7.25
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00

Bingo @ 6:30

12

$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00


Open grill 11-2:30 p.m.
Supper Club
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner
$ 6.50
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00

KARAOKE

$ 8.50
11

SATURDAY
6

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50
Bingo @ 6:30
KARAOKE

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST #1223, LADIES & MEN'S AUXILIARY


March 2015
SUNDAY

MONDAY
1

TUESDAY
2

WEDNESDAY
3

BURGER NIGHT

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.

Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

4-6:00 p.m.

THURSDAY
4

5 - 7:30 p.m.
Bingo - 2:00

Special Cod Dinner


$ 7.25

Ladies Aux. Meeting


6:00pm

Bingo 1:30 & 5:00


8

Bingo - 6:00
9

10

11

4-6:00 p.m.

Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.

Bingo - 2:00
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50

Special 8 0z. Steak Dinner


$ 8.50
12

Bingo @ 6:30
KARAOKE

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

5 - 7:30 p.m.
Bingo - 2:00
Jr. Girls 12:30 p.m.
POST MEETING
8:00pm
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
15

Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

16

17

BURGER NIGHT

St. Patrick's Day

5 - 7:30 p.m.

CORNED BEEF
& CABBAGE
$6
St. Patrick's Day
Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.
Bingo - 2:00

4-6:00 p.m.

Bingo 1:30 & 5:00


22

23

Bingo - 2:00
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Special Cod Dinner
Men's Aux. Meeting
$ 7.25
7:00pm
Special 8 0z. Steak Dinner
Bingo - 6:00
$ 8.50
18
19
Bingo - 2:00
Supper Club
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Special 8 0z. Steak Dinner


$ 8.50

Bingo - 6:00
24

25

Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.


5 - 7:30 p.m.

4-6:00 p.m.

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo - 2:00

Special Cod Dinner


$ 7.25

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo - 6:00

$ 8.50

Bingo - 2:00

29

30

Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50
Bingo @ 6:30
KARAOKE
Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bingo @ 6:30
KARAOKE

26

BURGER NIGHT
Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50

Special Cod Dinner


$ 7.25

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Walleye Dinner
$ 10.50
Bingo @ 6:30
KARAOKE

31

BURGER NIGHT

Tacos 1- 7:00 p.m.

5 - 7:30 p.m.

Bingo - 2:00

SATURDAY
6

Supper Club
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

BURGER NIGHT

Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

Open grill 12-2:30 p.m.

FRIDAY
5

4-6:00 p.m.
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00

VFW Supper Club Wednesday - Friday 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Saturday 4:00-8:00 p.m.

VALENTINE'S DAY
PRIME RIB SPECIAL
$25/Couple $15/Indivdual
Make your reservation NOW
218-233-4786

St. Patrick's DAY


Corned Beef & Cabbage
$6
Dilworth VFW Post 1223
218-233-4786

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$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00


Open grill 11-2:30 p.m.
Supper Club
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner
$ 6.50
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.
13
14
$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00
Open grill 11-2:30 p.m.
Supper Club
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner
$ 6.50
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.
20
21
$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00
Open grill 11-2:30 p.m.
Supper Club
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner
$ 6.50
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.
27
28
$2.00 CHILI @ 11:00
Open grill 11-2:30 p.m.
Supper Club
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner
$ 6.50
Bingo 1:30 & 5:00
Live Trivia 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Post News February & March 2015


Comrades,

Dear Auxiliary Sisters,

Junior Girls News

Winter is half way done and


it has been a nice one. I
hope all are staying warm
and comfortable. I know we
are at the post because we
just put three brand new
heating/cooling units on our
roof.
Weve had some
issues with the old units
throughout the summer and
into the winter, but now that
problem is behind us. We
have a few things coming
up on the radar; Valentines
day we will be serving
prime rib (see the add in
this circular for details), the
state
Bantam
Hockey
Tournament will be held
March 27th-29th, we will
be doing corned beef and
cabbage for St. Patricks
Day (also see the add), and
May 4, 2013 is the 4th
Annual Cruising For The
Cure Motorcycle Run. I
hope you can join us for
these fun events or stop by
the club and say hi.

Hope everyone had a great Holiday.


Last year was a great year and we look
forward to another good one. A lot of
you showed up for the Christmas party
this year. We had a short meeting and
then played games with prizes and a
potluck; it was nice to see so many
faces there.
The Post and Auxiliary has the Mid
Winter conference in Minneapolis.
These meetings are always very
informative.
The
Junior
Girls
Auxiliary will be joining us again this
year. They made crafts that they will
be selling after the convention to fund
some of their expenses on helping the
local Veterans.
Our membership is steadily going
down so if you know of anyone that
would like to join please have them
contact us and we can give them some
information on what we do. The
Auxiliary is a great way to give back
to our local Veterans and we have
shown our commitment to them this
past year. We are always open for
suggestions on any ideas you may
have to improve the lives of our
Veterans and invite you to join us in
our meetings which are the first
Mondays of every month at 6:00 PM.
Just as a reminder your 2015 Dues
should be turned in and if you have not
you should have received a reminder
in the mail with a stamped returned
envelope for your convenience. If you
have any questions on this please
contact me at 701-388-1563.
Thank you and can't to see what the
New Year bring.

The Jr Girls have been busy.


They have been up to the Fargo
VA to help the ladies of 1223
with bingo the last two months
and they helped the VFWLA of
District 9 with bingo on Jan. 1st.
For Christmas they came in and
baked and decorated sugar
cookies and made Christmas
decorations for all the patients at
the Fargo VA.
This Friday we head to
Minneapolis for the VFW MidWinter conference. Five of the
Jr Girls are planning to come.
This is a great time for them to
meet the members of the other
units around the state. They
share ideas, laugh together and
have some fun. They met some
of the girls two years ago at
camp, and they continue to be
friends and look forward to the
opportunity to get together.
The Girls made a very nice
Poppy Display that went to the
last District meeting and will be
going to Mid-Winter to compete
in the contest.
It is titled
Remember the Forgotten, be
sure to look for it at the club, it
will be down there in a couple of
weeks.
If you know any one that would
be interested in joining the Unit,
please give them my phone
number.

Thank you,
Joe Butler, Commander

Sincerely,
Joann Lien, President

Karen Haugen, Advisor


701.367.1518