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Smithsonian Channel special honors WWI centennial

The Smithsonian Channel is marking the 100th anniversary of WWI with the one-off special Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI. The Lone Wolf Media-produced special features Texas trauma surgeon, explorer and photographer Jeff ...
February 24, 2017

The Smithsonian Channel is marking the 100th anniversary of WWI with the one-off special Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI.

The Lone Wolf Media-produced special features Texas trauma surgeon, explorer and photographer Jeff Gusky, who has discovered an underground city beneath a French wheat field. Uncovered in this hidden world are carvings on limestone walls, including names, images and inscriptions, inscribed by American soldiers who took refuge there during World War I.

During the hour-long film, Gusky attempts to identify these forgotten shoulders in a journey that takes him from the underground caves and battlefields of France back to New England, where he tracks down some of the soldiers’ descendants.

Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI was directed and executive produced by Lone Wolf’s Kirk Wolfinger. Jeff Gusky and Jonathan Wickham produced. Charles Poe and David Royle are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

A large selection of Gusky’s photos of the stone carvings will be on display in the exhibition “Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War,” at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which opens April 6.

Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI will air on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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