Glimpses From The Great War

Glimpses From The Great War, a film documentary about two Soldiers who served with the Ohio National Guard during World War I, has been honored three times in international film competitions. It was an Official Selection, presented the Award of Excellence by the Delaware-based Short, Tight & Loose Global Film Festival Competition. It won a Bronze Award in the Spotlight Documentary Awards, in Atlanta, GA. In the IndieFEST Film Awards in La Jolla, CA, it earned an Award of Recognition. The 37th DVA is pleased to congratulate member Jim Nowak on these accomplishments in the very competitive documentary category.

Glimpses From The Great War follows two doughboys (as American Soldiers were called back then), of the Ohio National Guard’s 37th “Buckeye” Division. Privates Howard Sweet and Bill Claus served in the 135th Field Artillery from 1917 to 1919 starting from Toledo, OH, and ending up in France as part of the biggest and deadliest single battle America has ever fought to this day.

Jim produced and directed this 53-minute film, which is dedicated to the 37th DVA 100th Anniversary. He has worked in the television industry for over 40 years. His many awards include a regional Emmy™ plus 6 nominations and several Telly™ Awards. He also currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ohio Military Reserve.

As a thank you to 37th DVA members and in memory of the 37th ID’s fallen combat veterans, a FREE FILM PREMIERE was available January-March 2021. Glimpses From The Great War is now available to stream on for $3.99.

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