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Posted on Apr 15, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (14 April 2007)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. Vimy Ridge news continues this week in the wake of the anniversary, battlefield looters are being hunted in Virginia, and lists its top ten books on military conflicts. Clicks away!


As Canada marks iconic battle, its history is being forgotten –

As Canada marks the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a new survey shows that 59 per cent of Canadians do not even recognize the name of the iconic First World War clash.


Students visit Vimy soldier’s grave; Locals at ceremony today – Owen Sound Sun Times

At the military cemetery in Ecoivres, in northern France, a group of 45 students of Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute visited the grave of Lt. James Thompson Robb. It was part of a plan that began last fall as two history teachers at the school recruited researchers to learn more about the lives of former students of the school who saw action during the brief, bloody battle.

Private military museum finds new quarters and hopes to reopen July 4th – Stars & Stripes

The centerpiece of the exhibit will, if all goes right, be a room with dioramas depicting scenes from different eras, including the courtyard of a 1945 German farmhouse with a stuffed rooster that crows and a ceramic pig.

Crime against history? Feds charge 5 with digging in battlefields –

Five people have been charged with illegal relic-hunting at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and two pleaded guilty yesterday.

April declared Confederate History Month – The Shreveport Times

Following their predecessors’ examples, the mayors of Shreveport and Bossier City have joined the state of Louisiana in declaring April as Confederate History Month.

City celebrates 370th anniversary of nation’s oldest muster – Town Online

Amid its distinguished history, Salem is home to the origins of the Army National Guard, and this weekend the city will pay homage to its military past and present.


What Americans can learn from Herodotus – Spero News

Herodotus’ questions are still worth asking. They are, in particular, questions that Americans must pose to themselves. Is our heritage of political liberty and the rule of law a treasure worth fighting for?

British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 – 24-7 Family History Circle

Twenty years ago I spent a number of afternoons in a library sitting on the floor working my way through a set of the “War Graves of the British Empire.” I was looking for Corporal S.L. Nuttall, my maternal grandfather’s brother. I was new to genealogy; if there was a quicker way to find Corporal Nuttall, I did not know about it.

History buff collects tanks for the memories –

Welcome to Portola Valley. Home to horse ranches, bucolic orchards, genteel estates — and 220 monstrous machines of destruction.

Great-grandson’s search brings honor to veteran 90 years later –

APPLETON — Thanks to his great-grandson’s eighth-grade history project, Appleton native Elmer Edward Koerner posthumously received the Purple Heart he earned in battle almost 90 years ago.

Military collection may have home –

ABBEVILLE — Joey LeRouge has been trying for years to find a home for the big chunks of military history he has stashed throughout south Louisiana.

Books – Movies – TV

New Military History Book Honors Those Who Fought and Died on the Western Front in France and Flanders –

Author B. Cory Kilvert, Jr. examines the lives of British soldiers during WWI in "Comrades in Courage: The British Army in France and Flanders, 1914-1918."

Top 10 Books: Military – Specific Conflicts – about: Eurpoean History

This section presents books on specific battles and wars, as opposed to general military matters (found here). The volumes have been grouped according to subject matter, and consequently their place in the overall ‘top ten’ isn’t as important as their position relative to other books on the same conflict. Please note: World War One and the Napoleonic Wars have their own dedicated lists.

Blogs – Netcasts

Defense of the Pacific Northwest – Military History Podcast

Thoughts on Churchill – Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

The American Civil War Center at Tredegar – Touring the Museum – Touch the Elbow- Blogging the Civil War

WebOps is a weekly report linking to military history news and articles published in mainstream online media. Excerpts are taken exactly as they are on the noted source websites; quotation marks are not used. The hyperlinks are added by me as I can find them. Please visit the Armchair Forums to discuss the topics in WebOps and much more!

Front page thumbnail: Leonidas at Thermopylae, ca. 1814, by Jacques-Louis David

Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

Jim H. Moreno