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Posted on Oct 22, 2006 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (15-21 October 2006)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s first website column! Here you’ll find an array of links relative to military history news, articles, websites, and more. What does a food machinery corporation have to do with military history? Looking for the next Antony Beevor book? Shall we play a game? Find out the answers and more in this weeks’ headlines. Clicks away!


The U.S. Air Force has finally joined the rest of the American Armed Forces with the recent dedication of the $30 million Air Force Memorial.

Air Force Memorial Unveiled at the Pentagon – NPR (audio)


This post over on The History Channel forums brings news of the finding of an authentic letter that details an account of the "famous Christmas Day truce of 1914 when guns fell silent along the Western Front".

Letter documenting historic ‘WWI Christmas truce football match’ found – History Channel

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, the Cold War era strategic war room made famous to many of us in the 1983 movie "War Games", is closing down major operations and being put on ‘standby’ mode. Think there’s time for one more game of chess?

War room underneath Colorado mountain is being consigned to history’s dustbin –

Cheyenne Mountain Directorate

The remains of Lubbock, Texas native 1st Lt. James L. Hull, U.S. Air Force, have been found and will finally be returning home.

DOD Identifies Remains of Pilot –

The Napoleonic Wars is the theme of the inaugural Gunther E. Rothenberg Seminar in Military History, scheduled for November 3 & 4 on the campus of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.

HPU Hosts Seminar on The Napoleonic Wars – High Point University Campus News

The Gunther E. Rothenberg Seminar in Military History

Two U.S. Douglas Torpedo Bomber Devastators (TBDs), sunken off the Marshall Islands since World War II, are being surveyed for future hopes of recovery.

Navy Divers Survey WWII Aircraft –

TBD Devastator Torpedo Bomber

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has recently added a Royal Air Force British Bristol Beaufighter to their grand collection.

Museum adds British Bristol Beaufighter –

Bristol Beaufighter

Bronx, New York native Capt. Joseph O’Brien is receiving the Navy Cross for his actions while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Veteran Receives Navy Cross –

This story hearkens back to the day when castle builders created their fortresses almost by hand, using only very basic tools. did you know one of those years included 1996? That’s when Michel Guyot began building his very own castle near Triegny, France.

Stone by stone – Salt Lake Tribune

"Archaeologists found the remains of a ship from the Viking Age on Tuesday, in a burial mound on a farm outside the coastal city of Larvik." Just another reason I should’ve become an archaeologist.

Viking ship found in Larvik –

"Earthquake McGoon" is coming home.

Legendary pilot ‘Earthquake McGoon’ heads home –

Familiar with the Malaya Emergency? Nor was I, until after this news story about veterans going back to that battlefield.

Secret history of a forgotten war – BBC News

Malayan Emergency 1950 – 1960

The mystery of what to the HMAS Sydney II in November 1941 seems to be as deep as the ocean that probably claimed her with the finding of this possible new clue.

Bullet in skull deepens WWII ship mystery – Reuters


Gurmeet Kanwal, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi, earlier posted this article rebutting the military historical account of ‘Operation Badr’, written by General Pervez Musharraf in his book, "In the Line of Fire".

Musharraf’s shoddy attempt to rewrite military history – Telugu Portal

Max Boot penned this next article, where he claims and explains the what and why about four "major shifts in military tactics and technology since 1500".

Surviving a Revolution in Military Affairs –

Another article here concerned about the gross lack of military history not being taught to our young, and why it should be rectified.

Military Scholar Finds Americans Woefully Ignorant of History, Geography – Agape Press

This next article lays out the case for why the old Food Machinery Corporation should have it’s own museum. Hold on, there is military history in here, there is!

Cassidy: Valley icon FMC deserves own museum –

M106/M125/M1064A3 Mortar


"South Shore Military History Roundtable will present a Southeastern Massachusetts Military History Symposium on the USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove in Fall River Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m."

Military History Roundtable presents symposium – (Massachusetts, USA)

Books & Movies

Here’s a good look at the history behind the upcoming Clint Eastwood film, "Flags of our Fathers".

Reliving history: Eastwood movie tells stories of Iwo Jima flag raisers, including area man – Altoona Mirror

The author of this article writes about a lunch/interview with military historian Antony Beevor to talk about his newest book, The Battle for Spain.

Lunch with the FT: War and peacefulness –

Antony Beevor


Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

Jim H. Moreno

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