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

ACG WebOps (15 July 2007)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. In military history this week, the first Air Force Combat Action Medals are awarded, About.com ponders the military genius of Atilla the Hun, and I found a new blog that tells of World War 1 in a very personal way. Clicks away!

News

Military history lives online in Bruce County, Ont. – InterGovWorld.com

The experiences of Bruce County war veterans will be preserved for years due to a recent government funding grant to digitize its military collection.

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To bring WWII history to life, call in the cavalry – Independent

MIDDLETOWN – For Dr. William Anania, a podiatrist by profession, life is more than providing the community with medical care. It is also about recognizing and honoring American history, as he and the other members of the 102nd Cavalry Squadron World War II Reenactment Unit did Saturday at the Heath Farm.

New exhibit at Sackets Harbor battlefield – News 10 Now (video)

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. — There is a new exhibit at the battlefield in Sackets Harbor. The Red Barn exhibit features uniforms and military history during the War of 1812.

Hawken House to host Civil War-era encampment – Press Journal

The Hawken House in Webster Groves will be the setting for a Civil War-era, "living history" military encampment the weekend of July 14 and 15.

Fort Totten State Historic Site plans celebration of 140 years – Devils Lake Journal

The history of the Lake Region will come alive this weekend at the Fort Totten State Historical Site in celebration of the 140th anniversary of the fort.

Cutting open history: Public will be able to walk through LST’s bow doors – mlive.com

Work began Monday on the long-awaited cutting open of big landing doors in the bow of LST-393 — the same doors through which tanks rolled onto Omaha Beach during the D-day Invasion of June 6, 1944.

UNT military history professors available to comment on report on benchmarks for Iraq – University of North Texas News Service

Dr. Geoffrey Wawro, director of the University of North Texas Military History Center and the Major General Olinto Mark Barsanti Professor of Military History, said Bush describing the war in Iraq as “complex and extremely challenging” during the news conference was a euphemism for “an extremely intractable situation in Iraq that will require a long-term occupation by American troops to resolve the situation.”

History lives – Welland Tribune

History buffs and spectators at this weekend’s battle re-enactments in Niagara-on-the-Lake may think they are being pulled back and forth through time.

Two airmen enter military history – montgomeryadvertiser.com

Both Colon-Lopez and Peterson, who will graduate from the Air Force Senior NCO Academy on Tuesday at Maxwell Air Force Base Gunter Annex, were two of only six awarded the first Air Force Combat Action Medal. They were presented the award in a ceremony that took place last month at the Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Articles

Was Attila a Military Genius? – about.com: Ancient / Classical History

In 1948, when E.A. Thompson wrote The Huns, he took two idiosyncratic stances: One, that he would not take sides in the debate over the possible Chinese origins of the nomadic people commonly associated with the Fall of Rome. Two, that Attila was a diplomatic bungler and military leader whose victories only came when there was no real opposition.

Spartans and Messenians – about.com: Ancient / Classical History

In the eighth century B.C., Sparta needed more fertile land to support a booming population, so it decided to take over and use the fertile land of its neighbors, the Messenians. Inevitably, the result was war. The First Messenian War was fought between 700-680 or 690-670 B.C.

Announcements

Fort Drum continues history round table series July 17 – Fort Drum News Release

FORT DRUM – Military history buffs will meet at Fort Drum’s Heritage Center July 17 to discuss the recently released documentary "Fire and Ice," which details the Finnish defeat of Russian forces in 1940. The Finnish military’s use of light infantry tactics was an example when the U.S. Army formed the 10th Mountain Division in 1943.

Society for Military History at the Missouri Valley History Conference

The 2008 Missouri Valley History Conference will be held March 6-8 2008 in Omaha, NE.

Military re-enactment is this weekend at Crysler’s Farm, UCV

MORRISBURG (Staff) — The seventh annual military heritage re-enactment will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the grounds around Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial and Upper Canada Village.

Books – Movies – TV

On the Trail of Military Intelligence History: A Guide to the Washington, DC, Area (PDF; 2.57 MB) – Docuticker

Blogs – Netcasts

The British Empire (Part 1) – Military History Podcast

The British Empire is the largest (14.1 million square miles) and most populous (532 million people) empire in history. It is the reason why English is one of the world’s most important languages, why 1/3 of the world drives on the left, and why much of the world uses the parliamentary system. Another testament to its power is the fact that one of its former colonies, the United States of America, is the current hyperpower.

Unexpected Progress – Investigations of a Dog

It’s been a long time since I wrote anything about my First World War digitization projects, but I now have some progress to report: today I published an interim version of Sandall’s History of 5th Lincolnshire Regiment. It’s still a work in progress, and there’s a lot more to be done, but you can see it here. It’s just a plain HTML version (and not strictly valid HTML), and the whole text is on one page (at least it makes it easy to search the whole text with your browser’s Find feature!), there’s no name linkage yet, no page images online, and no mechanism for submitting corrections. However, even in this form it should be useful to people who are researching the battalion and can’t get hold of the original book. More details on what I’ve done and how I’ve done it below.

Civil War: War in the East, 1863-1865 – about.com: Military History

We wrap up our overview of the American Civil War with a look at the last two years of fighting in the Eastern theater.

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin’s letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written. To find out Harry’s fate, follow the blog!

Why Military History Matters – Blog The Out of the Stone Age

Michael Robbins, editor of Military History magazine, has kindly given me permission to reprint this article, which appeared in the May 2007 issue.

COMMEMORATIONS – Wales- World Nation

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones (Plaid cymru) will represent Wales at ceremonies around Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium on July 12 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Passchendaele.

This Week In Military/Aviation History: 9 – 15 July – Warbirds Online

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. If you just can’t wait until Sunday for the next WebOps, plug yourself into the new del.icio.us Armchair General WebOps feed and get each link as its posted!

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Jim H. Moreno

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