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Posted on Aug 19, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (19 August 2007)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. Navajo Code Talkers and the Dieppe Raid get top billings this week, along with this month’s edition of the Military History Carnival, and more. Clicks away!


Navajo Code Talkers to be honored during holiday – Farmington Daily Times

The more than 400 Code Talkers credited for aiding America’s cause from 1942 to 1945 will be honored Tuesday in the Navajo Nation’s first official Navajo Code Talker Day. The Nation has unofficially celebrated Aug. 14 since 1982, when President Ronald Reagan dedicated the day to the memory of the Code Talkers.


60-year mystery of VJ-day kiss at an end –

Over the years at least ten men have laid claim to be the one who planted the kiss on passing nurse Edith Shain on the VJ-day photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945 and made famous on the front cover of Life magazine.

Vet goes back to Dieppe – The Mississauga News

A Mississauga war veteran will be revisiting one of the most tragic events in Canadian military history when he travels to Dieppe, France as part of an official delegation remembering the Dieppe Raid’s 65th anniversary.

Park aims to define battle –

When the new visitor center and museum opens in April at the Gettysburg National Military Park, the experience of one of the most important battles in American history will enter the 21st century.

Scottish regiments set to lose battle honours – The Herald

The Army and the Ministry of Defence were yesterday accused of planning to cut the last of the "golden threads" which link Scotland’s five surviving Scottish infantry units to almost 400 years of military history.

Zombie U-Boat 33 Still Trying to Sink Ships in English Channel – Gizmodo

A German submarine from World War I is threatening to surface again after it sank 89 years ago. Unterseeboot 33 is lying in shallow waters directly below the world’s busiest shipping lane, and it is feared that, unless a salvage operation is launched, passing tankers, cargo and passenger ships could have an unwelcome run-in with the ghostly sub.

B-17 Flying Fortress to visit Oxford airport – The Connecticut Post Online

If you’re a history buff, not to mention a fan of vintage airplanes, you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with an aircraft vital to American military history next week at Waterbury-Oxford Airport.


The Dieppe Raid – BBC

Did lessons learnt in the disastrous Dieppe Raid of 1942 secure the success of the Normandy landings? Julian Thompson questions how useful the tactical blunders and senseless slaughter were in planning D-Day.

Blogs – Netcasts

Military History Carnival – American Presidents Blog

Welcome to the Military History Carnival! Thanks to everyone who submitted even though it is summer and I know the outdoors was calling you. I think there are some really interesting posts from this last month on some not-well-known military topics, so make sure to explore those as well as ones on the well-trod topics.

Andreas Baader – Military History Blog on the Web

Andreas Baader was probably one of the most famous terrorist leaders of the 1970s and is still well known today.

World War II: The Eastern Front – Military History

We continue our overview of World War II with a look at the fighting on the Eastern Front.

#26 – The Invasion Of Russia (Part III) – The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast

Recorded on Napoleon’s 238th birthday, we celebrate by making this our LONGEST show yet! 93 minutes of Napoleonic fun!

The Vietnam War from All Sides: Americans and Vietnamese Reflect on Their Mistakes and on Each Other – Military History Blog

The war in Vietnam fosters much debate in the United States. One of the debates is on how the belligerents prosecuted the war. Participants on all sides of the conflict present conflicting views on the waging of the Vietnam War, with some arguing that the war was altogether handled correctly, some arguing that parts of the conflict were handled well, while other parts were mismanaged, and others who argue that the war was completely mishandled.

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 Armchair General WebOps feed and get each link as its posted!

Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

Jim H. Moreno