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Posted on Mar 20, 2005 in Armchair Reading

WebOps (March 2005)

Jim H. Moreno

This month’s WebOps column links you to some of the best current websites matching some of the topics in the May 2005 issue of Armchair General. After you have read through the magazine, use the following links to find more information about Charles W. Fox, ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne, the death of Adolf Hitler, and more.

The first topic linked to here comes from the Mailbag section, from a question about the American Revolutionary War hero, Brigadier General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. The General Anthony Wayne Society webpage is where we start, because this conveniently leads to two sites with further information on Brig. Gen. ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne.

The General Anthony Wayne Society page is hosted at the website of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which houses more American Revolutionary War information under the Historic header drop-down menu.

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The Valley Forge link takes you to USHistory.org, where, inside the Historic Valley Forge section, in a sub-section called Who Served Here at Valley Forge?, you’ll finally come to a detailed General Anthony Wayne bio. The bio is abridged from an article by Charles William Heathcoate, Ph.D., The Picket Post, Valley Forge Historical Society; July 1954. Following that is a list of suggested additional reading for serious Gen. ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne fans. Take some time and back up your browser through the rest of the Historic Valley Forge section, as there is a lot more American Revolutionary War material found through other links.

Back at the Society page, clicking on the Legion Ville Historical Society link will take you to their Anthony Wayne – AN AMERICAN MILITARY GENIUS page. Like the former site, this one mainly tells about the life of Gen. Wayne in text format, with important related items hyperlinked throughout. Down at the bottom of that page are two notable links. One leads to a photo and description of General Anthony Wayne’s Camp Bed, and the other leads to The Anthony Wayne Virtual Picture Gallery. There are more hyperlinks from these sites, and should garner enough information for anyone interested in old ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne.

"Charley Fox is probably the guy that fired on Rommel’s car" is the statement by Canadian historian Michel Lavigne found in the Dispatches article about just exactly who was the pilot of the fighter plane that fired on the Desert Fox’s staff car on 17 July 1944.

Dodging sites about Vice Admiral Charles W. Fox, USN, Army Brigadier General Charles W. Fox, commanding general of Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, and Charles W. Fox, the Associate Professor of the Entomology Department at the University of Kentucky, I managed to locate a correct site dedicated to the Canadian Spitfire ace Charley Fox at the Spitfire Emporium website.This page includes a brief bio about Fox, and at the bottom of the page, two links appear to the stories about Fox’s attack on the staff car, and another tale called ‘The Last Patrol’.

Another special mention from the Dispatches section I include here is about Lend-Lease programs. Following are sites pertaining to various Lend-Lease agreements by the U.S. during WWII: An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States (March 11, 1941) Preliminary Agreement Between the United States and the United Kingdom, February 23, 1942 U.S. Statement on Lend-Lease Agreement with France (February 28, 1945) Military Aid to the USSR

A third and final topic from the Dispatches section (and the Photo Recon page, pg. 100) concerns The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Specifically, as stated in the story on page 18, "the only German submarine captured by the United States during the Second World War." The U-505 Type IXc U-boat webpage is I think very interesting to navigate through. The Museum’s webmaster used a groovy method for webpage visitors to take a Photo Tour of U-505. Don’t miss the Quicktime movies in the VR Tour section. The History tab tells the story of U-505 from 1940 to 1996. The final section here covers the Museum’s efforts to open the new 35,000-square-foot U-505 exhibit this Spring.

It was only last month that I was asked by a fellow friend what exactly happened to Hitler. How did he die, and where is he buried? I recently gave him a call and directed him to this month’s ACG story on page 30, "Where’s Adolf?". Along with the story, I passed along the following website: Adolf Hitler’s Death. On this subject, one must be careful about stepping over the boundary into the realm of conspiracy theories, and such websites proliferate the Internet. This section at CoverUps.com is the best I could find at presenting stories from varying viewpoints, as well as being brave enough to present their own perspective in a conclusion that is quite different from Jerry Morelock’s ACG article.

The EyeWitness to History website has an excellent account of the The Forced Suicide of Field Marshall Rommel, in the words of Rommel’s son, Manfred.

The Battle of the Bulge is probably one of the best-covered World War II subjects on the Internet. I was still did not find a website that was similar to the Walk Where They Fought article about Clarke at St. Vith (pgs. 58-69). I think ACG may have the corner on that market. Instead, allow me to bring you these three excellent Battle of the Bulge overview websites: World War II Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge The Battle of the Bulge, The Ardennes Offensive: Dec. 16, 1944 – Jan. 25, 1945 THE ARDENNES: BATTLE OF THE BULGE

This month’s What Next General section hearkens back to 17th century England, when the turmoil of civil war gripped the island in a stranglehold. For the last entry of this WebOps column, here are two of the best websites covering the 1642 Battle of Edgehill: The Battle of Edgehill The Edgehill Campaign

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Jim H. Moreno

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