ACG WebOps (1-7 October 2006)
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. Making the headlines this week: the USS Intrepid, the USS Grunion, Genghis Khan, and our very own Major General Robert H. Scales. Clicks away!
For 25 years, the Arizona Military Museum in Papago Park has been preserving the grand military history of Arizona’s warriors. The museum recently celebrated it’s 25th anniversary by honoring all those who have come to make the museum what it is today.
The USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, after her retirement, was rescued from an exile of collecting rust to become the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in 1982. She recently closed tight her bulkheads to the public for the next two years to undergo another rescue: a complete renovation, to the tune of $58 million.
As one museum gets a rest, another breaks ground on its’ way to completion.
Interested in the military history of U.S. special operations, but know how difficult it is to find? That’s changing. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command History Office has recently began printing Veritas, coinciding with new spec-ops exhibits at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC.
The NPR segment All Things Considered recently reported news that the Vatican has made public "hundreds of thousands of documents" dating from the time of "Pope Pius XI, who presided over the Roman Catholic Church from 1922 to 1939." The archives, historians are hoping, should help uncover more about the Vatican’s role in the years leading up to World War II. (This article also has audio and video segments!)
Much of the world associates the name of Genghis Khan with images of terrible wrath. However, in Mongolia, his name has become more commercially akin with alcohol, among others. The Mongolian government has recently proposed legislation to halt the debasing of Genghis Khan’s name, in hopes to restoring him to a place of honor in the mind’s of Mongolians.
Canadians and military historians, beware! "According to the Defence Department, revealing the words First Special Service Force would be ”injurious to the conduct of international affairs, the defence of Canada or any state allied or associated with Canada or the detection, prevention or suppression of subversive or hostile activities.”"
The fate of the USS Grunion may soon be known, 60 years after her last known whereabouts.
Staying on the subject of subs, this article is about Germany’s two-man Seehund submarines.
Take a flight with Senior Airman Robert Arrington in this article as he shares his recent experience in a Boeing Stearman biplane. (This article also has audio and video segments!)
The last article this week continues to cover the latest in the uproar over the recent National Review article titled, "Sounding Taps: Why military history is being retired."
Opinion / Editorial
This weeks’ Op/Ed piece takes a look at the dreadful lack of overall historical knowledge among students, a topic many military historians have discussed with much despair.
Here’s a small listing of upcoming military history related events you may want to add to your calendar!
Rye Medieval Conference – Rye, East Sussex, United Kingdom
" Major General Robert H. Scales, Jr. (U.S. Army, ret.) discusses military strategy with Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler and Professor of Law Thomas Barnes."
Stay Alert, Stay Alive!
Jim H. Moreno
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