ACG WebOps (14-20 January 2007)
Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. This week marked the birthday of Robert E. Lee, while some Texans renew a Civil War arguement amongst themselves. Napoleon’s death also returns to the headlines, along with another installment of the National Review Online ‘Sounding Taps’ article saga. You may click when ready!
"BLOODSHED, mateship, tragedy and triumph will form the cornerstone of an initiative designed to keep young South Australians in step with our history."
"New Exhibits Highlight Special Operations Missions from 1980 to Present"
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — "Veterans call them “war stories,” but to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Library of Congress first-hand accounts of those who served the nation during war are a “part of our history.”"
"Putting to rest a 200-year-old mystery, scientists say Napoleon Bonaparte died from an advanced case of gastric cancer and not arsenic poisoning as some had speculated."
"An expansive military museum equipped with a theater and interactive exhibits may be the next major enterprise built near Deseret Peak Complex."
SAN MARCOS —- "History students at Mission Hills High School listened intently Thursday morning as World War II veteran Robert Earle explained how a self-proclaimed "farm boy" from west Maryland came to enlist in the United States Marine Corps."
AUSTIN — "The Civil War ended more than 140 years ago, but on the eve of Confederate Heroes Day, new battles erupted over the meaning of the Old South, statues honoring its defenders and even a stage act at Gov. Rick Perry’s inaugural ball."
"An immense bedrock cliff uncovered opposite Jerusalem’s Temple Mount may help explain why it took the Romans so long to capture what is now known as the Jewish Quarter almost two millenia ago, an Israeli archeologist said Sunday."
"Archaeologists digging in Syria, in the upper reaches of what was ancient Mesopotamia, have found new evidence of how one of the world’s earliest cities met a violent end by fire, collapsing walls and roofs, and a fierce rain of clay bullets. The battle left some of the oldest known ruins of organized warfare."
GREENWOOD — "A piece of Canadian military aviation history is coming back to life as an aircraft used for training pilots, navigators and bombardiers is being painstakingly rebuilt in Greenwood."
"James Reckner, Professor of Military History at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a veteran of the American war in Viet Nam, spoke with Viet Nam News about his efforts to create a sprawling archive of the conflict."
"To determine Robert E. Lee’s position as hero or villain in American history seems a matter of debate, depending on which side of the Mason-Dixon Line you favor."
"Confederate General’s Legacy Reevaluated on His Birthday"
DHAKA (Reuters Life!) – "In between serving endless cups of tea, Dhaka University’s canteen has borne witness to some of the most tumultuous events of Bangladesh’s history."
"Sailors with Canada’s navy often bring home interesting souvenirs from their travels.
That said, the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum is looking for souvenirs that sailors have brought back from countries they visited in the more recent times."
Blogs – Netcasts
"A fragment on the martial instinct."
"The battle of Wake Island (8-23 December 1941) was one of several Japanese attacks launched on the same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Their first attack (11 December) was a rare early failure, but a second assault captured the island, which remained in Japanese hands until the end of the war."
"The American Historical Association has actually produced some data. Using its guide to history departments, which lists faculty by specialization, the Association has tracked changes in the geographic and thematic interests of historians from 1975 to 2005."
Stay Alert, Stay Alive!
Jim H. Moreno
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