ACG WebOps (17-23 December 2006)
Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. Merry Christmas everyone! Clicks away!
A short blurb about the Monuments Men, recently honored by Congressional resolution for their work in saving lost works of art from the World War Two era. Be sure to click the link there to the New York Times Books article for more info.
The Canadian War Museum opens a new exhibit called Canada Under Attack: The Battle of the St. Lawrence (1942-1944).
With the death of Captain Kenneth Cummins at 106, only four World War One veterans remain alive in Great Britain.
Hitler’s Operation Caesar didn’t help bring about the destruction of American forces during World War Two as he hoped, but it still has the potential to destroy life in the North Sea. The Norwegian government has now retaliated with a plan to combat this looming threat.
On the brink of an increased defense agreement between Japan and Australia, the ‘what & how’ question arises concerning two Japanese sailor and their M24 submarine sunken near Sydney’s coastline.
With the recently announced creation of the New Mexico Museum of Military History, Nat Holzer will now have a proper place to display the military memorabilia he has been collecting the past six decades.
The annual ‘Toys: Military’ exhibit at the Missouri Museum of Military History has opened, and will remain so through January 2007.
"The Center of Military History is pleased to announce its Special Topics Writing Competition, now named for General James Lawton Collins Jr, a visionary Army leader, educator, and historian. The goal of this contest is to obtain firsthand accounts from junior officers describing how their unit responded when facing a particular challenge in the current war. The Center of Military History wants to capture the small-unit-level view of this conflict for inclusion in future publications."
Books – Movies – TV
Buck T. Foster’s doctorate dissertation has now become the book "Sherman’s Mississippi Campaign", and tells the story of how Sherman’s army developed and employed the tactic of ‘hard war’ during the campaign.
Blogs – Netcasts
"The United States Secret Service was originally founded (in 1865) as an anti-counterfeiting unit in the Treasury Department. However, once President McKinley was assassinated, the Secret Service assumed presidential protection duties. As of 2002, the Secret Service (Special Agents and the Uniformed Division) is part of the Department of Homeland Security. They are also part of Marine One, Air Force One, and Cadillac One (all of which are described in this episode)."
"The Iraq Study Group Report’s Assessment section is an excellent summary of post-war Iraq. Some topics addressed include the division of the country into Kurd, Shiite, and Sunni regions, the lack of unity in Parliament, the powerful hold that Muqtada Al-Sadr has on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the fierce fight over oil revenues, the lack of Iraq’s own security force, and so on."
"We finish the year with a bumper update."
A lovely and sorrowful posting about the reenactment of the aftermath of the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. Don’t miss out on reading This Wicked Murder, Part One.
If you are as I was, unfamiliar with what a ‘power tour’ was, then read the first posting on this brand new blog!
Finally, I need to wish my brothers- & sisters-in-arms across the world A Military Christmas, and please, always remember to –
Stay Alert, Stay Alive!
Jim H. Moreno
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