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Posted on Sep 2, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (2 Sep 2007)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. A new Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, World War One tunnels, Eroni “Aaron” Kumana, and an excellent podcast website about the Byzantine Empire, and more, make up this week’s short report. Clicks away!


First World War tunnels to yield their secrets –

As battle raged across the fields of Flanders, British soldiers found brief respite from the horrors of the First World War in "underground towns" far below the mud and gore. Now, more than 90 years after the armies left and the extraordinary networks of tunnels were flooded, the task of finally revealing their secrets has begun.


U.S. Honors Man Who Rescued John F. Kennedy’s Navy Crew at Sea –

Sixty-four years after he changed history, the aging Solomon Island man who rescued JFK is being honored by the American government, according to New Zealand’s Fairfax Media.

Fort Drum history exhibit – News 10 Now (video)

Next summer marks the 100th anniversary of federal military training at Fort Drum and a new exhibit at the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown is honoring the base with a display showcasing how Fort Drum developed into one of the largest military installations east of the Mississippi River.


History finds resting place – The Boston Globe

For family of crew on submarine lost in WWII, some closure

Blogs – Netcasts

World War II: The Battle for Western Europe – Military History

Our overview of World War II continues with a look at the battle for Western Europe in 1944 and 1945.

Rethinking the English Revolution – Investigations of a Dog

My review of English Civil War historiography shoots forward 30 years (I’m not doing it any particular order) with a 2006 special issue of History Workshop Journal (issue 61) on ‘Rethinking the English Revolution’.

Suez Canal, Romani, Qatia and Magdhaba – Military History Blog on the Web

The battle of the Suez Canal, 3-4 February 1915, saw the defeat of a Turkish attack on the British position in Egypt. The action of Qatia, 23 April 1916, was a minor Turkish victory over the British in the Sinai Desert. The battle of Romani (or Rumani), 3-9 August 1916, saw the defeat of a Turkish army that was attempting to come within artillery range of the Suez Canal. The action at Magdhaba, 23 December 1916, was a minor British victory during their advance across the Sinai in 1916.

Desperate Times – Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

The tough economic climate after the First World War fostered the growth of radicalism around the world. Did it also create tougher people? Dan looks at the connection between tough times and the “Greatest Generation”.

Harvard’s Civil War – Civil War Bookshelf

Harvard’s Civil War by Richard Miller is out today in paper and I have to agree with James McPherson; this is the best regimental history I have read. It is wonderfully accurate on the micro-level, on the tactical level, and its treatment of sources and material are commendable.


12 Byzantine Rulers- The History of The Byzantine Empire

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