ACG WebOps (24 June 2007)
Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. This week’s edition links to news about the upcoming Military Vehicle Preservation Association convention, the new visitor center at The Normandy American Cemetery, and Iwo Jima island undergoing a name change. Clicks away!
5-Wing’s military museum adds a new exhibit to its collection.
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France – Photos of fresh-faced privates, wizened U.S. generals and the largest amphibious military operation in history. Dented army canteens that once dotted killing fields in France. The booming sounds of gunships echoing over the waves in Normandy — this time, on video.
TOKYO – Japan has returned to using the prewar name for the island of Iwo Jima — site of one of World War II’s most horrific battles — at the urging of its original inhabitants, who want to reclaim an identity they say has been hijacked by high-profile movies like Clint Eastwood’s "Letters from Iwo Jima."
The National Military History Center planned for Auburn will be a “living legend and living institution,” said Dean Kruse, founder of the Dean V. Kruse Foundation.
WAYNESBORO – For Waynesboro residents Ray Butara, his nephew Bob, and Bob’s three sons, Tony, Nick and Bobby Jr., making history come alive happens on a very small scale – sort of.
Military buffs relive famous European battle.
MANALAPAN — Paul Hutchins has sweated through 100-degree temperatures in a wool coat and breeches, a rabbit-fur military hat and boots, and he says it’s all worth it if one person learns a little more about America’s history.
The 32nd International Military Vehicle Preservation Association convention will be held in Little Rock on June 28-30 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
Blogs – Netcasts
The Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), also known as Saddam’s Qadisiyyah, the Holy Defense, and the Iraqi-Imposed War, had a devastating effect on both participants. The war features many attacks and counterattacks, though in the end, nothing changed.
Given the rich history of the fort, we could have addressed a number of operations, especially the 1758 defense of the fort (then called Fort Carillon) by the Marquis Louis Joseph de Montcalm against a determined and very bloody assault by forces under James Abercromby. Instead we examined Ticonderoga’s role in the opening phase of the Saratoga campaign in 1777.
In this episode we explore the political events that resulted in Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, the tragedy that formed the central events of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and which saw Napoleon raise the largest army in history up until that time, 500,000 – 700,000 men (historians vary on exactly how many there were).
Two less well known German aircraft are the Arado Ar 80 and the Focke-Wulf Fw 159, two fighters designed to the same specification as the Messerschmitt Bf 109.
June 23, 1757 – 4,400 soldiers of the British East India Company defeat 50,000 men under Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah of Bengal at the Battle of Plassey. Fought during the Seven Years’ War, the Nawab was assisted by the French and had some French troops with his army. Conflict with the Nawab began in 1756, when his troops captured Fort William and Calcutta, and was welcomed by the Company which sought to expand their power in India.
When one is interested in a relatively un-studied aspect of the Civil War as I am – that is, the intersection of military history and business history – you treat the appearance of a book on the subject with great interest. So it was for me when I noticed an entry for Mark Wilson’s The Business of Civil War: Military Mobilization and the State, 1861-1865 (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2006) in a list of "Just Received" books in The Civil War News.
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Jim H. Moreno