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Posted on Sep 10, 2006 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s first website column! Each week WebOps links you to the best military history news and websites making the headlines throughout the Internet. Just how does Heddy Lamar tie into military history? What event in military history celebrated its 225th anniversary? What two British Army elements are still making history today? These answers, and much more, can be found in this week’s links. Clicks away!


Patricia Poist is both a reporter and military history buff who recently took a flight in the B-25 Bomber “Tondelayo”. I think she does a great job in bringing many aspects of military history surrounding the B-25 into her story.


Under heroes’ wings (Lancaster Newspapers – Lancaster,PA,USA)

Rabbi Francis Nataf ponders what he calls a World War II ‘error’, wondering why the Allies didn’t extend the Maginot Line in France "on its border with Germany to also include France’s border with Belgium."

Jewish Maginot Lines (Arutz Sheva – Israel National News)

American author-adventurer James Campbell recently walked the length of the Kokoda Trail as research for a book and film set to be released next year.

On the trail of the Ghost Mountain Battalion (The National – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea)


American Revolutionary War reenactors end the three-day event "The March to Victory: The Crossing at King’s Ferry" on its 225th anniversary.

A wet but spirited march in Suffern (The Journal – Westchester, NY, USA)

This article, Quicktime video report and photo gallery document the 102nd Military History Detachment (Kansas Army National Guard) during their work in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina a year ago.

Kansas Guardsmen remember Hurricane Katrina, one year later ( – Topeka, KS, USA)


Military historians and the public of New Mexico are $100,000 closer to completing the New Mexico Museum of Military History, to be located in Rio Rancho.

State will help fund city military museum (Rio Rancho Observer – Rio Rancho, NM, USA)

Medal of Honor recepient Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith had another grand honor bestowed upon him with the recent dedication of the new Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, Florida.

Middle school dons name of Medal of Honor recepient (Army News Service)


Residents in and around Prince Edward Island, Canada, will be treated to seeing the Canadian Forces Snowbirds at this years’ four-day Airshow on the Bay and Salute to the Military, scheduled for September 14-17.

Summerside airshow salutes troops overseas (The Guardian – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Much of military history involves research and analysis of the accounts of past wars. However, in the current Internet Age, where information is often received in near real-time, we have the luxury of being able to analyze warfare very soon after an action has taken place. This is one such analysis on the "Battle of Baghdad".

ANALYSIS – "Battle of Baghdad" racing the clock (Reuters, USA)

Vermont will soon be dedicating a granite statue in remembrance of the soldiers who fought and died during the Civil War Battle at Wilderness which took place on May 5-6, 1864.

Remembering the Battle at Wilderness (WCAX-TV News – Montpelier, Vermont, USA)

A new museum exhibit in Germany, titled "Forced Paths", has increased already tensed relations between Germany and Poland regarding how each country views World War II and the years of intense struggle afterwards.

War Exhibit Further Strains German-Polish Relations (New York Times)


While not completely about military history, this look at seven U.S. islands steeped in history show just how easy is it to bump up against military history with just a simple glance at overall history.

The 7 best islands for U.S. History (

Another look at the 225th anniversary of Gen. Washington’s march to Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolutionary War.

225th anniversary of march sparks renewal of Revolution (Chatham Courier – Chatham, NJ, USA)


The British Army recently added another page to its’ already grand book of military history when a regiment ended "the longest deployment of any regiment in the British Army in its history."

Historic end for a valiant service (News Letter – Belfast, UK)

During my training to become a military historian while serving in the North Carolina National Guard, the 182nd Infantry Regiment (Massachusetts) was the first unit heard of and taught about. It warms my heart to see their patch being returned to them. At last look, the photos here are not working (for me at least), though their cutlines are. The story is where it’s at, though.

Mass. National Guard, oldest military unit in nation, re-issued Yankee Division patch (Groton

The American Airpower Museum in Long Island, New York, recently honored two women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.

Flying their way to history (

American Airpower Museum


Scott Walker is a pastor and a military historian living in Waco, Texas. His research on the Confederacy’s 57th Georgia Regiment has come to fruition in his book "Hell’s Broke Loose in Georgia" (The University of Georgia Press, $39.95). This article gives a short bio about Walker and his work on the book.

Pastor crafts poignant history of the Civil War (Macon Telegraph)

Harold Fleming of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was recently interviewed about his service as a Navy photographer covering the Pacific Theater in 1945.

Man recalls WWII surrender (Daytona Beach News-Journal Online)

A Bailey bridge, "that marvel of British engineering that is the envy of the civilized world", finds new life in the 21st century, thanks to the U.S. Forest Service.

Old Bridge To Span New Trails (The Herald News Online)

Dr. Charles Pewitt of Jackson, Missouri, is set to become the first private U.S. citizen to create his own large-scale military exhibit, soon to include an M551 Sheridan!

Doctor musters military stockpile (Kansas City Star)

Here’s a living history story on re-enacting the American Revolutionary Wars’ Battle of Eutaw Springs.

Eutaw Springs re-enactment offers glimpse of pivotal battle (The Times and Democrat)

Anyone who happens to be anywhere near Galesburg, Illinois this week may want to attend the 35th annual National Stearman Fly-In at the Galesburg Municipal Airport. I sure wish I could attend!

Flying history lands in Galesburg (Galesburg Register-Mail)


Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

Jim H. Moreno

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