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Posted on Jan 27, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (27 January 2007)

Jim H. Moreno

Articles

USD professor: Battle of Big Horn a military debacle steeped in myth – ArgusLeader.com

During a talk at Augustana College on Sunday, Richard Fox Jr., professor of anthropology at the University of South Dakota, told of his extensive archaeological study of the mile-square battlefield and what the artifacts found there tell of the battle.

Jack Weatherford: Conquering Iraq in the 13th and 21st Centuries. Could Genghis Khan teach the US? – History News Network

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In his final televised speech to the Iraqi people in 2003, Saddam Hussein denounced the invading Americans as "the Mongols of this age," a reference to the last time infidels had conquered his country, in 1258. But the comparison isn’t very apt — unlike the Mongols, the Americans don’t have the organizational genius of Genghis Khan.

25 years on, Falklands vets treated as outcasts – The Observer

As teenagers they were conscripted to fight for Argentina. Now they remain haunted by memory and struggle to live normal lives.

Dirlewanger – The Beasts of WWII: Criminals lead by Criminals fighting for madmen – Suite101.com

A look at the man and the unit who set Eastern Europe on fire.

Normandy grave hints at 300-year defiance of the Roman Empire – Independent Online Edition

A macabre 1,700-year-old mass grave of people and horses, discovered in Normandy, poses perplexing new questions about the Roman conquest of France. Was there a small part of ancient Gaul which refused, Asterix-like, to surrender for 300 years?

A survivor: Romania’s ‘lucky enough’ king – International Herald Tribune

Michael, 85, is the last living head of state from World War II. He lunched with Hitler, shook Churchill’s hand and lived briefly under Stalin’s thumb. He is a quiet man, an undemanding man and, inevitably perhaps, a disappointed man. But as with many quiet, undemanding, disappointed men, he is a keen observer of the louder world around him.

Auschwitz Curator Tries to Preserve Camp – Newsday.com

OSWIECIM, Poland — As they do on every anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops, witnesses to the Holocaust will gather Saturday — growing older, frailer and fewer each year. After 62 years, the camp itself is also showing signs of aging under the pressures of tourism and time.

Announcements

Society for Military History Annual Meeting – Civil Warriors

The program for the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, which will be held in Frederick, Maryland, on 18-22 April, has just been published.

Annual ‘Cabin Fever’ lectures will focus on history of Old Fort Niagara – The Buffalo News

YOUNGSTOWN – The quarters at Old Fort Niagara can be comfortable – and educational – even in winter. That’s the idea behind the "Cabin Fever" lecture series, which starts Saturday and continues on Feb. 24 and March 31.

Opinion – Editorial

The Vietnam history you haven’t heard – The Christian Science Monitor

Before judging the Iraq war, get the facts on what really happened in the critical early years of the Vietnam War.

Books – Movies – TV

There’s much to learn from this history of a Navy cruiser – Yahoo! News

"Ship of Ghosts," James D. Hornfischer’s second book about the naval and military past of the United States, provides plenty of information that’s certain to appeal to many types of readers – scholars, navy buffs, armchair sailors and military historians among them.

Blogs – Netcasts

Eisenhower’s 1957 – Military History Podcast

1957 was defined by the Cold War and defined by the Eisenhower Presidency.  1957 was when Eisenhower was inaugurated for a second term in office, and during this term, the Eisenhower Doctrine (US defense against all Soviet aggression), NASA, the European Economic Community, and the United States were all created.  Around this time, Eisenhower was also responsible for the ending of the Little Rock Nine Crisis, the end of Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare, the closing of the Science Gap between the US and the USSR (who was already a space power via Sputnik), the nomination of Earl Warren (14th Chief Justice), and so on.

Amateur vs. Professional Historians – Rantings of a Civil War Historian

Over at the excellent group blog Civil Warriors, and citing my ruminations about whether to obtain an advanced degree in military history, Brooks Simpson has chimed in with a very thoughtful and well-stated analysis of the sticky question of amateur vs. professional historians.

Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines, 1862 – Military History Blog on the Web

Today we add the Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines (31 May-1 June). This was the first major Confederate attempt to push McClellan’s Union army away from Richmond. The Confederate commander, Joseph Johnston, hoped to take advantage of a split in the Union army, but the attack was badly handled. The most significant result of the battle was that Johnston was seriously wounded, allowing Robert E. Lee to take command of the Confederate armies around Richmond.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

Jim H. Moreno

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 and much more!

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