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Posted on Apr 1, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (31 March 2007)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. This week, we salute the passing of another World War I veteran, take a historical pause to look at the war record of the Tuskegee Airmen, learn more about the use of music during the Civil War, and get quizzed on your knowledge of medieval military leaders. Clicks away!


Last Female WWI Vet Dies at 109 –

BOONSBORO, Md. – The last known surviving American female World War I veteran, a refined Civil War buff who met face-to-face with the Secretary of the Navy to fight for women in the military, has died. She was 109.


Report: Tuskegee Airmen lost 25 bombers –

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At least 25 bombers being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen over Europe during World War II were shot down by enemy aircraft, according to a new Air Force report.

Tuskegee Airmen honored for World War II achievements –

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush saluted the Tuskegee Airmen on Thursday, six decades after they completed their World War II mission and returned home to a country that discriminated against them because they were black.

Japan orders history books to change passages on forced World War II suicides –

TOKYO — The government ordered changes Friday to seven history textbooks describing how the Japanese army forced civilians to commit mass suicide at the end of World War II, the country’s latest effort to soften brutal accounts of its wartime conduct.

Canton starting military museum – McPherson Sentinel’s Sentinet

CANTON — An avid collector of military memorabilia, Brent McMurray owned a collection of helmets, uniforms, supplies and posters used during World War II.

Papers show Census role in WWII camps –

The Census Bureau turned over confidential information including names and addresses to help the Justice Department, Secret Service and other agencies identify Japanese-Americans during World War II, according to government documents released today.

Righting a wrong heals a history – Kansas City Star

The name Lt. Henry O. Flipper hasn’t made it into every history book — yet.

But if the ceremony Friday at Fort Leavenworth was any indication, the first African-American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point is finally receiving his proper place in history.

Fly into history with Liberty Belle, WWII B-17 – Albuquerque Tribune

The Liberty Belle, a restored World War II B-17 bomber, will offer joy rides to paying customers today and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Double Eagle Airport at 7401 Paseo Del Volcan N.W. It is part of a national tour that offers rides on the B-17 to adults and children of all ages.


Event honors history, music of Civil War – Carroll County Times

While today’s military relies on radios and other technologies to communicate, a general during the Civil War had only two choices if he wanted thousands of soldiers to do the same thing at once.

Gettysburg National Military Park sponsors listening session –

Maj. Gen. Milnor Roberts fought in World War II and landed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day. Thursday night he drove from his home in Arlington,Va., to Gettysburg National Military Park to make a fight for the preservation of World War II history.

Who’s Who in Medieval History – about: Medieval History

Index by Profession, Achievement, or Role in Society: Crusaders

Medieval Military Leaders Quiz – about: Medieval History

This rather difficult quiz has 25 questions. If you’d like to know more about medieval military leaders, please consult the directory of military leaders in our Who’s Who resource.

Top 100 individuals from Military History – about: Military History

The following is a list of individuals who we feel had the greatest impact on the course of military history.

Books – Movies – TV

Guide Picks – Top 10 Books: Military – General – about: European History

You can’t study European history without considering war, for the effects of conflict pervade all levels of society. Whereas some books concentrate on particular battles, the field of military history often concentrates on warfare itself: the changing weapons, the evolving tactics and the organisation of armies. Consequently, these are my top ten books on European warfare in general.

Blogs – Netcasts

Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979) – Military History Podcast

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 was fought between Shah Pahlevi (supported by America and hated for his pro-American beliefs) and Ayatollah Khomeini (and anti-American Islamist). Khomeini succeeded in taking power from the Shah and created the Islamic Republic of Iran. During the turbulent years that followed, 300 militants seized 63 hostages from the American embassy in Iran and held them for 444 days.

Grumman F6F Hellcat – Military History Blog on the Web

We finish this week with five articles on the Grumman F6F Hellcat, the most important American fighter aircraft of the Pacific War. The Hellcat was responsible for 75% of all victories claimed by US Navy and Marine Corps pilots, making it the aircraft that was most responsible for winning air supremacy over the Pacific during 1944.

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!

Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

Jim H. Moreno