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Posted on Apr 7, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (7 April 2007)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. Vimy Ridge was the topic on many Canadian online news sites last week, in preparation for this week’s anniversary. The last known surviving WWI Navy vet has passed away, and the upcoming Military History Carnival is still seeking submissions before kicking off later this week. Clicks away!


Last WWI Navy vet dies in Md. at age 105 – Yahoo! News

CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. – Lloyd Brown, the last known surviving World War I Navy veteran, has died. He was 105.


Military vehicle convention landed – Evansville Courier Press

Evansville will host the 2009 Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s international convention thanks to the work of two LST 325 crew members who rallied support from the organization’s board.

Canada to remove mistake-ridden WWI exhibit –

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will remove the French-language exhibit at a major military memorial after a reporter discovered it was riddled with grammatical errors, Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson said on Thursday.

New museum tells story of historic division for soldiers, public –

"Military history is one of the great educational and training tools for any military organization. The Heritage Center will end up becoming the focal point for that," said Douglas Cubbison, a retired Army major and former cultural resources manager at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who is now the division’s historian.


B-17 gives a glimpse of WWII –

CHINO – Harry Selling was flying one when he was shot out of the sky over Berlin. Bill Gibson flew formation in one at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral. And after his own aircraft crashed, Col. Eugene Wallace was rescued with the help of one of these after 10 months of evading Japanese soldiers.

The Long History of British and American Covert Provocation and Action in Iran –

The US and Britain are already at war with Iran, have been at war with Iran for a number of years now and are funding anti-Iranian terrorist groups inside Iran in preparation for the fallout that will occur after overt military action is commenced.

Grad Student Works to Add Color to Military History – Diverse

A few years ago, historian Lisa Daniels discovered a fascinating morsel of buried history in her own family.

Daniels learned that her grandmother, Rita Hernandez, was a civilian riveter and blueprint reader during World War II, serving on the USS Franklin Roosevelt in the Brooklyn shipyard.

Dramatic military history of Jackson native – The South Alabamian

Frequently, while researching material to write about, it will lead me to another topic. Such is the case this week. In my last column I did a profile on John S. Graham, long-time editor and publisher of The South Alabamian during the late 1800s and early 1900s. As it turns out, Graham had a son, Rufus L. Graham, whose life experiences are an interesting story in themselves.

History beyond the textbook – NewsSunOnline

History comes alive for students through Civil War reenactments, Medieval costumes and a real landmine detector from World War I at Beach Park Middle School.

Remembering Arthur Currie: Canadian war hero –

Arthur Currie, a farm boy from southwestern Ontario, entered the First World War without any professional military experience under his belt.

Massachusetts: Revolutionary War and life lessons at Buckman Tavern –

LEXINGTON, Mass. — Buckman Tavern is near many reminders of the 1775 skirmish between colonial militia and British troops that helped start the Revolutionary War — the grassy area where they clashed, the bell that rang an alarm that day, a statue commemorating the Minutemen.

Honouring their sacrifice –

Christina Clarke, a 17-year-old from Owen Sound, Ont., is trying to explain why her pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge in northern France this Easter weekend is of such significance.

Vimy: when Canada said, ‘Can do’ –

As epochal moments of history go, the month of April, 1917, must be ranked as a doozy, right up there with July, 1789, and October, 1492. Fatefully, through the war-torn plains of central Europe during that month, a specially chartered train car brought Vladimir Lenin out of exile and back to Petrograd. The Romanovs had fallen, and the Bolshevik seizure of power was about to begin.

Top Gun: The story of air power –

The story of air power is a short one-the shortest in military history.


BATON ROUGE, La. — The day it opened, the little seminary, as it was called then, had only about five dozen students. The superintendent had traveled all the way to New Orleans to choose the mattresses and books for the students himself. The models for the place were West Point and the Virginia Military Institute, but the tiny school had no uniforms, no muskets.


Society for Military History 2008

Even though the 2007 meeting of the SMH has yet to occur, the Department of History at Weber State University is proud host the Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, April 17-20, 2008.

Books – Movies – TV

Epic WWI battle brought to life by Toronto producer – Canadian Jewish News

A new TV documentary, Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell, by Toronto production company Yap Films, is as edifying as it is entertaining.

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

A Chronological Exploration of the Largest Mass Murder Site in History.

Blogs – Netcasts

The Falklands War – OPFOR

On 2 April, 1982, the armed forces of Argentina invaded and seized the Falkland Islands, compelling the surrender of its British governor and small garrison. Thus began a short, sharp, decisive little war that few saw coming and many did not believe would happen even as it was happening. Yet it ended as abruptly (and decisively) as it began, and as with all mlitary history, offers us some important lessons.

Military History Carnival: Call for Submissions

The first Military History Carnival will be held at Investigations of a Dog one week today (Thursday 12th April). I’ve had a good number of submissions, but there’s always room for more.

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