July 2009 Mailbag
FROM A FORUM REGULAR
Just got my newest issue of ACG [May 2009], by the way, and as always it looks great!
Thank you for the work you do.
Paul Mann III
ACG Web Forums
Thanks for your continuing support of Armchair General magazine, particularly your regular posts on the ACG web forums.
THANK YOU FROM IRAQ
We, the soldiers of C Co. 1st Bn, 185th Armor, would like to express our gratefulness for the bounty of [Operation Gratitude] care packages you have bestowed upon us. With the dedication, time, and effort that you put forth into making these packages, we appreciate the kindness and thankfulness that went into each package and the overall love you put forth. There are no words to explain how grateful we are to have such supporters. It is a good feeling to know that we are not here in Iraq in vain but here to make the world a better place. With the backing of our country’s supporters, we can accomplish anything. With all of our hearts we thank you and may God bless you.
Signed by members of C Co.
1st Bn, 185th Armor
California Army National Guard
ACG is extremely proud to support the efforts of Operation Gratitude (opgratitude.com) and thanks all of its many volunteers – which include our publisher, Eric Weider. A copy of Armchair General is included in each care package. We thank the members of C Company for their service and sacrifice, and have forwarded their thank you letter to Operation Gratitude headquarters.
I remember this war [1939-40 Winter War, see Combat! March 2009]. Prior to the conflict, and to reinforce the [Finnish] government’s pacifism, they quit producing artillery and more was the pity. I also recollect Stalin admitting to one million casualties, including 200,000-250,000 deaths whilst being friendly to us during World War II.
Dr. Rodney B. Hurl
Although Red Army casualties estimates in the Winter War vary widely, it seems likely that for every Finnish soldier killed in this four-month war, as many as ten Soviet soldiers may have died. An accurate accounting of Red Army losses – if that is even possible – awaits more research in the Soviet-era archives.
CAN’T WAIT FOR ACG
Could you please make Armchair General a monthly, 2 months is too long a wait!
Dr. John W. Graves MD
Your plea is a common one – and we take it as a high compliment to our efforts to publish the best military history magazine of its genre. Now, if I could only figure out a way to clone myself and the ACG staff, we might start talking about ACG going monthly!
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