ACG WebOps (26 November – 2 December 2006)
Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. Two new museums open this week in WebOps, at the same time we learn about how we are losing the history of Native Americans. The Tory War, the Jeep, and Outpost Harry help round out many other great links. Clicks away!
After years of honorable service to the U.S. Army, two quarter horses are retiring and being placed on auction at govliquidation.com. Kinda gives true meaning to ‘retiring to greener pastures’, eh?
A Veteran’s Day parade originally created to finally honor Vietnam veterans as they should have been some 35-years ago blossomed into a full-fledged mass thanksgiving event to all of America’s veterans in and around Lancaster, California.
Over three years of renovating are finally complete on the Granville County Historical Society Museum.
"The motive is money. Indian artifacts are coveted worldwide by collectors willing to pay for trophy pieces of the past." That about epitomizes the double-edged value of history, I’d say. Of course, that’s still no excuse for such villainy.
Last week’s WebOps linked to a story about Ernest Charles Pusey, where it also stated there are only about twenty-five American World War I veterans left alive. Now that the National World War I Museum is open, we can go to one place to learn and honor those veterans, and insure that they remain so honored for the following generations.
Women like Maj. Mary Prophit, Spc. Ashley Pullen, Tammy Duckworth and others are adding new chapters to the big book of military history with their actions in current American military operations.
"Here are 10 key dates from the 57-year-old history of the Western military organisation:". Only ten? Yeah, that sounds about right. I bet an entire thesis could be written on events where NATO failed to respond when perhaps they should have.
Roy Parker, military historian for The Fayetteville Observer newspaper serving the civilian community surrounding Fort Bragg, North Carolina, here writes about that states’ Tory War in 1781.
Personal story profiling a couple of re-enactors who took part in commemorating Gen. John B. Hood’s marching of his Army of Tennessee from Winstead Hill to the Carter House in Franklin, Tennessee, 142 years ago. Notice the article has his name written as John Hood Bell…
"Dr Todman will examine the changes in British popular beliefs about the First World War from 1914 until the present day. He will highlight the shift from the complexity and variety of wartime experience to the small number of shared myths present today. He will point out the range of factors that have affected British beliefs, but will focus on the ways in which different generations of Britons have used myths about the war to understand the present. "
"Britain and the USA carried out a massive bombing offensive against the cities of Germany and Japan in the course of the Second World War, which ended with the destruction of Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was the bombing of civilian targets justified by the necessities of war? Or was it, in fact, a crime against humanity?"
"Deborah Dash Moore, a history professor and director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, will discuss struggles and prejudices faced by the half-million Jews who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II at a 7 p.m. talk Sunday in Temple Beth El, 5150 Calkins Road."
Blogs – Netcasts
"On November 20, 1700, as a blinding snowstorm raged, Charles XII of Sweden defeated a Russian army that was nearly five times his army’s size — and all within two hours."
"The history of the Sikh Gurus and their faith is not relevant to this post—all that needs to be said is that their conflict with the Mughals rose on political grounds and developed into a military conflict."
"The battle of Talana Hill was the first major battle during the Second Anglo-Boer War. It was a British victory, but one that had almost no impact on the course of the war, which began very badly for the British"
"While the Jeep is famous in its history of serving the US military there is some misunderstanding concerning who created the original Jeep. Many incorrectly attribute the development of the first Jeep to Willys. The true inspiration of the first Jeep design came from a small and relatively unknown company by the name of the American Bantam Car Company based in Butler, PA."
"More than 88,000 rounds of Chinese artillery would pound Outpost Harry—a tiny Korean hilltop no bigger than Times Square, 425 yards ahead of the front line. Defended each night by a single company of American or Greek soldiers, the Chinese had anticipated an easy capture. Over a period of just over a week, vast waves of Chinese Communist Forces would flood into Harry’s trench lines–more than 13,000 soldiers in all. And yet each of the five companies ordered to hold Outpost Harry, when its turn came, held it."
"Mao and the Chinese Communist Party’s victory was both psychological and physical. The psychological is a combination of power vacuum in rural China, the incompetency of the GMD, and the populist policies of Mao. The majority of this episode is my opinion on why the final reason is the most important. The physical relies on 3 major campaigns conducted by the Communists: Liaoshen, Huaihai, and Pingjin. The final few minutes of this episode discuss this Chinese Civil War (1945-1949)."
Stay Alert, Stay Alive!
Jim H. Moreno
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.