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More on Lawrence Beall-Smith
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5 Nov 2012


Every so often, I return to view the art of Lawrence Beall-Smith, hosted online at the Naval Historical Center.  I made a similar post in 2007, extolling Beall-Smith’s virtues of bringing color to a mind conditioned to look for nuance within a black and white frame. The picture I wish to discuss now is linked here. The framing of ...

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Reddit and History porn (not what you think)
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29 Oct 2012


Okay, let’s get the subject of “porn” out of the way. We are NOT talking naked ladies and such. The sub-reddit of discussion here is about history, pure and simple, and there are some pretty great pictures appearing there. Many I have seen and many I have not. So here’s how it works: 1) ...

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The Airborne & Special Operations Museum
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22 Oct 2012


Someone I know recently visited the The Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina and he sent along this pix via camera phone. While the quality of the picture is “meh,” I can honestly say I’ve seen few static displays that really hit the mark. This one does and it is pretty cool. ...

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Conversation(s) with ww2db.com Editor Peter Chen
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14 Oct 2012


In a brief digital exchange concerning the movie Empire of the Sun (1987), ww2db.com Editor Peter Chen mentioned that his grandmother experienced the loss of a child in a mob while fleeing a Japanese bombing attack. What follows is a collected email exchange that occurred over the course of a week’s time and used ...

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Sterling Mace Interview (Part III)
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8 Oct 2012


Part III of my interview with Sterling Mace (WWII veteran and memoirist) is here. You can also read my review of BATTLEGROUND PACIFIC: A MARINE RIFLEMAN?S COMBAT ODYSSEY IN K/3/5 here. // //

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Sterling Mace Interview (Part II)
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2 Oct 2012


Part II of my interview with Sterling Mace (WWII veteran and memoirist) is here. You can also read my review of Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman’s Combat Odyssey in K/3/5 here. Happy Tuesday… // //

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Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman?s Combat Odyssey in K/3/5 by Sterling Mace and Nick Allen Review
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30 Aug 2012


I met Sterling Mace online, after making this rather short post about an interview he gave on a Reddit AMA. Not thinking the post would ever reach him, his response to me personally was about ?setting the record straight,? of defining the position of riflemen, in relation to mortarmen, machine gunners, and officers. You see, Sterling Mace was ...

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B-17 via One Lucky Reporter Who is my BIL
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18 Jul 2012


So I know this guy, who is a reporter. He is one of the new breed of backpack reporters who do all the work in the field: shoot, edit, transmit all from the company Ford Explorer. He shot this WWII piece last summer, and I’m still pissed he called to gloat just before ...

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