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Big Fights on Old Questions

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On November 1, 2008
How important is Gallipoli to Australian identity? A row has erupted between Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd and his Labor predecessor Paul Keating over the importance of Gallipoli, a WWI battle site in Turkey. Mr Keating dismissed as “nonsense” the view that a new Australian identity was forged in 1915 at Gallipoli, where 300,000 troops were […]

Great Minds etc.

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On June 1, 2008

Kingdaddy visited the WWII Memorial, and wasn’t impressed. Here were my thoughts. Forthcoming is a post about my visit to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, which is awesome….

Great War Memories

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On May 29, 2008

John Quiggin, riffing off this Edward Lengel column, suggests that the respective experiences of Europe and the United States in World War I may explain cultural differences on the use of force: In an

Sunday Book Review: Forgotten Armies

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On May 18, 2008
Between December 1941 and August 1945, Japan and the United Kingdom fought an extraordinarily brutal war over control of Southeast Asia. In the larger arc of World War II history, this campaign is often treated as a sideshow, as it had neither the glory nor the decisive character of the Eastern Front or the drive […]

V-2

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On February 16, 2008

Brad has a good post on the Freeman Dyson review of Michael Neufeld’s new biography of Werner Von Braun. Essentially, Dyson makes the argument that the V-2 was a poor allocation of scarce defens

Khalkhin-Gol

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On January 26, 2008

Andy over at Siberian Lights has a nice little history of the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol. Khalkhin-Gol was the outcome of several years of competition between the Soviet Union and Japan over the border be

Over the break I finished Vincent O’Hara’s U.S. Navy Against the Axis. I strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Pacific War, and in surface naval combat in the 20th century in general. O’Hara makes the argument that surface combat in the Pacific is tremendously understudied, and that it contributed far more […]
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