Sunday, December 14, 2008

Military History and Warfare: 19th Military History Blog Carnival

Hello and welcome to the 19th Military History Blog Carnival!

This month we have a variety of interesting submissions.

First up we have an interesting article from Ross Mahoney's Thoughts on Military History blog which examines some of the economic and operational issues that faced the Royal Air Force during the inter-war years. By explaining these problems Ross shows the role of the RAF in helping to develop Combined Operations doctrine.

Mark Grimsley at War Historian presents an excellent article examining the possible consequences for prolonging the Pacific war had a Japanese military coup against the Emperor been successful just days before the surrender.

Penny Richards' brings us the story of World War II vetern Bob Metcalf. Penny reflects on Mr. Metcalf's time in the seventy-sixth infantry division and later civilian life.

On a similar theme of personal histories, we a have a new blog from Rich Landers entitled Soldier's Mail. The blog features the writings home of Sgt. Samuel Avery during the time of the First World War from 1916-1919 while first serving with the 8th Mass. Infantry during the Mexican Border Campaign (1916) and then with the 103rd U.S. Infantry (26th Division) in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force (1917-1919).

This World War I blog is publishing the letters of William Lamin exactly 90 years after they were written. Read each posting week by week to follow his life.

Not so much a blog but an archive, Kimberley Linder's The Flight Officer brings us the life of Joseph H Noyes. Joseph participated in the aerial campaign against Germany before being shot down and killed at the age of 22. His story and personal history provides a window into World War II.

This month Airminded brings us an interesting discussion (and map) of Britain's air defence network during the First World War when Zepplins and Gotha Bombers pounded London.

Terry Tucker draws on his own experiences in the field of counterinsurgency bringing us a fascinating article on the Lessons of History

For something a little different, we have a review of the the film Passchendale. The writer is pleasantly surprised that a big screen epic featuring the story of Canadian soldiers has finally made it to cinemas! You might also like to look at a trailer for the film on the official site.

History is Elementary examines the film 1968 film 'Beach Red' and tells the story of the battle for the island of Tarawa when US marines took heavy casualties attempting to dislodge the Japanese. The article looks at the number of dead and recent efforts to locate their remains.

From me, we have an article on the American Civil War. I've tried to explore the various strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederacy at the outbreak of the war.

Lastly, we have an article looking at the Welsh castle of Aberystwyth. There are some great pictures as well as interesting facts!

Unfortunately, this is it for submissions for December.

We are also looking for a host for January's blog. Please contact Gavin Robinson (saber'at'

I hope you have enjoyed this month's carnival. Please continue to support the carnival by writing and submitting your articles. Until January, have a good Christmas and New Year.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Military History and Warfare: Notices: Upcoming Military History Blog Carnival

As Christmas approaches, I'm pleased to announce that 'Military History and Warfare' will be hosting the 19th Military History Blog Carnival.

If you would like to submit an article, please e-mail me at alexanderclark999'at' Alternatively, use this handy tool to submit your article.

I have decided to leave the carnival theme open to all submissions. However, given that we have just marked the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War I, it would be good to see some articles on the subject.

The Carnival will be up and running on Sunday 14th December. Join the blog mailing list (box on the right hand side of this page) to ensure that you don't miss this edition!