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Table of Contents 1. E. M. Delafield’s ‘the Pelicans’ by George Simmers at Great War Fiction 2. World War Ii: Lend-Lease Signed by n/a at About.com Military History 3. Robert H. Peck by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project 4. Dayton S. and Freling S. Peck by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project 5. Smith : "Tinclads in the Civil War: Union Light-Draught Gunboat Operations on Western Waters, 1862-1865" by email@example.com (Drew@CWBA) at Civil War Books and Authors 6. Ethel, Harry's Wife by firstname.lastname@example.org (Pte Harry Lamin) at WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier 7. Mexican-American War: Going Ashore at Veracruz by n/a at About.com Military History 8. Uniform 1942 by email@example.com (Sue Light) at This Intrepid Band 9. 61-67 Warrington Crescent, 8 March 1918 by Brett Holman at Airminded 10. Institutional Responsibility and Individual Research by Brooks D. Simpson at Civil Warriors 11. Joseph L. Payne by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project 12. Flightdeck Friday: Desperate Times – Desperate Measures… by SteelJaw at http://blog.usni.org/2010/03/05/flightdeck-friday-desperate-times-call-for-desperate-measures/ 13. Lessons From Waziristan (Ii): the Central Role of the Political Agent by Thomas E. Ricks at http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/10/lessons_from_waziristan_ii_the_central_role_of_the_political_agent Contents 1. E. M. Delafield’s ‘the Pelicans’ BY: George Simmers AT: Great War Fiction URL: <http://greatwarfiction.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/e-m-delafields-the-pelicans/> E.M. Delafield’s The War Workers is one of the best fictional accounts of civilian life during the Great War, and so when I found a copy of her 1918 novel The Pelicans at a very reasonable price in a second-hand bookshop last year, I automatically bought it, but since I knew it was not about the War, I put it aside until my thesis was written. Last weekend I was looking for something to read on the train journeys to and from Huddersfield, and reckoned that The Pelicans might be what I needed. It’s an odd book. The first... 2. World War Ii: Lend-Lease Signed BY: n/a AT: About.com Military History URL: <http://militaryhistory.about.com/b/2010/03/10/world-war-ii-lend-lease-signed.htm> March 11, 1941 - Pres. Franklin Roosevelt (right) signs the Lend-Lease Act to provide military aid to the Allies. One in series of acts designed to allow the neutral United States to provide military aid to the Allies during World War II, Lend-Lease gave Roosevelt the power to loan, sell, or lease military materials to the Allies with the understanding that they would be eventually paid for or returned. Continuing after Pearl Harbor, Lend-Lease proved a vital program for winning the war and transferred over $50.1 billion in materials to the Allies. These included some frontline weapons... 3. Robert H. Peck BY: Steve Soper AT: Third Michigan Infantry Research Project URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MenOfTheTheThirdMichiganInfantry/~3/4MhM4viocB0/robert-h-peck.html> Robert H. Peck was born on September 24, 1844, in Wayne County, New York, the son of Dr. Arvine (1819-1881) and Betsey Jane (Loucks)Robert’s parents were married in February of 1842 in Victory, New York. His father practiced medicine in Clyde, Wayne County, New York from about 1847 until 1854 at which time he moved his family to Lowell, Kent County, Michigan, becoming one of the first settlers of that place. According to one source:one of the earliest settlers in Lowell, Kent County, and now a prominent physician in that town, was born in Butler, Wayne County, New... 4. Dayton S. and Freling S. Peck BY: Steve Soper AT: Third Michigan Infantry Research Project URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MenOfTheTheThirdMichiganInfantry/~3/8PQXBXCIAzw/dayton-s-and-freling-s-peck.html> Dayton S. Peck was born on June 26, 1842, in Sweden, Monroe County, New York, the son of William R. (1807-1876) and Lucy (Bathrick, 1808-1848).William and Massachusetts native Lucy were married about 1830, and eventually settled in Monroe County, New York. In 1846, when Dayton was 4 years old, his family left New York City andtook the canal boat from Brockport and rode as far as Buffalo. There was a short railroad ride in between Buffalo and where we left the canal, and the train ran so slow that we could get off and pick blackberries while... 5. Smith : "Tinclads in the Civil War: Union Light-Draught Gunboat Operations on Western Waters, 1862-1865" BY: firstname.lastname@example.org (Drew@CWBA) AT: Civil War Books and Authors URL: <http://cwba.blogspot.com/2010/03/smith-jr-tinclads-in-civil-war-union.html> ... 6. Ethel, Harry's Wife BY: email@example.com (Pte Harry Lamin) AT: WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier URL: <http://wwar1.blogspot.com/2010/03/ethel-lamin-harrys-wife.html> Ethel was my grandmother. She’s someone in this story that I knew, and can remember.With sister Anita, I’d spend weekends with her and Harry. They lived a little over a mile (2km) from my family home and, in the carefree days of the 1950s, I was allowed to walk there after school if I was to stay.I can remember her as slightly stern - not too many smiles - but both Anita and I enjoyed staying there. We could drink lemonade and could listen to “Children’s Favourites” on the radio on Saturday morning. The food was different. Ethel cooked on small coal... 7. Mexican-American War: Going Ashore at Veracruz BY: n/a AT: About.com Military History URL: <http://militaryhistory.about.com/b/2010/03/08/mexican-american-war-going-ashore-at-veracruz.htm> March 9, 1847 - American troops land at Collado Beach and prepare for the siege of Veracruz (right). After several victories in northeast Mexico, American forces shifted their focus south with the goal of capturing Mexico City. Led by Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott, the US Army conducted its first major amphibious landing at Collado Beach, south of Veracruz, on March 9, 1847. Quickly investing the city, Scott began an intense bombardment of its defenses on March 22. After three days of constant firing, the Mexicans opened surrender negotiations. One of the most fortified cities in the Western Hemisphere, Scott captured it... 8. Uniform 1942 BY: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sue Light) AT: This Intrepid Band URL: <http://greatwarnurses.blogspot.com/2010/03/uniform-1942.html> As a little interval from the Great War and a step into the next war (which I seem to do increasingly these days) I came across this uniform book in a file at The National Archives, dated 1942. I wonder how many nurses looked this slim, elegant and sophisticated, as they went about their duties under the immense pressures of the Second World War? And the price of the Mess Dress is fairly mind-boggling for the time!... 9. 61-67 Warrington Crescent, 8 March 1918 BY: Brett Holman AT: Airminded URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/airminded/~3/ar4fo4nByxk/> This is Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale, on the morning of 8 March 1918, after it had been hit by a 1-ton bomb dropped by a Giant bomber the night before — one of the largest to fall on London during the First World War and the most materially destructive. Twelve people were killed (including Lena Ford, who wrote the words to the song “Keep the home fires burning”). It was the first air raid to come in the dark of the moon and, fortunately, the second-last of the war. In the 1930s, much was made of the fact that... 10. Institutional Responsibility and Individual Research BY: Brooks D. Simpson AT: Civil Warriors URL: <http://civilwarriors.net/wordpress/?p=2103> Civil War Memory’s Kevin Levin raises a very interesting point in a recent blog entry about Earl Ijames, curator at the North Carolina Museum of History: “As I stated before, I would have no problem if we were talking about a private individual; however, Mr. Ijames is an employee of a public institution. The North Carolina [...]... 11. Joseph L. Payne BY: Steve Soper AT: Third Michigan Infantry Research Project URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MenOfTheTheThirdMichiganInfantry/~3/vv9Sv0QuKvw/joseph-l-payne.html> Joseph L. Payne was born in 1842, in Ohio.Joseph stood 5’6” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a ruddy complexion and was a 20-year-old farmer living in Ganges, Allegan County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. According to one source, he was among the second wave of recruits to come out of Ottawa County and did not in fact enlist until the end of May, along with Albert Hamlin, Calvin Hall, Nelson Davis and David Davis, Albert Gardner, James Rhodes, Perry Goshorn, Sylvester Gay, Joseph Solder (Josiah Schuler), Quincy Lamereaux, William Suret and... 12. Flightdeck Friday: Desperate Times – Desperate Measures… BY: SteelJaw AT URL: <http://blog.usni.org/2010/03/05/flightdeck-friday-desperate-times-call-for-desperate-measures/> In 1940 Britain was in a desperate fight for survival. Isolated from the Continent, Britain was relying on a lifeline extended from the States via merchant convoys. Plying the North Atlantic, out of range of land-based air cover, the convoys were subject to attack from German submarines, operating singly at first and later in wolf-packs, and from the air – He 111’s and Ju 88’s to be sure, but primarily from the long-range Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor. The Condors, first operating from Norway and later from France, were able to range far out into the... 13. Lessons From Waziristan (Ii): the Central Role of the Political Agent BY: Thomas E. Ricks AT URL: <http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/10/lessons_from_waziristan_ii_the_central_role_of_the_political_agent> At the center of British operations in Waziristan was not the military commander but the political officer, writes Andrew Roe in his useful study Waging War in Waziristan. As best as I can make out, we really don't have a parallel position-the political advisors that senior generals have in the Army are nothing like it. The British political officer frequently was someone of military background, holding a rank, but not in the military chain of command, and with his own small forces to use on a daily basis. When things fell apart, he would call in the Army, and... ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----