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Your GA nomination of 2nd Commando Regiment (Australia)[edit]

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G'day, I've added my comments/suggestions to this now. Please let me know what you think. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 20:29, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Operation Slipper[edit]

I suspect that this material on the SASR you just removed was my fault... (and has been in the article since I added it many years ago, back in the days before referencing was commonplace). Thanks for removing it. Nick-D (talk) 11:14, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Gday Nick. No worries at all (and I could be wrong - its more the absence of anything to confirm it that is my concern). I recall at the time (2001 / 2002) there being something mentioned about the NZ SAS being attached to the SASR in Afghanistan but have never been able to dig any references up for it so I wonder if it was media speculation (certainly the two units have operated together on previous occasions and would have operated together in the early stages in Afghanistan although what the command relationship was I wouldn't know). There doesn't appear to be anything in Ian McPhedran's book about it (which I would have expected) so I thought it best to remove it at the moment. The NZ SAS article is fairly well developed (and referenced) and doesn't included anything on this attachment, although I unfortunately don't have Ron Crosby's book. The NZ SAS in the early days was part of TF K-Bar and I *believe* the SASR was originally meant to be, but ended up being attached to the Marines (Task Force 58) instead (this seems to be implied by my reading of McPhedran). I am quite unclear on the chain of comd that existed at the time though and the sources don't really seem to clarify it. Pugliese's (2003) Shadow Wars says the SASR was part of Task Force K-Bar (and there are a few other works of that vintage that also says this); however, AFAIK the SASR did not receive the TF K-bar Presidential Unit Citation because they weren't part of that TF. Of cse if something comes to light which clarifies it I'm more than happy to reinsert it. All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 03:07, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the SAS squadron tried to keep out of Task Force K-Bar as it was seen to be being assigned relatively unimportant tasks by the US command. I can't remember where I read this though (possibly McPhedran?). Nick-D (talk) 05:31, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
Howdy - I found a little more on this from Micheletti (2003) Special Forces: War on Terrorism In Afghanistan 2001-2003, p.143 (not an impeccable source though): "Contrary to what was sometimes written, the New Zealand SAS did not operate with the Australian SAS. The main reason for that was that the two SAS units operated in different zones and while the NZ SAS were dependent on the American units deployed in the Bagram area for their logistics and command elements the Australians were operating autonomously in the Kandahar region." I'm thinking of incorporating something along these lines into the NZ SAS article at least. What do you think? Anotherclown (talk) 20:33, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
I've added something now [1]. Will adjust if required. Cheers. Anotherclown (talk) 21:22, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
That looks good. My understanding is that the SASR squadrons were one of only a few non-US special forces units deployed during the early part of the war in Afghanistan which were self-sustaining and had their own transport (John Birmingham notes this in his rather good 2005 quarterly essay A Time for War: Australia as a Military Power). Regards, Nick-D (talk) 22:29, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

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Your GA nomination of 2nd Commando Regiment (Australia)[edit]

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Your GA nomination of First Australian Imperial Force[edit]

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Your GA nomination of First Australian Imperial Force[edit]

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Congratulations and thank you for your excellent work in leading the developing of this article - it's been a complete pleasure working with yourself, User:AustralianRupert and User:Hawkeye7 on it (in a fairly minor way). Nick-D (talk) 10:04, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Likewise Nick, you made some very important contributions. Two heads are better than one and this one had five working on it (when you count PM)! Anotherclown (talk) 10:13, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

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Been there, done that.[edit]

‎(further fix, will use preview one day...) - Yes, I've been guilty of that myself ...

Happy New Year! Cheers, Pdfpdf (talk) 04:33, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

Gday, yeah I was making my own life rather difficult then! All the best for the new year. Anotherclown (talk) 21:04, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

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The Bugle: Issue CVI, January 2015[edit]

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Gallipoli Campaign[edit]

Greetings another, do you have The Ottoman Army 1914-1918: Disease & Death on the Battlefield Hikmet Özdemir Translated by Saban Kardas and the Erikson books? Keith-264 (talk) 12:45, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Gday Keith. No I don't have any of those unfortunately. Anotherclown (talk) 12:50, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
If you're interested send an email to [rm] and I'll try to send them, once I've worked out how to zip them.Keith-264 (talk) 13:33, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Howdy. Thanks very much for the offer but I don't think I'll have much use for them, at least in the short to medium term. I'm back at work from next week and probably won't have much free time. Perhaps one of the other MILHIST editors might though? Maybe post on the talk page there? All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 04:12, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
OK If things change, let me know. Keith-264 (talk) 08:55, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

October–December 2014 Milhist reviewing award[edit]

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Murder of Kylie Maybury[edit]

Could you take a look at Murder of Kylie Maybury? There's no doubting the notability - it made the front page at the time, even pushing Reagan's win over Mondale over to the side. Paul Austin (talk) 03:46, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Gday Paul - I'm afraid there is probably not much I can assist with here. It's not really an area I work in (I mostly confine myself to areas I have some knowledge of, i.e. military history and cricket). Is there a specific aspect you think I might be able to assist with? All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 04:07, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
I was only four years old when she was murdered. I was hoping to find an Australian or Melbourneite that could help me flesh it out. Kylie deserves that. Paul Austin (talk) 05:16, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
A noble goal for sure. Unfortunately I don't think I can be of much help though. If you are looking for sources you might find something at Trove - http://trove.nla.gov.au/. It is a website run by the National Library of Australia and includes digitized Australian newspapers as well as links to various other sources, websites, journals etc. In terms of getting other editors interested in improving the article perhaps post something at Wikipedia:Australian Wikipedians' notice board? There may be someone there with the knowledge to be able to help improve the article. Anotherclown (talk) 05:54, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Against all odds?[edit]

Thanks! (Appreciated!!) Cheers, Pdfpdf (talk) 14:22, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Cheers for that - I figured they would embargo the announcement until later but there you go. Anotherclown (talk) 14:31, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Well, they sort-of did - until midnight EDST. Cheers, Pdfpdf (talk) 14:52, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

GA Cup - The Finals[edit]

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Final couple of RAAF squadrons[edit]

G'day mate, do you have anything in the way of sources/references for Nos. 26, and 28? Apart from No. 87 Squadron RAAF (which is mainly just lacking refs), and a couple of short lived squadrons (Berlin Airlift Squadron RAAF, Fighter Squadron RAAF, Rescue and Communication Squadron RAAF, and Seaplane Squadron RAAF), getting these to B-class would largely complete the Main Series squadrons. No. 292 Squadron RAAF could also do with expansion if you had anything on it. Nick has a progress page here that I've slowly been working through: User:Nick-D/RAAF sqns. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 22:23, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

All these are in the Units of the RAAF series that I have (actually you can download scans at the Air Power Development Centre website). I was hoping to take 87 Squadron and Fighter Squadron, and could augment the others as appropriate. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 22:30, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
There's also a book on the history of the RAAF reserves, though it's now rather dated and doesn't cover all the post-war reserve squadrons. I looked into doing No. 28 Squadron, but nothing comprehensive was available... - there are lots of stories about it in RAAF News though. Nick-D (talk) 22:36, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Just following up, I actually have a draft of Fighter Squadron already -- its history seems a little more involved than the Units entry lets on, so I'd definitely recommend leaving that to me as I think I've about sussed it, I just need to get the wording right... ;-) Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 22:45, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Cheers, Ian, no worries, I will definately leave Figther Squadron to you. It also looks like someone has added the missing refs to 87 Squadron over Christmas (and I must have missed it on my watchlist). I've put it up for re-assessment, but please feel free to give it your personal touch if it takes your fancy. At this stage, I don't have much plans to write anything significant for a while due to work/training courses etc which will las the next two to three months or so. But I will probably have a little time to do minor work over that period. Cheers, AustralianRupert (talk) 22:56, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Well that's a coincidence -- I was sure I had 87 Sqn on my watchlist too and it was in very ordinary shape last time I saw it, but now I find I wasn't watching it and it is indeed looking pretty good...! Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 23:03, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Hello fellas. Sorry I've been off net for a bit. AR - unfortunately I don't have much for 26 or 28 Sqn other than the Units of the RAAF entries. However, due to a serious service related injury it now appears I may have rather a lot of time on my hands for the next few months (although I'm currently in a drug fuelled haze at least until my surgery). Anyway I will probably be looking around for a project in b/n rehab etc (and watching the World Cup) so will see if I can get around to adding what I can to these articles. Although I might try and finish my work on the Papuan Infantry Battalion. Ian - ack your baggsie on Fighter Squadron. No worries at all, looking forward to reading what you come up with! Regards. Anotherclown (talk) 12:19, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Cheers, mate, good luck with the surgery and enjoy the cricket! Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 12:34, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CVII, February 2015[edit]

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Battle of Goodenough Island[edit]

Hello,

You undid my modifications on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Goodenough_Island... You wrote "explained in the body of the article and referenced". Yes thats right. However did you at least read it, just curious?

Let's quote the article then :

"On 3 October, the submarine I-1 arrived at Goodenough Island, and dropped off rations, ammunition, medical supplies, a radio and a landing craft. It took 71 sick or wounded men, all it could carry, back to Rabaul, along with the bodies of 13 dead. This left 285 Japanese troops on the island" (Australian troops landed on Goodenough the 22/10/42)


"The Japanese were believed to have suffered 20 killed and 15 wounded during the battle, along with another 19 killed prior to the Australian landing."--PacificWarExpert (talk) 14:00, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes I did. 20 killed during + 19 killed before = 39 killed, which is what the infobox currently says. This figure is also specifically referenced to McCarthy and appears on page 349 (of the copy I own at least). Other than that I'm not too interested in your maths. If you have concerns with the information in the article, or the way it is currently written, now that you have been reverted you should articulate your proposed edit on the talk page of that article. If there is a consensus to change following a discussion then it can be implemented. See WP:BRD which explains the Bold, Revert, Discuss cycle. Anotherclown (talk) 14:26, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
You dont understand my point. The infobox talks about the Goodenough land battle (10/22/1942-10/27/1942), are we ok? Cool. So now lets read the article and what MacCarthy stated in his book... Yes there were initially 353 Japanese soldiers on Goodenough in August 1942, but he also clearly says that only 285 remained on the island after the 10/3/1942. (you still remember what the infobox talks about?). Same thing with the japanese casualties, 20 of them died during the 10/22/1942-10/27/1942 period... The 19 others died during Americans and Australians air attacks who occured MONTHS AND WEEKS before the Australians landed on the island. Why do you deny this? Just carefully read the book if you really have it. --PacificWarExpert (talk) 14:59, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
G'day AC and PWE, I agree this change should definately be discussed per BRD. Perhaps a compromise solution would be to split the strengths and casualties in the infobox? Something like this might work: Strength: 353 (initially), 285 (during ground fighting) Casualties: 19 killed (prior to Allied landing), 20 killed (after Allied landing). Or something similar? Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 23:52, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
So called PacificWarExpert - discuss this at the article talkpage as I have already asked, not my talk page. I honestly don't care about the specifics of your argument, only the process which you seem quite happy to abuse. Your pointed and rude remarks don't help either. I DID NOT WRITE THE ARTICLE, I'm not denying anything, and yes I have the book (a digitized version is also freely available here if you would like to do so yourself [3]). At any rate if the 19 were killed in the preparation for the landing by air attacks in its lead up that would seem to be part of the battle to me at any rate. Anotherclown (talk) 00:40, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Well, we shoud rather find rapdily a compromise since we already presented our arguments. This whole affair has no sense. We have the SAME sources but we simply read them differently. Im ok with what AustralianRupert said. His solution is from far the most constructive. I will also add references in the infobox. Sorry for my rusted English. --PacificWarExpert (talk) 08:53, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Take it to the article talk page. Anotherclown (talk) 09:22, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

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2014-2015 GA Cup Wrap-Up[edit]

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Desert War[edit]

I was rather surprised to see how untidy the Desert War articles had become but your spring clean has been excellent. I had a quick revamp of the main Western Desert Campaign page in mind after the oasis articles (last year I found that doing a few smaller articles in between the bigger ones, helped my Wikimojo and I have something similar in mind for the WWI & II oases) but cutting and pasting 1–2 paragraph summaries, has turned out to be more difficult than expected, due to the wayward quality of the other articles. The aftermath section is going to be difficult too, could you recommend recent sources which offer a summary of the campaign please? Regards Keith-264 (talk) 09:07, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Gday Keith. Unfortunately I don't have very many sources on this topic. There is fairly concise overview of the campaign and its strategic outcomes etc in Holmes, (2001) The Oxford Companion to Military History pp. 992-993 though. It would probably give you a fairly good summary of the subject at least. Unfortunately Google Books only has snippet view - [4] Anotherclown (talk) 10:13, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks I'll keep an eye out for it, I'll have my library later in the week.Keith-264 (talk) 22:21, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Collapsible order of battle[edit]

I've been quite excited about managing to homage (copy) other peoples' work and put collapsible frames around OOBs but I'm not sure about their placement in the article, where might you suggest? RegardsKeith-264 (talk) 08:19, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Howdy - yes it is a fairly neat solution in my opinion where we include OOBs in an article rather than separating them (e.g. like we do in the Gallipoli Campaign article for instance). My reading of the WP:MILMOS/C is that information about "What forces were involved" should go in the prelude; however, I don't think a collapsible box would visually work in the middle of the article, so in the last section before the notes / footnotes like you have in Battle of Wadi Akarit works fine in my opinion. Just from memory many editors seem to have different opinions about where OOB sections should go in articles anyway (collapsed or otherwise) and I have seen a range of variations so I don't think there is any "thou shall not" rules being applied at any rate. Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any guidance on placement in the relevant Academy article - Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Academy/Writing an Order of Battle. Sorry for the non-answer, hope this helps though. Anotherclown (talk) 22:06, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
I think somewhere below the Aftermath header too, as long as it shows up in the contents box so people know. "What forces were involved" seems like a generic criterion so the detail of an OOB could be the separate. I suppose that if anyone objects I'll find out soon enough. ;O) Regards Keith-264 (talk) 22:19, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, that seems a fair assessment to me. Knowing this place though someone usually takes exception to pretty much anything anyone else does in good faith though... grumble. Anyway my whinge is over (for now at least). All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 22:29, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Just (Western) Deserts[edit]

Thanks for the reviews, I'm rather enjoying tidying them up. Tobruk and Sonnenblume nextKeith-264 (talk) 23:51, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

No worries at all. Great to see these getting some attention from someone. The area is surprisingly under-developed. Anotherclown (talk) 00:02, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I thought so too. I find that it's quite restful to change areas for a while but I'm going back to the Western Front presently, there's the smaller gigs on the Somme to finish and the 1st Ypres pages waiting.Keith-264 (talk) 07:33, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CVIII, March 2015[edit]

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Gallipoli Campaign[edit]

Hello - I can see you are trying to improve this article which is great; however, there really needs to be discussion about the way forward first. There are a number of issues with both of your edits in my opinion (just briefly one had too little information and no citations and the other one had too much information to be a useful summary). The Gallipoli Campaign article is currently listed as a Good Article and developed through a series of reviews. It is also a highly visible article so rather than making BOLD edits it seems to me that the best approach before making significant changes is to discuss any proposed change first on the talk page, develop a consensus about the proposal, and then implement those changes if there is agreement to do so. Anyway hopefully this clarifies my position. Regards. Anotherclown (talk) 00:54, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Gallipoli_Campaign&diff=654426434&oldid=651572093 — Preceding unsigned comment added by SelimAnkara1993 (talkcontribs) 01:23, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

List of Adolf Hitler's personal staff[edit]

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Avoiding conflict[edit]

I've decided to create a section Talk:World_War_II#Slight_alteration in the talk page of World War II to avoid any edit conflicts, thanks.--Hashi0707 (talk) 13:36, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject Research Invitation[edit]

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Marge6914 (talk) 18:01, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Operation Compass[edit]

Greetings Another, would you mind having a look at the recent edit history of Operation Compass with a view to forming an opinion as to what's going on? I've tried to persuade another editor not to append lots of alternative casualty figures to the short sections, since they are synopses not essays and often have their own page. I think the other editor is sympathetic to the idea of putting the alternatives into the casualties section, where they can form part of a unified discussion but I notice that the identity of the editor is being disguised.Keith-264 (talk) 19:50, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Commented and added a few refs (unfortunately I couldn't find any of the others that are missing though). Anotherclown (talk) 10:01, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
I think we've managed to conciliate our differences about sources and relevance by putting everything into the Casualties section. It's a bit laborious though.Keith-264 (talk) 10:17, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

your edits at Anzac Cove[edit]

While those unit names are certainly proper names and require capitalization, when the term is used to indicate multiple units then it ceases to be a proper name. Example: 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd and 8th infantry regiments. Those are the changes that I (correctly) made to the article. Primergrey (talk) 20:03, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

G'day, actually I think you'll find the interpretation of this capitalisation rule varies based on English variation. In Australian English, they would remain proper nouns regardless and would continue to take capitalisation. In American English, though, you would be correct, but only in decapitalising the first letter of the last word in the construction, i.e. "1st and 2nd Infantry regiments" (not "1st and 3rd infantry regiments, which I believe is incorrect capitalisation regardless of what English variation is being used). Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 21:42, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Was not aware of that peculiarity of Oz English. (I'm Canadian). I will argue your second point, though. When talking about the 3rd and 8th IRs, you are defining them as infantry units, and are no longer talking about the specific units themselves. Primergrey (talk) 23:09, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Primergrey - thanks for the note. Re you response to AR - I don't agree and I'm not sure its even an English variation issue in this case but a misunderstanding of the intent of the sentence. In my opinion the intent of the usage in this article was indeed to refer to specific units by their name (they are already defined as infantry by those names and at any rate if the primary intent was to define them by role only a less specific construction along the lines of "three infantry regiments" would probably have been used instead of "19th, 20th and 21st Infantry Regiments"). Regardless, what does the MOS say about this issue? As far as I can see the only guidance is MOS:MILTERMS which seems fairly clear to me at least. Anotherclown (talk) 23:48, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
I take the same line as Primergrey but notice that most don't. Keith-264 (talk) 00:08, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Gday Keith - is there a policy basis for this interpretation though? I've pointed to MOS:MILTERMS but haven't had any response IRT an alternative. Anotherclown (talk) 00:18, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Greetings, I didn't see much so I assume the first writer decides.Keith-264 (talk) 00:59, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
An interesting point and I agree that is one of the ways Eng Var issues are resolved (although I'm not sure if this is one as the use of no caps doesn't seem correct to me in any variation of English). The main author of Landing at Anzac Cove is User:Jim_Sweeney (an editor based in the United Kingdom, although he doesn't seem to be active often anymore). I'm fairly sure that he adopted full capitalization (per this edit [5]) but I'm open to being corrected about that. Anotherclown (talk) 01:25, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
I wonder if my b-class only policy has meant that my usage hasn't been challenged, as it would if I wanted to move articles to a-class?Keith-264 (talk) 06:23, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CIX, April 2015[edit]

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Al-Shabaab support inside wikipedia[edit]

Hi, I have read your interesting comments about user:Middayexpress. You made the negative comments -as evidence- in [6].

Of course I agree with you, but I want to add the following information, in case you want to investigate the "Al-Shabaab-ISIS" issue & presence on Wikipedia. Thanks anyway:

MIDDAYEXPRESS: supposed involvement in MUSLIM TERRORISM SUPPORT

She is a Somali woman living in the UK, probably in London, who is accused to be with pathological behavior while controlling in en.wiki all articles on Somalia. She has caused to abandon Wikipedia at least one user (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Chuckupd), who wrote that "I'm not the only one being attacked (by Middayexpress) without mercy" and "Middayexpress, you are hopelessly insane " and finally "I give up on Wikipedia. Middayexpress has accused me with so many lies that it has become unbearably depressing. I'm not the only one being attacked without mercy. One of these days, I hope she will be banned and then I might consider returning here."

Another wiki user (user: Buckshot06) wrote that "Middayexpress is in long-standing, continual violation of WP:NPOV, continually rolls back edits that do not reflect his views (IDONTLIKEIT/Disruptive editing, plus WP:UNDUE over-positive views of the Somali situation), and continually attempts to WP:OWN a wide range of Somalia articles." And this statement was supported by User:Bobrayner, who wrote that "I share Buckshot06's concerns. However, I feel the problem may be more widespread, as I have seen Middayexpress doing the same kind of pov-pushing on other articles related to Somalia and the surrounding region".

Buckshot06 wrote (on 17 February 2014): "Middayexpress, I remain increasingly concerned about your distortions of sources in both these articles. Beyond the issue of the TFG's security forces in Mogadishu in December 2006-January 2007, these include putting words in the mouth of a senior Ethiopian official, who did not say that Ethiopia had 8,000 troops in Somalia in November 2013, distorting a meeting between Italian and Somali officials in 2012 into a claim that Somali had started rebuilding its air force in 2000-2010, and inventing aircraft numbers and entire aircraft from the Library of Congress Country Study. Why do you continually readd the SM-1019s that are not listed in the Country Study?".....and user Nick-D (talk) added:" I've noticed that your edits to these articles seem to put an unduly positive "spin" on things. For instance, in your most recent edit to the Somali Civil War article [1] you removed material sourced to a January 2013 academic journal article by Laura Hammond in which she argued that "[M]uch of rural Somalia remains in the hands of al-Shabaab" and replaced it with more positive material sourced to a November 2012 news story which argues that 85% of the country was under government control at the time. You did not provide a rationale for this change (especially removing material outright rather than noting differing viewpoints) and I'm wondering why you made this change?"

User:Gobonobo added the negative comments that "Middayexpress can be a difficult editor to work with. Middayexpress tends to exert ownership over Somalia-related articles, employing an editing style that is combative and adversarial, often refactoring other's contributions and/or edit-warring to preserve their preferred version of an article. Sometimes Middayexpress exhibits tendentious behavior, removing sourced material that is critical of Somalia or Somali people". Additionally User:StoneProphet pinpointed that Middayexpress did "rampant cherry-picking of sources and content".

Middaexpress had fights from his first wiki-moments even with admins (like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Kwamikagami/old , who accused Middayexpress of "violating basic Wikipedia policy") and with many other users.

Middayexpress has even insulted users, like User:Sherurcij, who was called "racist" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Somalia_Affair&action=historysubmit&diff=303950062&oldid=303948740 ).

Middayexpress was "restricted" from posting by admin EdJohnston for some months in June 2010, after an edit-warring with user StoneProphet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Middayexpress/Archive_11).

User:Baboon43 accused Middayexpress of meatpuppetry in a sockpuppet investigation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Runehelmet/Archive ). He wrote: "Middayexpress is a meatpuppet master for Runehelmet as seen on Runehelmets talk page once middayexpress began into a dispute with me he went over to call runehelmet into the discussion 27 and rune also does the same vice versa 28..These two individuals would rather have a page dominated by somali-centric material and seem to turn a blind eye on other ethnic groups as seen here 29..Gyrofrog does not enter discussion on a wide scale like Runehelmet does so that is not comparable..If an editor pushes pov and seems to take your side in a discussion always and you go invite him then that is not acceptable..also your example about you and runehelmet disagreeing on article doesnt matter because that article is strictly somali oriented(squabbling in your own pot)..runehelmet would rather tag team if possible based on his behavior & he prefers to tag team strictly with Middayexpress....User Runehelmet also seems like a meatpuppet for User_talk:Middayexpress as clearly seen on runehelmets talk page [6]..midday passes on articles for runehelmet to add on his watchlist clearing way for both users to appear on WP:OBSART and wp:CAN..it seems other users have brought up their behavior in previous discussion 7..middayexpress invites runehelmet to discussions which is also clearly seen on the talk page..they back each other to push consensus seen here [8] & [9]..also the only time Runehelmet seems to accept consensus in a dispute is if middayexpress enters the discussion as seen here [10] & [11]" Baboon43 (talk) 09:35, 26 November 2012 (UTC). Furthermore, some wikipedians complain that user AcidSnow is a "meatpuppet" of Middayexpress, because is always helping her in all the discussions and topics about Somalia.

User:Bricology found that Middaexpress was "hiding it in a long, dense and relatively undifferentiated timeline" the issue of poaching as a source of funds for the Somalian terrorist group Al-Shabaab. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Al-Shabaab_(militant_group)#Moving_on...). He even wrote: "Middayexpress, you either presume that you have the power to unilaterally change other editors' work or you misunderstand the relevant issue, or both".

This tentative to "help" the image of Al-Shabaab in Wikipedia (similar to the one denounced by user Nick-D ) raises doubts, and creates the possibility that Middayexpress has a supposed involvement in Muslim terrorism support. Indeed she has an astonishing knowledge of Al-Shabaab activity in the last years: this knowledge can only be possessed or done by an insider (or a closely-related to an insider) of this terrorist organization!

Furthermore, Middayexpress has shown a "fanatical hate" (similar to the one of members of Al-Shabaab) against Christianity in Somalia, as is clearly evidenced from her cancellation of serious bibliography and data in the voice "Roman Catholicism in Somalia" (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Roman_Catholicism_in_Somalia&oldid=320544261): she has made disappear that "The Bishop of Mogadishu, Franco Filippini, declared in 1940 that there were about 40,000 Somali Catholics due to the work of missionaries in the rural regions of Juba and Shebelle, but WWII damaged in an irreversibly way most of the catholic missions in Italian Somalia.[1] ". She angrily (as a possible al-Shabaab member or sympathizer) denied her POV-caused disappearances (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Roman_Catholicism_in_Somalia&oldid=320948362).

Middayexpress even attacked with continuous "malignity" user Oldsettler accusing him of sockpuppetry until she obtained the help of "wikimafia" user Vituzzu (read about this Sicilian-calabrese: The Stewarts are firmly in control): she wanted and obtained to "decapitate without pity in Wikipedia" Oldsettler with the same kind of malignity & hate shown in Syria by ISIS terrorists. Oldsettler wrote "The malignity of this Middayexpress is unbelievable. Why against me? I have never done anything with him/her or against him/her, but -after obtaining to erase my dad's photo- now attacks me continuously repeating the same accusations again and again and again with his/her typical "byzantine phrases" full of the same things. I have read his/her 60 archives and I have found that he/she is a Somalian living in the UK (probably in the London area full of supporters of ISIS (read [46]) and that he/she has had "fightings" with many wikipedians. He/she has collected many blocks and menaces of blocks for his/her continuous edit-warrings and seems to promote muslim POVs in a way that remembers the religious fanatism: most important to me, he/she seems to "hate" colonialism and western colonialists, so probably he/she identifies me with the Italians who colonized Somalia....and this can explain his/her attacks against me."

Furthermore Vituzzu is known in the Italian wiki as one of the main bosses of the “Italian wikimafia”. Some websites denounce him, like “Wikiperle” (read in Italian : htp://wikiperle.blogspot.com/2013/05/wikipedia-mai-criticare-la-famiglia.html) and “Perle Complottiste” (read: http://complottismo.blogspot.com/search/label/Vituzzu?max-results=100 ) and so do many Italian wikiusers (read in Italian: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Amministratori/Riconferma_annuale/Vituzzu/3 ; http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Amministratori/Riconferma_annuale/Archivio/Archivio_riconferme_tacite/2012#Vituzzu ; http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Amministratori/Riconferma_annuale/Archivio/Archivio_riconferme_tacite/2013#Vituzzu ). Vituzzu -he is from Calabria, the home of Ndrangheta (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/02/150224083921277.html)- has even been "blocked" many times in the Italian Wikipedia, even if he is an admin, and "strangely" survived without ever being banned (http://it.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?titl… ): but this could only be possible because of his powerful "mafia" relationships!).

This help from wikimafia Vituzzu could or seems to be related to the growing relationship between muslim terrorism organizations and the mafia against & inside the Christian Western industrial societies (http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PZMgorG2ojMJ:www.europarl.europa.eu/document/activities/cont/201211/20121127ATT56707/20121127ATT56707EN.pdf+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us): may be it is even related -as a clear possible proof- to the Middayexpress supposed involvement in Muslim terrorism support. Even a possible link to Al-Kaeda cannot be excluded, because of the growing contacts between Somalian Al-Shabaab and ISIS (read: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/03/24/isis-reaches-out-to-somali-terror-group-al-shabaab/ ).

Indeed in London, between some members of the huge Somalian community, there it is a growing "hidden" support for Al-Shabaab; and Middaexpress seems to live there (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2964218/Somali-terror-group-Al-Shabaab-calls-Westgate-style-shopping-centre-attack-London-s-Oxford-Street-chilling-new-video.html ).

If interested in further in formation, please go to http://www.trackingterrorism.org/group/north-london-boys — Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.134.182.190 (talk) 13:57, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

G'day - apologies but this is well above my pay grade (which is of cse zero). Whilst I have previously had some interaction with that user I am not very knowledgeable in the field and don't often edit there so it is difficult for me to comment on whether their edits are correct or not. Perhaps you may wish to take your concerns to Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents? (Although I'll be honest with you in that they are unlikely to resolve anything there either). Unfortunately Wikipedia doesn't seem to be very good at defending itself against some of the more sophisticated forms for disruption that some editors seem to choose to participate in. Sorry but I cannot be of any more assistance than that. Anotherclown (talk) 02:51, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ Tripodi, Paolo. The Colonial Legacy in Somalia. p. 66

January-March 2015 Milhist reviewing award[edit]

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For completing 12 reviews during January-March 2015, on behalf of the Wikiproject Military History coordinators, I hereby award you the Content Review Medal of Merit. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (crack... thump) 09:15, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

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Battle of Labuan FAC[edit]

Hi, Given your fine work on the Battle of North Borneo a few years ago, would you be able to look into Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Battle of Labuan/archive1 and leave a review? (negative or positive, of course). The review has been open for three weeks now and needs some additional reviewers. Thanks, Nick-D (talk) 04:36, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

No worries - I've had a look over the article again and added some cmts on the review. All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 06:59, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for that Nick-D (talk) 08:28, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CX, May 2015[edit]

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Australian Special Forces[edit]

Hello,

the changes you have reverted are actually correct, the support units are not actaully special forces but special operations forces (yes there is a difference). I have served with every single one of those forces listed and they will all tell you that they are not speical forces. Australia has only to special forces units: The Special Air Service Regiment and the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments. The airforce and the navy do not have special forces units and the army only has those two listed above. Units like No.4 Squadron, the IRR and CLearence divers are not special forces! They are infact Special Operations Forces. Just please leave the edit as they are correect and will educate the public correctly intead of false information!!

Regards,

Lachlan — Preceding unsigned comment added by Militaryhistoryguru (talkcontribs) 03:31, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Unfortunately I cannot understand what you are attempting to achieve by your edits here and they seem to fall below our standards for inclusion so yes I have undone them again. The article already made the distinction between special forces and special operations forces (the very first sentence states "...the Australian military has raised a range of special forces and special operations units...") so what value is there in repeating this in several other places? Equally despite the concern you raise above the article at no stage labels No. 4 Squadron, IRR and Clearance divers etc as "special forces" (they are listed as "support units" only). So again I am unsure what your issue is here. Lastly, there were also a number of typos and style issues with your edits. If you wish to make further changes that's fine; however, if other editors disagree with them and revert you will be required to discuss them on the talk page and develop consensus before making them again per the Bold, Revert, Discuss cycle outlined in the policy at WP:BRD. Not doing so could be seen as disruptive. Anotherclown (talk) 22:18, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Quixotic plea[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Wikipediholism test. Thanks. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 03:48, 23 May 2015 (UTC)