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Hi Farawayman. I just wanted to let you know I have uploaded two images here under fair use that I think were probably both uploaded by you to Commons and were recently deleted there (File:SAS_Somerset_badge.png and File:SAMC crest.jpg). I don't have any source info other than "South African Navy", so please let me know if you have any concerns. HelenOnline 16:55, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Helen - thanks and well done! I will see if I can find appropriate sources and will edit the image descriptions accordingly. Farawayman (talk) 17:03, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Oops, thanks for sorting out the image placement. HelenOnline 17:17, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

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The Bugle: Issue XCVII, April 2014[edit]

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POV editing[edit]

Hi Farawayman. Perhaps you can help. This refers to the contibutions by user Stumink, no stranger to you.

  • 1. I could have dropped the editor a note, but I see now that this is a concerted effort on quite a wide range of subjects where the editor is displaying a blatant POV. I don't know what the procedures are to take this to ANI, so I am fisrt bouncing it off people I believe will make a fair judgment of this situation.
  • 2. The editor in question has been changing information (in most cases calling it "adjusting wording" in the edit summaries) on Angola, South Afria, anywhere where there was a Cold War conflict, changing to sanitise the image of the West and denigrating the other side, sometimes blatantly as here. Elsewhere, the editor has sought to delegitimise the Angolan government on various pages, by replacing it with MPLA every time; removing references to US involvement here, here; removing huge chunks of information without explanation here; removing mentions of the term apartheid on a number of pages, here, in general sanitising the SA government side here; has changed valuable information on a NZ treaty to improve the image of the settlers here; In efforts to sanitise, when unsure ("pretty sure", editor says in edit summary), editor removes information notheless, as [here, and here;
  • 3. What the editor does in relation to the Cold War, he/ she does in relation to Israel/ Palestinians
  • 4. The same goes for West versus Arabs/ Muslims, see here
  • 5. Same goes for Western vs indigenous peoples as here, and here
  • 6. Sock? From the consistency of the edits, as here, here, here, and the wording in the edit summaries, I have reason to suspect that the editor is the same as this IP.

I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 23:04, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Gabo - I tend to stick with Southern Africa and WWII military history topics only. I will certainly support any actions preventing the improper politicisation of any military history page. Let me know if you spot any new such un-sourced editing bias from this (or any other) editor. Farawayman (talk) 00:40, 6 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Faraway. As for blanking, I see user does the same on talk pages where he/ she gets taken to task over POV editing. Please see comment by editor, top of my talk page (don't know why top of page). So the IP and the editor are the same person, by his/ her own admission. Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 01:17, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks "Bot" - fixed. Farawayman (talk) 08:56, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

SAAF ranks[edit]

Hi. Do you still have the SAAF rank images that were deleted from commons? I want to try create these as SVG or JPG images and need some idea of scale. Gbawden (talk) 08:18, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

I could not find the option to mail you via wiki. Please check if your mail option is turned on. I will search for them and mail them to you. Farawayman (talk) 09:08, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

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Assistance with vandalism please on German military history data entry[edit]

I have been updating data and improving the overall content of Military production during World War II since June, with a particular focus on including more data about Germany, the Axis, historic context, German technical achievements and other information related to the German experience of the war. Today Bender235 deleted over 3 months and 300 hours of my work and that of others, 40,000 characters of edits, and hundreds of constructive additions to the page. I am in the midst of uploading an enormous amount of PRIMARY SOURCE DATA and he deleted everything done so far as "wikipedia can not be a source for itself". I am enraged. There was not one comment, warning, question, request, or suggestion from this "editor". Can you please help me reverse all the deletions and keep this guy off the page. There are ongoing constructive edits from several other individuals watching this site. Please help resolve this. These actions were not constructive and have reduced the quality of the material to a shadow of its last version before his vandalism. --Brukner (talk) 19:18, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Brukner - seems that the text was reverted and all is back where it should be! Let me know if you are ok with this. Apologies for the delayed response! Regards Farawayman (talk) 00:51, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

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Delville Wood[edit]

Greetings Faraway, my long-awaited final edit might actually get done soon as I'm having a purge on loose ends. RegardsKeith-264 (talk) 08:19, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Keith - let me know when its done, really keen to see your inputs. Best regards. Farawayman (talk) 00:52, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I've got a few more paragraphs of narrative and some analysis to add here User:Keith-264/sandbox3 and then it's done. I remembered that you wanted to keep the portrait photos etc so I've copied them in. All suggestions welcome. RegardsKeith-264 (talk) 13:57, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
"Piper Sandy Grieve of the Black Watch, who had fought against the South African Boers as part of the Highland Brigade, at the Battle of Magersfontein in 1899 and been wounded through the cheeks, played the South Africans out."

Do you have a page number and source for this please?Keith-264 (talk) 15:17, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Found it.Keith-264 (talk) 18:17, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
'Tis done (for the moment), looking forward to your views.Keith-264 (talk) 09:38, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

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Goose Green[edit]

I think you're doing a great job. Thanks for bringing it to everybody's attention (the real number of Argentine army wounded), I have never been comfortable with the figure of 140 wounded, unless the various Argentine authors meant to include the airforce wounded? I'm trying to confirm how many airforce personnel were wounded manning the 20mm anti-aircraft guns at Goose Green. Also the 5 dead from the 8th Regiment that supposedly died defending Boca House, were actually killed by naval shelling at Fox Bay (West Falkland). I wonder if you can include more pictures and information about the British servicemen that fought in the other battles in the Falklands?--100menonmars (talk) 07:49, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks 100menonmars! I have quite a lot of source material - from both sides of the conflict and have tried to edit the article to make it (a.) more readable and understandable, (b.) less inclined to only reflect the view of one side and (c.) to correct factual errors which - although cited, depend on first hand accounts or references written directly after the war.
  1. I will see what I can find on the AAF and will document that in the article talk page.
  2. Can you provide any reference or indication where we can confirm the death of the 5 guys from 8th Regt at Fox Bay?
  3. Didn't quite understand your last comment - "I wonder if you can include more pictures and information about the British servicemen that fought in the other battles in the Falklands?" Give me a bit more detail as to what you are referring to.
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Query resolved - Image should be fine now! Farawayman (talk) 23:43, 28 February 2015 (UTC)