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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXV (January 2009)
- Project news
- Don't forget the six-monthly Coordinator elections will take place in March for the April-September term. If you want to become more involved in the project, now's the time to start thinking about it!
- Upon the improvement of World War I or Alexander the Great to featured article, Lead Coordinator Roger Davies has pledged to donate US$250 per article to the Wikimedia Foundation. This pledge is listed at the bounty board and will expire on 31 December 2009. The two articles are both listed at the Special Projects Department as the second and ninth most frequently-read MILHIST articles.
- Following extensive discussion, the structure of the A-Class Medal System has been changed to include three new medals: The A-Class Medal with Oak Leaves, the A-Class Medal with Oakleaves and Swords, and the A-Class Medal with Oakleaves, Swords, and Diamonds, each of which is respectfully awarded after 5, 10, and 20 groups of three A-Class Articles.
- The number of our A-Class articles grew by more than 25% during this month, compared to the total number of A-Class articles existent at the end of December.
- Following a successful RfA, Cam has been promoted to administrator.
- Articles of note
New featured articles:
- Alaska class cruiser
- Bruce Kingsbury
- Fred Moosally
- Isaac Shelby
- Maryland and Virginia Rifle Regiment
- Operation Brevity
- Operation Uranus
- SS Minnesotan
- Stanley Goble
- Tetrarch (tank)
- USS Iowa (BB-61)
- USS Iowa turret explosion
- Woodes Rogers
New featured lists:
- List of Second Boer War Victoria Cross recipients
New featured topics:
- Adriatic campaign of 1807-1814
New A-Class articles:
- Battle of Aachen
- Battle of Grand Port
- Battle of Kaiapit
- Bob Chappuis
- Elmer Gedeon
- George Alan Vasey
- George Julian Howell
- Heinrich Bär
- James Newland
- John S. McCain, Jr.
- Landing at Saidor
- List of tanks in the Spanish Civil War
- M249 squad automatic weapon
- Military history of Australia during World War II
- Neil Hamilton Fairley
- North Yemen Civil War
- Operation Cobra
- Operation Winter Storm
- Operation Totalize
- Percy Statton
- Port Chicago disaster
- SM U-14 (Austria-Hungary)
- SS Timothy Bloodworth
- Tom Derrick
- U-1 class submarine (Austria-Hungary)
- U-3 class submarine (Austria-Hungary)
- William Bostock
- Willie Gillis
- Yamato class battleship
- Current proposals and discussions
- A drive is underway to identify the core topics of World War I with the aim of improving their quality before the centenary of the start of World War I in 2014.
- A Survey is currently underway to determine how MilHist's processes, logistics, and management can be improved.
- Awards and honors
- "Military historian of the Year": the winners of the gold, silver and bronze wikis are: in first place, JonCatalán; in second place, Cla68; and in joint third place, TomStar81 and Skinny87. The runners-up in alphabetical, who each receive the WikiProject Barnstar, are: Abraham, B.S., Bellhalla, Dreamafter, Durova, Ian Rose, Nick-D, Saberwyn, Woody, YellowMonkey and Ynhockey.
- For their work improving articles through the Military history review process during the fourth quarter of 2008, Joe N, JonCatalán, Skinny87, The_ed17, YellowMonkey, Abraham, B.S., Cam, Woody, Roger Davies, Redmarkviolinist, Jim Sweeney, and Nick-D, have been awarded the Content Review Medal.
- Abraham, B.S. has been awarded the WikiChevrons with Oak Leaves in recognition of his many valuable contributions to the project as an active reviewer, a thoughtful contributor to military history discussions, a fine content contributor, and a gentleman.
- Bellhalla has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal with Oakleaves for three ship articles: SS Washingtonian, SS Minnesotan and SS Timothy Bloodworth. He is the first editor to receive the Oakleaves.
- Abraham, B.S. has also been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal twice for Clarence Smith Jeffries, George Ingram, John Whittle, Harry Murray, James Newland and George Julian Howell.
- Cam has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal for 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, Operation Lüttich, and Yamato class battleship.
- JonCatalán has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal twice for Panzer IV, Third Battle of Kharkov, Tanks in the Spanish Army, Arena Active Protection System, Operation Winter Storm and List of tanks in the Spanish Civil War.
- Cla68 has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal for Operation Ke, Guadalcanal Campaign and USS Iowa turret explosion.
- Eurocopter has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal for Operation Epsom, Operation Cobra and Battle of Berlin.
- Hawkeye7 has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal twice for Neil Hamilton Fairley, Edmund Herring, Admiralty Islands campaign, Battle of Kaiapit, Landing at Saidor and George Alan Vasey.
- The_ed17 has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal for USS Nevada (BB-36), Alaska class cruiser and Lexington class battlecruiser.
- TonyTheTiger has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal for Four Freedoms (Norman Rockwell), Bob Chappuis and Elmer Gedeon.
- The Contest department has completed its twenty second month of competition, which saw 62 entries. The top scorer this month is Bellhalla with 93 points followed by Abraham, B.S. with 52 points. Cam, Georgejdorner and 11 other editors also fielded entries. Bellhalla remains the overall leader with 687 points in total. The Chevrons go to Bellhalla and Abraham, B.S. gets the Writer's Barnstar. You are encouraged to submit any articles you are working on as entries.
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