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2016 GA Cup-Wrap Up[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016 GA Cup - Final/Wrap-Up
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Hello to our truly awesome GA Cup competitors!

Thursday, June 30 saw the end of the 2016 GA Cup. It was a huge success. In the final, our five competitors reviewed an astonishing 207 articles, the most in any GA Cup final thus far. We continue to reach our goals and make a substantial impact in how quickly articles are reviewed for GA status. On March 1, the start of this competition, the article longest in the queue had languished there since June 26, 2015 [1]; in the July 1, 2016 list, the average wait length is just four months [2]. It's clear that we continue to make a difference at GAN and throughout Wikipedia, something we should all be proud of. Thanks to all our competitors for their enthusiasm, and for helping to make the GA Cup a continued success. Remember that most articles can't even be considered for FA status unless it's been passed to GA first, so our efforts have created hundreds of potentials FAs. That is, as they say, a big deal.

The final this time represented a real horse race between our 1st and 2nd place winners. First-time competitor (who had won all previous rounds) Sainsf earned an impressive 1456 points with 91 articles reviewed during the final. Close behind, in second place was Carbrera, also a first-time competitor, reviewed the most articles (94). Their enthusiasm was a treat to witness. Congrats to you both!

The competition went relatively smoothly, with very little drama this time. We had to clarify one rule: in order for the points to count, you must mark your reviews as completed; it's not up to the judges to ensure that all reviews are completed by the end of a round. We were strict about adhering to this clarification, especially at the end of the final. We intend on stressing it in the stated rules for our next competition, which will be announced soon, so watch out for it. We also intend on applying for a grant through Wikimedia to include gift certificates for our winners, to further incentivize the GA Cup.

MrWooHoo should receive special recognition for acting as our main judge, and for stepping in for the rest of the judges when real-life busyness took over. He reviewed the majority of the submissions during our final round. Thanks for your hard work, and for the hard work of all our judges. We look forward to the next competition.

Again, thanks to all our competitors, and congrats to our winners.

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WWI directory[edit]

Hi there. Would you have time to look at this WWI directory I've started in my userspace? I included there the section at the WikiProject Resource Exchange that you started in February 2014. I have seen other such lists in userspaces (I can't remember where now exactly, but plan to contact them) and have a similar list myself on the bottom half of this page. Some people will have very extensive book collections and libraries. Was wondering about the best way to co-ordinate this? Would you have any advice? Carcharoth (talk) 07:38, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

@Carcharoth: - apologies for my tardy reply. Certainly I can see value in a WWI directory to help coordinate and (hopefully) encourage more work in this important area, and think your idea about housing it at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/World War I task force is a good one. Unfortunately as the MILHIST project has gotten more mature there seems to have been a decline in overt participation in some of our collective initiatives (not a criticism of anyone just an observation - my own contributions have also dropped off significantly of late). As such if you would like to get more people involved you might consider advertising it in some form, such as in The Bugle, in addition to your posting on the MILHIST talkpage (which I can see you have already done). This might serve to alert more of our contributors to the effort and get some more involvement etc (or at least remind them of it). All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 23:37, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. Overt participation does seem to be declining (nice way of putting it). I will follow up with the Bugle editors (have made contact already). One thing I would like to do is get a feel for how much activity is going on in this area. I think that can be done by a link to 'changes related' to a page with links to all the articles. Something like that was set up (a very long time ago now) for another WikiProject I was involved in, see here and the set up here and the other pages and related changes links there and on the talk page there. There is also the option of 'related changes' on categories, so something like this gets you a view of the editing going on at the talk pages of FA-level WWI articles, but how do you get the corresponding overview of the editing activity at the articles themselves? I am sure there was a way to do this, but have forgotten? One reason for doing this is to find out who is most active in this area, and to contact those people! Carcharoth (talk) 08:33, 9 July 2016 (UTC)
Yes I've often wondered how to get an overview of editing activity in a certain area myself. Just off the top of my head I know that User:Keith-264 has been contributing a lot to World War I articles (amoung others) consistently for quite a while. Unsure if you have contacted him. I hope this helps. Anotherclown (talk) 01:19, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXIII, July 2016[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Charles Edward Maurice Lloyd[edit]

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Quarterly Milhist Reviewing Award[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Ted Serong[edit]

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New page Forces Command[edit]

Created Forces Command page. No re directs yet. Left Commander Forces Command as is. --Melbguy05 (talk) 15:44, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Ok I must of misunderstood. I thought we were talking about moving the Commander Forces Command page to Forces Command (not having both). We could probably just do a redirect now. I've commented there. Anotherclown (talk) 23:49, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXIV, August 2016[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Ted Serong[edit]

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Roman and Byzantine Military History task force[edit]

As an incubator tier task force, we reached 4 active members and 1 sporadic, with one that is retired but may return, I followed the instructions of Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Military history/Coordinators and made all of the necessary categories, an infobox and the templates, I was wondering who I should ask to include us in the talk page template, I have already added the baseline of |Roman= to the template, but have not touched the underlying code to make it work. Thanks. Iazyges (talk) 23:18, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

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I've requested deletion per DB-SELF as this image now seems to have been replaced. Anotherclown (talk) 06:41, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

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I've requested deletion per DB-SELF as this image now seems to have been replaced. Anotherclown (talk) 06:41, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

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I've requested deletion per DB-SELF as this image now seems to have been replaced. Anotherclown (talk) 06:41, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXV, September 2016[edit]

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"Terrible" maps[edit]

Hi. Some maps in the style of your "terrible" efforts would actually be perfect for my next project. Would you be willing to help me get started on my own? Are yours created completely from scratch, or do you start with a base map? What software do you use? Any advice to help me get started would be very useful indeed. Thanks. FactotEm (talk) 13:28, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

G'day. Other than some formal training in military map marking, I'm no graphic designer and had to teach myself how to use Inkscape so its certainly achievable. Overall this software is good, but I did find it took a long time to learn and I still do not know how to use all its functions. At the very least I'd suggest reading the manual and maybe finding some online tutorials (if there are any). In terms of what to include in maps etc. there are some good tutorials at Wikipedia:Graphics Lab, as well as examples of maps and links to free software (including Inkscape). Depending on the map required I either free hand it from a source in a book (which is not very accurate admittedly at can look amateurish, at least when I do it), or I use terrain / coastal outlines from a public domain source if one is available (such as from a map in an official history etc) and then trace by importing a copy of the map into Inkscape. I suggest also having a look at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Academy/Creating maps which is a good resource and even has a template for basic military symbology which you can cut and paste into the maps you make. Hopefully some of this is helpful to you and I'd by happy to answer any other questions you might have. Anotherclown (talk) 01:30, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
Brilliant. Thanks for the tips. I'll give it a go when I get the chance. FactotEm (talk) 06:39, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

Italian casualties[edit]

I see you reverted the anon. He was just pulling the numbers from the well-referenced "Casualties" section. Our 6,029 comes from adding 631+616+2631+2151. The last number, which the anon ignored, is frostbite victims. We have no comparable number for the French (perhaps there were no frostbite victims). We also don't know how many Italian POWs there were: one estimate puts it at 1,141. Do you think the casualty numbers for both sides should be broken down in the infobox? In any case, should we include frostbite victims in the total? Srnec (talk) 23:04, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Gday Srnec. Thanks for the note. I actually did a quick search of the article to see if the change was backed up by the text but didn't see it so reverted it. That said I seem to have got this wrong as it is indeed there after all (my eyes must be painted on). At any rate it didn't really make sense as "631 casualties<br>616 lost<br>2.614 woundeds and frozen to death" but now I look closer I can see they meant to summarize this bit from the aftermath "631 or 642 men killed, 2,631 wounded and 616 reported missing. A further 2,151 men suffered from frostbite." I don't really have an opinion on how detailed the infobox should be, other than if we are detailed for the Italians we should use the same level of detail for the French (and vice versa etc) for consistency. To be honest my main concern here was possible disruption / socking which is why I watchlist a number of articles in this area. Now I can see this wasn't the case here so I'm more than happy with you making the change if you wish per WP:BOLD or perhaps pose the question on the talk page and see if there is consensus for the change and go from there. All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 06:09, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
Since there is some uncertainty over exact figures (especially for the French), I'd rather just list total casualties in the infobox, but I'm fine either way. We can use approximate numbers and leave it to the text to sort out. However, the anon's edit made me realise that we are counting frostbite victims as casualties. S/he removed them, thus reducing the overall number of Italian casualties, and by dividing it up (but not the French one) making the conflict appear less lopsided than it previously did. In short, it probably was a sock. But it got me to notice that the frostbite victims were included. In the context (invasion/battle infobox), does it make sense to include non-battle casualties in the total number? That was my main question. Is there Wiki precedent? Srnec (talk) 01:06, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
Gday again. Unfortunately I'm not aware of any precedent one way or the other and the documentation for Template:Infobox military conflict is mostly silent on the issue. As such I'd say this is probably one of those areas where we are expected to apply editorial judgment with a view of including information in the infobox if it would help our readers understanding of the topic. For me I think if frostbite casualties were significant in a campaign (i.e. great in number and / or contributed to the outcome etc) then potentially it could make sense to include them explicitly. That said a minimalist approach to the infobox (i.e. just providing a broad summary, with the detail in the text), is quite common across our articles as well. Long story short I can see both approaches being valid as long as they are applied consistently to both sides etc (so as to compare apples to apples and not to oranges etc). Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Anotherclown (talk) 21:55, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

Military history WikiProject coordinator election[edit]

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Vietnam War "battles"[edit]

Thanks for your input on the deletion discussions for Battle of Đồng Dương and Battle of Hà Vy. I am concerned that Vietnamese sources seem to be creating more of these "battles" and that they find their way onto Wikipedia. best regards Mztourist (talk) 09:20, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

Gday, yes I agree this does seem to be a significant issue. In many ways that is one of the major weaknesses of a platform like Wikipedia. Unfortunately once something gets published it takes on a life of its own (through Wiki mirrors etc.) even if its made up and / or conflated. Anotherclown (talk) 05:03, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
I completely agree. Do you know of any way to track the creation of such pages on Wikipedia? regards Mztourist (talk) 04:17, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't think there is any tool to alert a specific editor to new articles in a specific topic area. We do however have Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/New articles which lists all articles created that might fall within the scope of the Military History Project, but it requires an editor to manually patrol it. There is also Wikipedia:New pages patrol and Special:NewPagesFeed but these fulfill a much wider function (listing all new articles created etc). I hope this helps. Anotherclown (talk) 00:28, 26 September 2016 (UTC)
Yes it does, thanks! I want to keep a watch for these spurious pages. Mztourist (talk) 03:28, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

GA Cup Announcement[edit]

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We would like to announce the start of the 4th GA Cup, a competition that seeks to encourage the reviewing of Good article nominations! Thus far, there have been three GA Cups, which were successful in reaching our goals of significantly reducing the traditionally long queue at GAN, so we're doing it again. Currently, there are over 400 nominations listed. We hope that we can again make an impact this time.

The 4th GA Cup will begin on November 1, 2016. Four rounds are currently scheduled (which will bring the competition to a close on February 28, 2017), but this may change based on participant numbers. We may take a break in December for the holidays, depending on the results of a poll of our participants taken shortly after the competition begins. The sign-up and submissions process will remain the same, as will the scoring.

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Congratulations![edit]

Coordinator of the Military History Project, September 2016 – September 2017

In recognition of your successful election as a co-ordinator of the Military History Project for the next year, I hereby present you with these co-ord stars. I wish you luck in the coming year. TomStar81 (Talk) 00:04, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Tom. Anotherclown (talk) 00:56, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Battle of Vác (10.04.1849)[edit]

Hi, I noticed that you moved this article, I created to a redirection page named Battle of Vác (1849). The problem is that I noticed that it is another Battle of Vác too, occured in 1849, which also I want to write. So it will be two battles of Vác, both happened in 1849... This is why I put also the month and the day to the title, to avoid confusion. After that I learned, that here in the english Wikipedia they are doing it differently. And I learned that the right way to write such an article in English is "First Battle of Vác (1849)". Actually this is the title I want to change it. So it is ok to delete the Battle of Vác (10.04.1849), because I will give the name: First Battle of Vác (1849). I am sorry for the inconvenience... :( Sylvain1975 (talk) 00:21, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Hello and thanks for the note. I've now moved it to First Battle of Vác (1849) - I hope this helps. Also is your plan to write another article called Second Battle of Vác (1849)? I've added a hatnote to the article on the 1684 battle to this effect but will amend if required. All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 21:44, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
@Sylvain1975: - sorry I'm a bit confused by you putting your own article up for deletion per this edit [3]. Are you sure you want to delete it? I just moved it to First Battle of Vác (1849) per your comment above but will undo what I did if that wasn't what you wanted. I don't think you need to delete it, we can just use redirects to point readers in the direction of the desired article name. Hopefully this makes sense. Anotherclown (talk) 21:50, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Ok. Thanks. Its ok with the redirections. Sorry to be such a pain... I do not know all the wikipedia rules.. and I make mistakles. So please if its ok, remove the "deletion sign" from that article. Thanks... Yes I want to make the Second Battle of Vác (1849) too. :) but that will take a while to arrive there, because I plan to make many articles about the Hungarian Independence War of 1848-1849, and the two battles of Vác are parts of it. Sylvain1975 (talk) 00:55, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

@Sylvain1975: - Just to confirm are you happy with me removing your deletion self-nomination on the First Battle of Vác (1849)? I'd hate to see your work get deleted due to a misunderstanding. Anotherclown (talk) 22:02, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Yes I am happy with removing the deletion self-nomination on the First Battle of Vác (1849). Thanks. Sorry again for my stupidity... Sylvain1975 (talk) 01:10, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for that, its really no problem at all. Sorry if I have added to any confusion. Also there are a couple of dates in First Battle of Vác (1849) which might need to be checked. In the article you state that the battle occurred on "10.04.1849", which I'm assuming means 10 April. However, in the infobox the article currently says "6 April". Could you please confirm which date is correct? Cheers. Anotherclown (talk) 22:27, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Battle of Nagysalló[edit]

Hi, I am who wrote the previous article about the First Battle of Vác (1849). Now I am writing another article about a battle in that same period, the Battle of Nagysalló, which followed the Battle of Vác. I am not finished it yet. When I introduced it in the campaignbox, I made a mistake, by writing: Battle of Nagysalló (1849), while the articles name is just Battle of Nagysalló, because it is the only battle which happened there. Because of this it appeared a red link. I deleted the "(1849)" from the battles name on the campaignbox, and when I open it separately it appears like that, with a valid link about the battle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Campaignbox_Hungarian_Revolution_of_1848. But when I open a battles page which is part of the Hungarian Revolution, in the campaignbox, the Battle of Nagysalló appears still as a red link, with the "(1849)", I deleted from it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Isaszeg_(1849). What can it done in order to remediate this situation. I hope you can help me. Thanks. Sylvain1975 (talk) 10:51, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

Gday I think this is fixed now. It looked like there had been a delay in the template being updated on some of the pages that used it. This sometimes occurs with transcluded templates. For some reason the way to fix this is to make a small edit to the page where the old version of the template is still being displayed, as this seems to have the effect of refreshing it. I'm no technical expert though so I couldn't say why this occurs. There might be some info at Wikipedia:Transclusion#Template_transclusion about this. I hope this helps. Anotherclown (talk) 22:53, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXVI, October 2016[edit]

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WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXXVII, November 2016[edit]

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Apologies[edit]

Ac I sincerely apologise for any offence I have caused you, specifically wrt Battle of Buna–Gona. I have been an inexperienced editor. In mitigation, my academic backgrounding was to hold the reported units as paramount. I was yet to come to grips with the perceptions of the Wiki community to the contrary. I have appreciated your collegiate contributions in the past and, while we might differ in the future, I will hope that the future might continue in a collegiate amicability. Cinderella157 (talk) 13:38, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

G'day. Thank you for taking the time to clear the air. I too apologise for my part in this. That said I'm sure this has mostly been a case of misunderstanding on both out parts, rather than anything deliberate, and possibly more due to the limitations of the medium than anything (for instance concise written communication of what is hoped to be "constructive" criticism aimed at improving an article for the benefit of our readers can often seem more pointed than intended). Regards. Anotherclown (talk) 23:17, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

"Pls discuss if you think otherwise"[edit]

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Unified_Task_Force&diff=748732785&oldid=748648958

I was asked to discuss my opinion, or "thought" as it were, that there is value in linking an instance of the word "Hope" to glittering generality. I'm pretty busy otherwise, so I won't treat this as very important. I'm willing to just drop the matter if you want. 130.105.196.100 (talk) 12:52, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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4th Annual GA Cup - Round 1[edit]

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November 28, 2016 was supposed to mark the end of the first round. However, we needed 16 competitors to move on, and currently only 10 have completed articles. Thus, the judges have come together to let the participants decide what we shall do. Please complete this quick survey to let us know whether you would like a holiday break.

There will be two options for what we will do next in terms of Round 2 depending on the results of this poll.

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The Bugle: Issue CXXVIII, December 2016[edit]

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Military history[edit]

I see you are an active member of WikiProject Military history. May I suggest you give one of your group's awards to RobDuch? Seems to be making a large contribution. I'd give it myself but I'm not in your Wikiproject. Cheers! Magnolia677 (talk) 21:19, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 03:33, 26 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

Thank you. All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 03:49, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Voting for the Military history WikiProject Historian and Newcomer of the Year is ending soon![edit]

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Time is running out to voting for the Military Historian and Newcomer of the year! If you have not yet cast a vote, please consider doing so soon. The voting will end on 31 December at 23:59 UTC, with the presentation of the awards to the winners and runners up to occur on 1 January 2017. For the Military history WikiProject Coordinators, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 05:00, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

This message was sent as a courtesy reminder to all active members of the Military History WikiProject.

Military Historian of the Year[edit]

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For "...ongoing efforts in reviewing articles at GAN and A-class Review", I have the honor of presenting you with this WikiProject Barnstar. For the Military history WikiProject, TomStar81 (Talk) 09:28, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

4th GA Cup - Round 2[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup
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Greetings, GA Cup competitors!

December 29th marked the end of the first round, after it was extended from its previously scheduled conclusion at the end of November. Because of the smaller pool of contestants this year, it was decided to keep sign-ups open throughout the month of December.

This extension proved to be very helpful as we saw that more users signed up and completed many reviews. Krishna Chaitanya Velaga earned an impressive 402 points, followed by Cartoon network freak with a close 338 points. Shearonink who signed up after our extension was in third with 170 points.

We had a rule clarification in Round 1 which was that many articles were being passed with blatant copyright violations and plagarism occurring in the articles. Thus, the judges have concluded that if an article is passed even if it has a copyright violation/plagarism, we will not provide points for that article as it wouldn't be considered a "complete review" under the scoring rules.

In the end, 94 articles were reviewed by 14 users who will all advance to Round 2. The judges had planned on having 16 contestants advance but since only 14 did, we are changing the pools in this round. We will be having 2 pools of 3 and 2 pools of 4 in Round 2, with the top 2 in each pool advancing to Round 3 as well as the top participant ("9th place") of all remaining competitors. Round 2 will begin on January 1 at 00:00:00 UTC and will end on January 29 at 23:59:59 UTC. Information about Round 2 and the pools can be found here.

Cheers from 3family6, Figureskatingfan, Jaguar, MrWooHoo, and Zwerg Nase!

To subscribe or unsubscribe to future GA Cup newsletters, please add or remove your name to our mailing list. If you are a participant, you will be on the mailing list no matter what as this is the easiest way to communicate between all participants.

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:21, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Anotherclown![edit]

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Welcome to MILHIST[edit]

Hi @Anotherclown, thanks for welcoming me to the MILHIST. I've been working on military history for about a year and half. Never thought about joining until recently. This is the sort of article I work on: B-Dienst. A secret German WW2 organization. Although I never created it, it was slightly more than a stub when I started to expand it, but it's taken about a year and half to get to this stage, with a couple of months will finish it. It's involved loads of research, visits to organizations, email to many people and mail to many other organizations like NARA, British Museum, Bild Archive, JSTOR and T&L and so on. It's been excellent and absolutely worth the effort. Then I start on this: General der Nachrichtenaufklärung, which will be bigger again. It was a very large and secret German WW2 organization. I'm looking forward too it. Happy New Year. scope_creep (talk) 13:46, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

G'day again. Looks like quite an undertaking! Best of luck with it all. Obviously you've been around for a bit but if you do need any assistance leave a message at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Military history as there are usually a few knowledgeable editors that can make suggestions or pitch in to help etc. All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 00:55, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Quarterly Milhist Reviewing Award: Oct to Dec 16[edit]

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On behalf of the Milhist coordinators, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons for reviewing a total of 11 Milhist articles at PR, GAN, ACR or FAC during the period October to December 2016. Your ongoing efforts to support Wikipedia's quality content processes are greatly appreciated. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 02:48, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

Keep track of upcoming reviews. Just copy and paste {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your user space

Admin[edit]

Hey. I think I've asked you before, and I know Nick-D has, but do you have any interest yet in becoming an administrator? It's a pretty good time to run right now, and I think you'd be a great candidate. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 10:00, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

G'day Ed. I have considered it on a few occasions as I certainly appreciate the important job the administrators do around here. That said, real life often precludes me from doing as much on Wikipedia as I would like to so I don't think that I would be able to give it enough attention to justify everyone's time and effort at RFA even if I were to be successful. Thanks all the same. Kind regards. Anotherclown (talk) 00:29, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXIX, January 2017[edit]

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