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New Featured Articles

Ian Smith, c. 1954
Boeing 737 of No. 34 Squadron RAAF, 2004
Æthelstan (Dudley Miles
Dudley's first Featured Article is a biography of the King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 to 927 and King of the English from 927 to 939. As well as expanding his domains in the modern-day United Kingdom through a series of military campaigns, Æthelstan also intervened in European continental politics. The article went through PR, GAN and ACR before being nominated at FAC.
Battle of Caishi (Khanate General
This article describes a major battle of the Jin–Song wars, subject of nominator Khanate General's first Featured Article not long ago.
Four Freedoms (Norman Rockwell) (TonyTheTiger
This article is about a series of paintings that served as illustrations for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's human rights declaration, the Four Freedoms. Nominator TonyTheTiger hopes it will eventually form part of a Good Topic. It underwent GAN and ACR back in 2008 before its recent successful FAC nomination.
Ian Smith (Cliftonian
Continuing Cliftonian's series of quality articles on Rhodesian history, this is the biography of the man whose career, in the nominator's words, "played out like a Greek tragedy ... To some he was a visionary who understood problems outside observers did not ... To most, however, he was an almost cartoonish figure of derision, a deluded, bigoted racist who had tried to stop the tide of history. The truth, as I hope this article shows, is somewhere between these two extremes."
Japanese battleship Nagato (Sturmvogel 66
Another of Sturmvogel's series of high-quality articles on battleships, this article covers one of the few Japanese capital ships to survive World War II. Nagato had a relatively uneventful career, as she saw little action in the war before ending her days as a target ship for an American atomic bomb test. The article passed GAN and ACR before FAC.
No. 34 Squadron RAAF (Ian Rose
No. 34 Squadron was raised for standard transport duties during World War II, re-formed to support Cold War weapons testing, and then re-raised in its current role of VIP transport. Ian notes that while he prefers to document more "operational" units, he expanded the article after becoming "happily caught up in the convoluted history and inside dope" of the so-called "private airline of the nation's political leaders". It passed GAN and ACR before attaining FA status.
SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II (Parsecboy
SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II was the first German battleship built to serve as a fleet flagship and spent most of World War I anchored at Wilhelmshaven, where she served as the headquarters of the High Seas Fleet. She continued to be used as a flagship after the war, and was decommissioned in 1921. The article passed GAN and ACR prior to FAC.

New Featured Lists

Lučko ATU members, part of the Croatian special police order of battle in 1991–95, transported by a police helicopter
Audie Murphy honors and awards (Maile66
This is second of three articles on the most decorated US soldier of World War II that Maile66 is developing towards a Featured Topic, and covers the huge number of military and civilian decorations presented to Audie Murphy during his life, as well as the many posthumous tributes he received. It passed ACR before becoming a Featured List.
Croatian special police order of battle in 1991–95 (Tomobe03
This article provides a comprehensive list of the Croatian special forces police units formed from August 1990 onwards. These units reached a peak strength of about 3,100 personnel in 1995. The article passed ACR prior to its FL nomination.

New Featured Pictures

SMS Gefion (nominator: Adam Cuerden
A Platoon Sergeant at the Officer Candidate School aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico (nominator was a sockpuppet of a banned editor) 

New A-Class articles

Empress Matilda's great seal
Norris Bradbury with the atomic device detonated during the Trinity test in July 1945
Empress Matilda (Hchc2009
In the nomination statement, Hchc2009 described Matilda as one of the "medieval period's rare female, war-time rulers", and noted that she was "proud, imperial and unwilling to give up what she regarded as her rightful inheritance".
España-class battleship (Parsecboy
This article covers the "only Spanish dreadnought-type battleships, and the smallest vessels of that type". All three vessels in the class were destroyed during their service with the Spanish Navy; one ran aground and the other two were sunk during the Spanish Civil War.
List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (Ha–Hm) (MisterBee1966)
List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (Hn–Hz) (MisterBee1966)
List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (Ka–Km) (MisterBee1966
The latest three articles in MisterBee1966's huge series on the recipients of Nazi Germany's highest military awards provides a comprehensive listing of the recipients whose last names began with "H" or "Ka" to "Km".
Norris Bradbury (Hawkeye
Another of Hawkeye's "mad scientists", this biography tells of a scientist who played an important role in the Manhattan Project during which he oversaw the assembly of the world's first operational atomic device. Following the war Bradbury headed the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1945 until 1970.
Operation Flavius (HJ Mitchell
In the nomination statement, HJ Mitchell described the subject of this article as being "one of the most controversial moments of "the Troubles"", and noted that the exact series of events and decisions that led a team of British Special Air Service soldiers to fatally shoot three members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Gibraltar may never be known.
Roy Phillipps (Ian Rose
Part of Ian's long-running series on Australian airmen, this is the biography of a World War I flying ace who was killed in a flying accident during World War II. In the nomination statement, Ian noted that the article passed a good article nomination two years ago and he hoped that a recent expansion drawing on new sources had brought it up to A-Class standard.
SMS Emden (1908) (Parsecboy
Emden was a German light cruiser that enjoyed a spectacularly successful, but short, career as a raider in the Indian Ocean during World War I. Parsecboy described the nomination as being "the first light cruiser article of mine to grace the ACR pages", and noted that he is hoping to develop it to featured article status by the time of the 100th anniversary of the ship's destruction at the hands of HMAS Sydney during the Battle of Cocos on 9 November 1914.
Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz (MisterBee1966
This impressively-named German officer fought in World War I, and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds for his performance as a commander of armoured forces during World War II. During 1949 he served as an agricultural and military advisor to the Syrian Armed Forces.
Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians (Dudley Miles
In the nomination statement, Dudley noted that "Æthelred was important as the ruler of Mercia and an ally of Alfred the Great in the war against the Vikings at the end of the ninth century". During his reign, Æthelred restored London after it was recaptured from Viking forces and led a series of campaigns.
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