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Anne, Queen of Great Britain, portrayed in 1864, when she was Princess of Denmark
US abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens
Alan McNicoll (Abraham, B.S.
This article covers the life and career of a senior commander in the Royal Australian Navy. It represents a welcome return to FA by nominator Abraham, B.S., who had the article under development in user space for two years before taking it to ACR and FAC.
Anne, Queen of Great Britain (DrKiernan
This article on the first Queen of Great Britain was originally an FA in 2004, passed a Featured Article Review in 2007, failed another in 2009, missed out on re-promotion to FA in 2011, and has now finally regained Featured status through the efforts of the redoubtable DrKiernan.
Artur Phleps (Peacemaker67
Phleps served in three armies in two wars, was a Waffen SS Corps commander in the Balkans, and was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.
Isabeau of Bavaria (Victoria
Born in Munich, Isabeau became Queen of France through marriage to Charles VI in 1385. She travelled to France as a teenager to meet the young King Charles, who was so taken with her that he wed her three days later.
Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Australian service (Ian Rose and Nick-D
A co-nomination by both the editors of The Bugle, the article covers the lengthy and highly successful service of Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Military service of Ian Smith (Cliftonian
This article covers the service of the future Rhodesian prime minister as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II. In the nomination statement Cliftonian noted that "knowing about his wartime experiences helps one to fully understand his mindset as Rhodesian prime minister during the 1960s and 1970s".
Norman conquest of England (Ealdgyth
A sizable article on a "big" topic, this article recounts the invasion and occupation of England by Norman forces between 1066 and 1075.
SMS Nassau (Parsecboy
Another in Parsecboy's series on capital ships from Germany, this was the nation's first dreadnought battleship. It passed both GA and A-class reviews in 2009 before being nominated at FAC.
Thaddeus Stevens (Wehwalt
In nominator Wehwalt's words, "Thaddeus Stevens was the guy with the limp in Lincoln who had a bad wig and went home to an African-American lover. That's the easy part... His battles against slavery and for equal rights made him so much more than a crank, but instead a fighter for freedom."
Vernon Sturdee (Hawkeye7
Another in Hawkeye7's series on commanders in the South West Pacific theatre of World War II, this article's subject is "not the British admiral, but the Australian general".
William Hely (Ian Rose
The latest in Ian's very long-running series of high-quality articles on senior RAAF officers, and his "first brand-new bio in a year". Hely commanded two RAAF wings in combat during World War II and held a wide range of positions until his retirement in 1966.
Uruguayan War (Lecen
Fought in 1864–65 between Uruguay's governing Blanco Party and an alliance of the Empire of Brazil and the Uruguayan Colorado Party, covertly supported by Argentina, this conflict led to victory for the Brazilian–Argentine coalition but also helped precipitate the costly Paraguayan War.

New featured lists

List of sieges of Gibraltar (HJ Mitchell
This list provides a summary of the 14 recorded sieges of Gibraltar between 1309 and 1783. Notably, four of the five successful sieges were completed within a few days, and all but one of the several lengthy sieges the peninsula has been subjected to have ended in failure.
List of sunken battlecruisers (Sturmvogel 66
This article is a list of all of the battlecruisers that were either sunk by enemy action or scuttled by their own side for various reasons. The details on the causes of the ships' loss provides an interesting insight into how well the major powers were faring at the time.

New featured pictures

R. V. C. Bodley (nominator: TCO

New A-Class articles

Aircraft of the 509th Composite Group on Tinian in August 1945
Boeing 707 of No. 33 Squadron RAAF refuelling a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet during the war in Afghanistan in 2002
King Richard III meeting with the rebels during the Peasants' Revolt
21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg (1st Albanian) (23 editor and Peacemaker67
This article is the latest in a series which Peacemaker67 has worked on which cover (in his words) "short-lived non-German Waffen-SS divisions". The division was active between May and November 1944, and participated in several war crimes during this time. This is also 23 editor's first successful A-class nomination.
509th Composite Group (Hawkeye7 and Reedmalloy
This article covers the famous unit which conducted the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during August 1945. In the nomination statement Hawkeye noted that while the unit is still active (as the 509th Operations Group), the article is only about its World War II-era service.
Audie Murphy (Maile66
Murphy is probably the the best-known American soldier of World War II, and was awarded every U.S. military award for valor available from the U.S. Army, including the Medal of Honor. The article was also Maile's first successful A-class nomination—congratulations!
David M. Shoup (Ed!
Shoup was a general of the United States Marine Corps who won the Medal of Honor in World War II, became the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps and, after retiring, became one of the most prominent critics of the Vietnam War. Ed! noted that the article is "the latest in my series on generals" in the nomination statement.
Francis Nash (Cdtew
This article was Cdtew's "third request for A-Class review in the series of North Carolina's Continental Army generals" which he's currently "preoccupied" with. Nash rose to the rank of brigadier general during the American Revolutionary War, and suffered fatal wounded during the Battle of Germantown in 1777. The modern city of Nashville and several other locations were named in his honour.
List of coastal defense ships of Germany (Parsecboy
This article covers the series of coastal defense ships built by Germany in the 1880s to 1890s. The last of these ships were considered part of a "wasted decade" by Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, and they were succeeded by ocean-going battleships.
List of sunken battlecruisers (Sturmvogel 66
Providing a comprehensive list of all the battlecruisers which were sunk in combat or scuttled, this article provides an interesting summary of the fates of these powerful, but vulnerable warships. In the nomination statement Sturmvogel 66 joked that he'd "cited just about everything that didn't move fast enough to avoid me" when developing the article.
No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit RAAF (Ian Rose
This article describes the history and current role of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) jet fighter training unit. Interestingly, the unit was disbanded after World War II, but reformed after the Korean War revealed serious problems with the combat readiness of Australian fighter pilots.
No. 33 Squadron RAAF (Ian Rose
This article covers the history of the unit currently operating all of the RAAF's tanker aircraft. The squadron also saw extensive action during World War II, and has transported VIPs and military personnel around the world since it was re-established in 1983.
No. 38 Squadron RAAF (Nick-D
Another RAAF transport unit, No. 38 Squadron has the longest period of continual operation of any of the service's flying squadrons, and operated the remarkable de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou tactical transport for 45 of its 70 years of service. The squadron is now equipped with Beechcraft King Air 350s on an interim basis.
Operation Crossroads (Hawkeye7
Another article developed by Hawkeye on the development of atomic weapons, this article covers the series of series of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. The tests were designed by the US Navy to demonstrate the survivability of ships under atomic attack, and ended in "the world's first nuclear disaster".
Operation Jackal (Tomobe03
Operation Jackal was a pre-emptive strike launched by Croatian forces against a newly-formed Bosnian Serb military during the Bosnian War in June 1992. The offensive was a success for the Croatian forces, and the first significant Bosnian Serb defeat in the war.
Operation Southeast Croatia (Peacemaker67
This article examines a combined German-Ustaše counter-insurgency operation in modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina during World War II that, in the words of nominator Peacemaker67, "sounded the death-knell for Partisan-Chetnik cooperation".
Peasants' Revolt (Hchc2009
In the nomination statement Hchc2009 described the events this article covers as being a "a popular and well-known English rebellion". The revolt was a major uprising across large parts of England in 1381 which ended in the deaths of at least 1,500 people, including many of the rebel leaders.
Robert Howe (Continental Army officer) (Cdtew
In Cdtew's words, this article covers the life of "North Carolina's highest-ranking and most infamous officer in the American Revolutionary War". The article notes that "Howe's career as a military commander was contentious and consumed primarily by conflict with political and military leaders in Georgia and South Carolina".
Russian battleship Potemkin (Sturmvogel 66
Best known for a rebellion of her crew against their oppressive officers in June 1905, and a famous film on the topic directed by Sergei Eisenstein, Potemkin also saw combat during World War I. She was crippled by British forces during the Russian Civil War, and was scrapped in 1923.
William Hely (Ian Rose)
William McAloney (Abraham, B.S.
McAloney was an engineer in the RAAF who was awarded the service's only Albert Medal in 1938 for attempting to save the life of the pilot of a crashed aircraft. He subsequently became one of the RAAF's leading engineers, and retired from the service in 1966.

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