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References in the Wehrmachtbericht[edit]

What is the current/recent consensus in mentioning "References in the Wehrmachtbericht" as an award or honor? My recent removals from battleship articles [1] [2], one of which included the full German text and English translation, were reverted. Defining this as some sort of honor for a ship seems questionable and may need to be treated differently from individuals, since the Wehrmachtbericht also reported routine events such as returning to port or being sunk in battle. –dlthewave 02:05, 2 October 2018 (UTC)

G'day Dlthewave. My understanding from a good-faith reading of the current Wehrmachtbericht article is that a German historian, Felix Römer, has stated that such mentions were treated as an award. So at least one historian considers them to be such, and it is therefore reasonable to describe them as such. However, the most recent discussion I can find at the NPOV noticeboard indicates that quoting the entry in full is undue, largely because it, as I understand it, was predominantly a propaganda broadcast. I believe that including the fact that the person, unit or ship was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht (and how many times, as well as noting that it was a propaganda broadcast when it is introduced), is completely reasonable given what Römer apparently says. It may be that we need to develop a brief guideline dealing with this, as it comes up a lot. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:19, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
I'd say the same as PM, except that describing it inline as a propaganda bulletin sounds like editorialising, unless the source describes it as such -- linking it will allow the interested reader to find out the nature of the publication if they don't know already. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 05:35, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
That's a fair point. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:48, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
This seems to an American to be the direct equivalent of mentioned in dispatches for Commonwealth countries or of citation dans les ordres (citations in the order of the day) for France and at least Belgium. The article on mentions in dispatches focuses on individual awards, but a number of USAF units were cited in French or Belgian orders of the day during WW I and WW II (2 citations results in the award of the Fourragère, undoubtedly an award), so treating references in the Wehrmachtbericht as an award to a ship would seem to be similar. --Lineagegeek (talk) 19:51, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
  • @Peacemaker67: Thanks, that was my understanding of the current practice. Perhaps someone with access to full Wehrmachtbericht transcripts or the Römer source can confirm whether the entire broadcast was dedicated to honoring, or if there was a separate portion for more mundane announcements such as a ship returnng to port. –dlthewave 03:17, 3 October 2018 (UTC)
  • sorry I am travelling right now with no access to source. Mutawski and Römer state that units, ships, soldiers were singled out as a military honor and award. To add to that, I think I had sent scans of Römer and the writings of the German Federal Archives (Murawski) to Auntiruth some time agiert. She should be able to confirm my statement here.MisterBee1966 (talk) 05:38, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
  • No rush, just worth knowing. My understanding is that they were basically a summary of the day's military events from the German perspective, with ships, individuals and units that had done notable things highlighted at the relevant point of the broadcast. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:10, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
  • This has also been discussed on the talk page of the Wehrmachtbericht article, which seemed to conclude that it is considered propaganda and not an award or equivalent to MiD. Pinging K.e.coffman as he was the one to bring the article to GA and might have something to add to the discussion. My own opinion is that even if one historian considers it an award, that isn't sufficient to treat it as such for Wikipedia purposes, particularly if other historians have concluded that it's propaganda. Catrìona (talk) 01:49, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

Felix Römer and Sönke Neitzel[edit]

@Catrìona: thank you for the ping. There are a few related issues here. In the case of the Ernst Lindemann article, the Wehrmachtbericht is used as a source about itself. All of the mentions are cited to the Wehrmachtberichte; this raises issues of due weight.

This edit summary ("see Felix Römer and Söhnke Neitzel, a reference was an award") appears to be at least partially incorrect. I assume MisterBee1966 meant Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying when he referred to Neitzel (with co-author Harald Welzer), as MB had added similar material to the Wehrmachtbericht article: diff. Page 78 of the German edition appears to roughly correspond to pages 39–40 in the English edition, in the section "Frame of Reference: War". There, the authors cite "Wehrmacht reports" (note 71, p. 360) to discuss the tone of the reports and how it reflected the "German military canon's orientation around classical martial virtues".

Neitzel & Welzer do not refer to the report as an award or a commendation on pp. 39–40. I do not see in the English edition's surrounding pages anything of this nature, as inserted by MB: The named reference in Wehrmachtbericht lead to the Honor Roll of the Army, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine, where soldiers who had performed acts of exceptional military valor, were listed. I would be curious to see what specifically Römer says about the Wehrmachtbericht, as, in my experience, the interpretation of Soldaten in this regard is WP:SYNTH. K.e.coffman (talk) 16:41, 8 October 2018 (UTC) ───────────────────────── i see that it has been recently edited...with (some) paragraph(s) removed. not sure if we should delete before we decide.auntieruth (talk) 19:12, 9 October 2018 (UTC)

Rather than making assumptions, perhaps we should AGF until MB can provide a quote from the reference in question. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 02:24, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks @Peacemaker67: for waiting. The relevant German quote is taken from the book by Neitzel, Sönke; Welzer, Harald (2011). Soldaten: Protokolle vom Kämpfen, Töten und Sterben [Soldiers: On Fighting, Killing and Dying] (in German). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: S. Fischer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-10-089434-2. On page 78, the authors state the following "Neben dem Eisernen Kreuz und seinen verschiedenen Stufen wurden von Hitler und der Führung der Teilstreitkräfte bald weitere Tapferkeitsauszeichnungen geschaffen - so das Deutsche Kreuz in Gold, das im September 1941 gestiftet wurde, um eine Auszeichnung zur Verfügung zu haben, die zwischen dem Ritterkreuz und dem EK I angesiedelt war. Zudem gab es die Möglichkeit, Soldaten, die außergewöhnliche Taten vollbracht hatten, namentlich im Wehrmachtbericht zu nennen. Daraus erwuchs dann der Gedanke, ein besonderes Ehrenblatt des Heeres, eine Ehrentafel der Kriegsmarine und ein Ehrenblatt der Luftwaffe zu schaffen, wo Soldaten mit hervorstechenden Tapferkeitstaten genannt wurden." Which translates to something like "In addition to the Iron Cross and its various stages, Hitler and the leadership of the armed forces soon created further bravery awards - such as the German Cross in Gold, which was donated in September 1941 to have an award situated between the Knight's Cross and the Iron Cross 1st Class. In addition, there was the prospect to reference soldiers by name, who had done extraordinary deeds, in the Wehrmacht report. From this arose the idea of creating a special honor roll of the army, an honor board of the navy, and an honor sheet of the Luftwaffe, where soldiers with salient bravery were named." Unless this violates copyright regulations, I can send a scan of this page to anyone interested. @Auntieruth55: I believe you speak German, does my translation adequately reflect the German verbiage? Cheers MisterBee1966 (talk) 08:41, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
@MisterBee1966:, yes I think this is reasonable translation. I don't see it as a routine report (ship returns to port, etc.), but rather as an extraordinary report; it may have had routine elements (ships returning to port), but clearly it seems to me that it at least portions of it were used to honor extraordinary acts or accomplishments. I'd paraphrase the translation thus (for inclusion in the article): "In addition to the Iron Cross and its various stages, Hitler and the leadership of the armed forces created additional awards for bravery - such as the German Cross in Gold, which was established in September 1941 to have an award situated between the Knight's Cross and the Iron Cross 1st Class. In addition, the Wehrmacht report also allowed the possibility to reference, by name, soldiers who had accomplished extraordinary deeds. From this arose the idea of creating a special honor roll of the army, an honor board of the navy, and an honor sheet of the Luftwaffe, where soldiers with relevant bravery were named." auntieruth (talk) 16:59, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
This quote mentions the naming of individual soldiers but it does not support the idea that routine news reports, such as the mention of a ship returning to port or being destroyed in battle, were meant to confer some sort of honor upon the subject. It seems that it is being construed to treat the entire contents of the Wehrmachtbericht as a sort of honor roll. –dlthewave 15:52, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks MisterBee1966 that is helpful, and I think clears things up for people. This appears to only refer to people, however, not to mentions in the Wehrmachtbericht being an honour for a ship, for example, to justify a Wehrmachtbericht mention being included in a ship article. I'll note that the Wehrmachtbericht article currently only refers to a mention being an honour for people, not ships, units, air wings etc. Is there a reliable source for the latter being the case? Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 23:39, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Peacemaker67, you are correct, to address your last question we have to look into another source. The book by Murawski, Erich (1962). Schriften des Bundesarchivs—Der deutsche Wehrmachtbericht 1939 – 1945, vom 1.7.1944 bis zum 9.5.1945 [Writings of the German Federal Archives—The German Wehrmacht Report 1939 – 1945, from 1 July 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German) (2nd ed.). Boppoard am Rhein, Germany: Harald Boldt Verlag. OCLC 906100905 discusses this in section "Der Inhalt des Wehrmachtbericht" [The Content of the Wehrmachtbericht] (pages 67 to 102), in particular pages 68 and 69 are of relevance here. On page 68, a numbered list gives an overview of the content. With respect to the Kriegsmarine, item #2 "Seekrieg (auf und unter dem Wasser und aus der Luft) auf allen Meeren" [War at Sea (surfaced and submerged and from the air) on every ocean] sums it up. A quote from page 87 "...ehrenvolle Nennung von Einzelkämpfern und Einheiten..." [...honorary named references of single combatants and units..."], on page 88–89 "Die ehrenvolle Erwähnung im Wehrmachtbericht wurde allgemein mit Recht als eine besondere Auszeichnung empfunden" [The honorary named reference in the Wehrmachtbericht Report was universally and rightly regarded as a special distinction]. Again, unless this violates copyright regulations, I can send a scan of this page to anyone interested. Cheers MisterBee1966 (talk) 07:55, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
Given he himself was a leading propagandist for Nazi Germany, bias is to be expected in how Murawski describes the Wehrmachtbericht. This appears to be underscored by criticism levelled at his book on the Wehrmachtbericht (from the de article) that he approached his subject in an "uncritical" way. Is that a correct translation? Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 09:08, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that is a fair summary Peacemaker67. The criticism was expressed by Daniel Uziel. Are you saying that "uncritical" equates to "unreliable"? Cheers MisterBee1966 (talk) 09:32, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
Not unless there were aspects of WP:RS that weren't met, and I don't know anything about Harald Boldt Verlag. What I would say is that he needs to be treated as a WP:BIASED source, so it probably is appropriate to use WP:INTEXT attribution for his opinion about the Wehrmachtbericht. Along the lines of "According to former Wehrmacht propaganda officer and later German Federal Archives archivist (or some similar description) Erich Murawski...". Thoughts? Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 09:50, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
"The honorable mention in the Wehrmachtbericht (...) as a special award" seems to be more appropriate than "The honorary named reference in the Wehrmachtbericht (...) as a special distinction" here. Alexpl (talk) 10:01, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
In a military context, "award" usually means you were physically given something (usually something to wear), which I don't believe applies here. I agree that "mention" is a good way to describe it though. I suggest "a mention of a person, ship or unit in the Wehrmachtbericht was considered a special distinction". Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 10:12, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
It is worth noting that there is an English edition of Neitzel/Welzer: Soldaten - On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret Second World War Tapes, published by Simon & Schuster in 2012. The translation is by Jefferson Chase. That particular paragraph that MisterBee1966 has quoted is only to be found in the German edition. It is omitted in the Englisch edition. Besides, as Neitzel/Welzer also make clear in their discussion, awards "brought social prestige and created intentional social pressure. [...] Nazi propaganda constantly featured the bearers of awards for extraordinary bravery, and Goebbels made a handful of them into full-fledged media stars. [...] The symbolism of and policies with which awards were bestowed were designed to create a sense of social acknowledgment, and this anchored military values deep within soldiers’ frames of reference." So simply to speak of a mention in the Wehrmachtbericht as being "an honour" tells less than half of the story. --Assayer (talk) 12:00, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Assayer, I agree to your statement. The discussion originated in the question on whether a "named reference in the Wehrmachtbericht" was an award/distinction held in high esteem or not. I believe the various authors/historians confirm that a "named reference in the Wehrmachtbericht" indeed was an award, with all the consequences you mentioned, which also should be addressed in the article. Cheers MisterBee1966 (talk) 12:30, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
I think that the repeated discussion about whether this was an award or not jumps too short, because it touches upon the issue of propaganda. Particularly in the case of Lindemann Holger Afflerbach's "Mit wehender Fahne untergehen" (VfZ49/2001 [3]) would provide some much needed context. (I mentioned that, e.g., during the recent arbitration case Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/German war effort/Evidence#Evidence presented by Assayer). Other than that it should be clear, that the Wehrmachtbericht was not simply an "information bulletin", but war propaganda. Generally speaking I would argue, if those kinds of awards are not covered by RS, by which I do not mean militaria like KC recipients' dictionaries (Scherzer, Fellgiebel, Thomas/Wegmann, Dörr and so forth), there is no particular need to include them in a Wikipedia article.----Assayer (talk) 15:03, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks again, we have Römer, Neitzel, Welzer and Murawski referring to the "named reference in the Wehrmachtbericht" as an award and/or distinction, while you argue, for all the arguments mentioned, it does not fall into that category. Question, in order to avoid WP:SYNTH, do we require a reliable source to support this point of view? MisterBee1966 (talk) 15:30, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
That’s a misrepresentation of my argument. I consider the question ‘’award or not award’’ to be futile. If this “culture of military medals” is not put into context, “the German military canon’s orientation around classical martial virtues” (Neitzel/Welzer) is merely reproduced. More than 2,000 German sailors lost their lives under Lindemann’s command in a fight without any chance of inflicting damage on the enemy. In that perspective, Lindemann’s posthumous mention is not really notable. The literature on the Bismarck is sizable. How many reliable sources refer to Lindemann's mentioning in the Wehrmachtbericht, let alone all the details concerning his Knight's Cross?--Assayer (talk) 23:19, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Some factual corrections are required: Lindemann was not in command and the German (official) historians have briefly assessed Admiral Lütjen's decision to fight to the death and their remarks are summarised in his article. The conclusion was and is that selling oneself dearly had military value. I seem to remember HMS Rodney escaped one of Bismarck's salvos by a very small margin. Given Lindemann's influence on the entire operation was reduced by the overpowering command style of Lutjens, I struggle to see why Lindemann was awarded the Knight's Cross at all. Dapi89 (talk) 20:46, 20 October 2018 (UTC)


Getting back to my original question about the ships: Based on this discussion, the cruiser Deutschland's mention clearly amounts to a routine report and should not be mentioned as an honor in the article. Battleship Bismarck's three mentions (an "account of the Battle of the Denmark Strait", "a brief account of the ship's destruction" and "an exaggerated claim that Bismarck had sunk a British destroyer and shot down five aircraft") are a bit more open to interpretation. Do we have a non-OR way of distinguishing which mentions might be considered honors and which are routine reports, preferably using secondary sources? –dlthewave 18:17, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Just applying a common sense criteria about it containing some sort of element of praise in the entry seems the way to go. Saying that the ship had been conducting a trade war in the Atlantic and has now come home is pretty routine and non-praiseworthy to me. If it said what tonnage she had sunk, that would be a different matter. The entry for Lutzow says that the ship bravely supported a garrison, so that would be appropriate in my view. It is a matter of weight. Personally I'm not sure about whether the actual transcripts are undue or whether just saying that there was a mention, the date, and what for, would be a better approach. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:36, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
The Wehrmachtbericht contains a registry for all named references. This registry is divided into multiple sections. The first, for single combatants and lists name, rank and date. The second, for units beginning with the Army (Heer) listing the unit (division, regiment, battalion, etc.) and date, the Navy (Kriegsmarine) listing (ship, u-boat, flotilla, etc.) and date, the Air Force (Luftwaffe) listing (wings, groups, air corps, etc.) and date, and Waffen-SS listing (division, regiment, batallion, etc.) and date. I was under the impression that it is community consensus to not include the original transcript of the Wehrmachtbericht, and to limit the information on Wikipedia to date and fact that a person/unit had been given this award/distinction. In consequence, I would expect to find an entry on the cruiser Deutschland/Lützow article that the ship was named in the Wehrmachtbericht on 25 January 1940 and 9 February 1945, avoiding any dispute over how and why. Cheers MisterBee1966 (talk) 08:51, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
I disagree. I think there has to be a praiseworthy reason for the mention for it to be included. I don't see that for Deutschland because that is basically the same as a BBC News report of a ship returning to port, but I do for Lützow, as it actually praises something about what the ship did. Surely, to be treated as meritorious thing, there must be something meritorious about it, not just returning from a mission, without anything said about success. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 08:59, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Coming late to this. I think it should be all or nothing (and I favour not at all). To only include some we get into what were significant mentions and which were routine, in the example given Deutschland's raiding cruise was successful and presumably the successes were not mentioned due to secrecy reasons, conversely I don't see Lutzow's shore bombardment of any special significance at all Lyndaship (talk) 09:19, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Disagree. There is nothing in the transcript that indicates that Deutschland's cruise was successful. Assuming that its success was not mentioned for secrecy reasons is OR, whereas Lutzow's shore bombardment is clearly being praised in the transcript. Chalk and cheese. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 09:31, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
That's why I said all or none of the mentions in Wehrmachtbericht should be considered for inclusion. Then there's no need to make a judgment if that mention is delicious natural organic cheddar or cruddy factory processed cheese Lyndaship (talk) 18:42, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Unless MisterBee1966 can help us find the registry that specifically lists "honorary" references, any attempt to sort them ourselves would be OR. I support the "nothing" approach unless an honorary mention is covered by a secondary source. If we decide to list all of the references, it should not be in an honors/awards section. –dlthewave 18:22, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
I can scan the registry (soldiers, Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe and Waffen-SS) and send to anyone interested. Cheers MisterBee1966 (talk) 07:24, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
If an incident or (honorary) mention was notable, it would be covered in reliable secondary sources that are independent of the subject, wouldn't it? There should be no need to turn to the unreliable Wehrmachtbericht in the first place, even if you merely skim the register.--Assayer (talk) 20:00, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
That is not what we are talking about here, and you are once again misusing the term "notability", which is about whether we have an article on a subject, not what detail should be included in an article. We are talking about the mentions being a distinction. Given this has been an issue for some time, I think we need some proposals to decide what to do regarding these mentions. Something along the lines of inclusion (with parameters) or non-inclusion. I'll put something together. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:24, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

───────────────────────── There is currently a discussion at WT:Ships#Non-notable crew touching on similar issues. fyi - wolf 01:59, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

I'd be cautious of relying on the language qua language. Given the way USN sub patrol reports were endorsed, "bravely defending a garrison" could be standing offshore watching them be shelled into oblivion, or overrun. (Patrol reports were full of "exceptional"s & "extraordinary"s that are cringe-worthy as historiography; "outstanding" effectively has the value of "yes".) TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura
Indeed, even if I did not use the term "notable" in line with its strict Wikipedian definition, which is not the same as a "misuse", I might as well refer to WP:NOTEVERYTHING to make my point.--Assayer (talk) 12:13, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Proposals regarding mentions in the Wehrmachtbericht[edit]

In the hope of establishing a consensus about what if anything should be done regarding mentions in the Wehrmachtbericht, here are a couple of proposals regarding their handling. These are just my crack at the two positions that seem common in the above discussion, feel free to add to them, modify the wording, or propose additional ones. I have concentrated on the issue of WP:UNDUE as it seems to me that WP:NPOV is the most relevant policy, but if you feel that WP:VERIFY or WP:OR are relevant, please raise this and explain how you see them impacting on this issue. As this is basically a yes/no question, I've drafted it for simple approval voting. To make it easier to assess consensus, please keep the discussion in the discussion subsections for each proposal. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 02:44, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

May I suggest making this an RfC? As it stands now, the outcome will be the non-binding opinion of a Wikiproject and not full community consensus. –dlthewave 21:41, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Sure. Done. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 04:14, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
I've advertised this to WikiProjects Ships, Aviation, History and Germany. Feel free to advertise anywhere else that might be appropriate. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 04:23, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
A third option seems to arise from the discussion above: that mentions in the Wehrmachtbericht only be noted where a RS focused on the person/unit specifically says that this was done as honour. This would solve the problem of routine reports being noted (I imagine that some units and senior officers were frequently mentioned), as well as avoiding the risk of undue weight being placed on this propaganda broadcast. I've WP:BOLDly added this as the new option 2 (as it seems to be a half-way point between the others), which I hope is OK. Nick-D (talk) 04:31, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
That's great Nick, thanks. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 04:47, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

#1 Inclusion in relevant articles with caveats[edit]

That mentions in the Wehrmachtbericht may be included in relevant articles on the basis that such a mention was a distinction for people within the Wehrmacht, per the Felix Römer source above, and a distinction for units, ships etc per the Erich Murawski source (which is biased and should be treated as such). Any mentions should be in summary form, including only the date of the broadcast and a brief summary of what was said about the subject of the mention, and should also mention that the Wehrmachtbericht was a propaganda broadcast. Full transcripts and translations should not be included, as there is an existing consensus that this would be giving them undue weight given the Wehrmachtbericht was a propaganda broadcast.

Support (#1)[edit]

# auntieruth (talk) 19:31, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

  1. Dapi89 (talk) 20:49, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Discussion (#1)[edit]
  • Suggestion: We are limited to what we can say by the sources, but if the vote is in favour of full-inclusion of the German text, and if possible, I'd prefer a standard description advising the reader of what they are reading. The reports contain propaganda certainly, and inaccurate information, whether deliberately or in genuine error, but also the point of the reports were to improve German morale and increase fanaticism in the Wehrmacht, and I think that should be driven home. Dapi89 (talk) 20:58, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

#2 Inclusion in relevant articles when highlighted by a reliable source[edit]

That mentions in the Wehrmachtbericht may be included in relevant articles when a reliable source which is focused on the relevant person or unit specifically states that this mention in the Wehrmachtbericht was an honour.

As in option 1, any mentions should be in summary form, including only the date of the broadcast and a brief summary of what was said about the subject of the mention, and should also mention that the Wehrmachtbericht was a propaganda broadcast. Full transcripts and translations should not be included, as there is an existing consensus that this would be giving them undue weight given the Wehrmachtbericht was a propaganda broadcast.

Support (#2)[edit]
  1. Nick-D (talk) 04:34, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  2. dlthewave talk 05:40, 21 October 2018 (UTC) (changed to #3)
  3. I am giving my tentative support to this. Minimal usage of Nazi propaganda, barring no usage, is the best. –Vami_IV♠ 05:49, 21 October 2018
  4. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:41, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  5. Lyndaship (talk) 12:06, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  6. this option appeared after i had tegistered support for first one. this is a much better choice. auntieruth (talk) 01:13, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
  7. Support this - under the caveat that this should be strong source (e.g. see WP:HISTRS), and that if this a widely covered individual/ship/unit - that per WP:DUE a multitude of such sources should exist - e.g. if this were say, Rommel, one would need to show a significant body of serious work referring to this - as opposed to a marginal notability article in which a single HISTRS source would suffice for DUE. Icewhiz (talk) 06:41, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
  8. Generally, if something is covered by a reliable source, it should be included. Parsecboy (talk) 12:07, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
  9. - wolf 23:56, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
Discussion (#2)[edit]

In my experience, the Wehrmachtbericht is rarely raised in the general literature on World War II and the Germany military's role in the war. Only specialised, and often fairly obscure, works ever raise the prospect of mentions in it being noteworthy for named units or individuals (vastly more weight is placed on medals and tributes from respected figures). As such, I think that mentions should only be noted when a reliable source which is focused on the individual or unit (and not a general listing of Wehrmachtbericht mentions, Nazi German era military honours or similar) raises the mention and states that it was intended as some kind of honour. I think that this goes to the points raised in the discussion above as well as earlier discussions about differing views put forward by historians, and the prominence and reliability of sources. Nick-D (talk) 05:00, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

I tend to agree with this. It seems pretty obscure, and I haven't seen mention of it outside WP, so I don't think this proposal will support inclusion on a lot of articles. Where a reliable source mentions it, for example in a biographical sketch of an officer or soldier, or in a section of a book about German ships or a particular air group, I see no reason why a brief summary could not be included, so long as it is clear that the Wehrmachtbericht was the daily Wehrmacht propaganda broadcast. I am opposed to a blanket ban, as that smacks of censorship. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:41, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
What would be the ramifications of this proposal? Comparing the German Wikipedia to the English Wikipedia, I see that in many instances the current approach of listing occurrences and date is very comparable, see de:Werner Mölders versus en:Werner Mölders, de:Adolf Galland versus en:Adolf Galland, compare also the German and English articles of Erich Hartmann, Günther Rall. MisterBee1966 (talk) 11:58, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
@MisterBee1966: since no one commented, I'll respond. My understanding that these mentions would come out under this proposal, as being cited to the Wehrmachtberichte themselves. --K.e.coffman (talk) 03:12, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Initially favouring no mention as it is clearly propaganda and I feel the RS claiming it was an honour is insufficient to prove that it was I am won over to the above proposal on the grounds that we shouldn't censor and it makes readers aware that the Wehrmachtbericht existed Lyndaship (talk) 12:10, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

The problem is: How do we define RS (see the point also raised by K.e.coffman below)? Some will argue, and have done so in the past, that specialised and obscure literature, even memoirs and the Wehrmachtbericht itself, are RS when it comes to the "fact" that someone has been mentioned. What Nick-D seems to have in mind, and maybe Peacemaker as well, is probably closer to WP:HSC. Anyway, that should be clarified. Furthermore, historical scholarship may mention that someone was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht, but does not provide a summary of what was said. How will you come up with such a summary? That amounts to OR by Wikipedians who will turn to the Wehrmachtbericht themselves. Does this proposal also affect the listing of the Wehrmachtbericht mentions under Awards or is it confined to the possible inclusion in the main text? By including a "brief summary" the Wehrmachtbericht is also highlighted in comparison to other awards like the Knight's Cross. By the same logic one could argue that we need brief summaries of why the KC was awarded and so forth. Two more things are worth noting: First, neither Felix Römer nor Neitzel/Welzer are writing biographies of individual soldiers. It seems quite odd to use them as references to legitimize the inclusion of the Wehrmachtbericht in individual biographies. Second, in this whole context it seems odd to speak of "censorship", not at least because the Wehrmachtbericht itself was heavily censored.--Assayer (talk) 12:54, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
My intent with specifying that reliable sources focused on the individual/unit are needed was to prevent circular referencing to directory-style listings and the Wehrmachtbericht itself. If such a RS includes reference to a mention and states that it was an honour, I don't see why there's a need to quibble over it? Nick-D (talk) 08:54, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
That was also my understanding of the proposal, and given Nick is its proponent, I fail to see why this discussion would not be taken into account as part of the consensus, assuming this proposal was the consensus position. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 08:57, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

───────────────────────── For what it's worth, I've never seen Die Deutschen Kriegsschiffe, which has been my primary source in writing articles on German warships, mention the Wehrmachtbericht. Their histories of ships are generally fairly detailed, and if they didn't see fit to include the reports, I would be hard pressed to argue that they should be mentioned. Of course this question extends (significantly) beyond just warships, but that's my 2 cents. Parsecboy (talk) 12:12, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

I appreciate the intention. But what are RS in this context? A productive author like Ralf Schumann, to name only but one example, publishing with VDM Heinz Nickel, certainly never misses such a mention. Günter Wegmann not only authored several comprehensive dictionaries of KC recipients, but also edited a complete edition of the Wehrmachtbericht. Their publications are used in several articles. And who will provide the brief summary of what was said about the subject of the mention, if it is not provided by a secondary source? Given how controversial discussions about the reliability of sources have been in the past, this proposal potentially supports inclusion on a lot of articles.--Assayer (talk) 14:26, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
For clarity, what I am suggesting is that an article on a fighter pilot might say "On 21 May 1941, Schmidt was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht, the daily Wehrmacht propaganda broadcast, to mark his 50th aerial victory." A brief summary in sentence fragment form would be all that is needed, ie "to mark his 50th aerial victory". Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:43, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
@Peacemaker67: do you have an RS in mind from which such material could be sourced? --K.e.coffman (talk) 03:15, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
No. I'm not a specialist in this area, so I don't have such a source in mind. But I don't think it is impossible that such a source exists, so believe we should provide for that eventuality. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:42, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
We shouldn't be providing for eventualities, though. The outcome of this discussion (as with any) should based on the available sources which have been brought forth. If the body of published material changes, or if editors discover forgotten sources, then it would be appropriate to revisit. –dlthewave 13:08, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
I completely disagree with your premise. We cannot possibly know all the reliable sources that either exist now or may exist. The intention here is to provide general guidance on what would be acceptable if the stated conditions were met. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:54, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
  • @Parsecboy: Generally, if something is covered by a reliable source, it should be included. Actually, it would also need to meet the requirements of WP:WEIGHT. Simply being covered by a reliable source is not sufficient grounds for inclusion anywhere on Wikipedia. –dlthewave 03:36, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
    • Nonsense. WEIGHT concerns itself with viewpoints on controversial topics (i.e., like whether climate change is happening or not, and how that should be presented in an article). It has nothing to do with whether a specific factoid like the Wehrmachtbericht should be included. The only place where WEIGHT has any relevance here is in discussing how the Wehrmachtbericht should be presented (i.e., as a press communique, a propaganda broadcast, etc.). Parsecboy (talk) 09:42, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying. That adds too much weight to a mention in the Wehrmachtbericht as an award and may lead to repetetive prose (I am thinking, e.g., of Werner Moelders). And, yes, I do consider awards or, more precisely, the way awards are presented in military biographies to be controversial. If it was not controversial among Wikipedia editors, we would not have this discussion. WP:NOTEVERYTHING does not confine itself to controversial topics, however, neither does WP:DUE. Instead it is the prominence of the Wehrmachtbericht in published, reliable sources on the topic in question which counts as decisive.--Assayer (talk) 19:09, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Now I'm more confused. If an action out of which the actor received a medal or some kind of commendation is mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht, can the WB be used (or not) in the discussion of/description of that action? auntieruth (talk) 19:41, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Hi Auntieruth55. What we are saying here is that if a mention in the Wehrmachtbericht is referred to by a reliable source that is focussed on the subject of the article, for example a book about a Gruppe or a biography of an individual pilot, then a brief summary of the mention in the Wehrmachtbericht can be included in the relevant article. If the only reference to the mention is in the Wehrmachtbericht itself (or in a book which essentially is an edited collection of Wehrmachtbericht reports), then it would not be included in the article. Nick-D will correct me if I have misrepresented his proposal. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:54, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that's what my intention was. The Wehrmachtbericht is obviously not a reliable source, and my proposal here is that for any mentions in it to be considered worth including in an article, a reliable source which is focused on the subject of that article (for instance, a book or a chapter on the topic) needs to note the mention and state it was intended as an honour. Nick-D (talk) 07:07, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

In July 2016, Zero0000 referred to WP:ABOUTSELF and stated "that sources can be used about their own content, even if they are unreliable about things other than their own content. In case my intention isn't clear, two examples. (1) "Generalleutnant Schultz captured Stalingrad single-handedly" (source Wehrmachtbericht by date) is not acceptable since Wehrmachtbericht is not a reliable source. (2) "The Nazi propaganda communique Wehrmachtbericht claimed that Generalleutnant Schultz had captured Stalingrad single-handedly." (source Wehrmachtbericht by date) is 100% within the rules if it can be verified that Wehrmachtbericht indeed claimed that. It would be better if (2) could be cited to a secondary source, but there is no rule against citing primary sources directly." Is this still a valid view? Cheers MisterBee1966 (talk) 10:46, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

It is still my view. Of course the fact that something is allowed doesn't imply that it must be done. The degree to which the fact/claim is historically significant should be taken into account as well. Zerotalk 12:34, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Frankly this is an odd reading of WP:ABOUTSELF, and is more relevant to WP:BIASED which suggests in-text attribution. The way I read WP:ABOUTSELF is that the Wehrmachtbericht can only be used as a source of information about itself, in the Wehrmachtbericht article, but not about third parties mentioned in it such as a person/ship/Gruppe etc, ie in the WB article it can be used to state that the WB was issued every day from X date to X date, who authorised it on any particular day, stuff like that. I am a bit limited here, as I don't know exactly what information is included in each whole broadcast transcript in order to provide other examples. Basic facts about the Wehrmachtbericht itself though, not its content about third persons. That is how I have always considered that policy to operate ever since I started on WP, and I believe that is the consensus on how it is interpreted. If, for example, the source was a self-published blog by a non-expert, you could use it to cite that the blog existed, that there was an blog entry on a particular day, who the author of the entry purportedly was, what the blogger claimed their qualifications were, but you couldn't use it to cite what the blog said about another person or thing (ie a third person). Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 23:33, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Sample sources?[edit]
  • It would be helpful to see a few samples of reliable sources that cover Wehrmachtbericht as an honour for individual named soldiers. For background, please see the comments above: [4] & [5].
If we move from the abstract (a reliable source, a biography of an individual pilot) to the concrete (specific sources), we’ll be able to evaluate them before the discussion concludes. This will help avoid debates and confusion in the future.-- K.e.coffman (talk) 16:05, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
I don't think that is necessary or even desirable. We cannot exhaust all the possible sources for such mentions here. This is a general discussion to achieve a consensus about under what circumstances mentions in the WB could be included, not about whether it can be included on a specific article. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 23:25, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

#3 Non-inclusion[edit]

That mentions in the Wehrmachtbericht should not be included in relevant articles, as it is giving them undue weight given the Wehrmachtbericht was a propaganda broadcast.

Support (#3)[edit]
  1. --K.e.coffman (talk) 06:29, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  2. --Assayer (talk) 12:55, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  3. --dlthewave (talk) 17:03, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  4. --Catrìona (talk) 22:01, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Discussion (#3)[edit]
  • Avoids POV issues, original research, and indiscriminate amount of information based on Wehrmacht's press releases and unreliable war-time propaganda. I have concerns about Option 2 since it opens the door to arguing about which sources are "reliable". The quality in military history market varies greatly, from books issued by university presses to popular history to hobbyist/militaria publications, all the way to apologist or extremist tracts, such as those issued by the likes of J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing or Nation Europa. Given the past attempts to reintroduce Wehrmachtberichte into Wikipedia, or objections to their removal (see Wehrmachtbericht: Recent developments on my user page), I would favour a "clean break". --K.e.coffman (talk) 06:29, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
It seems that the other proposals have not been thought out well (see my argument above) and will lead to further prolonged discussions, OR and POV issues. --Assayer (talk) 13:02, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Even if a few sources do describe a Wehrmachtberichte mention as an honor, this seems to be the WP:FRINGE view. WP:UNDUE requires that we cover viewpoints according to their overall prevalence among reliable sources and this viewpoint currently does not meet that bar. This is not a "ban"; it merely reflects the current body of scholarship, and we can certainly revisit the question if that changes. –dlthewave 17:19, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Reflects what is clearly the mainstream view in most high-quality sources, and sidesteps time-consuming discussion about exactly which sources are reliable, etc. Catrìona (talk) 22:01, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Proposed Indian military history task force[edit]

I would like to propose that Indian military history be 'graduated' from the Incubator and created as its own task force, a split from the South Asian military history task force. I suggest that the task force include pre-independence military history of India, such as ancient warfare in India and the British Indian Army, as well as the modern Indian Armed Forces. Kges1901 (talk) 19:08, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

These days, task forces are really just a way of us sorting articles rather than a way of focusing effort, so the question for me is whether the work involved in adding a task force (and the subsequent retagging of well over half of the 5,600 articles in the South-Asian task force) actually helps the project in any substantial way, or whether the effort on the modern Indian Armed Forces is better off as a special project. I'll just note that the 50+ membership of the incubator project are not all currently active, they seem highly focussed on the contemporary (post-independence) Indian Armed Forces only, and we haven't seen much throughput of articles through assessment other than KCV's work. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 04:57, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
Fair enough point. Let us address Peacemaker67's point so that work on various aspects helps us create a better rationale. However, the reverse is also true, grouping South Asia doesn't motivate an editor from India to work on the superset. AshLin (talk) 07:46, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
@KCVelaga:, @Adamgerber80:, @MBlaze Lightning: and @Kautilya3: for input as they are members of the incubator group. I made this proposal because the incubator is supposed to be a temporary host and the group has been there for over two years. I do not see any issues with limiting the scope to the post-Independence military history of India, but even though TFs are primarily for categorization, I see utility in this as a more specific categorization than South Asia, which also includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, etc. Kges1901 (talk) 17:11, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
I think most of the task-force has been focused on contemporary (post-independence) Indian Armed Forces only and for starters it might make to limit the scope to just post-Independence military history. I am going to ping other editors, @AshLin, Gazoth, DBigXray, Sarvatra, Aumnamahashiva, and SshibumXZ:, who edit in the general area but may or may not be in the task force, for their input as well. Adamgerber80 (talk) 18:03, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
Adamgerber80, yep, whilst you are correct that I don't specifically edit Indian Armed Forces-related articles, I would be more than happy to join an Indian military-related task force, as a matter of fact, I was planing to create articles on two former Indian Army officers myself, including one on a deputy chief of the army. I also agree with Kges1901, in that, this task force would also serve itself in further categorising South Asia-related military history articles. Regards, SshibumXZ (talk · contribs). 18:51, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
I agree with PM that 50+ membership is not a factor worth considering, many of them are inactive. But there are some who are not regular contributors to military history topics, but yes, they do at one time or the other, like Sshibum. Regarding the scope, I suggest not to limit to history or post-independence or modern armed forces, but anything that related to Indian military comes under the scope of this group. Removing the word "history" from the title will solve it. Also having a task-force will help to have more focused efforts on article assessments. KCVelaga (talk) 03:27, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
I concur with @KCVelaga:. Let it be the Indian Military Task Force. AshLin (talk) 07:46, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
Also pinging @Strike Eagle and UY Scuti: KCVelaga (talk) 03:31, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
@WP:MILHIST coordinators: pinging the rest of the coord team for opinions about whether an Indian military history task force or a special project is the best way forward given the circumstances. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:33, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
Just to clarify, for consistency with other task forces, it would be the Indian military history task force. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 08:10, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
That is the reason why I initially named it Indian military history. I don't any issues whatever the name is. KCVelaga (talk) 08:44, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
Indian Military Task Force sounds good. While only a small percentage of the articles I edit or create deal with the Indian Armed Forces, would be delighted to join this task force.Aumnamahashiva (talk) 23:39, 9 October 2018 (UTC)

─────────────────────────G'day TomStar81, this seems to have legs. With your recent experience with the new geographical TFs, would you be willing to help out with setting this up? Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:24, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

@Kirill Lokshin: and @Peacemaker67: Since a week has passed I have set it up at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Indian military history task force. The only thing left now is for my semi-protected edit request on the MILHIST template to be approved. Kges1901 (talk) 19:29, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Sorry for the long reply, the last few days off I had double duty at my other job so I've not had much time to edit here, much less catch up with the goings on. I'm sorry I missed this, but I'm happy to see that its moved forward. TomStar81 (Talk) 22:15, 24 October 2018 (UTC)

Support with Modification as there are more than enough Indian English-language wikipedians to work on this. The only caveat is that modern India is a post-1947 conception, and retaining South Asian military history for pre-independence period content. (talk) 07:36, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

This task force has already been established, and the scope was a pre-condition of its establishment as far as I am concerned. I also doubt there would be support for your approach to a task force, but pinging @WP:MILHIST coordinators: in case I've picked up the wrong end of the stick here. We just don't do task forces in that way. For example, we don't have a post-1945 Germany task force, we just have a Germany one, which includes German-related articles going back to the Holy Roman Empire, including Prussia, Weimar and Nazi Germany as well as post-1945 Germany. Parsing a task force to this extent doesn't have precedent. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 09:40, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
It seems that both sides of this issue have points. Just as there is Chinese military history or German military history task force, an Indian military history task force has adequate merit when taken into consideration that task forces are not created arbitrarily. However, the evidence remains that: 1) there is already an Indian military history task force in existence, 2) the TF in general has not been active, and 3) if any, most of its activity are confined with tagging. Thus, rather than focusing on whether or not a TF has to be established, it appears that the emphasis must be on improving or modifying the operationalization of the task force. This may not only apply for the Indian task force, but also for other task forces under this project. Arius1998 (talk) 00:25, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

Recent edits to Content and Notability guides[edit]

Both pages have been recently modified to remove “Template:Essay”: [6]; [7]. I believe that these templates should be restored as these pages are each an advice page, not a guideline, which has a specific meaning in WP’s context. Courtesy ping @Hawkeye7:. K.e.coffman (talk) 00:39, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

A more appropriate template would be Template:Wikipedia how-to. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:26, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
If a template must to be added, then "how to" would be the one. These pages are not essays, they are WikiProject content guides. This is an essay. - wolf 02:57, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment: I don't believe the Template:Wikipedia how-to to be a suitable option here. Original template included: "This page is an essay on article content. It contains the advice and/or opinions of one or more WikiProjects on how the content policies may be interpreted within their area of interest. This WikiProject advice page..." "WikiProject advice page" linked to Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Guide#Advice pages, which states:
WikiProject advice can best help editors by providing: subject-specific considerations in applying site-wide standards; links to subject-specific templates; a list of information that editors should consider including in a given type of article... (...) Any advice page that has not been formally approved by the community through the WP:PROPOSAL process has the actual status of an optional essay.
Compare with: Wikipedia:Project namespace#Wikipedia how-to and information pages. --K.e.coffman (talk) 17:22, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes, the original text was very misleading. What happened was that the creation of guidelines ground to a halt. As a result, many of community's most important guidelines formally lack that status. The term "essay" then became meaningless, as it applied to all sorts of pages with wildly varying statuses. In this case, projects were encouraged to create local guidelines that reflected the consensus in their area of expertise. Our guides went through that WP:PROPOSAL process years ago. As Wolf says, they are not user essays, because they do have formal standing. The template was originally added to facilitate the shortcut links, which are now available with the how-to template. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:25, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for that bit of history, Hawkeye. I had wondered what their status was. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 23:33, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
I'd be interested in seeing the past discussions where the two pages went through PROPOSAL and achieved formal standing. K.e.coffman (talk) 01:04, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
The difference between the two is explained in WP:HOWTOPAGES:

Informative and instructional pages are typically edited by the community; while not policies or guidelines themselves, they are intended to supplement or clarify Wikipedia guidelines, policies, or other Wikipedia processes and practices that are communal norms. Where essay pages offer advice or opinions through viewpoints, information pages should supplement or clarify technical or factual information about Wikipedia in an impartial way.

Hawkeye7 (discuss) 01:52, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
I just had a quick look through the archives, and Kirill Lokshin will no doubt correct me if my summation is incorrect. The style guide was split off from the main Milhist page on 19 September 2007, here. It was then advertised at the Village Pump (policy) and Village Pump (proposals) pages as an addition to the MOS. The relevant Milhist discussion is archived at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Military history/Archive 67#Project style guide and MoS. Some non-Milhist editors commented on it as a result. There being no objections to its addition to the MOS, it was accepted and marked as part of the MOS. The notability and content parts of the style guide were split off from the style guide on 31 July 2010 to create Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Notability guide and Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Content guide which can be seen from this. At the time of their creation, they were marked as an "essay on notability" and "content guideline" respectively, per this and this. Obviously they have developed over time, with tweaks here and there to reflect consensus. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 02:36, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Suggestion to make distinctions in popular culture section[edit]

I think that it would give that section greater credibility and usefulness to this section to further clarify it. First, if the item is a one of kind and actually participated in the item IMO such a section should not place a further high bar for inclusion. For example, if the 1st armored division significantly participated in the filming of a movie. Much lower on the spectrum is when there are many instance of the item and it actually participated. E.G. an M-16 rifle (one of the zillions made) was used /participated in the production of a movie. The other metric is actual participation in vs. mere depictions in pop culture items. E.G a video game includes the 1st armored division or an M-16 rifle. North8000 (talk) 12:42, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Personally, I'm not a big fan of pop culture sections in military articles. If there must be one, I like it to be as brief, concise as relevant as possible. If a particular book or film prominently features a subject of a military article, such as a ship or a military unit, a person from history, such as a military officer, or an historical event, such as a battle, and does so in a factually accurate and detailed manner that lends to the reader's understanding of that subject, then fine. But blurbs like; " USS Wasp could be briefly seen in the background, before being gobbled down by a Kraken, in the video game Mega-Zombie-Blood-Splatter VII", serve no useful purpose. This is just my opinion, I'm sure others will differ. - wolf 17:55, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
After more than 10 years of editing, the popular culture sections remain among my favorites. They are usually what I check first in an article. Dimadick (talk) 18:08, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
I think most (but not all) of them which are added devalue the project Lyndaship (talk) 16:51, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
In my experience most in popular culture sections are just dumping grounds for uncited drive-by additions by IP addresses who noticed something obscure in the paperback they were reading. Many take on the appearance of original research or use the popular culture item in question as a primary source (for example, if X Division is mentioned in the historical fiction book Y, the editor will cite book Y as the source in an addition on the article for X Division). I believe mention of the cultural relation in secondary sources should be required for anything to be included in such a section, regardless of the prominence of the primary source (even if it is a famous book or movie). -Indy beetle (talk) 17:56, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
The advice on this topic in the relevant guideline, MOS:POPCULT, is sensible. It recommends that popular culture material be integrated into the body of the article whenever possible. If a separate section is used, it should be written as analytic prose rather than a list. The recommendation that all appearances in popular culture be supported by a secondary or tertiary source is particularly important as a means of avoiding trivial appearances and encouraging useful content. Nick-D (talk) 21:45, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
I'd suggest, if (frex) 1st Airborne troopers appeared in "Bridge at Remagen", it merits mention on the film's page (where it's significant), but not on the unit's page (where it's not). OTOH, mention of 1st Airborne being subject of "A Bridge too Far" merits a mention on the unit page; if members of the unit also appeared, both do. In short, is it central to the project? P-51s in "Tuskeegee Airmen", yes; F4Us in "Midway", no. (FYI, there are brief views of F4Us.) TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 14:40, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
I generally agree with most of the above comments on pop culture sections. There are obvious exceptions, for example, like with the Russian battleship Potemkin, which was the subject of what is considered one of the best films ever made. I'd expect the article on the ship to reference the movie. But lists of "X ship appeared in video game Y" and the like should be killed with fire. Parsecboy (talk) 21:38, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Is there anything required beyond what our content guide already says? Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:59, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

I think MOS:POPCULT and WP:MILPOP cover the territory pretty well, deprecating trivial mentions and OR in particular. I agree with Parsecboy about individual ships with movies made about them, I've done something similar with Yugoslav destroyer Zagreb. The same could be said of biographies where the subject is featured in a movie, such as Draža Mihailović in Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 05:52, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Totally agree with Indy Beetle on this one. At one point I had consensus to herd all that into a single section on the class page for the Iowas; I still lament the discussion that lead to pop culture being reinstated on the individual pages - all the more so since I now have to track six pages to keep BS like cher's music video and the 92 movie under siege to a single, concise, well sourced mention, and I have to keep explaining to people why MGS4, Neon Genesis Evagelion, battleship (movie), etc should not be included in these Featured Article(s) over top of fan boys and girls who constantly add the information just because we had a pop culture section and their specific instance wasn't already mentioned. TomStar81 (Talk) 07:09, 6 November 2018 (UTC)


There is an active discussion regarding this very topic, about entries to the pop culture section for the USS Missouri (BB-63) article. It could use some more contributors. Thanks - wolf 09:49, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

English cemetery photographs[edit]

In anticipation of the imminent death of Flickr, I've just conducted a bulk transfer of a big chunk of my archive of photos of cemeteries in south east England to Commons; a mixture of CWGC and allied burial sites, interesting funerary monuments and chapel architecture, representative civilian and non-CWGC-design gravestones and wide atmosphere shots of cemeteries. As I have neither the time nor the inclination to catalogue 7000+ images in detail, especially against the 8 Jan deadline for the shutdown of Flickr as a free image hosting service, I've of necessity just uploaded them into broad categories based on which cemetery the burials in question are in, which in turn has resulted in the flooding of those categories on Commons with files with uninformative descriptions and uninformative names. If anyone feels the urge, they could virtually all do with having more specific descriptions, and in many cases more specific categories, added. (Paging Carcharoth, HJ Mitchell, Kafka Liz.)

The Commons categories in question are:

This change hasn't been widely publicised—I imagine SmugMug, who have just absorbed Flickr, are hoping that most users won't realise the change is coming until the deadline strikes and will then feel the need to pay out the $50 fee to prevent their work being deleted—but anyone else who's using Flickr as an easier-to-upload-but-still-Creative-Commons-licenced alternative to Commons, get your own stuff out now before they start charging you a ransom to release it as well! If you activate Flickr2Commons, the transfer process is virtually automatic and all you need to do is specify the Commons categories you want them to land in. ‑ Iridescent 22:30, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the warning. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 23:31, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
I've just received an email from Flickr, telling me about the impending changes to my (free) account. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:31, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
@Iridescent: Is there an efficient way to transfer freely licensed photos that are from someone else's account? -Indy beetle (talk) 00:11, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
@Indy beetle: As long as they're appropriately licensed, just open Flickr2Commons (you may need to authorise OAuth first, just click the link at the top of the page), and enter either the account ID or the photoset ID (the long string of numbers in the URL) in the appropriate part of the form. It will prompt you as to whether you want to append a description or category to all the images or to mark them up individually; after that, just rename the files as appropriate (as most Flickr filenames are just the upload date), click the big green "transfer to Commons" button at the top of the list of files, and it will chug along in the background automatically transferring everything you've selected; it doesn't matter who uploaded the file to Flickr originally provided it was under a Commons-compatible license. The script will filter out anything that's not correctly licensed, and will add the appropriate copyright tags and attribution to the original uploader automatically. Unfortunately, there isn't (as far as I know) a way to upload every file containing a particular keyword; you need to do so on a by-user or by-album basis. ‑ Iridescent 00:18, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I don’t have much from England, but I have a fair bit from the US and Ireland and can expand on them in due course. I’m happy to contribute; just let me know. Kafka Liz (talk) 02:26, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
and I suppose I should get my small contributions there back pronto. Kafka Liz (talk) 02:29, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
  • @Kafka Liz, they've said that they'll allow free accounts to remain provided they have fewer than 1000 uploads, or delete photos to bring themselves below the 1000 limit; they've also just issued a recent "clarification" that they won't delete anything CC by-SA licensed (although if you're over the 1000 limit they won't allow you to upload anything else unless you pay up), so the threat of imminent photopocalypse is lessened. I'd still recommend getting anything you can out of there, as I suspect they won't survive the mass exodus (if they lose the free users, there are no longer any regulars to view the photos of the paid users, so why would the professional studios continue to pay them hosting fees?) and it will probably go the way of MySpace within a few months at most. ‑ Iridescent 23:42, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Clairmarais aerodrome[edit]

s:Heroic Airmen Are Key To Victory (H.G. Wells, August 1918), has an image whose caption refers to "Clamarais aerodrome", about which we appear to have no article. Should we? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:29, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Perhaps that should read Clairmarais aerodrome?
Trappist the monk (talk) 12:40, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes; thank you. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:55, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Well if we have just one source with just a photo caption, no it is not enough to establish notability.Slatersteven (talk) 12:53, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
That was not the question. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:55, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
OK I shall rephrase it, No we should not have an article on it as the sourcing for it is not good enough based upon the evidence presented here.Slatersteven (talk) 13:57, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Still not the question. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 16:07, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Article now at Clairmarais aerodrome. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 16:07, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Anciens Aerodromes - Clairmarais has some details of WWII use by the Luftwaffe. Alansplodge (talk) 16:57, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
There is some more on its WWII use at this web PDF (pages 334-335). The author, Henry L. deZeng IV, has published several books so a case could be made for his reliability, I think - Dumelow (talk) 17:31, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
I have added a brief paragraph to the article using Dumelow's "deZeng" ref above. Alansplodge (talk) 20:24, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
Nice work Alansplodge. I took the liberty of nominating the article for DYK as I had a QPQ credit going spare - Dumelow (talk) 21:42, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Reduction of shadows on images from US Military personnel[edit]

I've reduced the shadows of this image
Major General William Shane Lee.jpg
by 35% which is the default of Photoshop. Has this been enhanced or original file should be left "as is"? Adamdaley (talk) 01:15, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
I would be opposed to using this version. Kendall-K1 (talk) 03:12, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
Is his uniform supposed to be green or blue? I believe it is supposed to be dark blue so this is not an improvement at all. Dom from Paris (talk) 17:36, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
Why are shadows an issue?Slatersteven (talk) 17:50, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
I reverted it (altered version is here). Original images should remain as they are. Any changes (eg: cropping, etc.) should be saved as new image files with the change added to the file name (eg: ADM John Doe (cropped).jpg - wolf 17:56, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
That is much better, it shows the correct colours, he looks less like an extra out of the man in the high castle now.Slatersteven (talk) 17:59, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
That dark blue? It looks to me as if it's a variation of black. Adamdaley (talk) 22:34, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
Nope, its clearly a shade of blue until; you muck about with the contrast when it becomes black.Slatersteven (talk) 10:32, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Is no one bothered by the fact that someone is claiming authorship and ownership over a public domain work of the US government?[8] Kendall-K1 (talk) 23:00, 8 November 2018 (UTC) ───────────────────────── According to Army Service Uniform, the recent ASU coat is "army blue 450", which is RGB #444549 - almost grey, only slightly blue - its apparent colour would be affected by lighting. (Hohum @) 21:43, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Wrong assessment showing up on Sarabjit Singh[edit]

Folks, The Milhist assessment of Talk:Sarabjit_Singh is C in the source and yet it is being shown as Start. does anyone know why ? I was about to post this on VP but wanted to check here first. Appreciate if someone can also fix the mistake if any. --DBigXray 00:02, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

This occurs because for MILHIST to display a C class assessment, either B1 or B2 as well as the rest of the B-class assessment criteria must be checked. For the checklist, click 'show' to the right of additional information in the template. Kges1901 (talk) 00:15, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
In fact, the MILHIST checklist hasn't been filled in at all. I thought I could fix that but, having read the article, I see no reason for a MILHIST tag on the article, so I'll leave that to others.Monstrelet (talk) 10:30, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
I concur with Monstrelet, and have removed the tag as Singh does not appear to have been an actual intelligence agent. Kges1901 (talk) 12:50, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
  • LoL, Monstrelet thats another way to fix this Face-smile.svg, yes there is no evidence of the subject being a military person. India claims he was a farmer while Pakistan claims he was an allged Indian spy. Since Kges1901 has gone ahead and removed the tag, I did not add that tag and I am not going to contest that. Is it correct to make this assumption for future references that spy or alleged spy BIOs are not MILHIST.--DBigXray 13:14, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Spies are MILHIST only when they have a connection to military intelligence, which usually comes through being recruited by military intelligence or stealing military secrets. In this case, Singh is an exception because there is no evidence of a connection to military intelligence. Kges1901 (talk) 13:33, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Understood, and yes I do agree with the above and thanks everyone for your kind response. --DBigXray 15:12, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Peer review for New Zealand and Australian Division[edit]

G'day all, I have nominated the New Zealand and Australian Division article for a peer review. I would be most thankful for any feedback if anyone has a moment to take a look. The review can be found here: Wikipedia:Peer review/New Zealand and Australian Division/archive1 Thanks! AustralianRupert (talk) 05:07, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

WT:TFA#TFA for WWI centenary[edit]

Just a ping. Something will happen (or not) in the next few hours, I think. - Dank (push to talk) 15:20, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Arbitration Committee Elections December 2018[edit]

I wanted to bring everyone's attention to the Arbitration Committee Elections which are currently accepting nominations. Many of you will be familiar with ArbCom via the German War Effort case that ArbCom decided to accept this last year and which dealt with areas covered by this project. There is now an opportunity to ask questions of candidates before the election opens on 19 November. If you have questions you can go to Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2018/Candidates and click on the links for each candidate to see what they have to say in general, and whether you agree/disagree with their views of various matters and their proposed approach to being on ArbCom. ArbCom produce binding solutions to Wikipedia conduct disputes, and it behoves us all to make sure that only the best candidates are elected. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 02:02, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Access to Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1906–1921[edit]

Could an editor with access to Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1906–1921 tell me if page 212 of it mentions French submarine Armide's namesake? I need that ref for a DYK. L293D ( • ) 03:11, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

According to Conway's, Armide, launched 1915, had two sisters, Amazone and Antigone. No mention of a namesake, though Armide was apparently building for Japan as No. 14 when "requisitioned". RobDuch (talk) 05:34, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
A more important issue than whether the article passes DYK is why are you writing articles referencing sources which you havn't got access to? That is very poor practice and brings the rest of the article into question.Nigel Ish (talk) 09:18, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
Because the bibliography has been cut-and-pasted (without attribution) from Armide (1915) on Polish Wikipedia and reflects the sources used there, rather than here. L293D, you're not a new editor—what the hell were you thinking? Did you actually check the sources yourself or just go with what it said on pl-wiki? ‑ Iridescent 09:34, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
No, the Citations and Bibliography have not been copy-pasted from plwiki. They come from another of my articles, Joessel-class submarine which probably came from yet another of my articles, Lagrange-class submarine. As to whether I check sources from plwiki, I generally try to but frequently I can not access them so I AGF. L293D ( • ) 03:30, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
Would you like to reveal your source for the French submarine Y article which you have just created? There is no translated tag on the article and you source the tonnage figures to both Fontenoy and Conway. However Conway gives completely different figures to those given by Fontenoy and detailed in the article. The Polish wiki notes that the sources disagree so did you copy from plwiki (without attribution) and omit the footnotes as too difficult or did you copy from somewhere else (without attribution) or did you create the article yourself and just put in some sources without checking them? Invariably on these French submarine articles you have created recently there have been problems with different information being quoted in the prose and the infobox sometimes with neither agreeing with that which is quoted in the sources - on Armide for instance you had 1 x 75mm gun in prose and 2 x 75mm gun in infobox sourced to Conway but Conway actually says 1 x 47mm Lyndaship (talk) 16:07, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
Not to mention that Drzewiecki drop collars aren't torpedo tubes, but rather frameworks that hold the torpedoes until they swim out. Please start focusing on improving your articles rather than carelessly translating them from foreign wikis because everything needs to be validated. You should be able to get the books that you're citing from Interlibrary loan at little to no cost if you're in the US. If not, you might have to spend a little money.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:17, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
If in the US, have your local library request the books via interlibrary loan from Pritzker Military Museum & Library as we will lend most titles published after 1950. TeriEmbrey (talk) 16:42, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Participants in World War I[edit]

A heads-up... Participants in World War I has been moved and then rejected as a draft. I'm not sure if that's the right way to handle things as it seems to be a deletion through the back door. violet/riga [talk] 12:26, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

WP:SOLDIER clarification[edit]

One of the WP:SOLDIER criteria is "Commanded a substantial body of troops in combat (e.g. a capital ship, a divisional formation or higher, an air group (or US wing), or their historical equivalents)". The article Group (military aviation unit) states that a group is sometimes the size of a UK wing (which apparently does not qualify under SOLDIER) and sometimes much larger; sometimes a group is larger than a wing, sometimes not. In order to be more clear, I suggest clarifying in one of the following ways:

  • Wing or group (whichever is larger in that service's system)
  • Any air unit larger than X number of squadrons

Any thoughts? Catrìona (talk) 18:34, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

I would specify by approx. number of squadrons - would make it easier to handle vs. other systems , e.g, the Soviet model.Icewhiz (talk) 19:03, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
Is there a particular nationality you are looking at, because it varies considerably? I do agree it is a bit Anglo-American-centric at present in this regard, and the added complexity of WWII and post-WWII arrangements doesn't help. What we are talking about here IMO is a modern-day RAF or USN Group, a USAF or USMC Wing, or a formation such as 1 Canadian Air Division or Soviet/Russian Aviation Division. These days, such formations are commonly commanded by an officer in the range of colonel equivalent to one-star general. There are significant exceptions to this in the past though, as WWII Luftwaffe Geschwader (equivalent to an RAF Group or USAAF Wing) could be commanded by a major. In terms of number of squadrons, I would think the minimum would be four (two RAF wings of the minimum two squadrons each), or perhaps six to take it over the likely maximum size of a RAF wing, but of course this would range much higher as well. There is a need to be flexible because of the fact that some RAF Groups/USAAF Wings were small and others were really big. So perhaps an indicative range would be better than a minimum number of squadrons. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 02:42, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
What prompted me to ask the question was the recent recreation of Einar Axel Malmstrom, with the edit summary "Notabe per WP:MILPERSON #5 356 FG combat command". After checking GBooks, it seems that Malmstrom might meet GNG because he is profiled in the few places as the namesake of Malmstrom Air Force Base. However, it seemed inconsistent to me that Malmstrom would pass WP:SOLDIER but the commander of an RAF fighter wing wouldn't, when USAAF groups were roughly equivalent to RAF wings during World War II. I don't know if there were any RAF wings with six squadrons, but 244 Wing had five squadrons during the Tunisian and Italian campaigns. Catrìona (talk) 10:14, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
I might add, that war-time appointments don't necessarily conform to the established rank of an appointment and some consideration may need to be given to individual circumstances. It appears to have been resolved however. Regards, Cinderella157 (talk) 10:28, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
As we have (and lots of other places have them too) a table of comparative ranks would it not just be easier to use that?Slatersteven (talk) 10:36, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
I'd be careful about using number of squadrons; that would seem to disqualify any CAG. TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 19:22, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
I thought Carrier Air Groups/Wings included at least four squadrons, even during WWII? Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:41, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
You may be right... I'm working of a sense of size, not a sourced number. It made me leery. TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 23:35, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
@Ian Rose, Nick-D, and Lineagegeek: Before I put a proposal together, just pinging a few more aviation-focussed people for an opinion on whether SOLDIER really needs a tweak here, maybe to provide some more specific guidance for non-Common1ealth-US countries or even some flexible squadron numbers guidance? Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 23:54, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
I think that this terminology has caused a bit of confusion, and the guidance isn't necessary. In UK-style air forces, a 'group' is the most senior type of operational command, and comprises several wings (each with usually 2-4 squadrons). The commanders of groups in combat do generally end up being well known (e.g., all of the World War II-era RAF Fighter Command and Bomber Command group commanders have received significant coverage). USAF-style air forces use the terms in the opposite order - wings are the senior command, and comprise several groups (which sometimes have very few squadrons). A USN Carrier Air Group forms part of a wing, so isn't comparable to a RAF group. And of course there are anomalies - for instance, the World War II-era No. 300 Group RAF is pretty obscure and only comprised a handful of squadrons. RAF/RAAF peacetime group COs are generally pretty obscure, and the same applies to peacetime USAF wing COs. TLDR: I'd suggest removing this text, as I don't think that the guidance is particularly helpful. Nick-D (talk) 07:42, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
I think the (US wing) is appropriate, although some explanation beyond the "air group" with its current link might be appropriate. US wings are considered the equivalent of brigades. They mostly call for commanders to be brigadier generals (authorized), but the slots are more frequently filled by colonels. Before 1948, operational wings generally had 2-4 groups assigned, with each group having 3-4 operational squadrons. 1948-1950s and post 1991, wings have three or four groups with only one controlling operational squadrons, since US wings also include support elements for their base. US group command seems too low for presumed notability. Also, should the guideline be clarified as limited to operational groups/wings? USAF has had such organizations as Weather Wings and Communications Divisions. --Lineagegeek (talk) 13:26, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Featured quality source review RFC[edit]

Editors in this WikiProject may be interested in the featured quality source review RFC that has been ongoing. It would change the featured article candidate process (FAC) so that source reviews would need to occur prior to any other reviews for FAC. Your comments are appreciated. --Izno (talk) 21:30, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

William Chapman Foster[edit]

Hello, I am looking for some help to expand the page for William Chapman Foster. Since he is family, I do not want to contribute myself. I have collected a mountain of research though, that I'd be happy to share with someone to expand the page. WCF had a long history in government service with several significant posts so I know it's not a easy page to write. Here is a link to one obit: Please let me know how I can find someone or a group to expand his page and if I can support that process by directing people to information. Many Thanks, Marcie Foster — Preceding unsigned comment added by FarcieM (talkcontribs) 00:32, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Post the material you wish to add on the articles talk page, in small bites.Slatersteven (talk) 10:37, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Capture of the Anne[edit]

I was thinking about the Capture of the Anne article. It has just been assessed for B-class. Would it go one better at GA? I've not contributed anything to it, but was seeing if it could be a GA? Adamdaley (talk) 03:48, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Have you got access to the sources? That really is necessary to be able to navigate it through GAN. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:44, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
  • No I don't have access to the bibliography/references. Adamdaley (talk) 00:50, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Then I wouldn't nominate it yourself. Perhaps you could contact the main contributors as suggest it to them? Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:33, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Is a reliable source[edit]

Is British Army Units From 1945 On a reliable source? Gavbadger (talk) 18:43, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

You might better ask that question over at Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard. FWIW, I would challenge that source in any source review I might make in any of the review processes (ACR, FA, etc.). Looking at the website, it provides no information about what editorial oversight or peer review the information it provides is subject to, or indeed any definitive information beyond a copyright notice as to who owns and operates it. Factotem (talk) 19:10, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, I have asked over on the Noticeboard. Gavbadger (talk) 19:38, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

WWI Photo Request Petition[edit]

Consider signing this petition, as it requests numerous Soviet WWII era photos to be released on Wikimedia Commons. Regards.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 22:46, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

AfD needing more attention[edit]

G'day all, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/2007 British Army order of battle has been re-listed and could do with some more attention from interested editors. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 05:58, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLI, November 2018[edit]

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