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What is your History background & interests?
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California, United States
Joined: May 05, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 01:24 PM UTC
BA in History with an emphasis on modern Europe (post 1850). I have been teaching for ten years now and have developed something of an interest in ancient civilizations due to my particular course load. My first love remains the WWII period however!

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Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: April 09, 2003
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 02:22 PM UTC
Always had a healthy interest in history.

Right now studying history. I hope to get my BA in August (though there is a slight hick-up), continue with my MA afterwards, and if all goes well go for a PhD immediately after.

For this semester I am attending the University of Hawaii to study under M.P. Speidel, one of the authorities on the late Roman army.

Era of specialty:

Roman army: Right now I have to write a thesis for my BA on the late Roman army (post Constantine the Great (4th and early 5th century). Wrote a paper on the question if there was a military explanation for the demise of the Roman Empire. Allegedly got an, at least for that professor, extreme high grade for that one (comparable to a 90-95/100).
Other classes I took included general military history, and a exam on Roman military history.
For my MA (and hopefully my PhD) I will probably concentrate on the early Roman army (Hannibal and the century thereafter (so 3rd and 2nd century BC)). I will also try to get to study under another expert.

My heroes of the era: Hannibal (IMHO greatest battlefield general ever), Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the Roman Emperor Trajan.

Eras of interest:

Ancient Greece: classic and Alexander.

Middle Ages: In particular early Hundred Years War and 11th-14th century

late 16th -19th century: A few episodes of the era.

Thirty Years War, in particular Maurice and Louis of Nassau and Frederik Hendrik. Without these my country would not exist. Second, especially the first two set the framework for every modern army of the day and made the Dutch army a small but highly effective fighting machine.
The Anglo-Dutch naval wars. The whole idea that such a small nation was able to project so much power. The Dutch fleet under Michiel de Ruyter might have been one of the most well oiled machines/naval fleets there ever was. At a serious strategic disadvantage (most of the time waiting for or escorting a merchant fleet) they were able to hold of the English most of the time. De Ruyter's (more accurately DeWitt's) raid on Chatham is one of the most daring stunts in naval history.
As an aside the interfered in the wars between Sweden and Denmark, saving the latter in the process, to avoid either side gaining absolute control over the Sont-channel.
War of the Spanish Succession. Marlborough and Eugene in particular.
The Prussian army under Frederick the Great.
The Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon and Wellington.

US Civil War

Most of these areas are only represented by a limited number of monographs and a growing collection of Osprey Campaign series volumes (current count is 50+).
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England - West Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: March 12, 2002
KitMaker: 835 posts
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2006 - 01:50 AM UTC
I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in History and War Studies,my dissertation was on the RAF's Western Desert Air Force in North Africa, 1940 - 1943. Currently I am doing a PGCE in Post - Compulsory Education and I lecture History and Politics at a College. Assuming all goes well from September I should be starting my PhD which will cover the effect of Operational Research on the Strategy and Tactics of the British Army of the Rhine, 1945 - 1980.

As to my research interests they can by grouped into 4 main headings:

1. The British Military in the Twentieth Century

2. The Development of Air Power

3. The History of Military Thought - Clausewitz etc

4. The Use of Information Technology as an aid to Historians

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Louisiana, United States
Joined: January 26, 2003
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Posted: Saturday, May 06, 2006 - 08:55 AM UTC
Not to be mean, but there are alot of us running around with BA's in history. Me too. My time frame is the American Civil War, guess that why i am a reenactor. Not for the good part because we are mostly history buffs, we build models to reflect our intrest and heaven help the one person who crosses our path with a model that is not correct, or movie.
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Metro Manila, Philippines
Joined: December 02, 2003
KitMaker: 424 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 02:57 PM UTC

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I'm wondering what periods of history you are most interested in? Also what kind of "expertise" you have in these areas? If we get a lot of responses on this one I'll make this thread a sticky one so we can go back and look at it from time to time. That way if you remember somebody was interested in, Ancient Greece, for example, but you couldn't remember who you could review the thread to find them.

I'm deep into area history, specifically American and East Asian History.

I am currently taking up my masters in History in a university here in the Philippines. I'm also a history teacher as well.

Owing to my hobby, I also like to indulge in military history. I'm very particular about World War II, both the battles and the "politcs" of it (owing to my training in grad school).

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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: January 21, 2006
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Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 12:41 AM UTC
Hi everyone, I'm new here,and I have an interset in military history from the Romans to the present day. I build models in 1/72 scale to reflect my interests in history. I would have loved to join the Army, but having a disability, my models are also the closest I will get to serving in the forces. BTW I'm in the UK!
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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: January 21, 2006
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Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 12:48 AM UTC
Sorry about the second post. I grew up like a lot of my generation (I'm 35), listening to stories from my grandparents who had served and I was fascinated. My late father's dad served with Bomber Command on Lancasters, and my mum's stepfather served in the desert, and later in Korea. I am currently modelling in 4 themes, and these are D-Day, Korea, KFOR and Vietnam. sorry once again for the second post!
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Joined: January 10, 2005
KitMaker: 137 posts
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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 07:41 AM UTC
Heya guys,

Im a Curator at the National Museum of Australia, and my particular interests are on 'social' military history, and in particular the ways in which local communities in south-eastern Australia have coped in war.

At the moment, im in the process of abandoning my Masters to start a PhD on Australian prisoners of war who were captured by the Germans on the Western Front during the First World War. I consider myself to be part of the 'charge of the rewrite brigade' and am interested in the masculine conflict involved in surrender, and how this holds up to Australia's ANZAC Legend....in which it doesnt.

That aside, im also interested in Australia's involvment in the Vietnam War...anything to do with the infantryman's personal war...For all those who are interested in Australia's Vietnam War experience, I could not recommend Robert Hall's unique unit history 'Combat Battalion: The Eight Battalion in Vietnam' any higher. Check it out and be dazzled, awestruck and left wanting to know more.

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Minnesota, United States
Joined: August 12, 2003
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Posted: Saturday, July 01, 2006 - 08:08 AM UTC
I do not have a college education. But I am a voracious reader and have an almost photograhic memory with excellent recall.
My interests include:
The campaigns of Frederick the Great of Prussia.
The Ancient Wars in the Middle East- Sumer, Akkad, 1st Babylonian Empire, Scythia and Pre-Hellenic Greece.
Japan- from B.C. to 1600
the Old Egyptian Kingdom- Pre-15th Dynasty
and WW2.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: June 01, 2006
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Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2006 - 09:32 PM UTC
I don't where to start, but I love history.... No particular expertise or so, I just enjoy talking about, listen to, watching history programs...
Anything from romans, Knight Templars, Hospitallers, Teutonic, you name and I'm there..... :-) :-)
When it comes to modeling (just back in the business), I'm so far stuck in the WW I, WW II, Korea and Vietnam and aviation, might spread though. My dads cousin served in USN on a carrier during the Korean War and later on USS Coral Sea CVA-43, so I'm you could say almost a fanatic fan of that ship, plus USS Yorktown CV-5 and CV-10. Have a few decal sheets for Coral Sea F-18's that I hope to build in time, hoping for more to come from the decal companies.....
My best friend back in Sweden (which I'm from) had an uncle in the USN (a cook) in the pacific war and another of my friends, her dad served three tours in Korea and two in Vietnam...
A former colleague at my work, his great grandad (I think) died at the Battle Of Somme in 1916. He was going there last year to visit the old battlefields.
Sorry for the long reply.... I'll be now
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Maryland, United States
Joined: December 25, 2002
KitMaker: 339 posts
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Posted: Monday, July 03, 2006 - 12:21 AM UTC
professional archaeologist. Most of my work is in paleo-ecology and Native American and early French colonial impact on the environment and vice versa in the Great Lakes region.

I don't deal with military history on the professional level. My interests in WWII are just a hobby
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Joined: May 10, 2006
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2006 - 08:12 AM UTC
Hi everyone
my main interest are in the second world war but do branch of into ancient history.
I've been interested in this subject for a few years but have learned a lot since then. As i said before I branch of into ancient history this would be that my dads doin Uni in archaeology And boilogical anthropology [stones & bones]. No formal education [im 13] but i read books lots of books Books are good :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: August 12, 2005
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2006 - 09:05 AM UTC
Greetings all,

I have no specific area of expertise. I've studied and enjoyed history since I was at school. Any period, can be equally enjoyable and enliightening. I've always had an interest in the World Wars since I first watched the World at War on a Saturday afternoon many moons ago.

I've studied social science and have always had an interest in how and where we come from and what makes us tick.

Like Derek I joined the army as a boy soldier, educated myself through various colleges and the Open University and have been involved in training and teaching people most of my life in one form or another.

Whether it's the Romans, Greeks, tales of King Arthur or WW2 I find the whole subject facinating.

Since joining the site and taking up modelling again, I've been concentraing on the British site of things, the logistics of the whole conflict are staggering and the organisation, planning, political and social consequences of both World Wars still effect us even after all these years. I've also studied the politics and general overall strategy of the various major powers invloved in the conflict, hoping that this will give me a more rounded view of events.

I've done some detailed research into my old regiment and have pass the result of that on to The Imperial War Museum and Bovington Tank Museum, which they have kindly accepted and added to their records.

I try to keep my interests as varied as possible so in a sense it's the history of the world in all it' shapes and sizes that interests me.



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Singapore / 新加坡
Joined: December 03, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 - 06:26 AM UTC
Hi all,

No formal training in History per se, but a Masters in Music reflects the fact that I've spent lots of time reading European History in relation to musical developments. Think along the lines of types of bugle calls, official regimental songs, unoffical *ahem* army songs, etc.

Also an interest in Chinese history, especially of the military nature. Currently interested in Opium War and Taiping rebellion times
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Louisiana, United States
Joined: April 13, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 - 08:14 AM UTC
Well, as an art major, I did have to take two art history courses. My prof's dad was part of the Allied team that went around the ETO and MTO telling the US what they should and shouldn't bomb due to historical value. I've always been a history buff. I can proudly say that I almost got thrown out of my high school american history class for correcting the teacher on the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway. :-) I took a military history class in college and loved it. My interest are mainly WW2 Pacific and Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana history. I also love to research historical links to my family and inlaws. A relative of mine fought in the Seminole wars and his father was at the Battle of New Orleans, as a part of the Sutherland Highlanders (originally from Scotland).

btw...my wife tells everyone I watch too much History Channel :-) :-)
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Iowa, United States
Joined: September 09, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 - 11:40 AM UTC

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btw...my wife tells everyone I watch too much History Channel :-) :-)

my parents say I watch the military channel too much.
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Texas, United States
Joined: March 20, 2005
KitMaker: 358 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 - 12:18 PM UTC
I served in the military in Viet Nam, but I like WWII aircraft . I like to study that part of history the most I guess. I do study how history portrays the Viet Nam war. I work on modern aircraft for a living so the history of aviation also fasinates me. It's amazing to walk through a hanger and see a fabric and dope covered, propeller driven aircraft sitting next to a ultra modern jet.
Studied WWII history in school and sort of majored in the Viet Nam war after school;lol.
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
Joined: January 16, 2005
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2006 - 09:00 PM UTC
Hi there

I'm working to finish my MA in History. I'm writing about the battle of Agincourt, with focus on the welsh/english archer and their way of fighting and there motivation.

My other interests in history are: Late Middleages Europe, Spanish Civil War, Second World War and European history in the 20th century in general. In military history its the US army in NWE (WWII), battle of Normandy, Stalingrad and Barbarossa that fills my bookshelves.

Speaking about books, I'm also educated as a librarian so books are a big part of my life. Always on the lookout for a bargain...or something useful. I.e.: Spending money on books almost everyday...


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England - West Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: March 12, 2002
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2006 - 10:38 PM UTC

Where are you doing your MA?

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Kobenhavn, Denmark
Joined: January 16, 2005
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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 - 10:35 PM UTC
Here in Denmark - at the University of Roskilde.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: March 18, 2002
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2006 - 02:49 AM UTC
My particular interest is W.W.2. history due to my father being a tail gunner in Whitley's (flying coffins) he was shot down three times, once into the drink (English Channel) I think, the second time they limped back & crashed in southern England & the third time over northern France where he was captured in 1941& spent the rest of the war courtesy of the Germans in a P.O.W. camp!! I will always remember he considered himself the lucky one, he survived to tell the tale unlike so many of his generation, there's British phlegm for you?
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Texas, United States
Joined: May 02, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 03:43 AM UTC
Like many here, I have a BA in Social Studies (minor in Poli Sci and secondary ed) but have had a love of history and reading since I was very young. My dad was career Army and so my initial influences were towards military history but broadened out since then. At university I studied a broad range in my 2 years of specialized coursework, everything from Ancient Greece, History of the Middle East, History of the Sixties, History of Germany, etc. I particularly gravitate towards US history pre-20th century but also have a strong interest in the WW2 era because the results of that are still being felt today. Cultural history and social/regional influences are always fascinating to me, recently finished reading "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and try to touch history whenever I can as my job takes me around the world.
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: August 15, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 10:37 PM UTC
I think that the subscribers to Armorama represent a veritable ' who's who' in military history. The cumulative knowledge base in itself is valuable resource!

I have no formal history training, but have a degree in food technology. My interest in the military started with my military service in the SANDF Medical Service (2nd Lieutenant). I have read extensively and have been an avid enthisiast for over 25 years.

My key areas of interets are:

1. The Napoleonic Wars (1800 - 1815) - French and British Army and tactics
2. First World War including Verdun, the Somme, Ypres associated theatres.
2. Second World War including Anglo-American relations, D-Day and Normandy Operations, the Pacific Theatre and amphibious warfare.

Look forward to sharing more info with you all!