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What is your History background & interests?
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United States
Joined: October 03, 2013
KitMaker: 22 posts
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:29 AM UTC
Vietnam War era vet, SAC 1967-71. I am very interested in all history, specifically Europe 1500-1800, US WW2 - today, Israel 1948 until today. I know and understand weapons systems, military strengths and weaknesses, etc. No - I am definitely not an expert. Thanks
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Connecticut, United States
Joined: June 18, 2003
KitMaker: 1,020 posts
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 02:06 AM UTC

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I love studying the Second World War era. In terms of my history background, my grandmother's oldest brother was caught up in the infamous bombing of Darwin, he was onboard a australian navy ship when a bomb hit the deck and set fire to his hair. He then jumped overboard in an effort to put out the flames

I see you're also new to the KitMaker Network, Cam so welcome.

I was about your age when I first developed as serious interest in the Second World War. I see it as a part of human history that affected the world with the most change in the shortest period of time.

My principle historical interests is in all aspects in WWII and I've been spending more time lately in WWI history lately, but all aspects of history interests me.

Evert trip my wife and I take we always look towards the historical aspects available of every place we visit.
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Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
KitMaker: 11,610 posts
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Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 03:52 AM UTC
I've been studying military history since I was five. My school's library had several books on WWI aviation and knights. I continued to study aviation(my dad retired from the FAA) for several years. However, I built ships as wells aircraft. My first model was Testors C-130. I fell out of the general modeling community, when I started playing WarHammer. Several years later, I started building aircraft again. Fell back out of the hobby. Returned in 2004, with more aircraft. Fell back out of the hobby. Returned six years ago, building WWII German armor. I love the panzer IIIs and IVs. I have recently moved to Allied armor. As a result, I am selling part of my German library to invest in Allied material.
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New York, United States
Joined: May 27, 2013
KitMaker: 2,207 posts
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Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 06:57 PM UTC
Well I got my start in history around... Hmm.. Probably I was around 6 or 7 and I just became intrigued in a little thing called history I guess. I don't know, I was 6. But I enjoy post-reconstruction history. Mostly from 1900 onwards to the fall of the Soviet Union. I'm no history major or historian but I do know a good deal. I do enjoy watching the History Channel (when they have actual shows about history on), the History Channel 2 (which actually has historically based shows), the Military History Channel (even more historically base shows), and AHC (which used to be the Military Channel and it is almost ENTIRELY historically based shows). Plus the Pentagon Channel occasionally (DVIDS is nice). I'm I'm the middle of reading Antony Beevor's The Second World War and I recently picked up a new book.
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: October 16, 2014
KitMaker: 13 posts
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Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:31 PM UTC
I love studying the Second World War era. In terms of my history background, my grandmother's oldest brother was caught up in the infamous bombing of Darwin, he was onboard a australian navy ship when a bomb hit the deck and set fire to his hair. He then jumped overboard in an effort to put out the flames
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: May 18, 2014
KitMaker: 3 posts
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Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 03:14 AM UTC
I love to read about WWII and Rome. Those were both innovative times in history.
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Joined: October 25, 2013
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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 04:18 AM UTC
Nothing formal but have been an avid reader of ww2 history mainly with a emphasis on waffen ss or anything to do with allied para units. Served 5 yrs in Airborne Regt myself. Father was an officer in waffen ss , mainly used as an interpreter for his mastery of several languages. Father in law was a gunner on a Liberator bomber in far east during ww2. My modeling interests are figures.
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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: August 15, 2012
KitMaker: 408 posts
Armorama: 4 posts
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 12:35 AM UTC
My biggest history interests are the Napoleonic Wars, The Second World War and the Falklands Conflict (again due to my father being involved, I was 7 at the time).
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: July 28, 2010
KitMaker: 9 posts
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2013 - 08:50 AM UTC
As for me, I have a great fascination and love for history of all eras, but my primary "area of expertise", if you will, is French & Indian War in the Northeast, American Revolution and WWII. The first two, because I grew up in the Adirondack mountains of New York, and was surrounded by history. If I went an hour in any direction, I could be anywhere from Ticonderoga, to Saratoga, to Whitehall and even Vermont.

WWII because as a kid, I was fascinated listening to stories of those who served. From my, and my friends grandparents to my scoutmaster.

I've just recently started to become very interested in WWI, primarily because of the vast amount of acceptable carnage. The battle of the Somme in particular, fascinates me and astounds me in the number of casualties in one day. It's also the time frame where tried and true tactics were useless and the tactics of modern warfare were in their infancy.

I'm fortunate to be currently working for a a major command for the US military, which has allowed me to strike up a friendship with the historians. They kow my love of history and are more than willing to show me artifacts dating back to the 1770s. An invaluable resource when it comes to building dioramas!

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Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:24 PM UTC
I started out building aircraft, when I was about 6. I quickly transitioned into cars, then sci-fi. I went back to planes, for a few years. But, I found my true calling, with WWII German armor. I primarily build panzer IIIs and IVs. I progressed from ancient history to WWII. Now, I have nearly 20 gigs of information on Panzer IIIs and IVs.
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United Kingdom
Joined: August 10, 2011
KitMaker: 103 posts
Armorama: 90 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 08:40 AM UTC
Hi All,
Have had an interest in History that school almost bludgeoned out of me, but a keen interest in politics kept the flame alive. At quite a young age I soon realized that politics equaled conflict and conflict equaled politics, so armed with this totally unoriginal thought I was off to university, as a result I now have a BA in Politics, Philosophy and History from University of London. I pretty much subscribe to Marx’s Dialectic on History; I also tend towards the revisionist camp.
Period of general interest Europe from 1500, but from the English Civil War to the present really get my juices flowing where the politics starts to play the big game.
Military history tends toward the post WWII, Mid East, USSR, War pack-NATO. Currently reading a The Cold War a Military History by David Miller, a technical book but very illuminating and Leningrad, city by Anna Reid, a stunning work.

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California, United States
Joined: October 28, 2012
KitMaker: 17 posts
Armorama: 9 posts
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:28 AM UTC
Pretty wide ranging here. My main interests are maritime 1900-1950 ocean liners like Titanic, Lusitania, Queen Mary, Normandie, and so on. 1939-1945 WWII is another big area of interest followed by automotive history mainly Chevrolet and Ferrari 1950-preent. with smaller focuses on WWI, Vietnam, Korea, And the Persian Gulf conflicts from the early 90's to present OIF/OEF.

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Illinois, United States
Joined: October 14, 2012
KitMaker: 150 posts
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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 06:33 AM UTC
My interest in history is quite broad in scope.

I love ancient history and all the wonders of early Egypt (although I have a hard time swallowing some of the Egyptologist theories). I also have a huge interest in the Napoleonic wars straight through to the USA's involvement in Afghanistan.
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United Kingdom
Joined: August 06, 2010
KitMaker: 13 posts
Armorama: 10 posts
Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 10:38 AM UTC
Hi Roger,

I have had a lifelong interest in the following subjects, which all come under the catogory of military history.

The Roman army and campaigns.
European Medieval miltary history
The Napoleonic Wars and campaigns.

WW2 armoured fighting vehicles and their use during the conflict.

I look forward to any constructive discussion. JC
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England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: January 01, 2010
KitMaker: 717 posts
Armorama: 697 posts
Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 03:10 AM UTC
Hi Guys

No formal history education here, just a BA in Fine Art

I'm mainly interested in the British involvement in WWII, Especially the BEF, North African Campaign, Greece and Crete, and Italy

Especially interested in the Armoured aspects of these and infantry tanks in particular, although you can't study their use without studying infantry involvement and tactics too

Still have a wider interest in WWII though, most recently expanding into the pacific campaign thanks to the TV series probably

Also interested in the Falklands War (and can bore for England on the subject) due to my Father's time there.

The dynamic between strategy and politics also interests me

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Joined: October 04, 2006
KitMaker: 3,094 posts
Armorama: 2,942 posts
Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 12:55 AM UTC
Hey guys.
I have a BA in Politics (QUB) but my thesis and main interest is in the Chinese military, especially how it is modernizing as of late and what that means for other countries.
I'm thinking of heading back to Uni to do a Masters to further my research and see where that takes me.
Apart from China my main historical interest is 20t/21st Century military history with a particular emphasis on Vietnam (probably got that from watching all those Nam films when I was a kid!).

Anyway, just thought I'd introduce myself.
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Connecticut, United States
Joined: March 24, 2007
KitMaker: 317 posts
Armorama: 259 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 05:12 PM UTC
Hello All,
I am 35 and a military historian. I have studied S.E. Asian culture and the millitary history of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. My views are opinions are just that....opinions. My studies have been extensive. I have many friends who are also veterans of the U.S. Millitary, Vand Pao's Hmong army, and civilians who lived through the American involvement in Vietnam's civil war. I also study Vietnamese history at Yale. I also do an unhealthy amount of reading on the subject.
I tried to start a little conversation on the subject in the forum but I did not get much feedback. I hope to see topics related to S.E. Asian history on this forum in the future.
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Indiana, United States
Joined: July 31, 2003
KitMaker: 1,523 posts
Armorama: 710 posts
Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 09:34 AM UTC
History Major at UMUC. Hope to some day finish it. My main interest would have to be the past 15 years. So much is unsaid in the public Eye about what some of the guys are doing over there and the only way to find out is by reading books. The Heroes didn't end during Vietnam they are just harder to spot since it is almost immpossible for a guy to get the MOH anymore, I have read about lots of guys who deff. deserved one. Slightly off topic here. But did you know every Marine base on Okinawa is named after a Marine who won the medal of honor on the island In WWII (except futema)...

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Alabama, United States
Joined: March 20, 2010
KitMaker: 36 posts
Armorama: 0 posts
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 06:49 AM UTC
I like modern warfare history, beginning with the U.S. Civil War.

As for subjects, anything goes for me, except for extreme speculation, or "what-if" themes, because they are at the whim of the speculator.

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Ohio, United States
Joined: July 12, 2006
KitMaker: 2 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 02:17 AM UTC
Hi All,

My interests are in the American Revolution, Civil War, and WWII and generally in all ships. I love to read and study about America’s colonial period and just love going to civil War battle sites.
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Alabama, United States
Joined: August 24, 2009
KitMaker: 22 posts
Armorama: 3 posts
Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 03:22 PM UTC
My background and interest in History came from an addiction to Military books in the library.
The earliest memory I have is my mum taking me out to see Patton at the drive in, and me getting mad cause the German tanks were modern. Then came a gift from a relative that let the walls break...A Monogram Tiger snap together kit, and a genuine German Helmet. Since that time I have been obsessed with the WWII E.T.O., as well as general Military History. Then came the time spent buying every single book I could get my hands on, as well as collecting WWII German militaria.

When my folks moved to another part of town, I ended up mowing grass for a man who was part of Panzer-Grendaider-Division Grossdeutschland .
Then my first year in my new elementary school I befriended a fellow whose Grandfather was part of the 508th P.I.R. (American Red Devils). I am very lucky in that I have not only collected genuine artifacts of my favorite period of Military History, but also to befriend fellows from many sides of that very conflict. I will go on record saying that as much as I love History books written by professional Historians, it has nothing on hearing that very History in all its bitter sweet glory. As many of you folks can agree, it is a lot of fun to watch the History Channel and find faults with their information, as well as seeing footage that you know you have seen many times over.

As far as formal education in History (military or otherwise) I'm yet to get a degree, but that being said I enjoy every minute of my hobby. I took a long break from building armor and figure kits(thirteen long years). All it took was one trip to the bookstore and spotting a AFV modeling magazine to see just how far our hobby has came, and the bug bit again.

I apologize for the long winded reply to this forum, but it unleashed many a good feeling.

Thanks for such a great topic.

Best regards to all,

Mike Allen
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Alabama, United States
Joined: August 05, 2009
KitMaker: 2 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 09:22 AM UTC
I recently retired as a prfessor of Medieval History at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. My area of expertice is in medieval warfare, in particular, the Crusades.
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Michigan, United States
Joined: February 19, 2009
KitMaker: 30 posts
Armorama: 0 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 04:22 AM UTC
Hi gang,

New to the forum. No formal history training, (school bored me), but studied WWI & WWII military aviation, Battle of Britain, (I think the Hawker Hurricane was one of, if not the most important combat aircraft in WWII; very often eclipsed by the Spitfire in the B.O.B), Allied bombing offensive against the Axis especially. My father was infantry in WWI, officer in WWII.
Lifelong interest in air combat, later on in ground fighting also, small arms especially.

Best regards,

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United Kingdom
Joined: September 26, 2004
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Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 - 12:15 PM UTC
The only history i did was during my O levels Cambridge papers. But my interest in military history started since i was young when my grandpa use to tell me his exploits hunting down communist insurgence in the jungles of Malaya. He served in 3 uniforms for the 3 different form of government that the my country face.
Singapore had a few preserved battle sites from the WW2. Not much is left today with urbanization. The airport where i work is itself a relic of the great old empire..build by the RAF before the Japanese invasion it has seen Brewster Buffalos, Japanese Kate, Spitfire, Gloster Meteor, Skyhawks, Hawker Hunters taking off from its runway. With the extension of the runway and the rapid development of Seletar (RAF Seletar),. nothing much of the battlesite can be seen now. Thus military history for me, is what i talk about with modelling friends and reserve soldiers whom i served during my national service days..