Conflicts other than WW2.

Discussion in 'Prewar' started by von Poop, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    What other periods of military history, pre & post war, are you interested in?

    Why?

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
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  2. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    I like the American Civil war, always have done. Used to love studying Jackson's Campaigns.
     
  3. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    I've enjoyed reading bits and bobs about Vietnam before. Some of the photos you can get from the Net are very thought provoking. Just like WW2 in the Pacific, I find jungle fighting a very scary thought. Very confined and hard to spot the enemy. WW1 is another area of interest but alll the space in my brain has been taken up WW2. :)
     
  4. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    The War of Southern Independence or the War of Northern Aggression, some refer to it as the American Civil War.:p

    Why, because it is around me.
     
  5. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    i did this in o levels at comprehensive school,yours 4th wilts.
     
  6. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Senior Member

     
  7. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    What other periods of military history, pre & post war, are you interested in?

    Why?
    .

    I'm actually more interested in the Wars of German Unification (especially the last one - against France) and the First World War than I am in WW2 (1940 campaign apart - that's an equal interest). Why? I don't know really, but i know that the 1870-71 War totally gripped me from the first moment that I ever set foot on one of it's battlefields. It seemed so distant, ancient and forgotten and yet so modern at the same time. There's not many years go past without me simply having to visit at least one of the sites.

    Other periods that interest me are the 2nd Anglo-Boer War, the Falklands and Vietnam (well, that one had the best soundtrack anyway, didn't it!). I'm also , at the moment, developing more than a passing interest in the American Revolutionary Wars for some reason.:unsure:

    Dave
     
  8. stevew

    stevew Senior Member

    My main interest is WW1, I don't really know why. My interest in WW1 has sparked main other hobbies now, it was only through WW1 that I started researching my family history, and I've recently taken up shooting as I want a firing SMLE as opposed to the dead one at home.
     
  9. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    War of Northern Aggression, some refer to it as the American Civil War.:p


    Here in Yankeeland my ancestors called it the War of the Rebellion.
    Historians with a more "southern" viewpoint refer to it as the War Between the States. Most historians call it the Civil War. I suspect it was, in part, all of these.

    I've even heard it referred to it as the War of Southern Stupidity:unsure:, but historians unanimously and studiously avoid such provocative and inflammatory characterizations of this national tragedy.

    JT
    My personal favorite, using good Southern understatement is The Great Unpleasantries of 1861.
     
  10. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Or the "war of Economic Independence" as was heard in Chawleston by a friend of mine!
     
  11. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Senior Member

    My personal favorite, using good Southern understatement is The Great Unpleasantries of 1861.

    That's a great understatement - unpleasantries indeed. Traditionally, southerners have displayed more interest in this war than northerners because, as Jeff points out, it was all around them. Most of the battles were fought on Confererate soil except, of course, for bombing raids by the Confederate Air Force.

    JT
     
  12. Lucy Stag

    Lucy Stag Senior Member

    World War II has always been my biggest interest, ever since my history nerd ways began. I also know more about it than anything else. World War I is very interesting, and yet I still struggle to remember the alliances off the top of my head. Vietnam is interesting, though books than include years of jungle fighting sometimes begin to feel like a chore to read.

    Last year a wonderful history teacher got me very into the Cold War. No idea why I hadn't been paying much attention to it until that time.

    As can be gathered, it's all about the 20th century conflicts. I do want to go back and brush up on the American Civil War. Learning about it seems to be a classic homeschooler's activity, I guess the fact that it happened all around (that and the American Revolution) helps. Of course, I am so unpractical that I have to be much more interested in the history that happened 4,000 miles away, instead of on my doorstep. I don't know, though. All history can be interesting, but with the 20th century, it's so much easier to know it was real.
     
  13. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    for bombing raids by the Confederate Air Force.
    JT
    :p:cowboy_125:
     
  14. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Mainly WWII for me, almost certainly the result of being brought up with my grandfather's war stories.

    Also interested in all Britain's "small wars" post-WWII, especially the Malayan Emergency, Suez, Mau Mau uprising, Aden and the Falklands.
     
  15. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Mau Mau uprising,

    Sounds like a bunch of grannies on the warpath.:p
     
  16. Auditman

    Auditman Senior Member

    I have developed quite an interest in WW1 over the last couple of years. I have carried out research for friends and relatives on the military service of grandparents etc. This has involved trying to match anecdotes or documents to the official histories and I never seem to be amazed, particularly when reading Batallion War Diaries, how volunteers went through action over such battlefields with their own view, when in the front line with all the frequent dangers, limited to a hundred yards or so. They appear to have been as equally amazing as the Generation of WW2 that Eisenhower spoke so (rightly) highly of.
     
  17. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Sounds like a bunch of grannies on the warpath.:p

    Interestingly the origin of the term "Mau Mau" is unknown, apparently it didn't come from the Gikuyu language and has been suggested that the term is of British origin.

    The uprising in Kenya was a brutal affair, and sadly it looks like things are going badly again over there.
     
  18. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I s'pose I should chip in since I started the thread.

    The English Civil war is probably my secondary military interest, an interesting period in terms of changes in Military technology as the renaissance finally gives way to early modern, but even more fascinating, to me, politically.
    Like any civil war an absolute bloodbath but some of the personalities and incidents it threw up are remarkable, & Great Britain getting over all that trouble the rest of Europe suffered in 1848, only two hundred years earlier strikes me as eminently sensible. The excellent series by CV Wedgewood are still the best introduction to the conflict, but Ian Gentles study of the new model army and it's rise also springs to mind as a fine book.

    I wish I knew more about the peninsular wars too, not enough time I suspect to fit it in around WW2, but I can definitely hear the Boer & Korean wars beckoning recently, I think Korea tends to be a little neglected as a 20th century war, perhaps overshadowed by Vietnam as a cold-war clash.

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  19. arneken

    arneken Member

    Worldwar 1. is tarted looking up information about my greatgrandfather and so I got really interested in the great war or like it's called here "den groote oorlog".

    we also have the biggest German military burialground in west-Europe (some 48000 Germans). these victims are all ww1-victims.
     
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  20. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    "den groote oorlog".

    What is it's literal translation?
     

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