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Post by Tom Houlihan » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:03 pm

Dragunov, go ahead and start writing. Once things get underway for that, you can start submitting the material.
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Post by Dragunov » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:25 pm

smash! i'll try my best.
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:59 pm

I just spent a few minutes poking around on the other side of Feldgrau. For those who wish to write articles, that might be a good starting point.

There are still several areas that are short of illuminating articles. Take a look at what Jason still needs, and see if any of these shortfalls come within your own area of expertise, or at least above average knowledge.

Go through each section: Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Auxiliaries, etc. There are lots of articles to be written, and that will give you a good idea of what we need.

Good luck!
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Post by KlemenL » Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:38 pm

About these articles: In my opinion it would be better, safer, faster and more interesting if "working groups" would have been formed.
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:21 pm

"Working groups" would probably be a good idea. I wonder if we can manage that level of cooperation and coordination?
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Post by Dragunov » Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:09 pm

AAAAAND we need a critic panel. someone to verify facts, and language errors and such.

my domain is the shadier weapons (fleigerfaust) and planes, so i really can't write on unit histories and so. maybe an intro on the winter war, but that's aboot it.
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:03 pm

Kameraden!

Just in case anyone missed my new sticky, take a look HERE

Good Heavens! It worked!
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Post by KlemenL » Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:20 am

"Working groups" would probably be a good idea. I wonder if we can manage that level of cooperation and coordination?
I don't think I made myself clear yesterday... When I said "a working group" I meant a group of researchers working on one and the same subject. After they would finish with their project they would send it to the technical team (moderators with language and website technicians (I am sure there are some computer buffs here, who could help with technical assistance and advices)), who would then simply put the project online.
AAAAAND we need a critic panel. someone to verify facts, and language errors and such.
I think that "a multi-national working group" itself would be more than capable of doing this, especially since it would use different sources of different languages. So both sides of that project would be covered.
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Yes Tom, these unit "histories" and "decoration" titles all look nice and beautiful, but isn't AxisHistory website already containing many articles about them? Why duplicating and loosing time with something what is already online or is planned to be in the near or far future?!?

As for those "Campaign Titles"... Excuse me. But such relatively short campaign articles one can very easily find in various and numerous World War II encylopedias or some other books like Osprey, which give good accounts about a certain campaign.

What I personally would find more challenging would be to work on highly specialised articles about a certain event from a certain campaign. You pick one subject which is badly covered in the histography of World War II, form a group, which then take three or four months to work on that project and come back with a finished article.

To make an example: Let's say we decide to make an article about "Free French Brigade at Bir Hakeim (May 26, 1942 - June 11, 1942)". A working group is formed from French, German, Italian and British researchers which have knowledge about the war in North Africa and the Free French. They prepare an article (20 pages?? More? Definately not less) in which they try to as detailed as possibly describe this fascinating battle by using French, German, British and Italian bibliography about this battle along with personal memoires of some of their participants. After it is done the the grammatical team checks for grammar mistakes and then forward the article to the technical team which prepare it for online edition, equips it with one or two simple maps (black and white - similar to the ones one can find in many older regimental or divisionalhistories) and they also put online a few photos which the working group provides for them.

And you have an interesting article.

There are also other possibilities for working groups... One group could write a biography of an Officer, Enlisted Man or Politician who distinguished himself in World War II or some other way made himself famous during the War, other group could prepare an article about a certain decoration, write its history and make a list of its recipients, another group could work on certain "weapon", third group could simply work on preparing bibliography for a certain campaign (for instance "Italy 1943-45, Norway Campaign 1940 etc.), where one would search and write down the titles of all books connected with these events from both (all) sides involved in this conflict.
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:52 am

Understand, I put that up there as a starting point. Those are things that Jason obviously planned for the site, but hasn't gotten to yet. I chose those more as starting points, or guides. People seemed interested, but didn't know where to start. Also, if someone is new to writing papers like this, then short 10-20(ish) papers would be a good way to start.

If other researchers are more comfortable with writing, and want to write on some lesser known subject, then by all means do so! A place can always be found! You are right, there is a lot that is poorly covered, if at all.

There are many ways to approach this project. All are welcome to find what works best, and go with it. TEAM FELDGRAU!
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