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The End of the Falkland War, Guerra de Malvinas       

El fin de las Islas Malvinas, la Guerra de Malvinas
Das Ende des Falkland-Inseln, Malvinas-Krieg
Slutten av Falklandsyene, Malvinas War...

AV-8B Harrier in the Falkland Islands
Pictures from the End of the Falklands - Malvinas War in 1982.
Fotos de la Final de las Malvinas - Guerra de Malvinas en 1982.
Bilder fra slutten av Falklandskrigen - Malvinas War I 1982.
Bilder aus dem Ende des Falkland - Malvinas-Krieg 1982.
フォークのエンドからの写真 - 1982年マルビナス戦争。

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"Enemy Contact"

 

  The End of the War 

 


  Argentine Soldier Helmets 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson

 


  Signing of the Surrender onboard the HMS Plymouth 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson

 

  Cruise Ship Canberra 

 

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  Cruise Ship Canberra 

Falklands War Ends and the Converted Cruise Ship Canberra Returns to Southampton

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24x18 Photographic Print
 

  Cruise Ship Canberra 

P&O Cruise Ship Canberra Returns to Southampton Water
after Service in the Falklands War, July 1982

 

24x8 Photographic Print

  In Memory of Those Who Liberated Us, 14 June 1982 

Close-Up of a War Memorial in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands

 

Holger Leue
12x16 Photographic Print
 

  Union Jack British Flag, Falkland Islands 

 

7-6-2008
Hi Jeff,
Back in the Falklands and in every war your training and expertise takes you to another level.  Although you are an individual, you have a massive team around you, from medics to chefs, gunners to signal men.  My job onboard intrepid was to protect that team.  I lost sight of this fact and was reminded of it some years ago by an ex SAS member, thanks to him I started on my road to understanding me.
Thanks.  
Regards
Neil

 

John Rapkin
24x18 Giclee Print
 

  Falkland Islands and Patagonia, Series 

 

24x18 Photographic Print

  Map of Falkland Islands 

 

1st Lt. Mariano Velasco

 

A4 is C207,Mariano Velasco's plane
  Mariano Velasco's Airplane 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson

The A4 is C207, Mariano Velasco's plane! the picture is courtesy of
 Mariano Arribillaga and the aircraft is in the Museo Nacional do Aeronautica,
Moron, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

A-4 Skyhawk

 

 

  Photos taken Later aboard the HMS Brazen 

Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen in 1986

  Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen 1986 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Neil Wilkinson meeting Her Majesty the Queen
onboard HMS Brazen back in 1986,

The Brazen was my next draft after the Intrepid and while serving on her, we had the Queens's son, Prince Andrew onboard as our helicopter pilot, so we did a visit to London and the Queen and Princess Diana came onboard and I met her, she was charming and everything you would expect from a Queen.  In 2007 I was honored to be invited to Buckingham Palace, to the Queens garden party

A note from the Webmaster:  Please take a good look at this picture, Neil is talking and Queen Elizabeth is listening very intently.  She has a legitimate smile and she is enjoying what he is saying.  She is a good lady.  

 

HMS Brazen going under the Tower Bridge in London
  Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen 1986 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Brazen going under Tower Bridge in London

We had the Queens's son, Prince Andrew onboard the HMS Intrepid as our helicopter pilot he was there and he played as much a part as we all did when we were ready for battle.

 

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   Prince Andrew   

 

Prince Andrew in Naval Uniform Returns from the cruise aboard the Brazen, at Portsmouth Docks

The Brazen went out to the Gulf in 1983 and 1985, it is called Armilla patrol and it was getting tense even back in the 80's.

 

A Seawold Missile firing from the HMS Brazen
  Seawolf Missile HMS Brazen 1985 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

 

A Seawold Missile firing from the HMS Brazen in 1985
  Seawolf Missile HMS Brazen 1985 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Forward and Aft Seawolf missiles systems firing a live missile
back in 1985 in the Gulf.

 

  The Final Resting Place for the Aircraft Carrier 
  HMS Intrepid 2008
 

HMS Intrepid crew 25 years later
  HMS Intrepid Crew, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The veterans who attended the book launch, please note the exhibits in the background. Neil Wilkinson our starboard gunner in the conflict is 2nd from the right. I (Mike Quinn - that's me- is  on the 4th from the right at the back).

 

HMS Intrepid crew in Fareham Creek 25 years later
  HMS Intrepid in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

Pictured in Fareham Creek the next morning where we gathered to see our old ship Intrepid, many of us for the first time in 25 years. The veterans are from the left, Steve Dickinson, Rab Carrigan, Russell Morgan, George Heron, Neil Wilkinson and Mike Quinn.

 

HMS Intrepid in Liverpool
  HMS Intrepid in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The Intrepid's final destination in Liverpool, in September 2008,  where she is being dismantled for recycling, and is contracted by the owners Leavesley International. The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.

 

HMS Intrepid Crew in Liverpool
  HMS Intrepid Crew in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.

 

 

   About Neil Wilkinson  

Born in 1959 and lived in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.  I didn't have the happiest of childhoods, my mum divorced in the late sixties and got involved with another man, he was ok to start with, then things started taking a turn for the worse, my elder brother and myself took the full brunt of it and we got regular beatings, what for we didn't know.

It got even worse for my mum when the guy actually hospitalized her, he then went for me for the very last time, he made the mistake of giving me time to pick up a carving knife and as he made his move so did I, i didn't stab him and just warned him that if he came any closer what would happen to him, he knew I meant it.

I suppose I joined the Royal Navy to escape from this sort of thing, I wasn't getting on with the foreman at work and he treated me like a dog, whistling me and give me mundane jobs.

I eventually left home in 1979 and signed up, I was loving it, I was in training learning my radar course when my father died and I was automatically taken off the course, then because there wasn't another course starting for some time I was left with 3 options, Steward, Gunnery or leave the navy and re-enlist at some other date.

There was no way I could go back, so I opted for the Gunnery school in Plymouth.

I loved every minute of the course and eventually got my first ship, it was waiting for me in Plymouth sound, HMS Intrepid, she was what is classed as an LPD (landing platform dock) and it was a daunting experience for me as the biggest ship I had ever seen was just in pictures.

We sailed that night, we went straight to Norway with a full embarkation of Royal Marines, the trips abroad were endless and after we had being to the West Indies and Med I was coming to the end of my time onboard Intrepid.

I had options, either go to a shore establishment or get another ship, I fancied the thought of getting another ship and travelling some more, my next draft came through and it was to be HMS Sheffield, a type 42 destroyer.

All this changed though in early 1982 when Argentina decided they would invade British soil, although when they did at first we had not got a clue where the Falklands were!

It became apparent that I would be needed to stay onboard Intrepid and a lot of men came back to Intrepid who had previously left her because the ship was going into a standby role.

So my draft to Sheffield was cancelled and I set sail with the ship, fully loaded with ammunition, stores etc and all got ready in two weeks.

We joined the rest of the task force, having being one of the last to be made ready, our ship was a vital piece in the machinery, we were to land 3 para in San Carlos.

The night before we landed the para's I was coming out of my mess and stood in front of me was a guy who 2 years previous had being a barman in my local bar pulling me pints of beer and was now in the para's, we had a good chat before he went off and got all his ammunition ready for the landings the next morning.

We closed up at action stations through the night, it was bitterly cold and dark, entering into San Carlos was so strange, there was no gun fire from the enemy, just the sound of ships dropping anchors!

As daylight broke the silence was short-lived, we were then subjected to a constant wave of aircraft ducking and diving into the bay and then in a flash gone, the pilots were very brave and courageous.

After sitting in my gun for over 31 hours we were eventually allowed to rest, I found a quiet spot and decided to write a letter home to my mum, telling her ho w much I loved her and that I didn't think I would be coming home, at least not alive!

Then before I went to sleep I prayed and cried myself to sleep, the next few days were similar.

When it was all over and I got home, my mum knew there was something wrong, she told me I wasn't the same person that went away, which is quiet understandable.

I left the Royal Navy in 1989.  As the years rolled on I was having some major problems, my marriage was on the rocks and I was loosing it gradually, no money although I always worked.

I was eventually diagnosed with having PTSD, for people who have never had this or heard of it, it is one of the most horrendous things that could happen, it changes a person and you have to live with it forever. I relive the Falklands every day of my life, but I learnt how to control my problem, not by doctors or shrinks, by finding out how it all works, learning techniques and making myself aware when the problems are going to hit me, how to cope with it all and it works for me.

The Royal Navy like every branch in the armed forces taught me discipline and how to live, i can honestly say it was the best ten years of my life and I would join again if I had my time again.

I am now remarried and I have two children, plus two children from my previous marriage, my two boys are grown up are like brothers to me.

My life has recently become very interesting lately after discovering that one of the pilots I was credited with shooting down in the Falklands had survived, after 8 months of trying to locate the pilot I eventually found him in February 2008, we are in contact through the internet and I hope that one day we could meet.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Regards
Neil

 

  A Letter from Mike Quinn (HMS Intrepid)

1-7-2008

Dear Jeff,

I must congratulate you on your superb website.

I am a former shipmate of Neil Wilkinson who has been contributing to your site, regarding his experiences on our ship, HMS Intrepid during the 1982 Falklands war with Argentina.

Please find attached some photo's from our website, Photo no1 was taken in Aug' 2008 at Eastleigh Museum Hampshire, for veterans to reunite, and attend a book launch, of a photographic book on the Falklands ships remaining in Fareham Creek, Portsmouth, whilst awaiting their final destination, the "scrap yard".

The book is called "Ghosts of the Falklands" published by Hampshire County Council. It was put together by Tom de Witt and Trevor Evans. The Photo's are of veteran ships Intrepid/Fearless/Glasgow and Cardiff.

I would like to add further information for you and your readers.

I must say, that the HMS Intrepid veterans came together when veterans attended the Falklands 25 Remembrance Parade in London in 2007. As a result, the website WWW.hmsintrepid.com was formed. We now have over 320 members, and the new veterans association is flourishing. We have had several meets, including in November a remembrance parade in our commanding officers home town of Cowfold in Sussex. On that day we met our former C/O for the first time since we served on the Intrepid. His name is Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Dingemans DSO.

I would like to add, that your site is very supportive of veterans from all conflicts. Our own experiences must mirror those of many of your readers. Many of us have gone on and had happy lives, with their ups and downs, and some of us have not been so fortunate since serving our country.

It's natural to compare notes with your comrades on a reunion, as you would if it was an old workplace or school reunion. It was a most positive experience for us all, and for some of us their was a little anxiety in meeting up and going over old ground. However, what became apparent, straight away was the close bond and mutual respect we had for each other, often unspoken, and often demonstrated, depending on the persona of each individual.

The individual who struck me most, was Neil Wilkinson. Why?, because he was not loudest, he wasn't the largest and not the first person you would notice in a crowd.

Neil has been there and "got the t-shirt", Neil has a unique place in modern Naval History, Neil shot down 2 Argentine planes during his Action Station in "Bomb Alley", San Carlos water, where we discharged and supported troops ashore and supporting other Naval units.

Neil shot down these modern jets, in a Naval situation, with an old fashioned 40/60 Boffor gun. I might add, that this gun, which fired shells packed and stored in the second world war, was working, where more modern missile systems either afloat or ashore were not always so reliable.

Not only did he shoot these planes down, but in doing so protected with his comrades up to 500 members of the ships company at any given time, and also any ad hoc embarked forces at the time.

In 2007/8, Neil was out of work, he applied for jobs, maybe a 100 jobs, often without reply, he has suffered PTSD, indeed, at out first reunion he was out of work, but, its a measure of this man, he did not mention this fact in the reunion.

On finding this out, his story struck a chord with me, I knew his story, our story on HMS Intrepid must be told, because there is something in Neil's story that is extra ordinary.

I decided, that I would write a PLAY, in tribute to guy's like Neil, it will be our story onboard a warship in a modern conflict. I have no experience, my day job is a Fork-Lift driver in a warehouse, but someone has got to do it. It's been over 25 years now!.

Thanks again for this site and good luck to you and your readers.

Mike Quinn (Ex HMS Intrepid).

 

  A Letter from Jeff Dyrek to Neil Wilkinson 

1-12-2009

Dear Neil,

 
Thank you again for all of your help and enthusiasm on this project.  It's interesting how a single letter can get so many people involved.  I am having brain storms again.
 
You mentioned that people may be offended.  Look at Simon Weston, he is glad to put his hand forward for the help on this project.  Look at Mariano's letter, he has graciously invited the very man who shot him down, and your family to come and visit him.  What a greater gesture of friendship and forgiveness can a man give.  This is what I am thinking about the entire project.  It's not to document you shooting Mariano down, or the fact that he sunk the HMS Coventry, it is to show that people are people and we must respect people and disrespect hate.  You didn't shoot him down because you hated him and he didn't sink the Coventry because he hated them.  But his letter and your attitude, both, show that hate was never a factor, you guys didn't even know each other, how could you hate each other.  With the world pushing harder into a third world war, we need to fight that push by showing that it's not hate that drives humanity, instead it is our love for our brothers, no matter where they should live that opens our hands to friendship and help.
 
The greatest threat to all of humanity is hate. This project is a veterans military operation to show that it's friendship, charity and friendship that we need to embrace.
 
Thanks again and have a nice day,
Your friend,
Jeff.

 

 

In Argentina, the number of suicides among Malvinas war veterans is higher than the number of casualties from the war itself

En la Argentina, el nmero de suicidios entre los veteranos de guerra de Malvinas es mayor que el nmero de vctimas de la guerra en s

 

   

War is bad, and that about sums up the message of Blessed by Fire (a.k.a. Illuminated by Fire), a well-meaning but thinly written drama that boasts some dynamic scenes of battlefront futility. To be fair, director Tristan Bauer's emotionally potent drama did win the Best Narrative Feature award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and it has the distinction of being the first Argentinean film to openly address the physical and psychological devastation that resulted from the brief 1982 war against British forces in the British-colonized Falkland Islands (or Malvinas, as they're known in Argentina). The legacy of that woefully imbalanced war is tragic beyond comprehension: In Argentina, the number of suicides among Malvinas war veterans is higher than the number of casualties from the war itself, and that sad statistic crucially informs Bauer's story (based on a novel by Engardo Esteban and Gustavo Romero Borri) about a present-day journalist named Esteban (Gaston Pauls) who served in the Malvinas war with Vargas (Pablo Ribba), who's now comatose and hospitalized after attempting suicide with a drug-overdose cocktail. The film flashes back-and-forth from the present to their experiences leading up to and including the decisive battle on Mount Longdon (re-created in a harrowing 20-minute sequence), and while Blessed by Fire is certainly no Saving Private Ryan, its chaotic battle scenes are impressively intense and painstakingly realistic, and Bauer is equally effective in showing the miserably cold battlefield conditions prior to the eruption of violence. As Esteban's memory takes him back to the horrors of battle, his friend's present-day suicide attempt resonates throughout the film, which is surely more powerful for Argentinean viewers than for anyone else. We learn very little about the central character, however, and Paul's performance is too passively blank to draw us deeply into his emotional turmoil. Still, this is one of the few films to deal with what has essentially become a forgotten war, and Bauer's noble reminder offers reassuring proof that Argentina's sacrifices will not be forgotten. --Jeff Shannon
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Acclaimed director Tristn Bauer presents the harrowing story of a band of Argentinean soldiers sent to fight an un-winnable war and left to bear the brutal scars of the past. After learning of a friend’s attempted suicide, a journalist goes back to relive his experiences in the Falklands.

 

2 Documentaries Global Technologies and Tactics 1 - Falklands War 2 - Lebanon Falklands War: Seamlessly documented on land and sea by frontline British News footage, the Argentinean junta invaded the UK-controlled islands. Thousands of Argentine troops descended on the island, and easily overtook the small detachment of British troops that were stationed there. The UN Security council call for the withdrawal of the Argentinean troops and fostered futile negotiations, as British troops advanced by sea en masse. British planes viciously attacked Port Stanley from the air, shooting down Argentinean aircraft. A British submarine sank an Argentine cruiser, killing close to 400 crewmen. More blood was shed as the advancing British troops reached their destination of Port Stanley to dismantle the Argentinean forces. Argentina surrendered the land, after nearly 1,000 casualties and a bloody battle over the remote island. Lebanon: British News cameras impressively documented the frontline clash in 1975, when the Palestinian Liberation Organization began infiltrating Israeli borders with attacks that brought Israeli reprisals. Israeli strikes and raids were unable to control the growth of the PLO army. In June 1982, a terrorist group attempted to assassinate an Israeli ambassador. Israeli Defense Forces attacked Lebanon again, moving in to the country in an effort to drive out the terrorists. The PLO responded with a massive artillery and mortar attack on the Israeli population of the Galilee. The operation's initial success led officials to broaden the objective to expel the PLO from Lebanon and induce leaders to sign a peace treaty. Most of the terrorist groups in Lebanon have not yet been disarmed, contributing to ongoing antagonism over border control.

 

The 1982 Falklands War witnessed the largest deployment of British Army Special Forces since WWII--the Special Air Service, the Special Boat Squadron, and the Royal Marines Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre conducted several spectacular raids during the war. One of the most successful, the attack by the D Squadron SAS against an Argentinean airfield on Pebble Island, proved the SAS motto--Who Dares Wins. But the war cost heavily on both sides--255 British and over 1,000 Argentineans died.

 


An A-4 Skyhawk Story from the Webmaster

While I was stationed at NAS Lemoore, in Lemoore California, my friend, Dan Dove, and I took a break and walked around to the side of the hanger to watch flight ops at night.  It was almost instantly that we saw an A-4 Skyhawk coming in with its wheels up and at a higher approach angle than we expected.  The plane hit the ground and there was a huge flash of light.  We didn't actually see the plane hit because it hit the ground behind the hanger of VA-127 which was across from our hanger at VA-125.  However, we did see the flash coming from behind the hanger.  I can't actually remember what we did after this, but we must have ran across the street because I remember seeing the airplane on the ground and the pilot was opening the canopy.

These A-4 Skyhawks were real good at doing belly landings because of the low wing and the wing tanks that you can see in the picture above.  The tanks were ground down, in half, and the flash must have come from the residual fuel in them.  The next day we watched the plane being hauled past our hanger with a cherry picker truck.  It looked like that there was zero damage to the plane and it also looked like it was just a toy hanging from that huge crane.  

Read the Webmasters Story Here.

 

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Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense

As Ronald Reagan traveled across the United States campaigning for the highest office in the land, the Governor of California possessed an ace in his hand unmatched by his opponents: the ear and advice of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reagan was in constant contact with Ike, following his advice at every turn and going so far as to base his entire 1966 campaign on his mentor’s own successful run years before. Eisenhower’s astute view of internal Washington politics, foreign affairs, military matters, and the swirling pool of primary rivals, provided his protégé the fuel he needed to learn, and eventually win, the war of words. In his latest book, Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman, Dr. Gene Kopelson outlines the story of Reagan’s first presidential bid with an in-depth look behind the scenes. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kopelson will give a lecture titled, “Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense,” to delve deeper into the relationship between Reagan and his mentor and how it not only shaped Reagan’s future campaigns, but his presidency, as well.

 

In his lecture at USAHEC, Dr. Kopelson will use never-before-tapped audio clips, interviews with the original 1968 campaign staff, Eisenhower’s personal diary, and material straight from personal correspondence to show how Eisenhower influenced Reagan’s politics and eventually, his far-reaching presidential policies. From Reagan’s hawkish views on Vietnam, to his perspective on the Arab-Israeli situation, his groundbreaking steps with Gorbachev and the Soviets to nuclear defense, Eisenhower and Reagan had a close and personal relationship which changed America’s future.

 

Dr. Gene Kopelson is a cancer physician and former director of one of Yale University’s cancer centers. He is a prominent speaker on radiation oncology and an accomplished scholar and historian. Dr. Kopelson is the president of the New England Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and a holocaust educator. His book has received rave reviews from former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, numerous Reagan and Eisenhower historians, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, the New York Post, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and Newsmax. Kopelson has spoken at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, the Stanford University Hoover Institution’s combined lecture with The Heritage Foundation, The Institute for World Politics, and the Discovery Institute.

 

DATE: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room

 

 

For updates and any last-minute changes in “Perspectives” meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.


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U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Welcomes the Red Blanket Drum and Dance Troop to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

  The rhythmic thumping of drums coupled with the shouts and whirls of brightly dressed dancers are key components in Native American culture past and present. Having the privilege of watching a demonstration of various dances, once reserved only for tribal members, provides visitors an opportunity to better understand the traditions and heritage of Native Americans. As part of Native American Heritage Month this November, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is excited to welcome performers from the Red Blanket Drum and Dance Troop on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM. These traditional Native American dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries. The demonstration will include authentic dress, free-style movements, and sacred songs, enhanced by the deep base of drums and coupled with examples of indigenous vocals, and flute music.

Each tribe maintains traditions and culture through many distinct styles of dance. There are dances and songs for courtship, community events, and even war. The Red Blanket dancers passionately devote themselves to keeping their peoples’ traditions alive.  The Red Blanket mission is to “ provide educational programs through dance and song and to promote Native American awareness.”

This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM and will conclude around 8:30 PM. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.


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The Problem with Preemptive War: Soviet Mobilization Planning, 1938-1941

In the spring of 1941, the Red Army high command sat poised to strike the German occupied Polish hinterland in a daring push to alter the course of the Second World War. Meanwhile, the German General Staff was likewise preparing for a blitzkrieg against the Russian western territories with the final prize of Moscow itself. The Russian commanders never carried out their plan to strike the Germans, however, and the German’s treacherous onslaught sprang forth first, resulting in the devastation of much of western Russia and contributing to the final defeat of the Nazi regime. The plan to invade Poland, though never carried out, offers fascinating insight into Soviet military thinking at the highest levels in response to a rapidly changing political-military situation.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Dr. Richard W. Harrison will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania based on his years of research on the Russian plan to invade Nazi-occupied Poland. He will break down the Russian plan and tie his conclusions to today's preemptive warfare theory. The lecture will open with a brief review of previous Soviet mobilization plans as they developed in 1938 and throughout World War II. The early plans were defensive in nature and tasked the Red Army, due to its slower pace of mobilization, to absorb the initial enemy attack, followed by a counterstroke to pulverize the Nazi menace. The idea of a massive counteroffensive gradually evolved into the preemptive attack plan of 1941, carrying the high command’s desire to push through southeastern Poland, followed by an advance into Germany. The lecture will examine the forces allotted for the preemptive attack, the route of their projected advance, and the interplay of personalities among the plan's authors and Stalin. Dr. Harrison will conclude with a discussion of the strategy's utility and the lingering consequences of some of its component parts during the first weeks of the war.

Dr. Richard W. Harrison received his Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London in 1994. He spent several years studying and working in the Soviet Union and Russia, specializing in the development of the Red Army's military theory between the world wars. Dr. Harrison has written two books on this subject: The Russian Way of War: Operational Art, 1904-1940 (University Press of Kansas, 2001) and Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II: The Life and Theories of G.S. Isserson (McFarland & Co., 2010). He is also the translator and editor of several major studies of the Red Army's major operations during World War II.

DATE: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room

For updates and any last-minute changes in “Perspectives” meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.


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Craft your own military vehicles and equipment at USAHEC’s Military History through Paper Modeling Event!

Whether it’s a miniature of a favorite classic tank like the FT-17, or a model of a P-51 Mustang airplane, an aircraft carrier like the U.S.S. Nimitz, or even the Civil War-era submarine, the Hunley, models have long captured the interests of children and adults alike.  Paper modeling, in particular, provides almost anyone with an introduction and access to an exciting world of miniatures. An intricate and meticulous pastime, paper model building has become a popular art that includes almost any subject, especially military vehicles and crafts.  What better way to learn more about paper modeling and military history, than at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s (USAHEC), Military History through Paper Modeling Event on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  Come out to USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to learn more about the amazingly detailed craft of military paper modeling, and maybe even create some of your own!

The Military History through Paper Modeling Event will feature lectures on the art of papercraft, dozens of paper modelers and displays of their art, and a hands-on “make and take” table for future paper modelers of all skill levels.  An introductory lecture and demonstration will kick off the event, and the rest of the day will be open to guests to visit the various paper modeling tables.  Military vehicles and crafts, such as Sherman Tanks, Huey helicopters, and M23 Tank Transporters or “Dragon Wagons” will be featured.  Be sure to check out all of these amazing replicas, which are created using only printed paper and prodigious skill.  Don’t forget to try your own hand at creating some of these masterpieces at the “make and take” table, where modelers of all genres will be handing out sample modeling patterns.

The last of USAHEC’s Winter History Program Series, this event is not one to miss!  After exploring the event, feel free to learn more about the lives and stories of Soldiers throughout U.S. history by visiting the many exhibits featured at USAHEC. You can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or browse the book selection found at the museum store. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about the “Military History Through Paper Modeling,” event and other events, please visit our website at www.USAHEC.org. 


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Army Heritage Center Foundation to Host Live Broadcast of The Daily Caller’s No Things Considered with Tim Young

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle

June 30, 2017   7:30 PM – Free and Open to the Public

 

The Army Heritage Center Foundation presents a live broadcast of the Daily Caller’s Facebook show No Things Considered with Tim Young on June 30 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA. The public is encouraged to attend as part of the live onsite audience.

A political comedian from Baltimore and best-selling author, Tim Young is the host of what is considered the right-leaning version of the Daily Show. With over 1.7 million viewers each week, No Things Considered airs live every weeknight at 7:30 p.m. on the Daily Caller’s Facebook Page. Young has also appeared in comedy clubs around the country and on Fox News Channel’s Red Eye, CNN, and in the Huffington Post.  

On his visit to USAHEC, he will highlight the uniqueness of the complex’s combination of archives, library, outdoor heritage trail, and museum exhibits.

 

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center  

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC), the Hall of the American Soldier,  and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010 with the Center’s first dedicated gallery and multipurpose rooms, infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction in 2013, and the Hall of the American Soldier expansion in 2016 that provides additional gallery and meeting spaces.  

The Foundation is continuing to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition, a Veterans’ Café, and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org .

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, more than 1.3 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org .


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Historical Interpreter Pat Jordan portrays the “Angel of the Battlefield,” Clara Barton for Women’s History Month at USAHEC

Born in New Oxford, MA on Christmas Day 1821, Clara Barton was a bright, sensitive girl fascinated by her father’s stories of his military experiences with “Mad” Anthony Wayne on the Pennsylvania/Ohio frontier.  Later, when Fort Sumter was attacked and President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the Union in the Civil War, Clara headed for the front lines, taking supplies and nursing wounded soldiers, earning the title “Angel of the Battlefield.” After the war, she helped to locate thousands of missing soldiers for their families and shared her war experiences in lecture halls across the country.  She supported the Geneva Treaty which established the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in war.  After her service during the Civil War, Clara founded the American Red Cross, saving thousands of lives in disaster relief here and abroad.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women’s History Month commemoration event, featuring historian and actress Pat Jordan, as she presents a living history portrayal of Clara Barton. The free event begins at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 20, 2017 and is open to the public. Ms. Jordan is a professional actor, playwright, and director, whose passion for history led her to bring the stories of famous American women to appreciative audiences throughout the country. She has performed at venues, including the 42nd Street and Clurman Theatres in New York, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, and in historical films such as Eyewitness to History, and History of the American Flag. She is a graduate of Villanova University and has studied at the HB Studio in NY and accredited venues such as Juilliard’s Opera Workshop with Vincent LaSelva, and Rutgers-Camden Summer Theatre Production Program.

Come celebrate Women’s History Month at USAHEC to learn more about the life and impact of Clara Barton! As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Treasures of USAHEC,” “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Stop by before the event for lunch at Café Cumberland which is open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website: www.USAHEC.org .


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