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What is your History background & interests?
Florida, United States
Joined: September 07, 2007
KitMaker: 52 posts
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2007 - 11:00 AM UTC
My interests are in all things military history. Since I am 19 most of my friends give me a hard time and call me a war mongal. I really enjoy reading about the Eastern Front of World War II and the Pacific theater. One grandpa fought against the Russians on the Eastern Front and my other grandpa fought against the Japanese and had his ship shot out from under him at the first battle of Salvo Island.
Kentucky, United States
Joined: September 26, 2007
KitMaker: 162 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 07:51 AM UTC
History major from Ohio University, 1978. Got my 2LT commission and did officer basic at Fort Knox on M60A1 tanks and M113 cavalry scout courses. Then went to Germany to the 11th ACR on the east-west German border.

Always had in interest in history, read a lot about air, naval and ground combat in WWII. This led to me to get into armor as I could not fly due to my eyes. I stayed in Germany until 1996 working for the Army doing new equipment fielding into V Corps. Was able to get on and into many of the new combat vehicles. As a modeler it was great to see the real thing.

I was able to go on a tour with LTG (R) Desorby during the 40th anniversity of the liberation of Bastonge in September 1984. Our group went all around Bastonge going over the sites and battles of the armor task forces that held off the German Panzer Lehr and 2nd Panzer Division forces moving on the town during the Ardennes offensive. We went to Noville where TF Desorby and units of the 1/506 PIR, 101 AB fought a hard fight.

I also wargame with miniatures and board games. The miniatures are micro-armor WWII, Arab-Isaerli and Modern.

I know a lot about armor, WWII and modern, camo patterns and organization. My wargaming and modeling compliment each other.

I also have interest in other time periods of American and European history, to include the wars fought.
Ohio, United States
Joined: April 28, 2007
KitMaker: 164 posts
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 04:23 AM UTC
I've been a history buff for as long as I can remember. I have a double minor in US history and World History. I'm pretty much fascinated by all eras of history and prehistory.
My undergrad degree is in Criminal Justice but because of health reasons I'll be unable to use it. So I'm giving alot of thought of going back for a masters that would lead me towards work in Archaeology. I've been doing alot of work on projects on my own. Nothing that has turned into a dig. More or less reading, researching and trying to piece together the how but more importantly the who. The project is to figure out who were the first humans in North America, and how did they get here. I,m aiming more towards who were the first people in the Northeast / central US. , and again how did they get here.
Joined: July 03, 2007
KitMaker: 3,529 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 08:49 AM UTC
I read as much as I can about history. I should have been a history professor instead of going into engineering. My main focus is WWII and mostly ETO. I do also have interest in the Civil War.

I have a nice library that covers time fron anicent Egypt up to some current issues. Wars are a big focus as well as natural disasters. While I have A wide knowledge base I do not consider myself and expert in any one area. But I do love the History Channel. Something neither one fo my wives understands.
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Metro Manila, Philippines
Joined: May 06, 2007
KitMaker: 2,707 posts
AeroScale: 65 posts
Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 01:13 AM UTC
No formal training / education as a historian, but the subject has fascinated me as long as I can remember. I guess its the interest in finding out on past events, why it occured, etc. As a hobby, I've done readings military history -- ancients up to Vietnam, though my long-time interest is on WWII specifically on the German side. This carried me through modelling exclusively Luftwaffe subjects when I started building kits; now that I'm back to the hobby -- German WWII armor.
Maryland, United States
Joined: June 02, 2006
KitMaker: 672 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 03:09 AM UTC
BA in History, Gettysburg College.

My interest in history is specific to military history. I find social history mostly boring unless written by a truly fantastic writer.

I'm interested in all eras, but especially WW2 land warfare and elite units from WW2 through the present. I especially enjoy reading first person accounts from people at the "sharp" end of things, rather than general histories. I am interested in other eras including US Civil War, all 20th Century Warfare, and, to a lesser degree, ancient warfare. I do like planes and, to a lesser extent, ships, but they are all a distant 3rd place to armor, etc.

Colorado, United States
Joined: January 25, 2004
KitMaker: 11,670 posts
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2007 - 09:23 PM UTC
Like most of you good folk I am a student of all subjects of history. Yet my main interest is WWI aviation. It only lasted a few years total but I have 22 file cabinets full of photographs and documents at my disposal. It began with a Sunday news paper comic strip in 1965. A life long study has grown. Now I write, build models small and full scale. I study all combatants to gain a whole perpective of what really happened.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: May 07, 2006
KitMaker: 169 posts
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2007 - 08:47 PM UTC
I think it was watching all the war films like sahara and longest day that got me hooked when i was a boy. That and reading the readers digest ww2 history book and being fascinated by all the pictures when i was at my uncles house.

11 years later and now I am really interested in military history. I was interested in the American Civil war at school and loved the book "Gettysburg". Now I am currently interested in the second world war again. Wikipedia is a great help on the subject and I spend a lot of time reading articles.

Texas, United States
Joined: October 21, 2006
KitMaker: 188 posts
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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 12:25 AM UTC
I plan on majoring in history when I start college next year to become a teacher or certified park person. My intrest started in elementary school and I liked the medeval time for the same reason as most little kids. in 6th grade I went to my first civil war reenactment and ever since then that era has facinated me to the point where I became a reenactor the moment I was able too, junish of 05. My intrest in WW2 started in 04 when I had surgery so I was layed up and the History channel had all of the D-Day 50th anniversary shows on and they were running BoB.

Now I am waiting till I move out to a place of my own inorder to start making models (my parents think it is too expensive along with reenacting ).

Joined: December 16, 2006
KitMaker: 31 posts
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Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 10:38 PM UTC
I'm studying history to become a teacher...so i have to do almost all time periods. But my main interests are the roman empire, european middel ages and the time from 1850-until today. But to say the truth, there is little, what i'm not interested in. I could spend hours with such topics...i fear my girlfriend thinks, i love forgotten, dusty and dead things more then her;)
I was always faszinated by history...and i never lost this interest.

Oregon, United States
Joined: December 07, 2006
KitMaker: 44 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 11:00 PM UTC
I became interest in history during the 4th grade. I had a teacher that didn't use the school book. She actually taught us from what she had learned. Best teacher I have ever had. I have no formal training in the field. Just a love for the past. I mostly enjoy the time period of 1860-1950. Could be a reason why I started up Civil War Reenacting this year. That and there's nothing quite like firing off a 12 pound gun.
Wellington, New Zealand
Joined: May 01, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 01:20 PM UTC

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my father being a tail gunner in Whitley's (flying coffins) he was shot down three times

Richard I find that utterly amazing! Thank you for sharing that fact with us.
My Military/history interest has been with me as long as I can remember. My family as strong links with the military, My father was in the NZ Army, His father the RNZN and his father the British Army during WW1 and so the stories have always been there. My interest has only been further fuelled by conducting research into the circumstances of death for 2 relations in WWII one RAF the other NZ army.
My modelling interests are mainly US army ETO WWII but I am now becoming more interested in modelling NZ's part during WWII.
I am studying a BA next year at university looking to major in History and Political science.
Maryland, United States
Joined: December 10, 2006
KitMaker: 38 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 04:53 AM UTC
Well for me I have an interest in the American Revolution and ACW. I don't have a degree but have read a lot of books on each subject. As my wife says, I am her walking history book.

My modeling interest are mainly WWII English (RAF) aircraft specifically the Hawker Hurricane and emergency vehicles. No real reason why I like the Hurricane other than it seems to been just a footnote in RAF history when compared to the Spitfire.

As for the emergency vehicles that is probably do to me being a volunteer fire fighter/EMT. So if there is anybody who builds emergency vehicles that is close to Washington DC, give me a shout.

Virginia, United States
Joined: October 30, 2006
KitMaker: 121 posts
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Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 09:55 PM UTC
I have an under graduate degree in Political Science and several graduate degrees, but I always to get one in History. So when I retired I used my GI Bill benefits to obtain the degree through the American Military University system. I am damn near deaf from 30 years of tanks, but using the on-line system of AMU was superb. I concentrated on World War II in the European Theater of Operations. Wonderful group of instructors, lots of interaction with other students, and great class material. I supplemented my studies with several trips to Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge area. Marvelous experience and one I am glad I took advantage of...try it.
Oregon, United States
Joined: August 26, 2005
KitMaker: 87 posts
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Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 06:55 PM UTC
I in fact did get thrown out of a High school history class for correcting the instructor about the inner workings of the first A-bomb. I was right and was less than gracious about it. I only model WW2 but all of it back to bones and stones facinates me. From early on I was a believer in the Those who don't learn from history theory. History is the book of man and who is uninterested in themself? If everyone had an interest we would have less strife in the world. Because of this generations war, I read a little history about the middle east and was appalled by the heavy handed treatment of some of those countries after WW1 by the "super powers" of the time. Pogo got it right.
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 20, 2002
KitMaker: 347 posts
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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2006 - 07:30 PM UTC
Hey guys.

I received my honours specialist degree in American history back in '96 from the University of Toronto.

My minors were military history and Psychology (psychology because I wanted to understand what the personal motivation of histories personalities).

I like to research Canada's involvement in military conflicts in the 20th century.

I am by no means a "specialist" in this area and believe that when we can always learn by our mistakes if we are willing.

Cheers, Michael
Alberta, Canada
Joined: August 17, 2002
KitMaker: 15 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 09:58 PM UTC
Hi All
I've got a B/A in history, degree in Museum Technolgy and am currently working as a Curatorial Assistant with the Royal Alberta Museum cataloging the uniform collection. I've worked my entire career in military collections in various museums including 5 years at the Canadian War Museum.
Being a figure painter there isn't a specific period of interest, although I've been building a lot of Romans, Vikings and Barbarians as of late. Models tend to be WWII German, U- Boats, armour as well as WWII and WWI aircraft.
Ontario, Canada
Joined: August 15, 2006
KitMaker: 282 posts
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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!

Texas, United States
Joined: May 02, 2006
KitMaker: 5,425 posts
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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.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: March 18, 2002
KitMaker: 58 posts
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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?
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.

Queensland, Australia
Joined: March 12, 2002
KitMaker: 837 posts
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2006 - 10:38 PM UTC

Where are you doing your MA?

Kobenhavn, Denmark
Joined: January 16, 2005
KitMaker: 878 posts
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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...


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.