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Friday, August 29, 2008

What I Learned From a Former Student - US History Resources

This morning a student that took my US History course last year stopped by to say hello and talk about the summer. He has enlisted in the Army so we talked about that for a few minutes. (As an aside to this story, I tend to have quite a few students each year that enlist in the military. I won't speculate as to why on this blog). This student wasn't an exceptionally good student, but he did have a strong interest in military history and weaponry. During the course of the conversation he mentioned that the US Army has a website about military history. He couldn't remember the exact url so I Googled it and found the US Army Center of Military History.

The US Army Center of Military History is a great place to find images, slide shows, timelines, essays, and full e-books about history of the Army.

After looking at the US Army Center of Military History I went looking to see of other branches of the US Military offer educational online resources. The US Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all have great websites dedicated to sharing information about the history their respective branch of the US Armed Forces.

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The history websites produced by each branch of the US Military provide great images that students will find useful for giving presentations on research projects. For students interested in specific units of the Army, the US Army Center of Military History provides the lineage of many units. This may be particularly useful for students who have a parent, grandparent, or great grandparent that served in war during the 20th century.