COLD WARS 2014 - FORGOTTEN HISTORY, NOT SO FAMOUS BATTLES AND CONFLICTS
Our theme is Forgotten History, Not so Famous Battles and Conflicts!
The Germans called it the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Krieg, the Danes the Treårskrigen (Three Years War), in English the First Schleswig-Holstein War, and by all accounts it was a curious little affair. As such it constituted the first round of military conflict in southern Denmark and northern Germany rooted in the Schleswig-Holstein Question, contesting the issue of who should control the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. Though part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the two duchies had a very large German speaking population, and in the wake of the Napoleonic inspired civil revolts of 1848, these doughty lads promptly proclaimed their independence. Copenhagen had only recently passed a law to allow for a ruling queen (vice king) to insure the two territores remained Danish, and was decidely not amused. The war, which lasted from 1848–1851, also involved troops fromthe German Federal Government, Prussia and Sweden. Ultimately, the bloodshed resulted in a Danish victory. A second conflict, the Second Schleswig War, erupted in 1864.
This curious little conflct is but one of many that most people know little about, and indeed many have never heard of. Yet the long term political, economic and social results had an impact far greater than what might be imagined. But more importantly, the conflict this way and the many like it throughout history, involved human beings. As with all human conflict it is this human dimension that remains constant, despite the size or notoriety of the campaign involved. Some of these soldeirs and sailors were courageous, some were cowards, yet all sweat, bled and suffered no less than their counterparts in more well known wars such as the American Civil War or World War II. It is these forgotten battles, skirmishes and campaigns, along with the warriors who fought and died, that HMGS seeks to honor by making them collectively the theme of our next great convention.
And HMGS asks if things could things have been different? What would have resulted from a different roll of the dice? Who knows? Maybe, YOU can rewrite history, so why not find out? Grab some Bratwurst, swish down one final slug of good German beer and sling your rifle for the long march to the province of Schleswig-Holstein, and on the way stop by Lancaster, PA, home of the HMGS Cold Wars Convention now scheduled for 6 - 9 March 2014. Some of history's most hard nosed commanders are in the front ranks ready to lead. Do you have the courage to follow?
If you are a member of HMGS, this announcement notifies you of three new postings to the HMGS Your Membership (YM) website. These include the latest newsletter and two financials. You can read the newsletter by going directly to this link: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/hmgs.site-ym.com/resource/collection/B7304223-5922-4168-8147-31C1D54246F3/February_2014_HMGS_Newsletter.pdf .
Bob and Cleo did another nice job.
The two financials are ‘members only’ and you have to log into YM to see them. Go to http://hmgs.site-ym.com/default.asp. You will have to log in. If you have never used YM or logged in, you will have to request a password reset. This is a link under the sign in box. Your user name should be in the email you received previously. If that does not work use the 'contact us’ link right above the sign in box.
Once you have your password, from the main page click on groups under my profile right side of page.
Next click on your group: HMGS Members: HMGS Members.
Click on Financial Reports (Blue Box) or click on Group Pages and look for the Financials in the drop down menu.
Jan 2014 Financials are under 2014 Financials.
The 2013 end of year Treasurers report is under 2013 Financials. The Treasurer will present this report as required by our bylaws at the Cold Wars Memberships Meeting Friday evening.
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