The Friday Roundup is a weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society. This week’s documentary, War Game, was made in 1965 as a fictional British worst-case scenario docu-drama depicting what the aftermath of nuclear war with the Soviet Union would look like. The film was judged too horrifying at the time of its release and did not actually premiere on the BBC until 1985. This documentary may be a work of fiction but it reveals the deep-seated fears many had during this tense period of the Cold War and, unlike most documentaries investigating the Cold War, War Game offers a glimpse into the Western European perspective instead of an American one.


Lone Sentry: Photographs, Documents, and Research on World War 2

Lone Sentry offers a mix of interesting Second World War documents. The wide range of unit histories (predominantly American), training manuals and booklets, and incredible photo collection makes this a valuable site to visit if you are researching Second World War topics on the Western Front. The intelligence reports and detailed diagrams of German technology offer incredible insight in to not only how German weapons worked but also the quality of the intelligence the Allies were acting upon. There is even a disclaimer reminding readers that the intelligence files may be incorrect in some instances.



Our Other Man in Tehran

A very interesting story about Canadian, John Sheardown, who played a significant role during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Ambassador Ken Taylor typically has gained much of the publicity for the Canadian role during the event but, oddly, Sheardown has received limited attention. This article tells Sheardown’s story, including his years of service in the Canadian forces as a bomber pilot and the story of the part he played in the hostage crisis itself.


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American White Phosphorus Shells in Libya: A Challenge to a Pentagon Chestnut

Libya has typically been represented in the media over the past half-century as a rogue state that supplied arms to dozens of terrorist groups and revolutionary movements. This article delves into how Libya became one of the world’s leading arms dealers and how America’s continuing supply of arms during the recent revolution has impacted the state. This article is fascinating as it traces the history of how Libya became a “bunker” state and the role that the American government played.


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