Post by ray on Nov 12, 2018 5:38:50 GMT -5
Just checking in. Vietnam Vet (1st Cav (briefly) and 173rd Airborne) now living in Australia. Twice an Infantry Company Commander in Nam (Armor Branch loaned me out to lend a bit of class and dash). :-)
Originally from the Navajo Rez in Arizona. For my sins, I teach Military History and I've recently been doing a five parter on the 1876 Centennial Campaign (plus Washita thrown in to help explain Custer's decisions). In three days (Thursday) I'm up to the Last Stand, although since Reno, Benteen, McDougall, etc. just barely made it to Reno Hill last week (and DeRudio hasn't checked in yet), it's possible that I won't get to the TLS until next week and my 5-parter becomes a 6-parter (75 minute sessions). I animate 1:24,000 (or 1:25,000) battle maps using PowerPoint as part of the presentations, and found that the degree of precision sometimes (usually) makes this approach unnecessarily difficult. Still, my military course is subtitled "A Battlefield Perspective" so a feel for terrain (and weather and the rest of METT) is essential.
I found the animation done by the filmmaker interesting, but there seem to be obvious inconsistencies in the terrain covered, etc., that make me suspect that it's just a (wonderful) first draft and not something I can rely on. Alas, most of the plethora of stuff on the web is GIGO, so I'm excited about your website, which I first spotted when the 1876 series was just a gleam in my eye.
One archaeology report had a sketch map showing all current grave markers which has driven me crazy, as it is difficult to correlate it with most routes shown in various sources. I'm looking for a good location for the officers' markers to help make up my mind for my PowerPoint anyway. Can anyone help?