Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Normandy 1944

Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Normandy 1944 - The story of the Normandy Invasion through the spoken recollections of veterans who fought it, the newsreels that recorded the events, and written collections of historians who studied the campaign.

It appears that all of the linked articles are available free online. (I checked a few.) This is in contrast to most of the Encyclopedia Britannica online which only gives a small preview of each article and demands payment for full access.

I guess if there were no quality free online encyclopedias, this would make sense. But, have they ever heard of Wikipedia? Yeah, it has problems (Vandals, Administrators, and Sockpuppets, Oh My! An Ethnographic Study of Wikipedia’s Handling of Problem Behavior) but Nature also just found Wikipedia as accurate as the Britannica (Wikipedia as accurate as Britannica).

Perhaps the Britannica editors should read The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. On page 81, the author gives reason #4 the world is flat and this is Open-Sourcing and Self-Organizing Collaborative Communities. Wikipedia is featured prominently. Sure, the Britannica may be a bit better than Wikipedia but guess which most Web users will pick most of the time, the free one that is right most of the time versus the pay-per-view version which may only be slightly better? The Britannica had better find a new economic model...

Regardless, this is a good page to find information on the D-Day Invasion. I found it very informative and easy to read.

From the site:

On June 6, 1944, a date known ever since as D-Day, a mighty armada crossed a narrow strip of sea from England to Normandy, France, and cracked the Nazi grip on western Europe.

Encyclopædia Britannica tells the story of the Normandy Invasion through the spoken recollections of veterans who fought it, the newsreels that brought the news home, and the written words of historians who have dedicated years to studying the great campaign.

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