HISTORY AND HASHTAGS
At Eduard we consider military history,
especially aviation's, to be a very important part of our work. This is probably quite evident in our magazine INFO in
recent years. From what used to be one
article in a monthly issue, we now publish
three articles or more. Sometimes I wonder whether it is too much for our readers, but I think not.
I'm less sure about social media. We live
in an age in which many people are more
likely to enjoy the graphic part of content
and no longer have the desire or energy
to read. This is probably due to the fact,
that information is literally an avalanche
coming at us from all sides. Some experts strongly discourage longer texts on
social media, and the longevity of any individual post amid the content load tends
to be very low. But history is too rich to
be easily shortened. That's why last November, in connection with the 1/48 scale
A6M2 Zero kit release, we didn't hesitate
to also launch a series of historical posts
on our social media.
We decided to take our Facebook and Instagram followers through the momentous events of the Pacific War. Naturally,
we started with the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the series of posts didn't begin
with the attack itself, but with the formation of the Japanese fleet in the Kuril Islands and its voyage to Hawaii.
Among the events of the fighting in the
Pacific, we also have included those in
which Zeros did not take part. They were
simply significant and therefore worthy of
attention. The War in the Pacific involved
many countries and nations, although it
can sometimes give the impression that
it was only Japan against America. It was
also a Dutch war, for example, as was evident in the post about the sinking of the
destroyer Shinonome, or when we wrote
about the Battle of the Badung Strait.
Sometimes, while we were writing the
texts, history surprised us. Thus when fighting against Japanese aircraft carriers
started in April 1942, the airmen who had
taken part in the sinking of the battleship
Bismarck a year earlier went into battle on the RAF side. And of course, they
weren't all British!
The first dogfight engagement for F4F
Wildcats was also somewhat unexpected. It wasn't against Zeros, the US Navy
fighters fought against older fixed undercarriage A5M Claude fighters. But the
course of the battle was not nearly as
clear-cut as one might think! The Wildcats had no armor yet at the time and although they were more robustly built than
the light Japanese aircraft, they were to
some extent similarly vulnerable.
How to find this information? On our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EduardCompany just type the hashtag #eduardasiapacificwar and the posts will appear.
We also use other hashtags, such as
#eduardzero and #eduardwildcat, which
are of course related to our kits.
On the Instagram account www.instagram.com/eduardcompany, texts are sometimes shortened or guide to the Facebook page due to the limits that Instagram
has. We intend to continue these posts
written on the 80th anniversary of memorable events. We will only select the most
important ones so as not to overwhelm
I understand that some people don't want
to set foot on Facebook. For this group of
readers, we are considering publishing
more historical posts in the INFO magazine. The question is whether we will
implement this, for example, on monthly
basis or every six months. The significant
events of the Pacific War are certainly