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BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

I have been trying to access and view some of the OOBs from this collection but keep getting error messages (or cannot be found type of messages). I used to be able to view these with no issues. Is anyone else having access issues?

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

You have to to CaRl or something like that US military library. Then into the search system the pdf links do not work anymore.
Did not check the AcW ones that were elsewhere.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 1:35 p.m. PST

Here's the Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library (US Army Command and General Staff College) link to the Nafziger collection: link

At the bottom of the description is a link to download the finding aid which takes you to the actual digital finding aid where you can download the pdf. Once downloaded all you need do is click on the URL to the right of the particular OB.

There doesn't however appear to be a searchable index of the individual OBs, although I seem to remember one from several years ago. I thought that I had it downloaded or linked but can't seem to find it. If anyone has a link to a searchable index to this treasure trove of OBs, please post it.

EDIT: Just from a brief scan of the 316 pages of the OB, it appears that the first three characters of an individual OB's file name is the year of the OB, minus the leading "1". Example 643 would be 1643 or 944 would be 1944, and so forth. Might help one narrow down which part of the document to search.


BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 5:48 p.m. PST

Jim, thanks. I have been to the site and saw the same stuff that you pointed out. The problem is that once you click on a particular OOB, an error message comes up and you can never get there. (I used these in the pact 10-12months without any issues; not sure what the issue is now).

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 1:37 a.m. PST

When I search , I copy the file title f om the pdf list, then paste it in CArL document search. Tedious but it works. Might occasionnaly show up similar subject which does not hurt.
Another internet treasure.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 3:58 a.m. PST

Yeah I wished that worked. I have tried the same (and again after you suggested this) and I comes up with no results. Sigh…..

Prince of Essling01 Sep 2019 5:07 a.m. PST

Do not despair – the good news is that some kind soul has packed the nearly 8,000 items together by century which makes the OOBs so much easier to download. The link to this resource is link

Camcleod01 Sep 2019 6:45 a.m. PST

To go with the zip files – The Wayback Machine still has copies of the complete list of the OOBs in order by year and month.
I find that it is easier to find things than with the Finding Aid.



BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 8:14 a.m. PST

Whenever I try to click on a link I get the following error:

404 – Page Not Found

The requested page could not be found.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 9:47 a.m. PST

Finally I got them to unzip correctly and save all of the Napoleonic ones. Thanks for everyone's suggestions and help.

SHaT198401 Sep 2019 12:47 p.m. PST

>>When I search , I copy the file title f om the pdf list, then paste it in CArL document search. Tedious but it works. Might occasionnaly show up similar subject which does not hurt.

The d/l file IS the Index.
Select the link, use RMB or equivalent and select open in browser or sumsuch whatever your OS gives you, and hey presto___ a web page delivered pdf you can quickly scan for info before hitting the D/L button.
You're welcome,

Dave056402 Sep 2019 8:50 a.m. PST

I had been having the same trouble.

Today, I went back to first principles, and found that CARL have moved the files, and there is a new finding aid.

Frinstance, British Army at Salamanca in the new file has link:

PDF link

whereas the finding aid where I get the error had link:

PDF link

Hope this makes sense, and I am not at all sure that you can access these files directly from this message.

But you can get the new file from the CARL site.

Allan F Mountford03 Sep 2019 12:55 a.m. PST

A quick guide to ready access:

1. Download and unzip the files to a discrete folder.
2. Open the discrete folder.
3. Right click over the 'Size' header.
4. Left click on 'Title'.
5. Right click over the 'Title' header.
6. Left click on 'Size all columns to fit'.
7. Left click on 'View' tab.
8. Left click on 'Preview'.

You will now have a searchable folder with an instant preview pane.


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