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The logistics department is a clearing house, where editor skills and resources can be matched to article needs. The aim is to make the path to featured article status easier by listing the specialist resources editors may need to call on to improve their articles.

The department provides assistance in several areas:

  • Administrators (for help with sysop requests or general advice)
  • Copy-editing (including Manual of Style compliance and comprehensive stylistic editing for featured article candidates)
  • Graphics (including maps, diagrams, and charts)
  • Linguistics (including simple translation and help with sourcing in a wide variety of languages)
  • Personal libraries (links to editors' lists of personal book holdings)
  • Photography (including clean-up and retouching, help with fair use rationales, and new images)
  • Sources (including verification of journal articles)


The project has a number of members who are administrators. Those listed below are happy to carry out any admin-specific tasks that are requested. If informal dispute resolution is needed then the project coordinators are also available. If an admin (or coordinator) has been particularly helpful, consider awarding {{subst:The da Vinci Barnstar|message ~~~~}}

  • Please add your name in alphabetical order above this line.


For a DIY approach, see our Academy course on copy-editing essentials

All articles can be improved by copy-editing in one form or another. An uninvolved editor looking at text with fresh eyes will see things that need fixing which the familiar editor won’t. Different articles benefit from different levels of copy-editing. Before requesting a copy-edit, decide which of the following levels is most appropriate.

  1. Copy-edit lite: basic proof-reading, spellchecking, punctuation.
  2. English variant conversion: for example, from American English to British English, or vice versa.
  3. Naturalising: copy-edit for editors whose English is not perfect.
  4. FAC prose copy-edit: flow, structure, elegance.
  5. FAC technical copy-edit: MoS-compliance for dashes, hard spaces, numbers, measurement conversion.

As a thank you for good copy-editing input, nominators could consider awarding the Copy-editor's barnstar. {{subst:The Copyeditor's Barnstar|message ~~~~}}


  • To sign up as a copy-editor, just add your name to the copy-editors list below and add the request page to your watchlist. Please provide an indication of the level of copy-editing you provide.
  • To request a copy-edit, either contact one of the copy-editors direct on their talk page or list your request at the bottom of the Requests for copy-editing section below.


The following editors will help with copy-edits.

  • Please add your name in alphabetical order above this line.

Requests for copy-editingEdit

Open tasks

Comments on, and help correcting, prose and MoS-issues would be appreciated at:

  • A-Class reviews:
Tiberius IIIInvasion of KageraAnnexation of the Leeward IslandsUSS Tucker (DD-374)Cadet Nurse CorpsFrench battleship MirabeauDęblin–Irena GhettoBattle of HelFirst Punic WarPartisan Congress riotsOperation MosaicHistoriography of the CrusadesBattle of the Lipari IslandsYugoslav torpedo boat T4LeontiosHeraklonasBattle of Sarantaporo
  • Featured article candidates:
George Washington and slaveryMarcianSMS NiobeMidland Railway War MemorialBattle of the AegatesCharles DukeOperation Rösselsprung (1944)French battleship Bouvet
Specific copy-editing requests
  • Please list the article for copy-editing here (at the bottom), mentioning the type of copy edit sought. Please sign the request with ~~~~.
  • Copy-editors: when accepting an article for copy-editing, please add a comment #: Copy-editing ~~~~ under the article listing. When the copy-edit is complete, strike through the article name with <s> ... </s>.

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Graphics add color and interest to most articles. Maps are often the single most useful addition to a military history article. They can show the deployment of forces and the lie of the land with a clarity and brevity unmatched by a description alone. Diagrams can often serve the same function. Coats-of-arms, and similar, can add color to an otherwise monochrome page. Here are some useful sources for maps:

More extensive resource lists for particular topics are maintained by the corresponding task forces.

Sometimes, no suitable graphic exists and one needs to be drawn. At other times, an existing map or diagram can be modified or tailored to suit the needs of a particular article.

The simplest solutions is to search available images in the net and link to them as long as we have no solution of sufficient quality or accuracy in commons. So, if an image is available online, but cannot be uploaded to Wikipedia, it may be appropriate to use {{externalimage}} to provide a direct link to the image and a (referenced) description of what the image depicts.

For a thank you for graphic help, consider awarding {{subst:The Graphic Designer's Barnstar|message ~~~~}}


  • To offer help, just add your name to the graphics editors list below. Please say whether you prefer to just modify existing material or can design material from scratch.
  • To request help, either contact one of the editors direct on their talk page or list your request in the requests for graphics section.

Graphics editorsEdit

  • The following editors can help with modifying or creating graphics. Freehand illustrators who work on paper and can scan their illustration for uploading to Commons are also welcome. Please say whether you can create maps.
  • Dhatfield (talk) - I specialise in technical illustrations like this tank. Wikipedia:Graphic_Lab/Images_to_improve has very capable map creators and editors and requests there are normally resolved within a few days. Highly recommended for maps.
  • Mohammad adil makes vectorgraphic battlemaps.
  • Urshankov (talk) - Able to create Insignia and highly accurate battlemaps alongside some technical illustrations (with very little research required). My Wikimedia uploads can be found here, please feel free to send queries if you have any issues or graphics that need fixing as I am capable of doing such as well.
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Requests for graphicsEdit

  • Please explain what you are looking for, mentioning the article name, or the name of the graphic that you'd like modified, and sign the request with ~~~~.
  • Graphic editors: when accepting a request, please add a comment #: Accepted. ~~~~ under the listing. When the graphic is complete, strike through the request with <s> ... </s>.

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Offers for teaching how to work on graphicsEdit

Please insert here offers for teaching others how to work on graphics.

Become an image restorationistEdit

Boston, 1775: British tactical map complete with cannon deployment details.

Here's an offer for Milhist members who have an interest in images. I've located a large cache of period military maps in high resolution digital files. There's enough to cover nearly every major battle of the American Revolution and Civil War, plus a smattering of world history. This is highly encyclopedic material and it's more than I can restore alone. Want to start collecting featured picture credits? Fire up your image processing software and contact me; I'll train you. (It's been suggested that I post this here). DurovaCharge! 10:12, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Since Durova is currently "off duty" I offer the same knowledge for people interested in digital restorations. Having so many folks involved into the article sphere and so few into graphics is something I consider worthy of being changed. Have a look on my userpage to estimate what can be done from a technical point of view. Regards, Peter Weis (talk) 08:12, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Obtain online images under suitable licencesEdit

I can teach you how to search for images in the web(different search engines and settings) and how to write letters for acquiring these images under suitable licences for Wikipedia. Wandalstouring (talk) 12:53, 20 July 2008 (UTC)


Requests for translations can be addressed to Wikipedia:Translation

The aim is to provide foreign language support to editors researching articles. In addition to broadening the information available, it can help avoid reflecting the English-speaking world point of view that can sometimes come from reporting a subject exclusively from English-language sources. Examples include:

  1. Providing translations of short sections from non-English sources into English;
  2. Providing translations of photograph captions;
  3. Providing the gist of non-English articles for evaluation as a possible source;
  4. Helping with foreign language searches for non-English sources for later translation.

As a thank you for help with language problems, consider awarding {{subst:The Rosetta Barnstar|message ~~~~}}


  • To provide language support, just add your name to the linguists list below. Please provide a list of the languages you speak.
  • To request language support, either contact the linguist on their talk page or list your request at the bottom of the requests for language support section below.


The following editors can provide non-English language support.

  • Please add your name in alphabetical order above this line, listing the languages you can help with.

Requests for language supportEdit

  • Please list the request below, with a summary of languiawarticle for copy-editing here, mentioning the type of copy edit sought. Please sign the request with ~~~~.
  • Linguists: when accepting a request, please add a comment #: Dealing ... ~~~~ under the article listing. When the request is complete, strike through the article name with <s> ... </s>.
  1. Hello there. I'm currently writing about SMS Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand. If any Hungarian Wikipedians see this post, could they go translate the section on the Radetzky class in this and then add it to the article? Many thanks, Buggie111 (talk) 22:35, 23 May 2010 (UTC)
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Personal librariesEdit

See also: Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange and its list of Shared Resources.

This section is for linking to lists of personal book holdings in individual editors' user space. It is useful for checking or sourcing citations. Please mention the main areas covered for speed of reference. Consider also adding useful links to the "Resources" section of any relevant task forces.

Have a few listed here. Every topic imaginable, working on expanding it.


The Graphic Lab can retouch photographs.

Good use of photography can immeasurably improve an article. Frequently, a good suitable image already exists on Wikimedia Commons and can be used as is. Sometimes, this is not the case. This section will help you if

  1. an existing Commons photograph needs cropping, cleaning up, or otherwise modifying;
  2. an existing suitable Commons photograph doesn't yet exist and it needs to be sourced, and uploaded, with an appropriate copyright notice or free use rationale;
  3. or existing suitable Commons photograph doesn't yet exist and needs taking specially.

As a thank you for help with photographic problems, consider awarding {{subst:The Photographer's Barnstar|message ~~~~}}


  • If you can help with photographic images, add your name to the list in the photography editors section. Please mention what skills you can provide ("retouching", "clean up", "sourcing images", "fair use rationale" etc.).
  • To ask for assistance, either contact one of the editors direct on their talk page or list your request in the requests for clean up and repair or requests for new photos sections below.

Photography editorsEdit

The following editors will help with photography. Please summarise the skills you can provide.

  • Bellhalla (talk) (I can help with photo cleanup and repair)
  • Maralia (talk) (photo repair and cleanup)
  • Hohum (talk) (Removing noise, colour balancing)
  • Aeonx (talk) (crop, rotate, deskew, denoise, color/white balance, transparency, general image retouching)
  • Please add your name above this line.

Requests for clean up and repairEdit

This section is requesting help with modifying or cleaning up photographs that already exist on Commons.

  • Please explain what you are looking for, including the image filename, and sign the request with ~~~~.
  • Photographic editors: when accepting a request, please add a comment #: Accepted. ~~~~ under the listing. When the work is complete, strike through the request with <s> ... </s>.

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Request help with copyright and fair use rationaleEdit

This section is requesting help with copyright issues and for dealing with difficulties in supplying fair use rationales. The image may already exist on Commons or be an image you are thinking of uploading.

  • Please summarise the problem, including the image filename if the image is already on Commons.
  • When accepting a request, please add a comment #: Accepted. ~~~~ under the listing. When the work is complete, strike through the request with <s> ... </s>.

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Requests for new photosEdit

If you are looking for an out-of-copyright image (for example, "General Pétain at Verdun"), list it here. If you are looking for a highly specific image (for example, a photograph of the cannon on the ramparts at Essaouira, Morocco) try asking first on the talk page of the appropriate wikiproject (in this case, Morocco) before requesting it here. Sign the request with ~~~~.

  • Photographic editors: when accepting a request, please add a comment #: Accepted. ~~~~ under the listing. When the work is complete, strike through the request with <s> ... </s>.
  1. Looking for a photo of Col John Waddy to be added to his article. Jhfireboy Talk 19:43, 3 October 2009 (UTC)
  • For info, there is a good pic of him here that I suspect would be ok for Wiki use, but not having any more details of it I didn't like to include it. Ranger Steve (talk) 19:56, 3 October 2009 (UTC)
  1. Looking for images of an Arado Ar E.381. WikiCopterRadioChecklistFormerly AirplanePro 22:20, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
  2. Guam High School, a U.S. Department of Defense high school in Guam (a photo specifically with the words "Guam High School" visible on a front entrance sign) - Map WhisperToMe (talk) 03:58, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
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The purpose here is to help provide high quality sources for articles. This sub-department is particularly useful for more specialist or obscure subjects. As a thank you for help with sources, consider awarding {{subst:The Citation Barnstar|message ~~~~}}

See also


JSTOR is a database containing articles from academic journals on a vast range of subjects, which can be searched easily either using Google or the JSTOR search engine. For non-subscribers, the results contain a JSTOR summary page containing the reference details, together with (typically) the first page of the article. The following editors can help with JSTOR articles. You should contact them directly on their talk pages.

Other available editor resourcesEdit

  • Askari Mark (talk) (Has online access to Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft (JAWA), Jane’s World Air Forces (JWAF), Jane’s Defence Weekly (JDW), and Scramble database. Also has access to most annual issues of IISS’ World Military Balance back through the mid-1980s, as well as several years of Air Force Magazine.)
  • Buckshot06 (talk) (current subscriber to Jane's Defence Weekly, also holds many issues of IISS Military Balance, including most recent few (like '08 edition), and Jane's Fighting Ships, 99-00 edition, plus many many articles and resources on post-Soviet military of last fifteen years)
  • Carom (talk) (Access to other electronic databases (including the History Cooperative) that allow access to recent issues of periodicals that may be unavailable in JSTOR due to the moving wall.)
  • (talk) University of Calgary and Mount Royal University libraries (May-August), Carleton University and University of Ottawa libraries (September-April) and Library and Archives Canada.
  • David Underdown (talk), I'm in The National Archives most days ;), so I should be able to check out anything that's in the library there, online catalogue here, plus all the things available to UK local library subscribers: ODNB, Britannica, various OUP pubs which are in Oxford Reference Online. A few other things via Athens access and identity management, including The Times digital archives (Gale Infotrac version)
  • Dreamafter (talk) (Access to the AAAS magazine if required.)
  • Harlsbottom (talk) (JSTOR, Project Muse, Times Digital Archive, All the books and articles listed in my Library, which is naval history-orientated.)
  • MBK004 (talk) (as well as JSTOR, I have access to a few other online databases, and my maritime-warfare library (I'll finish populating the list eventually))
  • Nick-D (talk) (Has access to Jane's Fighting Ships and Jane's World Air Forces.)
  • Raul654 (talk) - My university has great library resources. I have free web access to many publications, including every New York times, wall street journal, and Chicago defender article ever written. (For those, I go to [1] and then use my university proxy). I also have my own personal library (which is heavily slanted towards WWII and later). I can also get pdf scans of any articles they don't have in stock via the interlibrary loan. Raul654 (talk) 20:12, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
  • SGGH (talk) (as well as JSTOR above I have access to the Times Newspaper online archives, and dozens and dozens of other sources which are too numerous to list here, all during term time only, try me.)
  • Wandalstouring (talk) (Projekt Dyabola, international archaeological database)
  • YellowMonkey (talk) (Access to "Journal of Southeast Asian Studies" and "Southeast Asia Research" for plundering military related articles)

Requests for sourcesEdit

  • Please add requests for sources here, mentioning the article name/s. When the material has been sourced, please strike through the request with <s> ... </s>.
  1. Sources for Canopus class battleship and Royal Sovereign class battleship. WikiCopterRadioChecklistFormerly AirplanePro 18:41, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
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Requests for articlesEdit

  • Georgia Hussars - I'd try writing this myself but I don't have the background; I think it's important though. Tillander 14:41, 4 April 2011 (UTC)