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Forging the Anvil: Combat Units in the US, British, and German Infantries of World War II

G. Stephen Lauer

It has long been accepted wisdom that Germany's infantrymen possessed superior tactical ability relative to their Anglo-American adversaries in World War II. Now, drawing on newly available information, Stephen Lauer unpacks that assumption, exploring the conscription, classification, and training methods of the US, British, and German infantries from 1919 through 1945. How did conscripted    More >

Forging the Anvil: Combat Units in the US, British, and German Infantries of World War II

Brutal War: Jungle Fighting in Papua New Guinea, 1942

James Jay Carafano

In 1942, US and Australian forces waged a brutal war against the Japanese in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Plunged into a primitive, hostile world in which their modes of battle seemed out of place and time, they fought, suffered, hated, starved, and killed in muck and mud. James Carafano's vivid history brings this all to life. Ranging from detailed descriptions of specific battles to    More >

Brutal War: Jungle Fighting in Papua New Guinea, 1942

U.S. War Plans: 1938-1945

Steven T. Ross

This documentary sourcebook of actual U.S. war plans traces the nation's political and strategic goals from the contemplation of war against Japan and Germany in November of 1938 to Eisenhower's March 1945 plan for the defeat of Germany and the conquest of Japan. For the first time, the major strategic—e.g., "ABC-1 " and "Rainbow #5 "—and    More >

U.S. War Plans: 1938-1945

Billy Mitchell

James J. Cooke

This compelling chronicle of a controversial figure—a man who could be charming, fanatical, arrogant, and confrontational—places Billy Mitchell in the context of the great debates over U.S. air power between the world wars. Mitchell demonstrated during WWI that massive air power could decisively affect combat operations on the ground, and he argued vehemently to anyone who would listen    More >

Billy Mitchell

Falcon Brigade: Combat and Command in Somalia and Haiti

Colonel Lawrence E. Casper, USA Ret.

Col. Lawrence E. Casper (U.S. Army-Ret.) narrates the first documented account by a military officer of the harrowing US operations in Somalia and Haiti. As commander of the Falcon Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, and the UN Quick Reaction Force (QRF), Casper experienced Operation Continue Hope first-hand. Falcon Brigade and Special Operations aviators shared the skies over Mogadishu on October    More >

Falcon Brigade: Combat and Command in Somalia and Haiti

Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy

Russell A. Hart

A Choice Outstanding Book! Clash of Arms examines how the Western Allies learned—on the battlefield—to defeat the Nazi war machine. Beginning with an investigation of the interwar neglect that left the Allied militaries incapable of defeating Nazi aggression at the start of World War II, Hart examines the wartime paths the Allies took toward improved military effectiveness. He    More >

Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy

Tank Tactics: From Normandy to Lorraine

Roman Johann Jarymowycz

Winner of the 2001 AHF Distinguished Writing Award, Twentieth Century U.S. Army History An operational critique of the art of war as practiced by U.S. and Canadian tank commanders in France in 1944, Tank Tactics also traces the evolution of North American armored doctrine. Jarymowycz draws on after-action reports, extensive battlefield reconnaissance (involving both Allied and German    More >

Tank Tactics: From Normandy to Lorraine

On the German Art of War: Truppenführung

translated and edited by Bruce Condell and David T. Zabecki

A Selection of the Military Book Club Truppenführung, the twentieth-century equivalent of Sun Tzu's Art of War, served as the basic manual for the German army from 1934 to the end of World War II. This astonishing document provided the doctrinal framework for blitzkrieg and, as a consequence, for the victories of Hitler's armies. Rather than giving German military leaders a    More >

On the German Art of War: Truppenführung

Minuteman: The Military Career of General Robert S. Beightler

John Kennedy Ohl

Following World War II, Robert S. Beightler was one of only two US National Guard generals to be commissioned in the regular Army. Ohl's revealing study traces Beightler's military career from his 1911 enlistment as a private in the Ohio National Guard through his rise to major general and appointment and tenure as commander of the Army's 37th Division during World War    More >

Minuteman: The Military Career of General Robert S. Beightler

After D-Day: Operation Cobra and the Normandy Breakout

James Jay Carafano

In Operation Cobra, six US divisions during six dramatic days in Normandy ended the stalemate on the western front, breaking through German defenses after seven weeks of grueling attrition warfare. After D-Day examines the experiences of U.S. soldiers in the July 25-30, 1944, Normandy campaign: their mistakes, hardships, and fears, as well as their leadership, courage, and determination. Drawing    More >

After D-Day: Operation Cobra and the Normandy Breakout

Soviet Blitzkrieg: The Battle for White Russia, 1944

Walter S. Dunn, Jr.

Walter Dunn's book narrates the details of a battle on the Eastern Front that was perhaps the largest of all time and certainly one of the most significant of World War II. Nearly three million Soviet and German soldiers participated in a campaign in which Soviet forces advanced 275 kilometers in two weeks over bad roads and marshy terrain, destroying 50 German divisions and capturing 50,000    More >

Soviet Blitzkrieg: The Battle for White Russia, 1944

The Siege at Hue

George W. Smith

Charged with monitoring the huge civilian press corps that descended on Hue during the Vietnam War’s Tet offensive, US Army Captain George W. Smith witnessed firsthand a vicious twenty-five day battle. Smith recounts in harrowing detail the separate, poorly coordinated wars that were fought in the retaking of the Hue. Notably, he documents the little-known contributions of the South    More >

The Siege at Hue

The Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and Training in the German Army, 1920-1939

Robert M. Citino

In 1939, the German army shocked and terrorized the world with Blitzkrieg, its form of mobilized warfare. How the Germans rebuilt their army after defeat in World War I—circumventing the prohibitions of the treaty at Versailles—is one of the major questions in military history. Citino shows that German officers of the army of the Weimar Republic (the Reichswehr), men like General Hans    More >

The Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and Training in the German Army, 1920-1939

Doughboy War: The American Expeditionary Force in World War I

James H. Hallas

This multi-layered history of World War I’s doughboys recapitulates the enthusiasm of scores of soldiers as they trained for war, voyaged to France, and finally, faced the harsh reality of combat on the Western Front. Drawing on journals, diaries, personal narratives, and unit histories, Hallas relates the story of men in combat—the men behind the rifles. He has crafted a vivid    More >

Doughboy War:  The American Expeditionary Force in World War I

Through the Valley: Vietnam, 1967-1968

James F. Humphries

The fierce close combat in the remote areas of South Vietnam’s northern provinces in 1967-1968—the battles of Hiep Duc, March 11, Nhi Ha, and Hill 406—has been a strangely underreported slice of the Vietnam War. Through the Valley brings those battles into sharp focus, chronicling the efforts of the proud units of the Americal Division and the 196th Light Infantry Brigade against    More >

Through the Valley:  Vietnam, 1967-1968