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Airborne Forces At War

By Robert K. Wright, Jr., Ph.D. and John Greenwood, Ph.D.
This handsome, large-format book takes the reader on an illustrated tour of the U.S. Army’s hard-hitting airborne forces, from the original Parachute Test Platoon of 1940 to the multiple global commitment of the twenty-first century.
Becton - Autobiography of A Soldier and A Public Servant

By Lt. Gen. Julius W. Becton, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.)
This autobiography, published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), highlights Lt. Gen. Becton's remarkable career and reveals the influences that contributed to his success. Becton's autobiography reflects on his youth in the suburban Philadelphia area, his parental and family influences, and his almost forty years of service in the U.S. Army and in subsequent civilian appointments.
Blitzkrieg Legend

By Karl-Heinz Frieser
Here, for the first time in English, is an illuminating new German perspective on the decisive Blitzkrieg campaign of 1940. Karl-Heinz Frieser's account provides the definitive explanation for Germany's startling success and the equally surprising and rapid military collapse of France and Britain on the European continent
Chief of Staff, Volume I: Napoleonic Wars to World War I

By Maj. Gen. David T. Zabecki, AUS (Ret.)
The two-volume Chief of Staff examines the history, development, and role of the military duty position of the chief of staff. Many books have studied history's great commanders and the art of command. None have focused exclusively on the chief of staff­ −that key staff officer responsible for translating the ideas of the commander into practical plans that common soldiers can execute successfully on the battlefield.
Chief of Staff, Volume 2: World War II to Korea and Vietnam

By Maj. Gen. David T. Zabecki, AUS (Ret.)
The two-volume Chief of Staff examines the history, development, and role of the military duty position of the chief of staff. Many books have studied history's great commanders and the art of command. None have focused exclusively on the chief of staff­ −that key staff officer responsible for translating the ideas of the commander into practical plans that common soldiers can execute successfully on the battlefield.
Field Artillery and Firepower

By J.B.A. Bailey

Definitive overview of the development and use of artillery makes the complex artillery systems of today understandable, while at the same time shows how they have evolved and how they are likely to change in the future.

Homeward Bound

By COL Richard H. Taylor, U.S. Army (Ret)

This is a groundbreaking book that highlights the major problems faced by American veterans coming home from war. For the first time Taylor chronicles this phenomenon from the Revolutionary War through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He connects pieces of a larger story that has been missing from individual narratives.

The Lost Battalion of TET: Breakout of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue

By Charles A. Krohn
Published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, this new paperback edition brings back into print a book that became an essential source for a 2006 study of the battle by the U.S. Army's Center of Military History. It takes a critical look at what went wrong in early 1968 during one of the first engagements of Tet, when a U.S. infantry battalion was ordered to attack a large North Vietnamese force near Hue City without air or artillery support.
Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex Environments

By Wayne Michael Hall and Gary Citrenbaum

This book offers a vast conceptual and theoretical exploration of the ways intelligence analysis must change in order to succeed against today's most dangerous combatants and most complex irregular theatres of conflict.

Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy

By Dominic J. Caraccilo

This work is a doctrinal examination of war termination strategy and conflict resolution as a dependent pair, requiring a plan to achieve both in unison in advance of a fight.
The necessity of a plan for conflict resolution should be intuitively obvious for policymakers, yet a survey of recent conflicts, including Afghanistan and Iraq, shows that not to be the case. Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy provides a practical approach to establishing a plan for war termination and conflict resolution before the bullets fly.

Why War? Why an Army?

By John M. House

Why War? Why an Army? is a primer on Land Power and it splace in the modern world. The author maintains, and supports the thesis, that the outcome of war on land has always been the decisive factor in determining world power. This book explains the roles and requirements for land forces, and puts into context land power in the strategic requirements of any major power. A must for strategists.

Fogs of War and Peace: A Midstream Analysis of World War III

By Robert L. Dilworth and Shlomo Maital

Fogs of War and Peace highlights and dissects today's complex wars in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the Global War on Terrorism. The authors contend that essentially, the world is engaged in a complex series of conflicts, "fogged" by misconceptions and slanted news. This book outlines complex strategic issues rarely discussed in the public media.

Combat in Korea: Passing the Test

Edited by William T. Bowers and John T. Greenwood

This is the third volume in the Korean War series based on reports and interviews conducted by US Army Field History detachments in the field, immediately following battle. It covers combat at the small unit level while putting different actions in perspective of the major campaigns of the US Eighth Army. This covers the period of the last Chinese Communist Counteroffensives and the early operations of the US Eighth Army under LTG James M. Van Fleet.

KONTUM: The Battle to Save South Vietnam

By Thomas P. McKenna

This book covers for the first itme the operations to defend Kontum in the Central Highlands during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive. This is the story of the American Advisors and the 23d ARVN division who, with the help of airpower, successfully defeated 3 NVA and prevented South Vietnam from being cut in half. An essential piece of the Vietnam war for students of that war.

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces

By Alan Hoe

This is the first biography of the legendary Dick Meadows. Already a decorated veteran of Korea and Vietnam, after his retirement in 1977 Meadows undertook a deep cover mission in support of the Iran Hostage Rescue in 1980. Written by a retired Special Air Services officer who served with Meadows, this book is based on Meadows' tape recorded remembrances for the author as well as unclassified records of his operations.

Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge

By John Nelson Rickard

This is the first detailed military analysis of Patton's counterthrust in the Ardennes that led to the rescue of beleaguered Bastogne and the closing of the salient drive in the Allied line by the German Ardennes offensive. Capitalizing on original Ultra information and intelligence working maps, the author of Patton at Bay: The Lorraine Campaign follows Patton's decisions through the rigorous military decision process used as a planning tool at the time. It offers new vistas, and opens new questions on American generalship in World War II as well as demonstrates the reasons for Patton's military success. Operational History and Analysis at its best.

Leadership in Dangerous Situations

Edited by Patrick J. Sweeney, Michael D. Matthews, and Paul B. Lester

This study encapsulates thinking on those who lead in dangerous situations from the military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue units. This handbook is directed toward leaders and explains the reality of dangerous operations and how to train and inspire the individuals that willingly venture into harm's way to operate and to accomplish their missions.

Decision at Strasbourg

By David P. Colley

In Decision at Strasbourg, David P. Colley explores what might have happened if General Eisenhower had not unexpectedly ordered the Sixth Army Group to halt their planned attack across the Rhine a mere day before its planned execution. For the first time ever Ike's strategic mistake has been analyzed and possible outcomes of the halted attack - including the ending of the war six months early and the saving of thousands of lives - are explored. Undeniably fascinating, Colley's analysis of Ike's decision at Strasbourg is sure to captivate all interested in World War II and its lessons.

The Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall

By Charles Pelot Summerall, Edited by Timothy K. Nenninger

Edited and annotated by Timothy K. Nenninger, The Way of Duty, Honor, Country presents the memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall, previously available only in the Citadel's archives. The memoir chronicles Summerall's remarkable and distinguished military career, following him after graduation from West Point in 1892 to service during World War I to serving as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army to serving as president of the Citadel. Summerall's account of both his personal life and his military career guide his discussion on how the very nature of war changed permanently during his lifetime.

In Final Defense of the Reich: The Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division "Nord"

By Stephen M. Rusiecki

Stephen Rusiecki's In Final Defense of the Reich recounts the American 71st Infantry Division's success in exacting all signs of life from the Reich's 6th SS Mountain Division in central Germany in April 1945. In Final Defense serves as a comprehensive analysis of the battle between the Wehrmacht and the Western Front, following the American and the German divisions from their breation through their historic battle in April 1945. Furthermore, Rusiecki's In Final Defense serves as a testament to the experience of war from the perspective of both soldiers and civilians.

Normandy to Victory

Edited by John T. Greenwood

Normany to Victory is comprised from the war diary of General Courtney Hicks Hodges, beginning on 2 June 1944 as Hodges and the US First Army prepare for the Allied invasion of France. The diary - with messages recorded daily by Hoges' aides and reviewed and approved the General himself - details Hodges' rise in August 1944 to Commanding General; his views on the enemy and strategy; and it follows him and the First Army through combat in Eurpoe until the German surrender in May 1945.

Iraq and Back

By Col. Kim Olson USAF (Ret.)

In April 2003, following the declaration of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a success, President George W. Bush enlisted the expertise of retired USA Lt. Gen. Jay Garner. Garner was sent to Iraq with the mission to rebuild the country. Retired United States Air Force Colonel Kim Olson was assigned to Garner's team as his personal Executive Officer, a member of the Senior Leadership Team tasked with reconstructing the nation's infrastructure, providing humanitarian assistance, and paving the foundation for a democratic process. Soon after their arrival, however, the socio-economic, military, and political environment ground to a halt, transforming the team's original task into an improbable mission. In Iraq and Back, Olson provides a unique, first-hand account of war and the process to rebuild from it from the perspective of a senior female officer, a pilot, a wife, and a mother.

General William E. DePuy: Preparing the Army for Moder War

By Henry G. Gole, foreward by Major General William A. Stofft, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Referencing interviews with those who knew him best, transcripts and letters in his personal papers, and outside literary sources, Henry G. Gole describes General William E. DePuy, a man often considered one of the U.S. military's most influential officers of contemporary history. Gole follows DePuy from childhood to decorate officer to commander of Training and Doctrine Command. As author of the first full-length biogrpahy of DePuy, Henry G. Gole does not disappoint in his recounting of General DePuy, an important figure in U.S. military history who is best remembered for revolutionizing military training, doctrine, education, and combat development.

Home Lea: American Soldier of Fortune

By Lawrence M. Kaplan

At 5 foot 3 inches and 100 pounds, Homer Lea was an unlikely candidate for Soldier, yet he secured a place in history as a world renowned military hero. In Homer Lea Lawrence Kaplan draws from extensive research to provide a revealing look into the life of a diminutive but determined man, whose valor was not earned on the battlefield but whose mark was, nonetheless, left on his time.

Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith

By D.K.R. Crosswell

Joining the Indiana National Guard at the age of 16, General Walter Bedell Smith began a forty-plus year military career defined by impressive public service, rising to become one of the nation's most valued advisors and trusted insider among U.S. military and political leaders. Outlined in Beetle are the General's many notable accomplishments, to include his work alongside Gen. George C. Marshall on the formation fo the roles of Combined and Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his tenure as President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Chief of Staff. Crosswell's detailed account of Smith's career offers readers the first comprehensive biography of General Walter Bedell Smith, including details of his close relationship with both Eisenhower and Marshall.

Steel and Blood

By Ha Mai Viet, former Colonel, ARVN

Col. Ha Mai Viet presents a historically accurate and detailed account of the Vietnam War from the perspective of the South Vietnamese armor forces. Highly decorated for his valor and leadership of the armored units, the author spent ten years documenting what went on so he could offer analysis of the war based on facts. He interviewed hundreds of people, including all senior South Vietnamese officers involved and many of lesser rank, as well as American advisers. Viet tells the story without glossing over the shortcomings of his fellow soldiers. His efforts serve as an invaluable record of his army's organization, combat operations, and interaction with U.S. advisers.

The Angel of Dien Bien Phu: The Lone French Woman at the Decisive Battle for Vietnam

By Genevieve de Galard

As the only French woman among some 11,000 defenders at Dien Bien Phu, Genevieve de Galard had a unique perspective of the siege and fall of the French fortress. This memoir about her years as a flight nurse for the French air force offers previously unknown details about their defeat. De Galard was on the flights that evacuated casualties from the battle, often landing in the midst of Vietminh artillery barrages. After a French air force C-47 with de Galard on board was seriously damaged, she tended to the wounded and dying in a field hospital. Her efforts won her the Croix de Guerre, and from the American press the name "Angel of Dien Bien Phu." Following a tickertape parade in New York, President Eisenhower awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1954. Now, Americans can learn the full story.

The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam: Unparalleled and Unequaled

By Major General Ira A. Hunt Jr., USA (Ret.)

In The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam: Unparalleled and Unequaled, Ira A. Hunt Jr., details the innovative strategies of the 9th Infantry Division in their fight to overcome the Viet Cong. Based on Hunt's experience as colonel and division chief of staff, the volume documents how the 9th Division's combat effectiveness peaked in 1969. A wealth of illustrative material, including photos, maps, charts, and tables, deepens understanding of the region's hazardous environment and clarifies the circumstances of the division's failures and successes. A welcome addition to scholarship on the Vietnam War, The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam will find an audience with enthusiasts and scholars of military history.

The Line: Combat in Korea, January-February 1951

Edited by William T. Bowers

The opening months of 1951 comprised the first winter of the Korean War, and the fighting was as intense as the weather. In The Line: Combat in Korea, January-February 1951, William T. Bowers analyzes this significant period and its effects on the remainder of the war. The Line is the first of three volumes about the Korean War that focus on combat experience at the ground level: from battalion hierarchy to the accounts of individual soldiers. Drawn from interviews conducted by Army historians immediately after combat, the books in this series offer intensive examinations of military conflict.

Striking Back: Combat in Korea, March-April 1951

Edited by William T. Bowers

Striking Back: Combat in Korea, March-April 1951 is the second book in a three-volume series about the Korean War, examining the fighting that occurred during the late winter and early spring of the war's first year. By the beginning of March, UN forces shifted strategic focus from defense to offense. In April, the combination of stabilized fronts and the enemy's failed attacks made conditions ideal for launching combat offensives. The brutal nature and strategic significance of these campaigns is described in the book, which includes analysis of their profound influence on the remainder of the war. William T. Bowers provides detailed battle narratives based on eyewitness accounts recorded by Army historians within days of the operations. Through his use of personal accounts, official records, war diaries, and combat reports, Bowers sheds new light on the conflict in Korea, making this volume a must read for military historians.

Grab Their Belts to Fight Them: The Viet Cong's Big-Unit War Against the U.S., 1965-1966

By Warren Wilkins

In 1965, despite pronounced disadvantages in firepower and mobility, the Communist Vietnamese endeavored to crush South Vietnam and expel the American military with a strategy for a quick and decisive victory predicated not on guerrilla but "big-unit" war. Warren Wilkins chronicles the formation, development, and participation of the Viet Cong in the opening phase of the big-unit war and shows how the failure of that strategy profoundly influenced the decision to launch the Tet Offensive.

Unlike most books on the war, this one provides an authentic account from the Communist perspective, with the author drawing on memoirs, unit histories, and battlefield studies to reconstruct the formation and deployment of major military units, battles and campaigns, and the strategic debates that informed the big unit war.

Intelligence Collection: How To Plan and Execute Intelligence Collection in Complex Environments

By Wayne Michael Hall and Gary Citernbaum

Intelligence Collection: How To Plan and Execute Intelligence Collection in Complex Environments proposes substantive improvements in the way to U.S. national security system collects intelligence and supports intelligence analysis. The work draws on the groundbreaking work of a diverse group of theorists ranging from Carl von Clausewitz and Sun Tzo to M. Mitchell Waldrop, General David Petraeus, and Orson Scott Card, communicating a unifying theory and ontology of thought for how America's intelligence collection professionals must learn to collect data as our country faces elusive, determined, and smart adversaries in nonlinear, dynamic environments. The new ideas presented will help the nation's intelligence collection specialists to amass a formidable, cumulative intelligence power, regardless of the level of war or the type of operational environment.

Ruckzug: The German Retreat from France, 1944

By Joachim Ludewig

While much ahs been written about D-day, very little has been written about the crucial period from August to September 1944. In Ruckzug, Joanchim Ludewig draws on military records from both sides to show that a quick defeat of the Germans was hindered by excessive caution and a lack of strategic boldness on the part of the Allies, as well as by the Germans' tactical skill and energy. This intriguing study, translated from German, not only examines a significant and often overlooked phase of the war, but also offers a valuable account of the conflict from the perspective of the German forces.