The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World by Holger Herwig

Most people’s knowledge of World War I centers around trench warfare – where waves of men climbed out of trenches and were mowed down by machine guns and massed artillery. This was certainly the case for a majority of the war on the Western Front – but, not in the beginning. In the beginning, the action was more fluid and territory was conquered quickly (especially for the Germans) – men were still slaughtered in the thousands. Holger Herwig captures this action in his...

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The U.S. Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers by Edward L. Posey

I have always been interested in the history of individual military units, especially ones written by a former member.  Thus, I was intrigued by Edward Posey’s The U.S. Army’s First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers when I found out about it.  Although the unit was only in existence for ten months during the Korean War, its members proved to many skeptics (some high ranking generals in the Army) that African-Americans could fight.  I believe their example and the efforts of...

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Armies of the Napoleonic Wars: An Illustrated History, edited by Chris McNab

Armies of the Napoleonic Wars: An Illustrated History, edited by Chris McNab, is a wonderful resource for any Napoleonic Wars buff.  The book is a compilation of several booklets on this subject published by Osprey Publishing. Here is a brief description of the book from the publisher: The Napoleonic Wars saw almost two decades of brutal fighting, from the frozen wastelands of Russia to the wildness of the Peninsula; from Egypt’s Lower Nile to the bloody battlefield of Waterloo. Fighting...

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65th Anniversary of the Malmedy Massacre

On this date, 65 years ago the Malmedy Massacre took place – this was when the Waffen-SS murdered 115 American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. The following is an excerpt from World’s Bloodiest History: Massacre, Genocide, and the Scars They Left on Civilization by Joseph Cummins.   I plan on reviewing the book in a few weeks.

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The Pacific War by William B. Hopkins

I have read a lot of books on the individual battles fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II, but I have not read much on the strategy used by American political and military leaders – other than Plan Orange.  So, in order to learn more about the strategy, I decided to read The Pacific War: The Strategy, Politics, and Players That Won the War by William B. Hopkins. At a little less than 400 pages, this book is an excellent overview of the strategy and major personalities that...

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1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood

As all of you know from reading American history, the Civil War has been the most divisive time in our history.  The most pivotal year of that struggle was 1864 – when at the beginning of the year the Union was on the verge of quitting the war if it’s generals did not start winning some battles and when the U.S. presidential election was to occur in November.  Charles Flood in 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History examines this pivotal year by looking at Abraham Lincoln’s...

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1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood

As all of you know from reading American history, the Civil War has been the most divisive time in our history.  The most pivotal year of that struggle was 1864 – when at the beginning of the year the Union was on the verge of quitting the war if it’s generals did not start winning some battles and when the U.S. presidential election was to occur in November.  Charles Flood in 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History examines this pivotal year by looking at Abraham Lincoln’s...

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The Bay of Pigs by Alejandro de Quesada

Ideologically opposite of my previous post on the communist North Vietnamese Army, Alejandro de Quesada studies the efforts of exiled Cuban forces to overthrow the communist government of Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961.  Quesada’s booklet, The Bay of Pigs, Cuba 1961,  is part of Osprey’s “Elite” series, which explores the history of military forces, artifacts, personalities, and techniques of warfare. Quesada provides a brief history of Fidel...

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North Vietnamese Army Soldier 1958-75 by Gordon L Rottman

North Vietnamese Army Soldier by Gordon L Rottman is part of Osprey’s “Warrior” series, which seeks to provide insights into the daily lives of history’s fighting men and women, detailing their motivation, training, tactics, and experiences.  For most Americans, there is a lot of mystery that surrounds our old adversaries in the Vietnam War.  Rottman attempts to shed light on this mystery. The booklet (63 pages) is divided into several sections (mini-chapters if you...

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