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The Road to Safwan: the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry in the 1991 Persian Gulf War ~ Stephen A. Bourque and John W. Burdan, III - 336 Pages

The Road to Safwan is a complete history of the 1st Infantry Divisions cavalry unit fighting in Operation Desert Storm. Based on extensive interviews and primary sources, Bourque and Burdan provide the most in-depth coverage to date of a battalion-level unit in the 1991 war, showing how the unit deployed, went into combat, and adapted to changing circumstances.

The Road to Safwan challenges the myth that technology won the 1991 Persian Gulf War. It was a soldier's war not much different from previous conflicts in its general nature. What was different was the quality and intensity of the unit's training, which resulted, repeatedly, in successful engagements and objectives secured. It is the story of the people, not the machines, which ultimately led this squadron to the small town of Safwan.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of North Texas Press

Blades of Thunder

Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign ~ Charles R. Bowery, Jr and Ethan S. Rafuse - 536 Pages

A concise, single-volume collection of official reports and personal accounts, the guide is organized in one-day and multi-day itineraries that take the reader to all the battlefields of the campaign, some of which have never before been interpreted and described for the visitor so extensively. Comprehensive campaign and battle maps reflect troop movements, historical terrain features, and modern roads for ease of understanding and navigation. A uniquely useful resource for the military enthusiast and the battlefield traveler, this is the essential guide for anyone hoping to see the historic landscape and the human face of this most decisive campaign of the Civil War.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Kansas Press

The Making of a Paratrooper: Airborne Training and Combat in World War II ~ Kurt Gabel - 288 Pages

"In World War II, few American soldiers equalled the gallantry of the Army's airborne divisions. These forces were often dropped behind enemy lines, and despite casualties they triumphed in some of the bloodiest fighting of the war, including the Battle of the Bulge. One such paratrooper was Kurt Gabel, and this is his story. In "The Making of a Paratrooper" Gabel conveys both the dangers of combat and his transformation from romantic idealist to warrior. At the same time, he illuminates the collective experiences of his unit - the 17th Airborne's 513th Regiment."

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Kansas Press

Selling War: A Critical Look at the Military's PR Machine ~ Steven J. Alvarez - 341 Pages

"In the spring of 2004, Army reservist and public affairs officer Steven J. Alvarez waited to be called up as the U.S. military stormed Baghdad and deposed Saddam Hussein. Selling War recounts how the U.S. military lost the information war in Iraq by engaging the wrong audiences - that is the Western media - by ignoring Iraqi citizens and the wider Arab population, and by paying mere lip service to the directive to "Put an Iraqi face on everything." A revealing glimpse into the inner workings of the military's PR machine, Selling War provides a critical review of the outdated communication strategies executed in Iraq. This candid account demonstrates how a fundamental lack of understanding in how to wage an information war has led to the conditions we face now: the rise of ISIS and the returnof U.S. forces to Iraq.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Nebraska Press

Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign ~ Patrick Gariepy - 392 Pages

Gardens of Hell examines the human side of one fo the greatest tragedies of modern warfare, the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. In February 1915, beginning with a naval attack on Turkey in the Dardanells, a combined force of British, Austrailian, New Zealand, Indian, and French troops invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula only to face crushing losses and an ignominious retreat from what seemed a hopeless mission. Both sides in the battle suffered huge casualties, with a combined 127,000 servicemen killed during the action.

Patrick Gariepy has pieced together the battle from combatants' own words. Drawn from diaries and lettersand from stories passed down through generations of families, these accounts offer an honest, hearfelt, and sometimes painful testimony to a doomed campaign fought by the men who lived through the fury, terror, and grief that was Gallipoli.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Nebraska Press

The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq ~ Caleb S. Cage and Gregory M. Tomlin - 320 Pages

In March 2004, Caleb S. Cage and Gregory M. Tomlin deployed to Baquba, Iraq, on a mission that would redefine how conventional U.S. military forces fight an urban war. Having led artillery units through a transition into anti-insurgent rifle companies and carrying out daily combat patrols in one of the region’s most notorious hotspots, Cage and Tomlin chronicle Task Force 1-6 Field Artillery’s year on the ground in Iraq and its response to the insurgency that threatened to engulf their corner of the Sunni Triangle.

The Gods of Diyala gives a new and personal perspective on the second stage of the ongoing war in Iraq. Students and scholars of military history will find its insights meaningful and informative, and general readers will enjoy its thoughtful, well-measured narratives of a year spent trying to protect a fragile nation as it struggled toward democracy.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Texas A&M Press

Colt Terry, Green Beret ~ Charles D. Patton - 240 Pages

Through one man’s career, Colt Terry, Green Beret portrays the birth and development of America’s most elite fighting unit. The 10th Special Forces Group was the first of the Green Beret units. Its five hundred men, all Airborne and mostly Rangers, received extensive training in everything from specialized weapons to uncommon languages. Their primary mission was to train and lead indigenous guerillas operating in enemy territory. Second Lieutenant Colt Terry, who had joined the 82nd Airborne in 1947, had already done this in Korea. As a volunteer in the 10th SFG, he carried on his service, working with the Montagnards in Vietnam and The Khmer in Cambodia. He fought at Pleiku, Duc Co, and Plei Me, and he ferried supplies and weapons on elephants into Cambodia.

This is the story of Curtis “Colt” Terry, one of the original Green Berets. The information for this story came primarily from Colt’s personal recollections documented in taped interviews. Many facts were confirmed with fellow paratroopers, military historians, and Special Forces NCOs and officers who served with him.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Texas A&M Press

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