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From Torpedoes to Aviation - Washington Irving Chambers and technological Innovation in the New Navy, 1876-1913 ~ Stephen K. Stein (288 Pages)

This book chronicles the career of Washington Irving Chambers. By the close of his career, he had purchased the navy’s first aircraft and founded its air arm. Working with Glenn Curtiss, Chambers guided a coalition of aviation enthusiasts and pioneers who popularized naval aviation and demonstrated its capabilities. Chambers arranged the first take-off and landing of an airplane from a ship and other demonstrations of naval aviation. He also laid the groundwork for naval aviation and the important role it would play in the modern navy.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Alabama 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

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

War Wisdom: a Cross Cultural Sampling ~ Christian P. Potholm - 341 Pages

War Wisdom: A Cross Cultural Sampling is a unique combination of directory and analysis. It provides a relevant “universe” of quotations, together with their authors, about war from various ages and across a large number of societies including those found in China, Japan, Persia, Mongolia, Europe, and America (both North and South), as well as Native American nations and Africa. A lengthy introductory essay presents and analyzes a dozen relevant themes found throughout those cultures, themes which show a pattern of very widespread, if not universal, appeal. Of particular relevance is the author’s engagement with the conflicting wisdom pertaining to war found within the same society as well as common themes appearing across cultures, societies, and time frames.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Delaware 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

The Bridges of Vietnam - 240 Pages

This book is built around Fred Edward's journals, sent home during his first tour in Vietnam in 1966-67. His own meticulous research fits his individual experiences into a larger context, through Postscripts, extensive notes, and a thorough historical Chronology. The book is formatted so that the reader can move easily between the events in Vietnam in 1967-68 and the broader context as revealed through later research. The reader can thus move between Edward's personal experiences in Vietnam and the larger historical forces that sent him there. As a piece of the puzzle of Vietnam, this book holds great significance to those who were there and for students of that war.

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

Margin of Victory - Five Battles that Changed the Face of Modern War - 288 Pages

In Margin of Victory Douglas Macgregor tells the riveting stories of five military battles of the twentieth century, each one a turning point in history. Beginning with the British Expeditionary force holding the line at the Battle of Mons in 1914 and concluding with the Battle of Easting in 1991 during Desert Storm, Margin of Victory teases out a connection between these battles and teaches its readers an important lesson about how future battles can be won.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the Naval Institute 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

The Naval Air War in Korea ~ Richard P Hallion - 256 Pages

“In The Naval Air War in Korea, Dr. Hallion has captured the fact, feel- ing, and fancy of a very important conflict in aviation history, in- cluding the highly significant facets of the transition from piston to jet-propelled combat aircraft.”—Norman Polmar, author of Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, 18th Edition

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

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