American Military History: 1775-1902 - Vol. 1

American Military History: 1775-1902 - Vol. 1

American Military History: 1775-1902 - Vol. 1

American Military History: 1775-1902 - Vol. 1

Synopsis

Originally designed for military professionals, this landmark work is now made available to the general public. Solidly based on the nine principles of war currently recognized by the U.S. military, this is the ultimate nuts and bolts approach to military campaigns, with emphasis on the tactics and challenges of each era.

Excerpt

The Office of the Chief of Military History has prepared this historical survey of the organization and accomplishments of the United States Army primarily for use in the American Military History course usually given in the sophomore year of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in civilian colleges and universities. the aim has been to present a balanced history of the Army from its beginnings through the year 1967, with appropriate attention to peacetime as well as wartime achievements.

In describing military operations through the Civil War the contributors have pointed out, more than in later chapters, the application (or violation) of the principles of war that are discussed in the introductory chapter. in the interest of getting on with the narrative, they have necessarily omitted many other illustrations that will undoubtedly occur to the thoughtful reader. the century since the Civil War receives greater attention in this text than in its predecessor, both through chronological extension and by the inclusion of additional chapters on the post-Civil War period and World War I. Inevitably the story from World War II onward has a broader perspective than the record of the Army's earlier experiences, since in recent decades the Army's history has become increasingly intermingled with that of the other armed services and with that of the higher echelons of government directing the national defense.

In preparing this work, the contributors used as a point of departure the earlier rotc text, American Military History, 1607-1958; but in the present volume half of the chapters are new or completely rewritten, and the remainder have been extensively revised. It is nevertheless only proper to acknowledge the work of previous contributors who wrote some of the basic texts of chapters used in the revision: Dr. Byron Fairchild, now with the Department of State Historical Office; the late Dr. Kent Roberts Greenfield, former Chief Historian; Dr. Richard M. Leighton, now with the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; Dr. Leo J. Meyer, now retired; the late Dr. John Miller, jr., former Deputy Chief Historian; Professor Louis Morton of Dartmouth College; Brig. Gen. Paul McD. Robinett, usa (Ret.); and Mr. Robert R. Smith, recently returned to the ocmh staff. a major change has been the inclusion in the . . .

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