America's First Battles, 1775-1965

This volume, a collection of eleven original essays by many of the foremost U.S military historians, focuses on the transition of the Army from parade ground to battleground in each of nine wars the United States has fought Through careful analysis of organization, training, and tactical doctrine, each essay seeks to explain the strengths and weaknesses evidenced by theThis volume, a collection of eleven original essays by many of the foremost U.S military historians, focuses on the transition of the Army from parade ground to battleground in each of nine wars the United States has fought Through careful analysis of organization, training, and tactical doctrine, each essay seeks to explain the strengths and weaknesses evidenced by the outcome of the first significant engagement or campaign of the war The concluding essay sets out to synthesize the findings and to discover whether or not American first battles manifest a characteristic rhythm America s First Battles provides a novel and intellectually challenging view of how America has prepared for war and how operations and tactics have changed over time The thrust of the book the emphasis on operational history is at the forefront of scholarly activity in military history.
America s First Battles This volume a collection of eleven original essays by many of the foremost U S military historians focuses on the transition of the Army from parade ground to battleground in each of nine wars the U

  • Title: America's First Battles, 1775-1965
  • Author: Charles E. Heller William A. Stofft
  • ISBN: 9780700602773
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “America's First Battles, 1775-1965”

    1. This book is about the first "real" battle of Americas first 8 wars, it also includes Vietnam. The book contains battles from, the revolutionary war, the war of 1812, the Mexican American war, the civil war, the Spanish American war, World War 1, 2 battles from World War 2, the Korean war, and Vietnam. The battles contain, long island (1776), Queenston heights (1812), Palo alto (1846), the first bull run (1861), San Juan hill and El Caney (1898), Cantigy (1918), Buna (1942-1943), Kasserine pass [...]

    2. Both on the U.S. Army's Chief of Staff's recommended reading list, I must say that this is truly essential reading for anyone studying military history. "First battles" does not allude to the battles at the beginning of our nation, but rather to the first battles of each of our major conflicts up through Vietnam.It deals with training, supply, doctine, and a little politics.The main lesson for me, a captain in the year 2010? To NEVER, while in uniform, take time and resources for granted… to A [...]

    3. I read this book several years ago. I have found myself thinking back on it often in recent months. The book studies the first battles of each of the major conflicts our nation has engaged in. It examines trends that have impacted the outcome of each of these battles. Two of the important takeaways are: 1. Our nation does a poor job of maintaining a military prepared to fight in times of peace. This always repeated mistake costs untold men their lives each time our nation returns to armed confli [...]

    4. An enjoyable collection of 20-30 page summaries of America's Fist land battles in Wars from the Revolution to Vietman. Some are well known, like Ia Drang (1965) and Bull Run (1861) while others are very obscure. This is a book for the student of military affairs, not for the casual reader. It is designed to be read by someone who knows military history. I found the summary excellent and I recommend it to military students with an interest in our own US Army.

    5. This is how we learn from tactical mistakes. The book is clearly written with engaging, concise description of the broader context leading up to each conflict. The interesting theme of tactical theory lagging behind technological innovation is treated repeatedly. The book could use better maps, but is otherwise an excellent read.

    6. Very good read if you are interested in the cyclic history of military history. Specificially the inter-war periods and how advances in technology change the future force structure to meet the needs of the previous war not the war to come.

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