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Military History UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS

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Military History For ninety years, the University of Oklahoma Press has published award-winning military history books, and we are proud to bring to you our latest catalog. The catalog features the newest titles from the University of Oklahoma Press. For a complete list of titles available from OU Press, please visit our website at oupress.com. We hope you enjoy this catalog and appreciate your continued support of the University of Oklahoma Press. Price and availability subject to change without notice.

For book submission inquiries, contact: Adam C. Kane, Editor-in-Chief adam.kane@ou.edu On the front and inside: John Trumbull (1756–1843) The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776 .

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Justifying Revolution Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence Edited by Glenn A. Moots and Phillip Hamilton The American imagination still exalts the “Founding Fathers” as the prime movers of the Revolution, and the War of Independence has become the stuff of legend. But America is not simply the invention of great men or the outcome of an inevitable political or social movement. The nation was the product of a hard, bloody, and destructive war. Justifying Revolution explores how the American Revolution’s opposing sides wrestled with thorny moral and legal questions. How could revolutionaries justify provoking a civil war, how should their opponents subdue the uprising, and how did military commanders restrain the ensuing violence? MAY 2018 · 392 PAGES · 6 × 9 $45.00s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-6013-9 POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN NORTH AMERICA SERIES

The Control War The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968–1975 By Martin G. Clemis The Control War analyzes the ways that both sides of the conflict conceptualized and used geography and the environment to serve strategic, tactical, and political ends. Clemis shows us that the operational environment of Vietnam, both natural and human-made, was far more than a backdrop to two decades of war. “This is ambitious, innovative scholarship at its very best. Martin G. Clemis does a masterful job evaluating the allied pacification program in South Vietnam through a reconception of space—physical, political, and social. The Control War will endure as an influential contribution to the literature on the war in Vietnam.”—Gregory A. Daddis, author of Withdrawal: Reassessing America’s Final Years in Vietnam APRIL 2018 · 392 PAGES · 6 × 9 $39.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-6009-2

Brotherhood in Combat How African Americans Found Equality in Korea and Vietnam By Jeremy P. Maxwell African American leaders such as Frederick Douglass long advocated military service as an avenue to equal citizenship for black Americans. Yet segregation in the U.S. armed forces did not officially end until President Harry Truman issued an executive order in 1948. What followed, at home and in the field, is the subject of Brotherhood in Combat, the first full-length, interdisciplinary study of the integration of the American military during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. “Jeremy P. Maxwell’s analysis of racial integration in Brotherhood in Combat is essential reading for anyone who wants to know why equal opportunity and diversity are so difficult to achieve.”— Regina Akers, Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command MARCH 2018 · 224 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-6006-1


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Frustrated Ambition General Vicente Lim and the Philippine Military Experience, 1910–1944 By Richard Bruce Meixsel Vicente Podico Lim (1888–1944) was once his country’s best-known soldier. The first Filipino to graduate from West Point and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Lim figured in every significant military development in the Philippines during his thirty years in uniform. Frustrated Ambition is the first in-depth biography of this forgotten figure, whose career paralleled the early-twentiethcentury history of the Philippine military. By recounting Vicente Lim’s career, Frustrated Ambition illuminates forgotten episodes in Philippine history, offers new perspectives on military affairs during the American occupation, and recovers the story of Filipino soldiers whose service changed the course of their country’s military history. JANUARY 2018 · 368 PAGES · 6 × 9 $36.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5905-8 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

Patriot Priests French Catholic Clergy and National Identity in World War I By Anita Rasi May These clergymen’s story, elucidates a unique milestone of churchstate relations in France. Their experiences, their struggles to reconcile their mission of peace with the demands of war, and their sense of belonging to France as well as to the Church—reveal a new perspective on the Great War. “Patriot Priests will initiate a new era of research on the role of French priest combatants, probably the most important religious phenomenon on the First World War’s western front. No group experienced as intensely the dilemma of reconciling a religion of charity with a war among nations.”—Joseph F. Byrnes, author of Catholic and French Forever: Religious and Modern Identity in Modern France JANUARY 2018 · 176 PAGES · 6 × 9 $24.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-5908-9

The Commanders Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West By Robert M. Utley Taking a novel approach to the military history of the post–Civil War West, distinguished historian Robert M. Utley examines the careers of seven military leaders who served as major generals for the Union in the Civil War, then as brigadier generals in command of the U.S. Army’s western departments. “With his characteristic depth of knowledge and crisp, clear prose, Robert Utley provides a vivid group portrait of the Union generals who went west after the Civil War. A pleasure to read and an essential resource, The Commanders will take a prominent place on my bookshelf.”—T. J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America JANUARY 2018 · 256 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5978-2


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Nine Days in May The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967 By Warren K. Wilkins Fought between three American battalions and two North Vietnamese Army regiments, this prolonged, deadly encounter was one of the largest, most savage actions seen by elements of the storied 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. “Offering stunning insight into a largely unknown campaign, Warren K. Wilkins transports us into the foxholes of exhausted, dirty soldiers battling for their lives in a strange land. Nine Days in May should be added to the short list of books that illuminate the enduring strength and incredible bravery of the American fighting man in Vietnam.”—George J. Veith, author of Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973–1975 JULY 2017 · 432 PAGES · 6.125 × 9.25 $34.95 · HARDCOVER ∙ 978-0-8061-5715-3

Emory Upton Misunderstood Reformer By David J. Fitzpatrick Emory Upton is widely recognized as one of America’s most influential military thinkers. David J. Fitzpatrick contends that Upton is also widely misunderstood as an antidemocratic militaristic zealot whose ideas were “too Prussian” for America. In this first full biography in nearly half a century, Fitzpatrick, the leading authority on Upton, radically revises our view of this important figure in American military thought. “This superbly researched and entertaining book is a pathbreaking reconsideration of one of America’s most influential military intellectuals. David J. Fitzpatrick’s study will appeal to all those interested in the Civil War, the U.S. Army, and American military policy.”—Brian McAllister Linn, author of Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield JUNE 2017 · 344 PAGES · 6 × 9 $39.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5720-7

A Surgeon with Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn James DeWolf ’s Diary and Letters, 1876 By James Madison DeWolf Edited By Todd E. Harburn In 1876 James Madison DeWolf became contract surgeon for the Seventh Cavalry who accompanied Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Now available in this accessible format, the diary, and DeWolf ’s personal correspondence, serves as a primary resource about the Little Big Horn campaign and medical practices on the frontier. “DeWolf had a keen eye for detail, and these documents enrich our understanding of his tragic story. Harburn, a distinguished surgeon himself, expands our understanding of DeWolf’s personal history and the medical profession of DeWolf’s day.”—Paul L. Hedren, author of Powder River:  Disastrous Opening to the Great Sioux War MAY 2017 · 288 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5694-1


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Regular Army O! Soldering on the Western Frontier, 1865-1891 By Douglas C. McChristian Drawn from more than 350 diaries, letters, and memoirs, Regular Army O!, creates a vivid picture of life in an evolving army on the western frontier. In this richly drawn, uniquely authentic view, men black and white, veteran and tenderfoot, fill in the details of the frontier soldier’s experience, giving voice to history in the making. “This monumental study is the most complete rendering of the topic I have ever seen. McChristian writes with wit, yet he concludes with all appropriate gravity that soldiers of the period were competent overall and performed their duties earnestly and faithfully. McChristian knows his subject like no one else.”— Jerome A. Greene, author of American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 APRIL 2017 · 768 PAGES · 6.125 × 9.25 $45.00s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5695-8

Soldiers in the Southwest Borderlands, 1848-1886 By Janne Lahti This collection of ten biographies offers new perspectives on the lives of enlisted soldiers from a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds, illuminating the intersections of class, culture, and race in the nineteenth-century Southwest. What motivated these soldiers? Some were patriots and adventurers. Others were destitute and had few other options. Enlisted men received little professional training, and possibilities for advancement were few. Many of these men witnessed, underwent, or inflicted extreme violence, some of it personal and much of it related to excruciating military campaigns. Spotlighting ordinary men who usually appear on the margins of history, the biographical essays collected here tell the stories of soldiers in the complex world of the Southwest after the U.S.-Mexican War. MARCH 2017 · 248 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5702-3

Flying to Victory Raymond Collishaw and the Western Desert Campaign, 1940–1941 By Mike Bechthold Canadian-born flying ace Raymond Collishaw served in Britain’s air forces for twenty-eight years. When World War II began, Air Commodore Collishaw commanded a Royal Air Force group in Egypt. It was during Britain’s Western Desert campaign, that he demonstrated the tenets of an effective air-ground cooperation system. Bechthold examines Collishaw’s contribution to the British system that eventually became standard in the Allied air forces and proved to be a key factor in the Allied victory. Flying to Victory details the experiences that prepared Collishaw to work effectively with the army and Royal Navy. These experiences altered the Allied approach and, ultimately, changed the course of the Second World War. MARCH 2017 · 296 PAGES · 6 × 9 $34.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5596-8 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES


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Standing in Their Own Light African American Patriots in the American Revolution By Judith Van Buskirk The Revolutionary War encompassed at least two struggles for freedom: one from British rule, and another, the quieter fight for African Americans, thousands of whom fought in the Continental Army. Because these veterans left few personal records, their story has remained largely untold. Van Buskirk’s efforts to retrieve black patriots’ experiences from historical obscurity reveals their importance in the fight for equal rights. “This thoughtful, deeply researched, well-written book makes a big contribution to understanding the Revolution in its liberating but tragic ambiguity.”—Edward Countryman, author of Enjoy the Same Liberty: Black Americans and the Revolutionary Era MARCH 2017 · 312 PAGES · 6 × 9 $34.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5635-4 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

Powder River Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War By Paul L. Hedren The Great Sioux War of 1876–77 began at daybreak on March 17, 1876, when Colonel Joseph J. Reynolds and six cavalry companies struck a village of Northern Cheyennes—Sioux allies—thereby propelling the Northern Plains tribes into war. The disarray and incompetence of the war’s beginnings in many ways anticipated the catastrophe that later occurred at the Little Big Horn. And it all began at Powder River. “Paul Hedren’s Powder River is the definitive examination of the disastrous battle that opened the Great Sioux War. The research is extraordinarily deep and broad, and the conclusions persuasive.”— Robert M. Utley, author of The Commanders: Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West MARCH 2017 · 472 PAGES · 6 × 9 $34.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5383-4

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European Armies of the French Revolution, 1789-1802 Edited by Fredrick C. Schneid In nine essays by leading scholars, European Armies of the French Revolution, 1789–1802 provides an authoritative, continent-wide analysis of the organization and constitution of these armies and the impact they had on the French Revolutionary Wars and on European military practices. “This collection is an exemplary contribution to the academic literature on the armies that served during the French Revolutionary Wars. Drawing on the latest research and thinking, it provides an authoritative, accessible, continent-wide analysis of these armies and their impact. This volume is a great step forward in the literature on the Revolutionary armies.”—Huw Davies, author of Wellington’s Wars: The Making of a Military Genius FEBRUARY 2018 · 296 PAGES · 6 × 9 $26.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-6047-4 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861-1867 By Andrew Masich Still the least-understood theater of the Civil War, the Southwest Borderlands saw not only Union and Confederate forces clashing but Indians, Hispanos, and Anglos struggling for survival, power, and dominance on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Indians, Hispanos, and Anglos brought their own weapons and tactics to the struggle. When the fighting subsided, a new power hierarchy had emerged and relations between the region’s inhabitants forever changed. “This is a landmark achievement, sure to prompt a rethinking of the transnational dimensions of the Civil War in the Far West. For scholars and general readers alike, this is a rare and welcome book.” —David Fridtjof Halaas, former Colorado State Historian and consultant to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe JANUARY 2018 · 468 PAGES · 6 × 9 $26.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-6096-2

Fatal Sunday George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle By Mark Edward Lender and Gary Wheeler Stone Historians have long considered the 1778 Battle of Monmouth one of the most complicated engagements of the American Revolution. In political terms, Monmouth constituted a pivotal moment in the War for Independence. Viewing the political and military aspects of the campaign as inextricably entwined, this book offers a fresh perspective on Washington’s role in it. “Informed by deep research and vividly narrated, this long-needed account shows how Monmouth solidified the reputations of Washington and his Continentals—and put the British on notice.” —Wayne E. Lee Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina: The Culture of Violence in Riot and War SEPTEMBER 2017 · 624 PAGES · 6 × 9 $26.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-5748-1 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES


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So Long for Now A Sailor’s Letters from the USS Franklin By Jerry Rogers Write home often, the navy told sailors, thinking it would keep up morale among sailors and those waiting for them stateside. But they were told not to write anything about where they were, where they had been, where they were going, what they were doing, or even what the weather was like. Spies were presumed everywhere, and loose lips could sink ships. So Long for Now reconstructs the lost world of a sailor’s daily life in World War II. Rogers delves past censored letters limited to small talk and local gossip to conjure the danger, excitement, boredom, and sacrifices that sailors in the Pacific theater endured. FEBRUARY 2017 · 432 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5632-3

Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars Comparing Genocide and Conquest By Edward B. Westermann As he prepared to wage his war of annihilation on the Eastern Front, Adolf Hitler repeatedly drew parallels between the Nazi quest for Lebensraum, or living space, in Eastern Europe and the United States’ westward expansion under the banner of Manifest Destiny. Westermann evaluates the philosophies of Manifest Destiny and Lebensraum that justified both conquests, the administrative policies that framed governmental involvement in these efforts, the military strategies that supported these political goals, and the role of massacre and atrocity. Comparative history at its best, Westermann’s assessment of these national projects provides crucial insights into not only their rhetoric and pronouncements but also the application of policy and ideology. SEPTEMBER 2016 · 336 PAGES · 6 × 9 $34.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5433-6 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums Horse-Mounted Bands of the U.S. Army, 1820-1940 By Bruce P. Gleason Stemming from the tradition of rallying troops and frightening enemies, mounted bands played a distinctive role in American military history. Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums follows American horse-mounted bands from the nation’s military infancy through World War II and the corresponding shift from horse-powered to mechanized cavalry. “An army without a band was not a real army—at least that’s what most nineteenth-century U.S. Army officers believed. The best commanders expended enormous energy and capital to secure musicians for their regimental and post bands. Bruce Gleason’s superb history illuminates this little-known but highly significant corner of military history.”—Durwood Ball, author of Army Regulars on the Western Frontier, 1848–1861 SEPTEMBER 2016 · 264 PAGES · 6.125 × 9.25 $32.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5479-4


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Guibert Father of Napoleon’s Grande Armée By Jonathan Abel If there was one man, besides Napoleon, who determined the course of the Napoleonic Wars, it was Jacques-Antoine-Hippolyte, comte de Guibert, the foremost military theorist in France from 1770 to 1790. Jonathan Abel’s Guibert is the first book in English to tell the remarkable story of the man who, with his pen and politics, earned the title of Father of the Grande Armée. “This book shines new light on the theories of Guibert. His work is essential reading, filling a critical gap in our understanding of the performance of the French revolutionary army and Napoleon’s Grande Armée.”—Mark T. Gerges, Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas SEPTEMBER 2016 · 296 PAGES · 6 × 9 $34.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5443-5 CAMPAIGN AND COMMANDERS SERIES

Slaughter at the Chapel The Battle of Ezra Church, 1864 By Gary Ecelbarger The Battle of Ezra Church was one of the deadliest and least understood engagements of the Civil War. In an account that improves upon all other interpretations of the battle, Ecelbarger consults personal accounts and reports to deliver a nuanced overview of how the battle unfolded. With new revelations based on this documentation, Slaughter at Ezra Church is the most comprehensive treatment of the battle yet written. “In this account of Ezra Church, Ecelbarger leavens his detailed analysis with characterizations of numerous participants— Union and Confederate—and emphasizes the human element too often lacking in Civil War battle and campaign studies.” — Edward G. Longacre, author of The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861 SEPTEMBER 2016 · 288 PAGES · 6 × 9 $26.95 · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5499-2

The Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria, 721-705 b.c. By Sarah C. Melville Backed by an unparalleled military force, Sargon II outwitted and outfought powerful competitors to extend Assyrian territory. Drawing extensively from original sources, including cuneiform inscriptions, the letters of Sargon and his officials, and monumental art, this book represents the first in-depth study of the great king. “This volume blazes a new trail into the world of Assyria’s military might by highlighting critical points in Sargon II’s reign. Exploring Sargon II’s campaigns to paint a portrait of a military machine that could adapt and win against all types of enemies.”— K. Lawson Younger Jr., author of Ancient Conquest Accounts: A Study of Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical History JULY 2016 · 320 PAGES · 6 × 9 $32.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5403-9 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES


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A Dragon’s Head and a Serpent’s Tail Ming China and the First Great Asian War, 1592-1598 By Kenneth M. Swope The Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 was no ordinary military expedition: it was one of the decisive events in Asian history, triggering a six-year war involving thousands of soldiers and encompassing the whole region. In the first full-length study in English of this account, Swope offers new insight into the history of warfare in Asia and into a conflict that still reverberates in international relations. “Almost single-handedly, Swope has fundamentally transformed our understanding of the late Ming [dynasty]. . . . This book is not merely a great work of history; it is a great work of storytelling.”— China Review International JULY 2016 · 432 PAGES · 6 × 9.5 $24.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-5581-4 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

Titan The Art of British Power in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon By William R. Nester Between 1789 and 1815, British leaders devised, funded, and led seven coalitions against the revolutionary and Napoleonic governments of France. Titan offers an informed and fascinating narrative of how England accomplished this remarkable feat. The result is a comprehensive and insightful account of the endeavors of statesmen and generals to master the art of power in a complex battle for empire. “William R. Nester’s masterful chronicle provides insight into the development of British power in the era of the modern nationstate. This is grand history at its finest.”—Edward G. Lengel, author of To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 MAY 2016 · 376 PAGES · 6 × 9 $34.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5205-9

Somewhere Over There The Letters, Diary, and Artwork of a World War I Corporal By Francis H. Webster Edited By Darrek D. Orwig Decades before Americans became familiar with the term “embedded journalist,” a cartoonist named Francis Webster embodied that role while serving as an infantryman during World War I. Using his skills as an illustrator, he documented the harsh realities of combat life and submitted visual dispatches back to an Iowa newspaper. Webster’s illustrations for the Des Moines Capital helped readers of the time learn what American soldiers were experiencing “over there” by bringing news from the western front to the home front. The first published collection of Webster’s wartime chronicles, Somewhere Over There, presents a view of World War I through a rare compilation of personal memorabilia. MARCH 2016 · 296 PAGES · 6.125 × 9.25 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5172-4


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Of Uncommon Birth Dakota Sons in Vietnam By Mark St. Pierre Inspired by the true story of two South Dakota teenagers, Of Uncommon Birth draws upon extensive interviews and exhaustive research in military archives to present a story of two young men— one white, one Indian—caught in the vortex of the Vietnam War. Each in his own way struggles with issues of loyalty, responsibility, sacrifice, and personal identity through his experiences in Vietnam. “St. Pierre offers a story so compelling in its humanity that it leaves the reader with a composite of emotions--anger, remorse, sorrow, awe. It is at once an easy and a difficult read.” —Robert Sanderson (Micmac), American Native Press Archives, University of Arkansas at Little Rock MARCH 2016 · 320 PAGES · 6 × 9 $19.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-5345-2

Rediscovering Irregular Warfare Colin Gubbins and the Origins of Britain’s Special Operations Executive By A. R. B. Linderman Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE), which conducted sabotage campaigns and supported resistance movements in Axisoccupied Europe and in Asia, is often described as Churchill’s brainchild. However, the real genius behind this was Colin Gubbins, a British officer who forged the SOE by drawing on lessons learned in irregular conflicts around the world. “Linderman draws from an array of sources to trace the development of irregular warfare. Linderman shows the central role Gubbins played in the development of modern intelligence gathering and special operations.”—William H. Kautt, author of Ground Truths: British Army Operations in the Irish War of Independence and Ambushes and Armour: The Irish Rebellion, 1919–1921 FEBRUARY 2016 · 288 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5167-0 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

The Man Who Captured Washington Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812 By John McCavitt and Christopher T. George British Army officer, Major General Robert Ross was a charismatic leader but despite a distinguished military career, Ross is better known for his actions than his name: his 1814 campaign in the Chesapeake Bay resulted in the burning of the White House and Capitol. This is the first in-depth biography of this important but largely forgotten figure. “This superbly researched book will become the definitive history of the life of Ross - the only former subordinate of Wellington to succeed in independent command against the Americans.”— Charles P. Neimeyer, author of War in the Chesapeake: The British Campaigns to Control the Bay, 1813–1814 FEBRUARY 2016 · 312 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5164-9 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES


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Kill Jeff Davis The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 By Bruce M. Venter The goal of the controversial Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond was to free some 13,000 Union prisoners of war. But orders found on Dahlgren’s body point instead to a plot to capture or kill Confederate president Jefferson Davis. In this detailed and deeply researched account of the most famous cavalry raid of the Civil War, Venter describes an expedition that was carefully planned but poorly executed. “Using every scrap of evidence that he has uncovered, including many previously overlooked by historians, Venter has painstakingly reconstructed the ill-fated Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid to free Union POWs in Richmond.”—James M. McPherson, author of The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters FEBRUARY 2016 · 384 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95 · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-5153-3 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

The Last Cavalryman The Life of General subLucian K. Truscott, Jr. By Harvey Ferguson In this biography of Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., Ferguson tells the story of how Truscott—despite his hardscrabble beginnings, patchy education, and questionable luck—made the rank of army lieutenant general, earning a reputation as one of World War II’s most effective officers along the way. The Last Cavalryman, drawing on personal papers only recently made available, gives the first full picture of this singular man’s extraordinary life and career. Ferguson takes us through Truscott’s service in World War II, from creating the U.S. Army Rangers, to leading the invasion of southern France. This biography of Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. fills out an important chapter in American military history. SEPTEMBER 2015 · 448 PAGES · 6 × 9 $29.95 · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-4664-5 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

All for the King’s Shilling The British Soldier under Wellington, 1818-1814 By Edward J. Coss The troops who fought so successfully under the Duke of Wellington during his Peninsular Campaign against Napoleon have long been branded by the duke’s own words—“scum of the earth”—and assumed to have been society’s ne’er-do-wells who enlisted to escape justice. However, Edward J. Coss shows that most of these redcoats were respectable laborers and tradesmen and that it was their social status that prompted the duke’s derision. “Possibly the most important book ever to have been written about the British army of the Napoleonic Wars.”—Charles Esdaile, author of The Peninsular War: A New History AUGUST 2015 · 392 PAGES · 6 × 9 $24.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-5177-9 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES


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Three Days in the Shenandoah Stonewall Jackson at the Front Royal and Winchester By Gary Ecelbarger The battles of Front Royal and Winchester are the stuff of Civil War legend. Bypassing long-overused sources that have shrouded the Valley Campaign in myth, Ecelbarger draws instead on newly uncovered primary sources—including soldiers’ accounts and officers’ reports—to refute much of the anecdotal lore that for too long was regarded as fact. Written with the flair of a seasoned military historian and enlivened with maps and illustrations, Three Days in the Shenandoah reinterprets this important episode. Ecelbarger sets a new standard for envisioning the Shenandoah Campaign that will both fascinate Civil War buffs and engage historians. JULY 2015 · 296 PAGES · 6 × 9 $21.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-5186-1 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

Bracketing the Enemy Forward Observers in World War II By John R. Walker After the end of World War II, General Patton declared that artillery had won the war. Crucial to the success of these big guns were forward observers, artillerymen on the front lines who directed the artillery fire. Until now, the vital role of forward observers in ground combat has received little scholarly attention. In Bracketing the Enemy, Walker remedies this oversight by offering the first full-length history of forward observer teams during World War II. Using the 37th Division in the Pacific Theater and the 87th in Europe as case studies, Walker presents a vivid picture that shows how vitally important forward observers were to the success of ground operations in a variety of scenarios. JUNE 2015 · 296 PAGES · 6 × 9 $19.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-4843-4

The Battle of Lake Champlain A “Brilliant and Extraordinary Victory” By John H. Schroeder In 1814, an American naval squadron defeated a British force on Lake Champlain, effectively ending the British invasion of the Champlain Valley during the War of 1812. Examining the campaign in strategic, political, and military terms, The Battle of Lake Champlain offers the most thorough account of this pivotal moment in American history. “Placing the campaign in its strategic and diplomatic context, Schroeder makes a persuasive case that this victory was the pivotal event of the War of 1812. Clearly written, this study should appeal to general readers and academic specialists alike.” —William B. Skelton, author of An American Profession of Arms: The Army Officer Corps, 1784–1861 MARCH 2015 · 184 PAGES · 6 × 9 $26.95s · HARDCOVER · 978-0-8061-4693-5 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES


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Invasion of Laos, 1971 Lam Son 719 By Robert D. Sander In 1971, while U.S. ground forces were prohibited from crossing the Laotian border, a South Vietnamese Army corps, with U.S. air support, launched the largest airmobile operation in the history of warfare, Lam Son 719. Author Robert Sander explores why an operation of such importance failed. Drawing on archives and interviews, Sander chronicles the maneuvers of the bastions of political and military power during the ten-year effort to end Communist infiltration of South Vietnam. “With the keen eye for detail that comes from having served in combat, Bob Sander’s Invasion of Laos deserves to be a part of any Vietnam War library or collection.”—Andrew Wiest, author of Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN FEBRUARY 2015 · 304 PAGES · 6 × 9 $19.95 · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-4840-3

A Generous and Merciful Enemy Life for German Prisoners of War during the American Revolution By Daniel Krebs Some 37,000 soldiers, collectively remembered as Hessians, entered service as British auxiliaries in the American War of Independence. Despite the importance of Germans in the British war effort, historians have largely overlooked these men. A Generous and Merciful Enemy, places these prisoners on center stage, portraying them as individuals rather than numbers in casualty lists. Setting his account in the context of British and European politics and warfare, Krebs explains the motivations of the German states that provided contract soldiers for the British army. Krebs further describes how the Germans were made prisoners, either through capture or surrender, and brings to life their experiences in captivity. FEBRUARY 2015 · 396 PAGES · 6 × 9 $24.95s · PAPERBACK · 978-0-8061-4844-1 CAMPAIGNS AND COMMANDERS SERIES

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