On Point: The Journal of Army History

On Point: The Journal of Army History has been published as the Foundation’s quarterly journal since 1995. In addition to publishing various articles and  book reviews on U.S. Army history, On Point also provides information on the Foundation’s activities, including the status of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. On Point is provided to all AHF members.

Below is a selection of feature articles and book reviews from past issues. New articles added weekly.

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133d Engineer Combat Battalion and One Soldier’s Sketches of Its Operations

Written by: James Stejskal In mid-January 1945, with the darkness of night enveloping them, bridge…

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The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: A Hundred Years Old and Still Going Strong

Written By Colonel Woolf Gross, USA-Ret. In 2016, the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)…

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Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood

Written By: CSM (Ret) James H. Clifford The streets of Baltimore were abuzz on 17…

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The M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer

Even before Nazi Germany’s declaration of war on America on 11 December 1941, the U.S.…

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The Dawn of American Armor: The U.S. Army Tank Corps in World War I

Written By: Eric Anderson For better or for worse, war often drives innovation.  World War I,…

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“I will give them one more shot!” Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, at the Battle of Gettysburg, 2-3 July 1863

Written By Donald McConnell and Gustav Person When the Civil War erupted in April 1861,…

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Vietnam’s Second Front: Domestic Politics, The Republican Party, and the War

By Andrew L. Johns.  Lexington:  The University Press of Kentucky, 2010.  ISBN 978-0-8131-2572-5.  Appendix.  Notes. …

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“Our Officers and Men Behaved Like Men Determined To Be Free”: The Battle of Stony Point, 15-16 July 1779

Written By Eric Anderson Historian Henry P. Johnston writes that the Battle of Stony Point was…

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M14 Rifle

Written By: Patrick Feng Paratroopers from the 82d Airborne Division carry M14s in H. Charles…

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Mobility, Vigilance, Justice: The U.S. Constabulary Forces in Germany, 1946-1952

Written By David A. Kaufman Following the surrender of Nazi Germany on 8 May 1945,…

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An Unlikely War Poet: A Doughboy from Maine

By First Lieutenant Jonathan Bratten, MEARNG World War I has been noted for the amount…

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Chut, J’ecoute: The U.S. Army’s Use of Radio Intelligence in World War I

By Betsy Rohaly Smoot “This source of information, practically unthought-of before the war, has been…

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A Forty-Minute Korean War: The Soviet Defector Firefight in the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea, 23 November 1984

Written By: Colonel Thomas Hanson, USA-Ret. Vasilii Yakovlevich Matuzok had dreamed of fleeing the oppression…

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1st Signal Brigade

Written By: Howard Bartholf In the storied annals of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, the…

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Fort Garland, Colorado

Written By: Lieutenant Colonel Clayton R. Newell, USA-Ret. In June 1852, Major George A. H.…

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U.S. and German Field Artillery in World War II: A Comparison

Written By: William G. Dennis At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Army’s…

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The 505th Infantry Regiment

Written By: Nicholas C. Welsh Throughout its long and storied history, the 505th Infantry Regiment…

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No Greater Glory: The Four Chaplains and the Sinking of the USAT Dorchester

Written By: Command Sergeant Major James H. Clifford, USA-Ret. In the early morning hours of 3…

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Railroaders in Olive Drab: The Military Railway Service in WWII

In July 1861, Confederate Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston dramatically demonstrated the importance of railroads…

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Mine Warfare in the Civil War

Written By: John Grady Early in the Civil War, hard-pressed Confederate Army officers in the…

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Rudder’s Rangers and the Boys of Pointe du Hoc: The U.S. Army Rangers’ Mission in the Early Morning Hours of 6 June 1944

Written By: Megan Johnson  Pointe du Hoc, a prominent position along the coast of Normandy,…

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Fort Apache, Arizona

By Lieutenant Colonel Clayton R. Newell, USA-Ret. In July 1869, Major John Green, 1st Cavalry,…

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The M28/M29 Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapon System

Written By: Matthew Seelinger During the Cold War, as the U.S. Navy and Air Force…

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The Springfield Model 1873 Rifle

Written By: Nick McGrath Original publication date: Spring 2013 The Springfield Model 1873 was the…

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A Tale of Two Forts on Mobile Bay: Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan

Written By: Eileen Mattei Two forts separated by only three miles remained worlds apart in…

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The 199th Infantry Brigade

Written By: Patrick Feng The 199th Infantry Brigade is most notable for its participation in…

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Guns of Grizzly: The California Army National Guard On-site AAA Gun Program, 1954-1958

Written By Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, USA-Ret. In 1954, the U.S. Army made an…

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Journey Through the Wilderness: Lieutenant Henry T. Allen’s 1885 Exploration of Interior Alsaka

Written By: Robert Marsett In January 1885, three soldiers departed from Portland, Oregon, beginning a…

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Company D, 151st Infantry (The Indiana Rangers)

 Written By: Megan Johnson The Army National Guard (ARNG) is the oldest component of the…

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Winning the “War of Western Possession”: The Battle of Glorieta Pass

Written By: Major Adam Morgan, COARNG Original publication date: Spring 2013 All was not quiet…

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Borrowed Soldiers:  The American 27th and 30th Divisions and the British Army on the Ypres Front, August-September 1918

Written By: Mitchell Yockelson Ypres, or “Wipers,” as the British Tommies called the ancient Belgian…

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The War of 1812 on the Niagara River

Written By: Lieutenant Colonel Richard V. Barbuto, USA-Ret. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Niagara Falls…

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Company A, U.S. Engineer Battalion, June 1864: “…one of the most brilliant scenes of the war.”

Written By: Donald McConnell & Gustav Person                                                        In March 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant…

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The Persian Gulf Command and the Lend-Lease Mission to the Soviet Union during World War II

By Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, AUS-Ret. When the subject of the the U.S. Army…

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Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London

Review By: Gary Sellick Benedict Arnold is one of the most controversial figures in American history,…

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The Queen’s American Rangers

Review By: James P. Bongarra, Jr. The Queen’s American Rangers tells the story of a Loyalist…

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“Skirted Soldiers”:  The Women’s Army Corps and Gender Integration of the U.S. Army during World War II

By Melissa Ziobro Prior to World War II, the Army occasionally used women in “gender…

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The Dogs of War: The U.S. Army’s Use of Canines in WWII

Written by Seth Paltzer Throughout history, dogs have accompanied man at work and play.  Even…

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“… the war will be over and then we can be together always”: World War I Letters Home from an Army Lawyer in France

By Fred L. Borch and Jennifer L. Crawford From the early days of the U.S.…

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The Mad Russian: The Life and U.S. Army Service of Alexis Ureyvitch Sommaripa

Written By: Paul Roberts A lot of people get hurt in this business, If anything…

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The Other Foe: The U.S. Army’s Fight against Malaria in the Pacific Theater, 1942-45

Written By: Seth Paltzer Disease has always had a major impact on armies at war,…

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Jayhawk Goes to War: VII Corps in Operation DESERT STORM

Written By: Peter S. Kindsvatter Just over twenty-five years ago, on 2 August 1990, Iraqi…

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Braddock’s Defeat

Review by: John Grady, Fairfax, VA David Preston’s Braddock’s Defeat is not  only a blow-by-blow…

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Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee

Review by: Gregory J.W. Urwin, Temple University Next to Benedict Arnold, no other Continental Army…

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The Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment

Sub-post [of Fort Clark] at Meyers Spring, Terrell County, Texas, Wednesday, February 28, 1883…Muster and…

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To the Last Man: The 103d Regimental Combat Team in the Pacific, 1942-1945

Written by: First Lieutenant Jonathan D. Bratten, Joint Force Headquarters Command Historian, Maine Army National Guard It…

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The Tip of the History Spear: Capturing the Combat History of the Army in Current Operations

Written By: Major David Hanselman, USAR Ever since history teams under S.L.A. Marshall deployed to combat…

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