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Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat Infantryman’s Year in Vietnam. By Peter Clark. Casemate Publishers, 2019. A look at Peter Clark’s experience with Company A, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division’s at Lai Khe, in Long Binh province during the Vietnam War in 1966.

Too Useful to Sacrifice: Reconsidering George B. McClellan’s Generalship in the Maryland Campaign from South Mountain to Antietam. By Steven R. Stotelmyer. Savas Beatie, 2019. A reassessment of Union Major General George B. McClellan’s leadership and actions during the first Confederate invasion of the North in September 1862.

American Hangman: MSGT. John C. Woods – The United States Army’s Notorious Executioner in World War II and Nürnberg. By COL French L. MacLean, U.S. Army (Ret.) Schiffer Publishing, 2019. A biography on the U.S. Army’s executioner MSGT John C. Woods and his role in executing U.S. Army criminals and Nazi war criminals during World War II.

An Army in Crisis: Social Conflict and the U.S. Army in Germany, 1968-1975. By Alexander Vazansky. University of Nebraska Press, 2019. A study of the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam War period and the effects of social upheaval from the civil rights movement.

The Hardest Lot of Men: The Third Minnesota Infantry in the Civil War. By Joseph C. Fitzharris. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019. A unit history of the Third Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and its combat history in Tennessee, Arkansas, and against Dakota Indians in Minnesota during the war.

Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation. By Steve Vogel. Custom House, 2019. A history on Operation GOLD, a plan by American and British intelligence to dig a tunnel into East Berlin to tap into Soviet underground telecommunications cables.

The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory: Reconsidering Virginia’s Most Notorious Civil War Battlefield. By Adam H. Petty. LSU Press, 2019. A new analysis on the Wilderness battlefield beyond the myths and focusing on Union command decisions that affected their performances in 1863 and 1864.

“Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken”: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863. By Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus. Savas Beatie, 2019. An analysis of the command decisions based on intelligence made by Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union Major General George G. Meade in the immediate days following the battle of Gettysburg.

A Patriot’s Memoirs of World War II: Through my eyes, heart, and soul. By Luciano “Louis” Charles Graziano. LifeRich Publishing, 2019. A memoir by Master Sergeant Louis Graziano and his experience serving in Headquarters OISE Section Command Z from D-Day to V-E Day.

Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation. By Douglas Waller. Simon and Schuster, 2019. A look at the intelligence efforts of four operatives for the Union war effort: Allan Pinkerton, Lafayette Baker, George Sharpe, and Elizabeth van Lew.

“Too Much for Human Endurance:” The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg. By Ronald D. Kirkwood. Savas Beatie, 2019. A look at the 166-acre farm of the Spangler family and its pivotal role for the Union Army during the Battle of Gettysburg as a hospital as well as a staging ground for moving reinforcements to the front.

Opdycke’s Tigers in the Civil War: A History of the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. By Thomas Crowl. McFarland Publishers, 2019. A unit history of the 125th Ohio commanded by Colonel Emerson Opdycke and its notable service during the Battle of Chickamauga and the duration of the war with the Army of the Cumberland.

Alabamians in Blue: Freedmen, Unionists, and the Civil War in the Cotton State. By Christopher M. Rein. LSU Press, 2019. An in-depth examination of Alabama’s black and white Union soldiers and their contributions to success in the western theater.

Call Out the Cadets: The Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864. By Sarah Kay Bierle. Savas Beatie, 2019. A guided history of the Battle of New Market from the perspective of the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, who took part in the battle.

War Narratives: Shaping Beliefs, Blurring Truths in the Middle East. By Caleb S. Cage. Texas A&M University Press, 2019. A series of essays on select themes of coverage during the War on Terror and how the narratives were formulated in the U.S.

Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862. By Gregory A. Mertz. Savas Beatie, 2019. A guided study of the Battle of Shiloh, with a description of each phase of the battle and corresponding sites on the battlefield today.

Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy After Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863. By Jeffrey Wm Hunt. Savas Beatie, 2019. A follow up volume examining the effort of Major General George G. Meade’s Union Army of the Potomac to destroy the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the immediate months following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Blue-Blooded Cavalryman: Captain William Brooke Rawle in the Army of the Potomac, May 1863-August 1865. By J. Gregory Acken. Kent State University Press, 2019. A diary of a company commander with the 3d Pennsylvania Cavalry and the experiences of Union cavalry in the later years of the war in Virginia.

Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi: Volume 3 – Essays on America’s Civil War. By Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Thomas E. Schott. University of Tennessee Press, 2019. The third volume of essays on Confederate generals in the Trans-Mississippi theater and their operations.

Held in the Highest Esteem by All: The Civil War Letters of William B. Chilvers, 95th Illinois Infantry. By Thomas A. Pressly, III and Gary D. Joiner. State House Press, 2018. A collection of letters written by British immigrant William Chilvers, who joined the 95th Illinois during the Civil War, which fought in the Vicksburg Campaign, Louisiana, and the Red River Campaign. 

After Combat: True Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan. By Marian Eide & Michael Gibler. Potomac Books, 2018. A collection of stories told by combat veterans from all the services who served in Iraq and Afghanistan contrary to sensationalized stories from the media.

Shattered Minds: How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets. By Robert H. Bauman & Dina Rasor. Potomac Books, 2019. A look at the controversy surrounding Sioux Manufacturing’s bad faith practices of Kevlar helmet production and the military’s resistance in upgrading the combat helmet.

The Struggle for Cooperation: Liberated France and the American Military, 1944-1946. By Robert L. Fuller. University Press of Kentucky, 2019. A look at relations between the French populace and American forces following the liberation of France beyond the parades and crowds.

Success in the Shadows: Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines and the Global War on Terror, 2002-2015. By Barry M. Stentiford. Combat Studies Institute Press, 2018. A study of counterterrorism operations in the southern islands of the Philippines conducted by Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines and Filipino military and police forces.

Decisions at Stones River: The Sixteen Critical Decisions that Defined the Battle. By Matt Spruill and Lee Spruill. The University of Tennessee Press, 2018. An analysis of decisions made by commanders of both Union and Confederate forces during the Battle of Stones River and their implications on the outcome of the battle.

Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789-2016. By Jeremy M. Teigen. Temple University Press, 2018. A study of former presidents and presidential candidates who decided to enter politics and their motivations for running for the nation’s highest office.

Challenges of Command in the Civil War: Generalship, Leadership, and Strategy at Gettysburg, Petersburg, and Beyond – Volume I: Generals and Generalship. By Richard J. Sommers. Savas Beatie, 2018. The first of two volumes analyzing different command attributes and performances of senior Civil War commanders throughout the Civil War.

James Riley Weaver’s Civil War: The Diary of a Union Cavalry Officer and Prisoner of War, 1863-1865. By John T. Schlotterbeck, Wesley W. Wilson, Midori Kawaue, and Harold A. Klingensmith. Kent State University Press, 2019.

Five or Ten Minutes of Blind Confusion: The Battle of Aiken, South Carolina, February 11, 1865. By Eric J. Wittenberg. Fox Run Publishing, 2018. A look at one of the last Confederate battlefield victories of the war and its strategic failure to prevent the fall of Columbia to Major General William T. Sherman.

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26-December 2, 1863. By Chris Mackowski. Savas Beatie, 2018. A guide and history of the Mine Run Campaign in late Autumn 1863.

Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan. By Eileen Rivers. Da Capo Press, 2018. A look at three leaders of Female Engagement Teams and their crucial missions in Afghanistan.

American Prisoner of War Camps in Southern California. By Kathy Kirkpatrick. America Through Time, 2018. A history of POW camps in Southern California and their impact on the region during World War II.

“My Brothers Have My Back”: Inside the November 1969 Battle on the Vietnamese DMZ. By Lou Pepi. McFarland Publishers, 2018. A history of an intense two-day battle in November 1969 involving three companies from Task Force 1-61 and NVA forces along the DMZ.

Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America’s Civil War. By Andrew S. Bledsoe and Andrew F. Lang. LSU Press, 2018.  A compilation of essays that explore issues on the homefronts of the Union and the Confederacy and their impacts on the battlefield.

Ghost Riders: When U.S. and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II. By Mark Felton. Da Capo Press, 2018. A look at a joint effort by U.S. and German soldiers to save the famed Lippizaner horses of the Spanish Riding School from capture by the Soviet Red Army and rogue Waffen SS soldiers.

Day of the Rangers: The Battle of Mogadishu 25 Years On. By Leigh Neville. Osprey Publishing, 2018.  A history of the Battle of Mogadishu based on never before heard interviews with veterans and recently declassified documents to give a more complete understanding of the battle. 

Solemn duty in the Old Guard: From Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon on 9/11 in America’s Oldest Regiment. By Mark Joseph Mongilutz. MacFarland, 2018. A memoir of a soldier’s service with the 3d United States Infantry Regiment from 2000 to 2004, covering everything from basic training to following the attacks on September 11.  

Firebase Tan Tru. By Walter F. McDermott. By MacFarland, 2018. A memoir of an artilleryman fighting in the Mekong Delta, 1969-1970, talking about the surreality of combat and his own change from thoughtful undergrad to jaded veteran.

Patriots from the Barrio: The Story of Company E, 141st Infantry: The Only All Mexican American Army Unit in World War II. By Dave Gutierrez. Westholme Publishing, 2018. The story of the only all Mexican American unit in World War II and their service during the war.

Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952. By Harry Franqui-Rivera. University of Nebraska Press, 2018. An examination of the service of Puerto Rican soldiers in the military and the impact military service had on Puerto Rican society. 

Where Valor Proudly Sleeps: A history of Fredericksburg National Cemetery, 1866-1933. By Donald C. Pfanz. Southern Illinois University Press, 2018. A history of the creation of the National Cemetery System with a focus on Fredericksburg National Cemetery and its impact and history.

A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775. By Phillip S. Greenwalt and Robert Orrison. Savas Beatie, 2018. A look at the battles of Lexington and Concord and interactive tour guide of the sites of the battles. Part of the Emerging Revolutionary War Series.

General E.A. Paine in Western Kentucky: Assessing the “Reign of Terror” of the Summer of 1864. By Dieter C. Ullrich and Berry Craig. McFarland Publishers, 2018. An analysis of General E.A. Paine’s controversial tenure as commander of the District of Western Kentucky in the summer of 1864.

The Liberators of Pilsen: The U.S. 16th Armored Division in World War II Czechoslovakia. By Bryan J. Dickerson, McFarland Publishers, 2018. A unit history of the 16th Armored Division and the liberation of the Czech city of Pilsen, 5-6 May 1945.

Hymms of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War. By S. C. Gwynne. Scribner, 2019. A look at the different figures and theaters that featured prominently in the last months of the Civil War.

Colonels in Blue: Missouri and the Western States and Territories. By Roger D. Hunt. McFarland, 2019. A biograhical dictionary of Union Army colonels throughout the Western territories of the united States, including portraits where available.

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