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Unsung Heroes of the Dachau Trials: The Investigative Work of the U.S. Army 7708 War Crimes Group, 1945-1947. By John J. Dunphy. McFarland Publishers, 2018. A history of the war crimes group and their mission to bring Nazi officials and agents to justice in postwar Germany, including insight into the Nazi underground immediately after the war.

For Duty and Honor: Tennessee’s Mexican War Experience. By Timothy D. Johnson. University of Tennessee Press, 2018. A study of Tennessee’s role during the Mexican War and reexamines why the war was fought beyond the traditional arguments of territorial expansion and the expansion of slavery.

Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Warrior. By Allen J. Lynch. Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 2018. An autobiography of Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch and his experience during the Vietnam War and coping with PTSD following his tour of duty.

SOG Medic: Stories from Vietnam and Over the Fence. By Joe Parnar and Robert Dumont. Casemate Publishers, 2018. An account of Special Forces medic Joe Parnar who served as a part of the Studies and Observations Group (SOG) in Vietnam and his experience in the tri-border region near Cambodia and Laos.

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.

White Hat: The Military Career of Captain William Philo Clark. By Mark J. Nelson. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. A biography of Captain William Philo Clark, who was best known for his role in the capture of Crazy Horse.

Drawing Fire: A Pawnee, Artist, and Thunderbird in World War II. By Brummett Echohawk with Mark R. Ellenbarger. University Press of Kansas, 2018. A memoir of Brummett Echohawk, a Pawnee artist who joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1940 and later deployed with the 45th Infantry Division to Europe and sketched his experiences overseas.

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.

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: The Rise and Fall of the Military Cigarette Ration. By Joel R. Bius. Naval Institute Press, 2018. A history of the relationship between the cigarette industry and the U.S. military from 1918 to 1986.

“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.

Major General George H. Sharpe and the Creation of American Military Intelligence in the Civil War. By Peter G. Tsouras. Casemate Publishers, 2018. A look at the establishment of military all-source intelligence through the Bureau of Military Information commanded by Major General George Sharpe in February 1863 and its crucial role during the war.

Desperate Valour: Triumph at Anzio. By Flint Whitlock. Da Capo Press, 2018. A history of the Anzio campaign from January through May 1944.

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.

Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion. By Edward G. Lengel. Da Capo Press, 2018. A look at four men whose lives were changed by the experiences of the ordeal of the Lost Battalion during the Meuse Argonne Offensive in October 1918.

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.

Catkiller 3-2: An Army Pilot Flying for the Marines in the Vietnam War. By Raymond G. Caryl. Naval Institute Press, 2018. A look at the role of a tactical air controller of the Army’s 220th Reconnaissance Aircraft Company in support of U.S. Marines in I Corps during the Vietnam War.

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. 

Triumph of the Dead: American World War II Cemeteries, Monuments, and Diplomacy in France. By Kate Clarke Lemay. University of Alabama Press, 2018. A history of the relationship between art, architecture, war memory, and Franco-American relationships during the Cold War and the establishment of the American military cemeteries in France.

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.  

Palmito Ranch: From Civil War Battlefield to National Historic Landmark. By Jody Edward Ginn and William Alexander McWhorter. Texas A&M University Press, 2018. A history of the First and Second Battles of Palmito Ranch, their importance during the Civil War, and the effort to save and preserve this important battlefield. 

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. 

The 31st Infantry Regiment: A History of “America’s Foreign Legion” in Peace and War.” By the Members of the 31st Infantry Regiment Association. McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2018. A history of the 31st Infantry Regiment from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as told through essays written by veterans of the regiment.

An Aide to Custer: The Civil War Letters of Lt. Edward G. Granger. Edited by Sandy Barnard, compiled by Thomas E. Singelyn. University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. A compilation of Civil War letters from the aide to George A. Custer that offers a look into the inner working of the 5th Michigan Cavalry Brigade during the Civil War.

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.

Glory in their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II. By Sandra M. Bolzenius. University of Illinois Press, 2018. A look at the story of four African American WAC privates and the 1945 strike for equal treatment in the Army, which set the stage of desegregation of the armed forces in the immediate years following World War II. 

Advocating Overlord: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb. By Philip Padgett. Potomac Books, 2018. A study of the intricacies of coordinating the strategy for Operation Overlord between the British and the Americans, which helped to establish the dynamics between both sides in developing the atomic bomb.

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.

Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America. By Mary Stockwell. Yale University Press, 2018. A history of Major General “Mad” Anthony Wayne and his operations against tribes in the Ohio Valley and his victory at Fallen Timbers.

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.

United States Army in Vietnam: Combat Operations – Staying the Course, October 1967 to September 1968. By Erik B. Villard. U.S. Army Center of Military History, 2017. The third of four combat volumes on the U.S. Army in Vietnam on the operational strategy from October 1967 to September 1968.

Shades of Green: Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era. By Ryan W. Keating. Fordham University Press, 2017. A study of the organization of Irish regiments from the perspective of local communities in Connecticut, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and the relations between soldiers and the homefront.

Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army. By Quita V. Shier. iUniverse, 2017. A comprehensive profile study of American Indian soldiers of Company K, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters, during the Civil War.

Sioux Code Talkers of World War II. By Andrea M. Page. Pelican Publishing, 2017. A unit history of the Lakota Code Talkers during World War II.

Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America. By Ronit Y. Stahl. Harvard University Press, 2017. A study of the evolution of the military chaplaincy in context to accommodation of service members of different faiths outside of Christianity.

Courage in Combat: Stories by and About Recipients of the Nation’s Highest Decorations. By Richard J. Rinaldo, Casemate Publishers, 2017. A compilation of stories on notable figures in the U.S. armed forces and their actions that led to their receiving the nation’s highest awards for gallantry.

Texans at Antietam: A Terrible Clash of Arms, September 16-17, 1862. By Joe Owen, Philip McBride, and Joe Allport. Fonthill Media, 2017. A history of the experiences of veterans of units from Texas, including John Bell Hood’s Texas Brigade, during the Battle of Antietam.

That Bloody Hill: Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga. By Lee Elder, McFarland Publishers, 2017. A look at the battle for Horseshoe Ridge during the later phase of the Battle of Chickamauga from the perspective of Hilliard’s Legion, a part of Confederate Brigadier General Archibald Gracie’s Alabama Brigade, which came closest to dislodging Union defenders from the position at great cost.

Long Journeys Home: American Veterans of World War II, Korea, & Vietnam. By Michael D. Gambone, Texas A&M University Press, 2017. A look at the veterans experience of returning home from war and issues they faced, with emphasis on World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeill and His Rangers. By Steve French, Kent State University Press, 2017. A unit history on Confederate Captain John H. McNeill’s partisan rangers and their operations in the South Fork river valley of present-day West Virginia.

The Hardest Journey Home: A True Story of Loss and Duty During the Iraq War. Westholme Publishing, 2017. A look at Donleigh O. Gaunky’s service in Iraq and the difficult process of escorting his brother’s remains back to the U.S. after he was killed in action.

The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War. By Doug Stanton, Scribner, 2017. A study of the reconnaissance platoon of Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, and its combat operations during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story, From Immigrant to the Medal of Honor. By Flo Groberg and Tom Sileo, Simon & Schuster, 2017. A biography of Captain Florent Groberg, USA-Ret. who was the first immigrant to receive the Medal of Honor  since the Vietnam War in 2015 for his role in protecting a high-level delegation of Afghan and American officials by taking down a suicide bomber in 2012.

Tiger Bravo’s War. By Rick St. John, Currahee Press, 2017. A unit history of B Company, 2d Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during its deployment in Vietnam in 1968. 

Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet: Burt Green Wilder. By Richard M. Reid, Kent State University Press, 2017. An account of Burt Wilder, a medical cadet who served in various Army hospitals during the Civil War, who noted the evolution of treatment of combat injuries throughout the war.

Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. By Stephen Berry and Angela Esco Elder, University of Georgia Press, 2017. A collection of courtship letters between Captain Nathaniel Dawson of the 4th Alabama Infantry and Elodie Todd, sister to Mary Todd Lincoln, which shows the difficulties families endured during the Civil War. 

Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967. By Warren K. Wilkins, University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. A study of elements of the 4th Infantry Division’s role during Operation Francis Marion in the Ia Tchar Valley, near the Cambodian border in May 1967. 

The American War in Viet Nam: Cultural Memories at the Turn of the Century. By Susan Lyn Eastman, University of Tennessee Press, 2017. A look at how American culture dealt with remembering the Vietnam War through movies, literature, and memorials.

Brigadier General Robert L. McCook and Colonel Daniel McCook, Jr.: A Union Army Dual Biography. By Wayne Fanebust, McFarland Publishers, 2017. Two biographies on Robert McCook and Daniel McCook, brothers from a prominent family known as the Fighting McCooks, who joined the Union Army and were both killed during the war.

Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth: The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry. By James Carson, McFarland Publishers, 2017. A unit history of the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry and its operations against Confederate guerrillas led by Colonel John Mosby and its involvement in hunting John Wilkes Booth after the war.

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