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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.
This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.
Author Bio: Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Heller is Chief of Mobilization Requirements, Operation, and Training at the Army Reserve Personnel Center.
Brigadier General William A. Stofft is the Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army.
The essays incorporate standard themes, such as the strategic and political background of the period, the preparation of the U.S. Army for the war, organizational and tactical comparisons, weaponry, planning and execution, and the results or lessons learned from each engagement.
These evaluations are stimulating, comparable pictures for students of general history, military history, and political-military relationships. A concluding chapter . . . raises questions of considerable contemporary relevance. Extremely well referenced and indexed. Recommended for public and academic libraries.