Military History's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Improbable Victories, Unlikely Heroes, and Other Martial Oddities

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In 1944 U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Leslie J. McNair was accidentally killed by USAAF bombers that dropped their bombs short of the target, thus becoming the highest-ranking American casualty of World War II. Union Gen. Daniel Sickels was the first person to be successfully acquitted of murder by pleading temporary insanity after he shot and killed the son of “Star-Spangled Banner” composer Francis Scott Key in cold blood. Ten years before Custer’s infamous last stand, U.S. cavalry Capt. William J. Fetterman disobeyed ...
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Overview


In 1944 U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Leslie J. McNair was accidentally killed by USAAF bombers that dropped their bombs short of the target, thus becoming the highest-ranking American casualty of World War II. Union Gen. Daniel Sickels was the first person to be successfully acquitted of murder by pleading temporary insanity after he shot and killed the son of “Star-Spangled Banner” composer Francis Scott Key in cold blood. Ten years before Custer’s infamous last stand, U.S. cavalry Capt. William J. Fetterman disobeyed orders and led his eighty-man detachment in pursuit of a band of Sioux Indians. Neither he nor his men returned. In the United States, Benedict Arnold’s name is synonymous with treason, but in Russia Andrei Vlasov holds that dubious distinction. After being captured by the Germans during World War II, he led an army of former Soviet POWs against the Red Army. Famous men of the arts and letters, such as Maurice Chevalier and Jean-Paul Sartre, openly collaborated with the Axis during World War II yet managed to escape punishment after the war. Entertainer Martha Raye was so beloved by the troops that she earned an honorary commission as “Colonel Maggie” and was allowed to be buried in Fort Bragg’s military cemetery. James Bond creator Ian Fleming graduated from Sandhurst and was a naval intelligence officer in World War II. During the Thirty Years’ War, Count Tilly lost control of his troops after capturing Magdeburg. After three days of looting, they had killed 25,000 of the city’s 30,000 inhabitants. Military History's Most Wanted™ chronicles 700 of the most outlandish commanders, battles, and accomplishments in military history. Its seventy lists include warfare's top ten winners, losers, traitors, entertainers, war novels, and movies. Military historians, buffs, and enthusiasts will enjoy this often irreverent and controversial look at the profession of arms.
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Publishers Weekly
British Revolutionary War general William Howe was so obviously distracted from the campaign by the charms of his mistress that American Tories wrote a song about it. More gravely, as the Red Army invaded and triumphed over Finland in WWII, Finland ended up losing 25,000 soldiers; the Russians lost 250,000. These and other facts are showcased in Military History's Most Wanted: The Top Ten Book of Improbable Victories, Unlikely Heroes, and Other Martial Oddities. Written by M. Evan Brooks, who served in the U.S. Army and National Guard for more than 30 years, the book gathers 10 brief, encyclopedia-style entries apiece on such topics as Mercenaries, Literary Soldiers, Amphibious Operations and Decisive Battles. (July 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Seventy-nine "top ten" lists present information on military history that range from battles of great import to events of near complete triviality. The lists are organized under subject headings of personalities, battles and maneuvers, literature and entertainment, and miscellaneous. Among the information presented are lists of incompetent commanders, commanders that graduated from Ivy League institutions, decisive land and sea battles, mutinies, war movies, military music, military myths, and battle crys. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574885095
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Series: Most Wanted
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 535,313
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Evan Brooks is an avid wargamer who recently retired with more than thirty years of service in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He is a contributor to numerous war-game and professional military publications. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Table of Contents

Photographs xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Preface 1
Personalities 3
The Great Captains of History 5
The Great Admirals of History 12
The Distaff Side of Command: Female Combat Leaders 18
Commanding Officers (Old) 23
Commanding Officers (Young) 27
Disabled Commanders: The Sick, Lame, but Not Lazy 31
Guerrillas 35
Mercenaries 39
Overrated Commanders 44
Underrated Commanders 56
Incompetent Commanders 62
Commanders Blinded by Their Own Ego 69
Military Nicknames 77
Don't Ask, We'll Tell: Commanders of Dubious Sexual Proclivities 81
Amateur Commanders 85
Ivy League Graduates 90
Educators 94
General Officers for Both Sides 98
Traitors 103
Collaborators 108
Wretched Refuse: Generals in Exile 113
Murder (and Death) Most Foul 117
Friendly Fire Casualties and Collateral Damage 122
Military Commanders as Specific Targets 126
Biblical Commanders 130
Native American Commanders 136
Senior Flag Officers of the United States 139
Marshal-Generals of France 142
Air Aces 145
Submarine Aces 148
Military Chaplains 151
Camp Followers and Mistresses 156
Hollywood Actors 160
Military Theorists 164
The Greatest Command Staff in History 168
Literary Soldiers 175
War Correspondents 178
Battles and Maneuvers 181
Decisive Battles 183
Decisive Naval Battles 188
Lopsided Victories: More than 30,000 Casualties 192
Lopsided Victories: Fewer than 30,000 Casualties 197
Military Upsets 202
Airborne Operations 208
Amphibious Operations 212
Last Stands 216
Massacres (World) 220
Massacres (United States) 225
Mutinies 229
Raids 234
Sieges 238
Retrograde Operations 243
Revolutions 247
Civil Wars 251
Literature and Entertainment 255
War Movies: Operational 257
War Movies: Nonoperational 260
War Movies: Testosterone 264
War Movies: Estrogen 268
Television Shows 271
Music: Classical Compositions 275
Music: Popular Compositions 278
Entertainers 281
The Basic Military Library 285
Memoirs 289
War Novels 293
Military Fiction Series 297
Military Science Fiction 300
War Games: Paper 303
War Games: Computer 306
Miscellaneous 309
Debunking Military Myths 311
Revolution in Military Affairs 317
Elite Troop Formations 321
Horses 324
Cavalry Charges 326
Battle Cries 331
Prisoner-of-War Camps 335
Military Clothing 339
Courts-Martial 342
Web Sites 346
Bibliography 349
Index 361
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