National Guard: An Illustrated History of America's Citizen Soldiers

National Guard: An Illustrated History of America's Citizen Soldiers

by Michael D. Doubler
     
 

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The National Guard is the compelling account, in words and pictures, of the nation's oldest military institution, the National Guard. This is the first comprehensive illustrated book on the Guard to showcase the regiments from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Featuring a wide array of rarely seen prints, vivid photographs, and

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The National Guard is the compelling account, in words and pictures, of the nation's oldest military institution, the National Guard. This is the first comprehensive illustrated book on the Guard to showcase the regiments from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Featuring a wide array of rarely seen prints, vivid photographs, and informative narrative text, this handsome volume tells the inspirational story of those dedicated part-time soldiers who, throughout the past 400 years, have served their states and their nation. It charts the National Guard's evolution from rag-tag militias to sophisticated, modern armed forces by describing units, individuals, weapons, equipment, vehicles, and service throughout the Guard's storied history. From the defense of the Jamestown settlement in 1607 to peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and, most recently, to their participation in the war on terrorism, the National Guard has always been an integral part of America's first line of defense. The Guard fought at Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, New Orleans, First Bull Run, San Juan Hill, the Meuse-Argonne, Omaha Beach, Operation Desert Storm, and in many, many other engagements. With nearly half a million members in the year 2002, the Air and Army National Guard are as important as ever to America's security. The National Guard will be treasured by citizen-soldiers, by their families, and by military history enthusiasts nationwide.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A good starting point for those wishing to learn more about America’s unique militia.”

“The history of war in America is the history of the citizen-soldier, a story that has often been neglected. . . . Michael Doubler and John Listman, Jr., have done an admirable job in telling the story of the National Guard and the citizen-soldier, with illustrations and text that clearly demonstrate the importance of their role in American military history.”

Journal of Military History

“A good starting point for those wishing to learn more about America’s unique militia.”—Journal of Military History
Donald M. Goldstein

“The history of war in America is the history of the citizen-soldier, a story that has often been neglected. . . . Michael Doubler and John Listman, Jr., have done an admirable job in telling the story of the National Guard and the citizen-soldier, with illustrations and text that clearly demonstrate the importance of their role in American military history.”—From the foreword by Donald M. Goldstein, professor of international and public affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574883893
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
America Goes to War Illustrated Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

John W. Listman, Jr., a retired Army National Guard chief warrant officer, is the coauthor of The Tradition Continues: A History of the Virginia National Guard, 1607–1985. Both authors live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Michael D. Doubler holds a doctorate in military history, is a retired Army National Guard colonel, and is the author of Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944–1945, winner of the Forrest C. Pogue and New York Military Affairs Symposium awards.

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