THE COMPACT HISTORY OF THE U.S. ARMY by Col. R. Ernest Dupuy

THE COMPACT HISTORY OF THE U.S. ARMY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A veteran historian (Men of West Point 1951) reviews the troops from 1620 on, when the first ""train band"" was organized by Captain Myles Standish, establishing during these early years the American soldier as a part-time warrior. During the Revolution, Washington was to build the first complete Army from untrained troops, only a meager part of which was to survive as the Regular Army after the end of the war. Its real formative period, along with that of the nation was between 1812 and the Mexican War-although most of its energies were directed against the Indians on the frontiers, and through the Civil War, the Spanish American and the Philippine Insurrection, the World Wars and the Korean, the development of the army is followed- along with the shaping of military policy, its increasing specialization and mechanization, and the varying aspects of military life- whether in action or on the post.... Col. Dupuy has mobilized a great deal of material with authority, compressed it and recorded it in a crisp, at times critical, and readable account.

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 1956
Publisher: Hawthorn