Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division In World War Ii

Hardcover | October 29, 2010

byMichael E. Weaver

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An inventive study of relations between the National Guard and the Regular Army during World War II, Guard Wars follows the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Infantry Division from its peacetime status through training and into combat in Western Europe. The broader story, spanning the years 1939-1945, sheds light on the National Guard, the U.S. Army, and American identities and priorities during the war years. Michael E. Weaver carefully tracks the division's difficult transformation into a combat-ready unit and highlights General Omar Bradley's extraordinary capacity for leadership-which turned the Pennsylvanians from the least capable to one of the more capable units, a claim dearly tested in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. This absorbing and informative analysis chronicles the nation's response to the extreme demands of a world war, and the flexibility its leaders and soldiers displayed in the chaos of combat.

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An inventive study of relations between the National Guard and the Regular Army during World War II, Guard Wars follows the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Infantry Division from its peacetime status through training and into combat in Western Europe. The broader story, spanning the years 1939-1945, sheds light on the National Guard...

Michael E. Weaver is Associate Professor of Comparative Military History at the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.06 inPublished:October 29, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253355214

ISBN - 13:9780253355218

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: Background and Issues
2. Relations with the Army and State Identity
3. Readiness and Training: 19391941
4. Peacetime Maneuvers: 19391941
5. The Pennsylvania National Guard and American Society
6. Social Class, Recruiting, and Ideology
7. The October Purge
8. Stateside Training: 19421943
9. Training in Wales: 19431944
10. From Normandy to the West Wall
11. Battle of the Hürtgen Forest: A Leadership Failure
12. Battle of the Bulge: Stubbornness and Flexibility
13. Winter Battles
14. Conclusion
Appendix 1: The Execution of Private Slovik
Appendix 2: The Reestablishment of the Pennsylvania National Guard
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Overall, Guard Wars is an excellent addition to any World War II library. The book is a study in preparedness, and many of its lessons are relevant today." -Journal of Army History, Fall 2011