Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division In World War Ii by Michael E. WeaverGuard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division In World War Ii by Michael E. Weaver

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

byMichael E. Weaver

Hardcover | October 29, 2010

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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.

Michael E. Weaver is Associate Professor of Comparative Military History at the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College.
Title:Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division In World War IiFormat: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
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

Editorial Reviews

Weaver has written an excellent account of the Pennsylvania National Guard's role in the European campaign. He has also demonstrated that there is still much important work to be done on the U.S. Army's participation in the 'good war.'April 2011