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America's First Battles, 1776-1965 Hardcover – December, 1986


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"Fine military history, good reading and challenging intellectual stimulation." -- Army

"Must reading for the serious student of history, whether military or civilian." -- Military Review

About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Heller is Chief of Mobilization Requirements, Operation, and Training at the Army Reserve Personnel Center.

Brigadier General William A. Stofft is the Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army.

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas; First Edition edition (December 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700602763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700602766
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Miska on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
As the title indicates, West Point cadets are required to read this book (or at least they used to be when I was a cadet) to understand the role that first battles have played in American military history. The reason cadets are required to read this book is because the U.S. record during the first battle of most wars has been less than stellar. Citing examples like Task Force Smith in Korea and our first battle in North Africa during WWII, the authors expose flawed strategies, low training, and poor equipment. Many times the military enters a war completely unprepared because the normal cycle of demobilization after a conflict reduces the funding and attention our leaders pay to military preparedness. This is a fantastic book to read if you wish to understand the issues and constraints which military leaders and our country usually have to overcome following our first engagement. Given that our "first battle" in the war on terrorism has already occurred, this book could help leaders think through the issues that will be necessary to change our military readiness, as well as homeland security posture to suppress terrorism to more acceptable levels.
A must have for any military library. As a student of military history, I am rereading the book more than ten years later. First Battles is still as relevant today as it was in 1990.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard T. Herzog on May 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Charles E. Heller and William A. Stofft assembled a distinguished team of American military history experts to examine the first major battles fought in each of the nations wars through the Vietnam conflict. This is militay history at its best, dramatic, insightful and informative, not only for an audience in uniform but also for any American interested in how the military functions in our society. The descriptions of battles ranges from well known actions such as Bull Run in the Civil War to the savage jungle fighting at Buna, New Guinea in World War II. I frequently refer to America's First Battles as I prepare my lectures on American military history. We can only hope that the editors will consider a new edition in the future to take the story through the triumph of Desert Storm, and the confusion of the Clinton administration. A military history classic.
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By bigface on November 3, 2014
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the problem isn't the book. it's me. I am only kinda familiar with World War 2 battles. I am totally ignorant of battles in other wars. I just finished the Idiots Guide Book to World War 2. Maybe that's my problem...I need to stick to the idiot's guides instead of books that assume the reader has a background knowledge of the subject matter.
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