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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (October 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253355214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253355218
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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



"Micheal E. Weaver's Guard Wars does a fine job of bringing the Twenty-Eighth Infantry Division to life." ―H-Net Reviews Humanities and Social Sciences



"A significant contribution to understanding how the U.S. Army organized, trained, and prepared for war." ―Edward G. Miller, author of Nothing Less than Full Victory: Americans at War in Europe, 1944–1945



"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.'" ―The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, April 2011



"Weaver has written an absorbing book that includes fascinating details about the pre-war National Guard, its relations with the Regular Army, and the uncomfortable amalgamation of the two caused by the national emergency. Weaver's research is wide-ranging and his writing skill is admirable; his analyses and conclusions are all reasonable and supported by the evidence he presents." ―The Journal of America's Military Past

About the Author

Michael E. Weaver is Associate Professor of Comparative Military History at the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The 28th Infantry Division, a U.S. Army unit created from the pre-war Pennsylvania National Guard, served in the ETO during World War II. Badly bloodied in the attempt to crack the Siegfried Line and then tossed into the Huertgen Forest meatgrinder, it took horrible losses. Despite those blows, it held off the German advance in the Battle of the Bulge, conducting a fighting retreat that stymied the German push. The pre-war and World War II history of the Keystone Division is told in this absorbing account by military professor Michael Weaver.

The title GUARD WARS was well-chosen. Piror to the 28th Div. and other NG units went to war, a war was fought stateside. When it became obvious the United States would be drawn into the European conflict, regular U.S. Army commanders and government officials sought to utilize existing NG units, a process that inevitably brought about turf wars between 'the Regulars' and National Guard commanders. After much infighting, training and, especially, removal or reassignment of in-place NG commanders, units such as the 28th were brought up to snuff. The 'Bloody Bucket Division,' so nicknamed by the Germans, landed after D-Day and took part in the nasty fighting in the bocage country before taking part in the race for the German border. Poor command leadership brought heavy casualties in the aforementioned Siegfried Line and Huertgen Forest campaigns but the Division hunkered down and fought through to the end, taking some 24,000 casualties in the process.

GUARD WARS is one of the most interesting military history titles I've read in a long time. I knew that NG units fought in World War II but had no idea how they were transformed by General Marshall, et al. and then incorporated into the Regular Army organization.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 14, 2011
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Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division in World War II is the true chronicle of how a group of citizen-soldiers we remolded into the fighting unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Infantry Division, from peacetime status to training to combat in Western Europe. Covering the years 1939-1945, Guard Wars pays especial attention to General Omar Bradley's leadership, and his role in directing a coordinated and effective, combat-ready unit. A handful of black-and-white photographs, notes, a bibliography and an index round out this excellent contribution to American military history shelves.
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Scholarly, thorough, and well researched. I liked and enjoyed much of this book. As a member of the NG, I wanted to learn more about the Guard and it's history. This book was very helpful. If was a little dry and the author seemed to go off on rabbit travels at times. I found myself skipping pages due to this. If you're a WWII history buff you'd probably enjoy this book to some extent. Or if you were in the Guard and are interested in the PA Army NG, before and during WWII, this is a good book.
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Good read on the history of the 28th Division from the late 1930's through WWII. I found it most interesting as my brother served as a scout with Headquarters 1st Battalion 112 Infantry from joining the division in the states though their battle in the Hurtgen Forest where he was injured. They suffered 70% of their troops killed, wounded or missing in action.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. H. Maginniss on July 26, 2011
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Guard Wars is an excellent contribution to our knowledge of how the National Guard delivered combat power in the Second World War. Mightily researched and carefully crafted, it provides a first class exposure of the challenges and complexities of generating a National Guard Division (the 28th) that was fit for overseas operations in Europe. As an academic study, it has plenty of critical analysis, fuelled by material that has been mined from a variety of sources. It is therefore, not a racy read but requires, like any good meal, a pause between courses to ensure one obtains the best from it. Michael Weaver has done a fine job!
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