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Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division in World War II Hardcover – October 29, 2010
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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
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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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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.Read more ›
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If you are a military history buff, and you are well versed in the terminology you will enjoy this. Over all not a bad readPublished 7 months ago by Brian
I haven't finished reading this history of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry Division but so far it is very interesting and informative. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Murf
this division is the oldest division it tells how they almost got wiped out in world war 2 and there accomplishmentsPublished on November 25, 2012 by Jeff lofton
I could not put this book down. It tells the story of the 28th From 1935-1945.It talks about the problem that the 28th ID face in combat in hurtgen forest. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by 596thmatt