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Definitive guides to the actions and evolution of fighting forces, these comprehensive studies on the organisation, strength, command, deployment and evolution of forces in key military encounters, use a highly detailed 'unit-by-unit' examination.

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Clayton K. S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the U.S. Army War College faculty at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania where he teaches courses on national security, strategy, and economics. He completed a military career in the U.S. Air Force and has published in the fields of national security, military history, and economics.
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  • Series: Battle Orders (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (June 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841765848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841765846
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on October 10, 2004
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Osprey's new Battle Orders series is continuing to evolve as a hybrid, somewhere between the earlier Order of Battle series, the Elite series and the Campaign series. So far, each volume in this new series seems to have been put together with a different methodology. Dr. Clayton K S Chun, a lecturer at the US Army War College, offers keen insight into the evolution of the US Army in the period in between the end of the Civil War and prior to the Spanish-American War. Unlike other volumes in the Battle Order series, Dr. Chun does not try to describe the campaigns of the units in question, but focuses almost exclusively on the organization, doctrine and training of the frontier army. Despite the title, this volume is less about the Indian Wars per se than the slow transformation of the US regular army into a more professional force in the late 19th Century. Modern US Army readers might want to consider how the regular army in the late 19th Century dealt with an elusive foe, nation-building and a myriad of other civic tasks - all familiar to American soldiers today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Chun begins his study of the frontier army with a short introduction and an enumeration of the mission of each of its three principle branches (infantry, cavalry and artillery). Readers conditioned to thinking that the frontier army was composed primarily of cavalry will be surprised to see that it constituted only 37% of the actual strength in 1876; the much-cheaper infantry was 50% and the all-but-ignored artillery branch was 12%. Dr.
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By RAYMOND C. CLAY on March 12, 2015
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