Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division in World War II

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Indiana University Press, Oct 29, 2010 - History - 384 pages
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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 H1⁄4rtgen 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.

 

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Contents

Background and Issues
1
2 Relations with the Army and State Identity
9
19391941
34
19391941
54
5 The Pennsylvania National Guard and American Society
78
6 Social Class Recruiting and Ideology
98
7 The October Purge
113
19421943
127
A Leadership Failure
187
Stubbornness and Flexibility
211
13 Winter Battles
243
14 Conclusion
257
The Execution of Private Slovik
261
The Reestablishment of the Pennsylvania National Guard
265
Notes
267
Bibliography
343

19431944
156
10 From Normandy to the West Wall
169

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About the author (2010)

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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