The National Guard: An Illustrated History of Americas Citizen-soldiers

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - United States - 200 pages
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The National Guard is the compelling account, in words and pictures, of the nationas oldest military institution. From the defense of the Jamestown settlement in 1607 to peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and, most recently, to their participation in the war on terrorism, the citizen-soldiers of the National Guard have always been an integral part of Americaas first line of defense. The guard fought at the battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, New Orleans, First Bull Run, San Juan Hill, the Meuse-Argonne, Omaha Beach, Operation Desert Storm, and in many, many other engagements. With nearly half a million members in the year 2002, the Air and Army National Guard are as important as ever to Americaas security.Featuring a wide array of rarely seen prints, vivid photographs, and informative narrative text, this handsome volume tells the inspirational story of those dedicated part-time soldiers who, throughout the past 400 years, have provided full-time service to their states and to their nation. It charts the National Guardas evolution from ragtag militias to sophisticated, modern armed forces by describing units, individuals, weapons, equipment, vehicles, and service throughout the guardas storied history. The paperback second edition features updated text and twenty new photos to cover the National Guard's recent service in Afghanistan, Iraq, homeland security, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.The first comprehensive illustrated history of the guard ever published, The National Guard will be treasured by citizen-soldiers, by their families, and by military history enthusiasts nationwide."
 

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Contents

TWO The Volunteer Militia 17951902
1-43
THREE The National Guard 19031945
1902
FOUR The Army National Guard 19462006
4-4
FIVE The Air National Guard 19462006
5-12
APPENDIXMAJOR NATIONAL GUARD UNITS
5-106
BIBLIOGRAPHY
5-117
INDEX
5-119
UNITS AND DIVISIONS
5-147
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
5-158
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