Historians' Tales

Official History

CORRECTING THE RECORD

An Open Letter to the Airborne Community on the History of OPERATION NEPTUNE June 6, 1944, Randy Hils, USAAF Troop Carrier Historian

Ambrose and the British coxswains, Kevan Elsby

Vietnam and post-traumatic stress, Sally Satel, New York Times editorial, March 4, 2004.

The Rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch (Politics During Wartime), Michael DeLong, New York Times Op-Ed, April 27, 2007.

 

WORLD WAR I

The Battle of Arras (Vimy Ridge)

Cantigny

ALL PERIODS: UNITED STATES

HISTORICAL WORK IN THE U.S. ARMY 1862-1954

The story, by Stetson Conn, of official American military history. Presented here in four parts (including a bibliography).

Civil War to World War I / World War II / World War II to Korea / Bibliography

U.S. ARMY IN WORLD WAR II

The fightin' historians of World War II, young Turks in tweed, who broke with tradition and gave us the gift of real war history.

"The War Department Historical Branch" The wartime Branch story by Army historian, Bell Irvin Wiley.

"An Adventure in Contemporary History" By post-war Chief Historian, Kent Roberts Greenfield, who oversaw The United States Army in World War II.

"Pogue's War"  A review of the published diaries of combat historian, Forrest C. Pogue (author of the Spalding D-Day narrative).

Combat interviews Excerpts from Oral History Techniques and Procedure by Stephen E. Everett.

Marshall attacks! Was he nuts? / The Man Who Shot S.L.A. Marshall  The article by Roger J. Spiller that unmade a reputation. / The Marshall problem: Untrustworthy history  A War  Chronicle editorial: Is S.L.A. Marshall a perceptive commentator or just a fibbing windbag?

U.S. ARMY IN VIETNAM

The First Division ships out

Lost platoon at Ia Drang

WORLD WAR TWO: UNIT-BASED HISTORY: UNITED STATES

1ST DIVISION: In America's wars

16TH INFANTRY REGIMENT: Site contents

4TH DIVISION: In the world wars / Utah beach seaborne assault

10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION: World War II combat chronicle

29TH DIVISION: In the world wars / D-Day casualties

82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION: In the world wars / D-Day assaultNormandy picture file

101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION: In World War II / D-Day assault / Normandy picture file

187TH INFANTRY REGIMENT: In America's wars

US 1st Division, 16th Infantry Regiment

The Trail of the 16th: World War II Cartoon maps from the regimental

History of the Medical Detachment 16th Infantry A first-rate World War II unit history, from the call-up to the end.

History 16th CT Invasion of France S-3 Combat Report  Excerpts from the most informative source for 16th Infantry actions on D-DayŚcontradictions and all.

US 1st Division, 16th Infantry, E Company

History of Company "E", 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division from June 1942 Until the Present

16-E on D-Day An unsigned, and undated, report based on interviews. S.L.A. Marshall might be the author, it was written based on his techniques / Movements of Spalding Group An oddly titled critique of the 16TH CT  INVASION OF FRANCE S-3 COMBAT REPORT above.

John Spalding interview A narrative by Forrest C. Pogue. Annotated with corrections and additional material.

"Omaha Beachhead" excerpt / "Cross-Channel Attack" excerpt / Map of Spalding advance / Omaha beach assault What was planned, and what happened, by company, on D-Day.

ALL PERIODS: GREAT BRITAIN

The First British Official Historians (includes bibliography)

History of the Second World War

WORLD WAR TWO: UNIT-BASED HISTORY: GREAT BRITAIN

STAFFORDSHIRE YEOMANRY: NORTH AFRICA TO THE END

North Africa from El Alamein to the end of the campaign, excerpts from regimental. / Normandy from 6 June to 29 July 1944, excerpts from regimental. / Illustrated map from the regimental commemorating World War II battle honors, excerpts from regimental.

BRITISH THIRD DIVISION IN NORMANDY

3rd Division picture file

The division story from Assault Division by Norman Scarfe / D-Day assault from Assault Division by Norman Scarfe / "Welcome to Normandy", 21 August 1944

The landings on Sword from the British official history, Victory in the West./ 3rd Div order of battle on D-Day / Sword beach D-Day assault units

Sword of Fire The 185th Brigade's D-Day story in a brief narrative from War Chronicle.

2nd East Yorks on D-Day, excerpt from regimental.

KING'S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY, 185TH BRIGADE

KSLI on D-Day, excerpt from regimental.

BRITISH 6TH AIRBORNE

The Airborne Assault on D-Day by Lt. Col. T.B.H. Otway D.S.O.

BRITISH 50TH DIVISION IN NORMANDY

50th Div picture file

"Victory in the West" excerpt The Normandy landing of the British 50th Division, from the official history.

D-Day order of battle

2nd Devons on D-Day, excerpt from regimental.

5th East Yorks on D-Day, excerpt from regimental.

ALL PERIODS: CANADA

Canadian official histories (includes bibliography)

WORLD WAR TWO: UNIT-BASED HISTORY: CANADA

Canadians in Normandy picture file

CANADIAN THIRD DIVISION IN NORMANDY

Canadian 3rd Division: Order of Battle

"Victory Campaign": Normandy landings / "Victory Campaign": Failure at Le Mesnil-Patry

Canadians on Juno The overall picture in a brief narrative from War Chronicle.

Little Black Devils: Winnipeg Rifles 6 and 7 June 1944, excerpt from regimental.

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada From 6 June to 2 July 1944, excerpt from regimental. / Queen's Own Rifles picture file

Regina Rifles From 6 June to 30 July, excerpt from regimental. / Regina Rifles picture file

2ND CANADIAN ARMOURED BRIGADE IN NORMANDY

First Hussars in Normandy: Part One / Part Two

WAR ON TERROR

Army Historians and September 11th

"Lessons of Terror" by Caleb Carr

Death on Takur Ghar we'll hear more about this tragic fight in years to come

"An Autumn of War" by Victor Hanson Davis

"Between War and Peace" by Victor Hanson Davis

IRAQ

"Ambush Alley" by Tim Pritchard. Nasiriyah, March 23, 2003

"Thunder Run" by David Zucchino. The Second Brigade (the Spartan Brigade) of the Third Infantry Division (Mechanized) as that unit thrust into Baghdad in April 2003.

"No True Glory" by Bing West. Fallujah 2003-2004.