By Army Center of Military History, Richard W. Stewart
American army heritage presents the U.S. Army—in specific, its younger officials, NCOs, and cadets—with a complete yet short account of its earlier. the heart of army historical past first released this paintings in 1956 as a textbook for senior ROTC classes. for the reason that then it has passed through a couple of updates and revisions, however the basic motive has remained a similar. help for army historical past schooling has continuously been a imperative undertaking of the heart, and this new version of a useful background furthers that objective. The background of an lively association has a tendency to extend swiftly because the association grows better and extra advanced. The interval because the Vietnam conflict, at which element the newest variation ended, has been an important one for the military, a hectic interval of increasing roles and missions and of primary organizational adjustments. specifically, the explosion of missions and deployments on the grounds that eleven September 2001 has necessitated the production of extra, open-ended chapters within the tale of the U.S. military in motion. this primary quantity covers the Army’s background from its delivery in 1775 to the eve of global battle I. by way of 1917, the us used to be already an international strength. the military had despatched huge expeditionary forces past the yankee hemisphere, and at first of the recent century Secretary of battle Elihu Root had proposed alterations and reforms that inside a new release might form the military of the longer term. yet international war—global war—was nonetheless to come back. the second one quantity of this re-creation will soak up that tale and expand it into the twenty-first century and the early years of the conflict on terrorism and comprises an research of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as much as January 2009.
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Additional resources for AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY. VOLUME 1. THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND THE FORGING OF A NATION, 1775-1917
In 1732 the British government established the colony of Georgia primarily as a military outpost in this region and as a dumping ground for their convicts. In the struggle for control of North America, the contest between England and France was vital, the conﬂict with Spain, a declining power, important but secondary. This latter conﬂict reached its height in the “War of Jenkins’ Ear” (1739–1742), a prelude to the War of Austrian Succession, which pitted the British and their American colonists 33 AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY against the Spanish.
Expeditions into the Indian country used as a favorite technique an attack on an Indian village at dawn and in the winter. This attack almost invariably came as a surprise; and the colonists, imitating the perceived savagery of their opponent, burned the Indian’s villages and sometimes slaughtered all the inhabitants indiscriminately. Destruction of Indian villages and stocks of food proved to be the most effective colonial strategy, if also the most brutal. The settlers tried to provide some permanent protection for their frontiers by erecting forts along the westernmost line of settlement in each colony, moving them forward as the line of settlement moved.
In the struggle for control of North America, the contest between England and France was vital, the conﬂict with Spain, a declining power, important but secondary. This latter conﬂict reached its height in the “War of Jenkins’ Ear” (1739–1742), a prelude to the War of Austrian Succession, which pitted the British and their American colonists 33 AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY against the Spanish. In the colonies the war involved a seesaw struggle between the Spanish in Florida and the West Indies and the English colonists in South Carolina and Georgia.
AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY. VOLUME 1. THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND THE FORGING OF A NATION, 1775-1917 by Army Center of Military History, Richard W. Stewart