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Alpha bravo delta guide to decisive 20th-century American battles
Smith, W. Thomas.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Alpha, [2003]

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xiv, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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E181 .S65 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This who, what, when, where, why, and how of American military victory and defeat includes:

* Every decisive battle waged by the U.S. military over the last century from the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 to Operation Desert Storm
* A comprehensive look at each leader and each army
* A detailed examination of the full operations and the specfic conflicts
* A complete overview of 20th-century American military history
* The 100-year evolution of military science and theory

Author Notes

W. Thomas Smith Jr. is an independent writer and editor whose work has appeared in USA Today, George, The New York Post, and U.S. News & World Report, among other publications. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of South Carolina College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Smith traveled much of the globe as an infantry leader with the 5th Marines -- the Corps' most decorated regiment. With the Marine Corps, he also served as a paratrooper and a shipboard counterterrorist instructor. Following his military service, he served as an Armed Response-Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officer in the nuclear industry. As a journalist, Smith reported from battlefields in both the Balkans and the Middle East and covered the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks from ground zero in New York

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Boxer Rebellion Through World War Ip. 1
1 The Boxer Rebellionp. 3
2 Introduction to World War Ip. 7
3 Cantignyp. 13
4 Chateau-Thierryp. 17
5 Second Marne to Meuse-Argonne Offensivep. 27
Part 2 World War IIp. 41
6 Introduction to World War IIp. 43
7 Coral Seap. 51
8 Midwayp. 57
9 Guadalcanalp. 65
10 El Guettarp. 75
11 Tarawap. 85
12 Leyte Gulfp. 93
13 Normandy Invasionp. 101
14 Battle of the Bulgep. 115
15 Iwo Jimap. 127
16 Okinawap. 137
Part 3 The Korean Conflictp. 145
17 Introduction to the Korean Conflictp. 147
18 The Inchon Landing and the Capture of Seoulp. 155
19 Attack Along the Yalu River and the Chosin Reservoirp. 161
Part 4 The Vietnam Warp. 171
20 Introduction to the Vietnam Warp. 173
21 Chu Laip. 181
22 Ia Drang Valleyp. 185
23 Binh Dinhp. 193
24 Operation Attleborop. 199
25 Loc Ninhp. 205
26 Dak Top. 209
27 Tet Offensivep. 215
28 Hamburger Hillp. 225
Part 5 Post-Vietnam to the 21st Centuryp. 233
29 Operation Urgent Furyp. 235
30 Operation El Dorado Canyonp. 243
31 Operation Just Causep. 251
32 Operation Desert Stormp. 257
33 Task Force Ranger, Mogadishup. 267
Afterwordp. 277
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 293