Military History eBooks – Modern Armed Forces – U.S. Military eBooks

Military history ebooks free, modern armed forces. U.S. military history, military weapon history eBooks, military aviation history eBooks, World War I, World War II, military strategy and tactics, world military history. Collections contain nonfiction and fiction.

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Military Forces Books

Armed Forces Collection

Over 1,000 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Armed Forces”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Career opportunities in the Armed Forces, Military Life: the insider’s guide, Exploring Military Service for Women, Women in the Military, Almanac of World Military Power, Officer Candidate Tests, The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, Canadian Forces, Shock Troops, Top Military Careers, UN Peacekeepers, The Defense Management Challenge, The American Enlisted Man, Iraq’s Armed Forces, Rearming Israel, The Defense of Western Europe, many more. Armed Forces eBooks.

Modern Military Collection

About 680 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Modern Military”. Some books: Illustrated History of Modern War, The U.S. Navy and Military Careers, Military Collectibles, Modern Submarine Warfare, Modern Fighting Aircraft, Modern Combat Helicopters, Soviet Aircraft, Modern Fighting Helicopters, Modern Jet Fighters, Modern American Combat Aircraft, Modern Battle Tanks, Modern Aircraft Markings, many more. Military weapons history eBooks.

Military Science Collection

About 500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military Science”. Some books: The World’s Great Tanks, Special Forces, Tanks, Jane’s Armour and Artillery, Joint Warfare of the U.S. Armed Forces, Main Battle Tanks, Special Ops, Modern American Snipers, World’s Special Forces, Modern Tanks and Fighting Vehicles, German Tanks 1914-1968, U.S. Air Force Special Forces: pararescue, U.S. Elite Counter-Terrorist Forces, In the Combat Zone, Military Operations on Urban Terrain, Tank Warfare, Dictionary of Military Terms, Low Intensity Conflict, Commando Operations, Coalition Warfare, Armor in Korea, Strategic Denial and Deception, Airborne Assault, American Tanks of World War II, U.S. Army Weapons Systems, Network Centric Warfare, French Foreign Legion, Jane’s Avionics, Jane’s Military Communications, Virtual Combat, The Art of War, Guide to Military Installations, Native American Weapons, Elite Forces, Modern Artillery, Jane’s Battlefield Surveillance Systems, Medieval Arms and Armor. Military Science eBooks, military weapons history eBooks. Many have illustrations.

Military Intelligence Collection

About 110 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military Intelligence”. Some books: Espionage and Counterespionage, The Intelligence War, Women Who Spied, Military Inte4lligence Blunders, Intelligence Warfare, Intelligence in War, British Military Intelligence 1870-1914, A History of Espionage, Spying for America, the Dirty War, Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II, Hitler’s Spies: German military intelligence in World War II, How the Allies Traded Intelligence: 1941-1945, The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War, Strategic Denial and Deception, The Strategy of Subversion, Strategic Intelligence, Chinese Intelligence Operations, President’s Secret Wars, Israeli Military Intelligence, Code Breaking, British Military Intelligence in the First World War, Spy-tech, Deceptions of World War II, SS Intelligence: the Nazi Secret Service, U.S. Intelligence after the Cold War, The Signals Intelligence War 1900 to today, Jane’s Battlefield Surveillance Systems, A History of American Secret Intelligence. Military Intelligence eBooks.

Nuclear Warfare Collection

About 380 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Nuclear Warfare”. Some books: The Effects of Nuclear War, China and the Bomb, A-Z of Nuclear Jargon, Strategy of Limited Retaliation, Survivors of Hiroshima, The Idea of Disarmament, Ethics and Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear War: opposing viewpoints, Strategic Nuclear War, Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, Four Decades of U.S. Nuclear Policy, Nuclear Weapons and the Threat of Nuclear War, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy, Nuclear War and the 2nd Coming of Jesus, many more. eBooks about Nuclear Warfare, military weapons history eBooks.

U.S. Military Collection

About 230 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military – United States”. Some books: Warplanes of the Fleet, the 7th Infantry Regiment, Modern American Combat Aircraft, The American Military, The Military in America, The Army’s Way of War, A History of the U.S. Air Force 1947-1997, Married to the Military, The Stars and Stripes, The Military and American Society, The Role of the Military in American Foreign Policy, Civil War Medicine, Military Brats, many more. U.S. Military eBooks.

U.S. Army Collection

More than 1,800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States Army”. Some books: The U.S. Army, The Illustrated History of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army in Peacetime, Buffalo Soldiers, U.S. Army Headgear, U.S. Army Logistics, The U.S. Army in World War II, The U.S. Army and the Indian, Regulations of the Army of the United States, The Black Soldier and Officer in the U.S. Army, Airborne Forces, U.S. Army Survival Manual, U.S. Army Rangers, Infantry Regiments of the U.S. Army, Life of a Soldier in Washington’s Army, The Fourth Star, U.S. Colored Troops 1863-1867, Pictorial History of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Medal of Honor Recipients, The Army Officer’s Guide, The Army and Vietnam, American Army Life, The United States Cavalry, Guide to the Military Posts of the U.S., The U.S. Army in the West 1848-1897, Modern U.S. Army, Patton’s Third Army at War, Army Dictionary and Desk Reference, U.S. Army Handbook 1939-1945, History of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Airborne 1940-1990, The Officer’s Guide, Army Wives, U.S. Army Physical Readiness Training Manual, Commanders of the Army of the Potomac, Army Life in a Black Regiment, The Army Medical Department 1775-1818, U.S. Army Survival Evasion and Recovery, The Story of the U.S. Cavalry, The U.S. Camel Corps, The Uniform of the Union Army 1861-1865, Basic Training, Life and Manners in the Frontier Army, U.S. Army Aircraft since 1947, A History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, The Army Air Forces in World War II, U.S. Army Signal Corps, U.S. Army Engineers in World War II, Green Berets at War, Guide to Military Careers, many more. U.S. Army eBooks. Some have illustrations.

Naval Operations

About 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military Operations – Naval”. Some books: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis, Pictorial History of the Sea War 1939-1945, The Story of the U-boat in World War II, Naval Operational Logistics in the Vietnam War, Desert Storm Sea War, Sea Battles in Close-up: World War 2, The Naval War of 1812, The Civil War at Sea, U.S. Navy in World War II, The Battle of Midway, Our Submarine Navy in the Pacific, Pirates and Patriots of the Revolution, World War II in the Atlantic, Donitz and the Wolf Packs, Naval Warfare, many more. eBooks on Naval Operations. military weapons history eBooks.

U.S. Navy Collection

About 800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States Navy”. Some books: the U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Seal Workout, the Uniforms of the U.S. Navy, Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy, The Blue Jackets’ Manual, History of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Destroyers of World War II, U.S. Navy in the Pacific 1909-1922, Careers in the Navy, MacArthur’s Navy, Practice for Navy Placement Tests, U.S. Navy Seals, The U.S. Navy in World War II, Modern U.S. Navy Submarines, U.S. Navy Fighters of WWII, U.S. Battleships 1935-1992, U.S. Navy Biographical Dictionary, the Future of U.S. Naval Power, many more. U.S. Navy eBooks, many with illustrations.

Great Britain – Royal Navy Collection

About 160 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Great Britain – Royal Navy. Some books: Fifty Years in the Royal Navy, HMS Leviathan, We Saw the Sea, Sea Life in Nelson’s Time, The Royal Navy 1780-1840, The Story of the Royal Navy over a Thousand Years, Britain’s Modern Royal Navy, British Naval Administration in the Age of Walpole, Pictorial History of the Royal Navy, Feeding Nelson’s Navy, The Victorian and Edwardian Navy, The British Fleet in the Great War, British Naval Aviation, Sea Power and Freedom, Battleships and Battlecruisers of the Royal Navy since 1861, The Dreadnoughts, An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy, many more.

U.S. Marine Corps Collection

About 310 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States Marine Corps”. Some books: United States Marine Corps, U.S. Marine Corps Workout, Illustrated History of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joining the U.S. Marine Corps, The U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, The U.S. Marine Corps in the Civil War, The Marine Corps 3X Fitness Program for Men and Women, U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, Leatherneck Legends, Making the Corps, Marines under Armor, A Marine at Khe Sanh, The Battle History of the U.S. Marines, The Bridges of Vietnam, many more.

U.S. Air Force Collection

About 210 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States. Air Force”. Some books: Famous U.S. Air Force Bombers, History of the U.S. Air Force, Planning and Organizing the Postwar Air Force, 1943-1947, Practice for Air Force Placement Tests, A Primer of Modern Air Combat in Europe, Memoirs of a Korean War Ace, The Top Secret UFO Findings Revealed, A Pictorial History of American Airpower, Air Force Combat Medals Streamers and Campaigns, Money Politics and the B-1 Bomber, The U.S. Air Force Program for Developing the Spacecraft Crew, U.S. Air Force Special Operations during the Cold War, Science and Technology Forecasting for the Air Force 1944-1986, American Bombing in World War II, The U.S. Air Force in Korea 1950-1953, many more.

U.S. Coast Guard Collection

About 80 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States Coast Guard”. Some Books: Let’s Go to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Sea Raids and Rescues, History of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Aviation, U.S. Coast Guard in World War II, Rescue Warriors, The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in U.S. Coast Guard History, many more.

U.S. Military Policy Collection

About 320 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States Military Policy”. Some Books: The Pentagon Wars, America’s Quest for Global Dominance, The Illogic of American Nuclear Strategy, U.S. National Security Policymakers Processes & Politics, The History of Bush’s War Cabinet, Super Power Syndrome, America’s Military Revolution, Strategy and Statecraft for the Next Century, While America Sleeps, The Search for a Rational Military Policy, U.S. Military: ready for the new world order?, War without End: American planning for the next Vietnams, Revolutionizing How America Fights, Confronting the Nuclear Threat, many more.

Persian Gulf War 1991 Collection

About 260 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Persian Gulf War 1991”. Some books: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War, Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War, A marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and other Battles, The Gulf War Reader, The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf, The Secret History of Saddam’s War, Desert Shield to Desert Storm: the 2nd Gulf War, Schwarzkopf in his own Words, many more.

Iraq War 2003-2011 Collection

About 260 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Iraq War 2003-2011”. Some books: The Iraq War: causes and consequences, The People of the Iraq War One Sketch at a Time, The Battle for Iraq, War Politics and the Endgame in Iraq, Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing, The Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Scandal, A Chaplain’s Ministry in the Middle East, An Epic Memoir of War, Why America and Britain Lost Iraq, many more.

Afghan War 2001- Collection

About 170 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Afghan War 2001-“. Some books: A Choice of Enemies, The Taliban: opposing viewpoints, A Woman Among Warlords, Afghanistan, Obama’s Wars, An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan, In the Graveyard of Empires, The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War on Afghanistan, many more.

Fighter Planes Collection

About 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Fighter Planes”. Some books: The World’s Finest Combat Aircraft, Illustrated Book of Fighter Aircraft, Fighters 1939-1945, Land-Based Fighters, Future Fighters, Illustrated Book of Top Gun Aircraft, Handbook of Fighter Aircraft, World’s Great Fighters, Complete Guide to Fighters and Bombers of the World, Fighters of World War II, military weapons history eBooks, many more.

Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War

Bacevich, Andrew J.
Metropolitan 2010 Dewey Dec. 355

The bestselling author of The Limits of Power critically examines the Washington consensus on national security and why it must change
For the last half century, as administrations have come and gone, the fundamental assumptions about America’s military policy have remained unchanged: American security requires the United States (and us alone) to maintain a permanent armed presence around the globe, to prepare our forces for military operations in far-flung regions, and to be ready to intervene anywhere at any time. In the Obama era, just as in the Bush years, these beliefs remain unquestioned gospel.
In Washington Rules, a vivid, incisive analysis, Andrew J. Bacevich succinctly presents the origins of this consensus, forged at a moment when American power was at its height. He exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie our pervasive faith in military might, especially the notion that overwhelming superiority will oblige others to accommodate America’s needs and desires—whether for cheap oil, cheap credit, or cheap consumer goods. And he challenges the usefulness of our militarism as it has become both unaffordable and increasingly dangerous.

The Department Of Mad Scientists: How DARPA is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs

Belfiore, Michael
Harper Collins 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

America’s greatest idea factory isn’t Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT’s Media Lab. It’s the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields—from energy, robotics, and rockets to doctorless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just a few hours.
Michael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. The Department of Mad Scientists contains material that has barely been reported in the general media—in fact, only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. But as this fascinating read demonstrates, DARPA isn’t so much frightening as it is inspiring — it is our future.

The Department of Defense

Borklund, Carl W.
Praeger 1968 Dewey Dec. 355.3

A volume in the “Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies”. The books in this series “describe the origin, development, function, methods, and structure of specific departments or agencies and explain how far their activities extend and how they relate to other branches of the government and to the public.”

Dictionary of Military Terms: Over 6,000 Terms Clearly Defined

Bowyer, Richard
Black 2007 Dewey Dec. 355

From abort and azimuth to zero point and ZULU time, this is the comprehensive standardized dictionary of military and asso-ciated terminology compiled for general use by the United States government. It’s nearly 800 pages of words, phrases, names, and acronyms that for many can seem like a foreign language. For the 1.3 million men and women on active duty with the U.S. military and the 1.1 million in the National Guard and Reserve forces, for government workers and contractors working the Department of Defense, it is a vital resource. For anyone with an interest in all things military, this is a fascinating read.

A Short Guide to Clausewitz on War

Clausewitz, Carl von, Leonard, Roger Ashley, ed.
Putnam 1967 Dewey Dec. 355

Extracts selected from the English translation of Vom Kriege published in London in 1962.

Department of Defense Dictionary Of Military and Associated Terms

Defense Technical Information Center
U.S. Department of Defense 2010 Dewey Dec. 355

“Sets forth standard US military and associated terminology to encompass the joint activity of the Armed Forces of the United States. These military and associated terms, together with their definitions, constitute approved Department of Defense (DOD) terminology for general use by all DOD components.” -Preface. Includes an extensive appendix of acronyms.

The United States Marine Corps

Donovan, James A.
Prager 1967 Dewey Dec. 355.3

A volume in the “Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies”. The books in this series “describe the origin, development, function, methods, and structure of specific departments or agencies and explain how far their activities extend and how they relate to other branches of the government and to the public.”

An Encyclopedia Of Battles

Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present

Eggenberger, David
Dover 1985

Megiddo, Thermopylae, Waterloo, Stalingrad, Vietnam…nothing has dominated man’s attention, challenged his energy, produced more heroes – and destruction – than war. This monumental one-volume work traces the long history of that uniquely human activity in vivid, accurate accounts of over 1,500 crucial military conflicts. Spanning more than 3,400 years, it encompasses a panorama of warfare so complete that no single volume like it exists.

Soldiers of Fortune: A History of the Mercenary in Modern Warfare

Geraghty, Tony
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 355.3

“The freelance solider, or mercenary, whether fighting for money or reputation or an adopted cause, has always been a fascinating and controversial phenomenon. Now, as a result of the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has become not simply a mercenary but a vital part of modern and privatized warfare. For some, he is a heroic figure, doing the work governments are too squeamish to admit to; for others, he is a bloodthirsty killer. In Tony Geraghty’s starling history, he sheds new light on their activities, which has until now been shrouded in secrecy.” -Publisher

Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

Haney, Eric L.
Delacorte 2006 Dewey Dec. 356

They are the Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. But you won’t hear about their heroics on the news, no headlines about them can appear in the papers, and no one—not even their families—can know who they are. First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D—Delta Force, America’s supersecret counterterrorist unit. On paper they do not exist, but without them, our lives wouldn’t be the same.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes account, founding member Eric L. Haney, Command Sergeant Major, USA (ret.), takes you into the grueling selection and training process of Delta Force. From learning how to open a padlock with a soda can to rescuing a hijacked airplane, these men are masters of espionage and warfare. They are the anonymous heroes who protect us every day from threats we’ll never know existed.

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Hedges, Chris
Random House 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

“Drawing on the literature of combat, from Homer and Shakespeare to Erich Maria Remarque and Michael Herr, Hedges shows how human beings are conditioned to embrace what he calls “the myth of war”–The idea that combat is noble, selfless, and glorious. And yet if human history is any guide, nations and imperiums have stumbled and even fallen when they believed the myths peddled about war and about themselves. The reality of war, which Hedges knows first-hand, is about the destruction of culture, the perversion of human desire, and the embrace, ultimately, of death over life.” -Publisher

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

Kilcullen, David
Oxford Univ. 2009 Dewey Dec. 355.4

David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west” (Washington Post). Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced America’s decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement “the Surge,” now recognized as a dramatic success.
In The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. Kilcullen takes us “on the ground” to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war (the “War on Terrorism”) and its relation to the associated “small wars” across the globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Pakistani tribal zones, East Timor and the horn of Africa.
Colored with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of Southeast Asia to the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the dusty towns of the Middle East, The Accidental Guerrilla will, quite simply, change the way we think about war. This book is a must read for everyone concerned about the war on terror.

Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft: 1991-92

Lambert, Mark, ed.
Jane’s Information Group 1991 Dewey Dec. 358.4

Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft sets the standard in aviation reference, providing exhaustive technical detail on civil and military aircraft currently being produced or under development. Complete with photographs and line drawings to aid recognition and comparison, this authoritative resource provides you with the ability to evaluate competitors, identify potential buyers, and business partners, and examine aircraft equipment.

Encyclopedia of Modern U.S. Military Weapons

Lauer, Colonel Timothy M. and Llanso, Steven L.
Berkely, 1998

From the Army Times, Navy Times and Air Force Times. ” Covers, in one exhaustively researched volume, the weapons, vehicles, equipment and systems that have served our nation in the past and present. Each listing includes a collective description of the weapon system, its evolution, development, variants, combat experience, and specifications. These systems are divided into seven categories: Aircraft, Artillery/Guns, Ground Combat Vehicles, Missiles/Rockets, Naval Mines/ Torpedoes, Sensors/Electronic Warfare Systems, and Ships/Submarines, including a complete register of ships.” -Back cover

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point

Lipsky, David
Houghton Mifflin 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

“A superb description of modern military culture, and one of the most gripping accounts of university life…. Powerful…. Wonderfully told.” –The New York Times Book Review
As David Lipsky follows a future generation of army officers from their proving grounds to their barracks, he reveals the range of emotions and desires that propels these men and women forward. From the cadet who struggles with every facet of West Point life to those who are decidedly huah, Lipsky shows people facing challenges so daunting and responsibilities so heavy that their transformations are fascinating to watch. Absolutely American is a thrilling portrait of a unique institution and those who make up its ranks.

The United States Army

Pizer, Vernon
Praeger 1967 Dewey Dec. 355.3

A volume in the “Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies”. The books in this series “describe the origin, development, function, methods, and structure of specific departments or agencies and explain how far their activities extend and how they relate to other branches of the government and to the public.”

Jane’s Fighting Ships 1991-92

Sharpe, Richard
Jane’s Information Group 1991 Dewey Dec. 359

IHS Janes Fighting Ships is the worlds leading open source maritime defense reference resource, delivering exhaustive profiles of naval platforms in development, in production and in service globally. IHS Janes Fighting Ships provides comprehensive coverage of the worlds naval platforms, supporting military and security organizations by delivering reliable technical and program information on current and future naval capabilities, and providing maritime defense market intelligence to enable A&D businesses to carry out successful marketing, strategy and product development activity.


Military History Books

Military History Collection

About 4,200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military History”. Some books: Magill’s Guide to Military History, American Military History, Military History of India, Military History of Canada, Encyclopedia of Military History, Dictionary of British Military History, The Military History of World War II (many volumes), The American Civil War: a military history, A Military History of Ireland, A People’s History of the U.S. Military, many more.

United States Military History Collection

About 830 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of United States Military History. Some books: Encyclopedia of American Military History, Oxford Guide to American Military History, A History of American Secret Intelligence, The American Civil War, Source Book in American History to 1787, The Civilian in the Military, The U.S. Marines: a combat history from Iwo Jima to Iraq, The History of American Wars from Colonial Times to World War I, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Atlas of American Wars, Vietnam: an American ordeal, Sniper: a history of the U.S. marksman, The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam, Fiasco: the American military adventure in Iraq, many more. U.S. military history eBooks.

Military Campaigns Collection

About 530 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military Campaigns”. Some books: Civil War Road Trip Guide, Battles of the American Civil War, Rebels at the Gate: Lee and McClellan on the Front, Stories of D-Day, Guadalcanal: the turning point, The Battle for Europe 1918, Great Campaigns of World War II, Countdown to Cassino, To the Marianas: war in the Central Pacific 1944, Battle for the Hue: Tet 1968, The Road to Yorktown, The Battle for the Rhineland, Greatest Battles of World War II, The Guns of August, Battle of Normandy 1944, The Fall of Crete, Vicksburg: the battle that won the Civil War, Battles of World War I, War in the Pacific, Strategy and Tactics of the Great Commanders of World War II, World War II in Photographs, Gallipoli, Battles of the Spanish-American War, many more. Military campaigns eBooks.

American Revolution Campaigns 1775-1783 Collection

About 80 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States – History – Revolution, 1775-1783 – Campaigns”. Some books: A People’s History of the American Revolution, Surrender at Yorktown, A Military History of the American Revolution, The American Revolution through British Eyes, Biggest Battles of the Revolutionary War, The Winter at Valley Forge, The War for Independence: a military history, Burgoyne’s Invasion of 1777, Early Battles of the American Revolution, Frontier Defense on the Upper Ohio 1777-1778, Land Battles of the Revolutionary War, The First Salute by Barbara Tuchman, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, many more. American Revolutionary War eBooks, U.S. military history eBooks.

War of 1812 Collection

About 160 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States – War of 1812”. Some books: The British Blockade of the U.S. 1812-1815, 1812: the war nobody won, The War of 1812: heroes of a great Canadian victory, The British Invasion of Maryland 1812-1815, The Star-Spangled Banner, Famous People of the War of 1812, The Naval War of 1812, The Causes of the War of 1812, The Patuxent Naval Campaign in the War of 1812, The Invasion of Canada: battles of the War of 1812, many more. War of 1812 eBooks free, U.S. military history eBooks.

Mexican War 1845-1848 Collection

About 30 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States – Mexican War, 1845-1848”. Some books: The United States in the Mexican War, The U.S. and Mexico at War, Texas and the War with Mexico, The Mexican War 1846-1848, Mr. Polk’s War, To the Halls of the Montezumas, The U.S. Army in the Mexican War, Hispanic America Texas and the Mexican War, The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, many more. Mexican War eBooks, U.S. military history eBooks.

U.S. Civil War Campaigns (1861-1865) Collection

About 190 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “U.S. Civil War Campaigns (1861-1865)”. Some books: The Naval History of the Civil War, The American Civil War, Civil War: battles and leaders, The Military Genius of Stonewall Jackson, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Great Battles of the Civil War, Photographic History of the Civil War, The Civil War in North Carolina, Battle of Antietam, Combat Leadership in the Civil War, Battlefields of the Civil War, many more. eBooks on Civil War battles, U.S. military history eBooks.

World War I Military Collection

About 370 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military World War I”. Some books: World War I, America in World War I, Campaigns of World War I, Weapons of World War I, Aircraft of World War I, Technology of World War I, America’s Entry into World War I, Warplanes of World War I, the War to End all Wars, Battles of World War I, The Western Front, Tanks & Weapons of World War I, Canada in World War I, Origins of World War I, World War One German Army, The First World War in Photographs, Doughboy Journalism in World War I, many more. World War I eBooks, The Great War eBooks.

Military History of World War Two Collection

About 190 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Military – World War II”. Some books: Heroes of WWII, History of American Mechanized Cavalry in World War II, History of World War II, The Third Reich Day by Day, France under the Germans, African American Troops in WWII, Pearl Harbor: the way it was, World War II Quiz & Fact Book, Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II, A Codemaker’s War 1941-1945, D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, Inside the Third Reich, many more. World War II, U.S. military history eBooks.

Korean War Collection

About 220 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Korean War”. Some books: The Korean War, Korea: Canada’s Forgotten War, Living through the Korean War, The Day the Chinese Attacked, MASH, The Forgotten War, War in Korea, Korea: the first war we lost, The Bloody Road to Panmunjom, America in Korea 1950-1953, History of the Korean War, many more. Korean War eBooks, U.S. military history eBooks.

Vietnam War Collection

Almost 500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Vietnam Conflict”. Some books: The Vietnam War, An Oral History of the U.S. Navy Seals in Vietnam, Vietnam: there and here, Healing from the War, In Vietnam, The Secret Search for Peace in Vietnam, North Vietnam: a documentary, Vietnam: anatomy of a conflict, The U.S. in Vietnam, Vietnam: search and destroy, The Unheard Voices of Vietnam, The Naval Air War in Vietnam, The Draft the War and the Vietnam Generation, many more. Vietnam War eBooks, U.S. military history eBooks.

Persian Gulf War 1991 Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Persian Gulf War 1991. Some books: Weapons of the Gulf War, The First Gulf War 1990-1991, The Official Lite History and Cookbook of the Gulf War, The Persian Gulf War, Desert Storm, The Mideast after the Gulf War, Military Lessons of the Gulf War, The Gulf War Assessed, The Media and the Persian Gulf War, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf War, The Strategy and Tactics of the Persian Gulf War, Desert Storm: the war in the Persian Gulf, many more. Gulf War eBooks, U.S. military history eBooks.

Iraq War 2003-2011 Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Iraq War 2003-2011. Some books: The Battle for Iraq, The Iraq War: causes and consequences, The Best War Ever: lies damned lies and the mess in Iraq, The Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Scandal, Why America and Britain Lost Iraq, The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq, Marketing the War against Iraq, A Tribute to Soldiers Who Lost Their Lives in Iraq, Red Zone: five bloody years in Baghdad, The Fall of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein: a biography, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Second Iraq War, many more. Iraq War eBooks free, U.S. military history eBooks.

Afghan War 2001 and After Collection

About 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States – Afghan War, 2001-“. Some books: America’s War in Afghanistan, How Should the U.S. Proceed in Afghanistan?, Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, My Imprisonment at Guantanamo Bagram and Kandahar, Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, Understanding the War in Afghanistan, The American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare, The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan, The U.S. Attack on Afghanistan, Life of an American Soldier in Afghanistan, many more. Afghanistan War eBooks, U.S. military history eBooks.

Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare, from the Philippines to Iraq

Arnold, James R.
Bloomsbury 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

The end of the cold war promised a new era of international peace. Instead, violence has proliferated across the globe. What does history tell us about how this conflict will play out? Noted military historian James R. Arnold delivers an engrossing narrative history of a century of counterinsurgent warfare. Analyzing past campaigns—the United States in the Philippines, the British in Malaya, the French in Algeria, and the United States in Vietnam—Arnold traces patterns of victory and defeat. Patience, determination, and adaptability are needed—an epilogue examines the occupation of Iraq, where America, to its cost, ignored the lessons of history. Jungle of Snakes is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the ongoing worldwide conflict the Pentagon calls the “Long War.” Military history eBooks.

Selected Articles on National Defense

Bacon, Corinne, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 355

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Selected Articles on Military Training

Bacon, Corinne, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 355

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Military education

The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949

Baggott, Jim
Norton 2010 Dewey Dec. 355.8

Rich in personality, action, confrontation, and deception, The First War of Physics is the first fully realized popular account of the race to build humankind’s most destructive weapon. The book draws on declassified material, such as MI6’s Farm Hall transcripts, coded soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the soviet archives. Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of ‘Joe-1,’ August 1949’s first Soviet atomic bomb test. Why did physicists persist in developing the atomic bomb, despite the devastation that it could bring? Why, despite having a clear head start, did Hitler’s physicists fail? Could the soviets have developed the bomb without spies like Klaus Fuchs or Donald Maclean? Did the allies really plot to assassinate a key member of the German bomb program? Did the physicists knowingly inspire the arms race? The First War of Physics is a grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius: a tale barely believable as fiction, which just happens to be historical fact.

The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ancient & Medieval Warfare

Bennett, Matthew
Fitzroy Dearborn 1998 Dewey Dec. 355

“provides a comprehensive guide to the battles and wars, commanders, tactics, formations, fortifications, and weapons of war in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, China, and Japan from the beginning of recorded history to the 16th century. More than 3,000 entries, written by expert military historians, cover all aspects of warfare from the emergence of the earliest walled cities in the Ancient Near East up to and including the period of European discovery of the New World.” -Publisher. Military history eBooks.

The Seventy Great Battles in History

Black, Jeremy
Thames & Hudson 2005 Dewey Dec. 355.4

Twenty-five military historians from around the world describe the decisive conflicts that shaped history from the fifth century BC to the present.
Cannae and Agincourt, Waterloo and Gettysburg, Stalingrad and Midway, the Tet Offensive….The latest book in the popular Seventies series assesses the great battles and conflicts in history from the past twenty-five centuries, and discusses the effects they have had on the development of states and civilizations.
Organized chronologically into seven parts, the book encompasses the ancient and medieval worlds as well as the wars of the past hundred years, including the conflict in Iraq.
Richly illustrated in color with hundreds of photographs, contemporary paintings, and specially commissioned battle plans and maps, this will be essential reading for anyone interested in military history. 350 illustrations, 230 in color. Military history eBooks.

War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History

Boot, Max
Gotham 2006 Dewey Dec. 355

A monumental, groundbreaking work of history that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield – from the Spanish Armada to the War on Terror – and how mastery of these innovations has shaped the rise and fall of nations and empires
In “War Made New,” acclaimed author Max Boot explores how innovations in warfare mark crucial turning points in modern history, influencing events well beyond the realm of combat. Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, Boot focuses on four “revolutions” in military affairs and describes key battles from each period to explain how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air-strikes have remade the field of battle – and shaped the rise and fall of empires.
“Max Boot’s book takes hundred of years of tactical battle history and reduces it to an incisive narrative of how war has changed. By providing such a coherent view of the past, he has pointed us toward the future. What is doubly impressive is how he draws surprising, fresh lessons from wars we thought we knew so much about but in fact didn’t.” -Robert D. Kaplan, author of “Imperial Grunts”

Facts about the American Wars: A Fact-Filled Compendium of American Military Conflicts from the Colonial Era to the Present

Bowman, John S.
H.W. Wilson 1998 Dewey Dec. 355

Brings together in one handy reference volume the details of every major war in which Americans have been involved, from the Franco-Spanish War in Florida in 1565 to the Persian Gulf War in 1991. American military history eBooks.

Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the U.S. Air Force 1947-1997

Boyne, Walter J.
St. Martin’s 1997 Dewey Dec. 358.4

Beyond the Wild Blue is a fascinating look at fifty turbulent years of Air Force history. From the prop-driven armada of World War II to the most advanced Stealth weaponry, from pioneers like General Henry “Hap” Arnold to glorious conquests in the Gulf War, Beyond the Wild Blue is a high-flying study of the triumphs (and failures) of leadership and technology. Military aviation history eBooks.

American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm

Buckley, Gail and Bolden, Tonya
Crown 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

A dramatic and moving tribute to the military’s unsung heroes, American Patriots tells the story of the black servicemen and women who defended American ideals on the battlefield, even as they faced racism in the ranks and segregation on the home front. Through hundreds of original interviews with veterans of every war since World War I, historic accounts, and photographs, Gail Buckley brings these heroes and their struggles to life. We meet Henry O. Flipper, who withstood silent treatment from his classmates to become the first black graduate of West Point in 1877. And World War II infantry medic Bruce M. Wright, who crawled through a minefield to shield a fallen soldier during an attack. Finally, we meet a young soldier in Vietnam, Colin Powell, who rose through the ranks to become, during the Gulf War, the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Fourteen years in the making, American Patriots is a landmark chronicle of the brave men and women whose courage and determination changed the course of American history. American military history eBooks.
Contents: The Revolution — The War of 1812 — The Civil War — Buffalo Soldiers 1 — World War I — The Spanish Civil War — World War II — Korea — Vietnam — Desert Storm

House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

Carroll, James
Houghton Mifflin 2006 Dewey Dec. 355

This landmark, myth-shattering work chronicles the most powerful institution in America, the people who created it, and the pathologies it has spawned. James Carroll proves a controversial thesis: the Pentagon has, since its founding, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society. It is the biggest, loosest cannon in American history, and no institution has changed this country more. To argue his case, he marshals a trove of often chilling evidence. He recounts how “the Building” and its denizens achieved what Eisenhower called “a disastrous rise of misplaced power”–from the unprecedented aerial bombing of Germany and Japan during World War II to the “shock and awe” of Iraq. He charts the colossal U.S. nuclear buildup, which far outpaced that of the USSR, and has outlived it. He reveals how consistently the Building has found new enemies just as old threats–and funding–evaporate. He demonstrates how Pentagon policy brought about U.S. indifference to an epidemic of genocide during the 1990s. And he shows how the forces that attacked the Pentagon on 9/11 were set in motion exactly sixty years earlier, on September 11, 1941, when ground was broken for the house of war.

Chariot: From Chariot to Tank, the Astounding Rise and Fall of the World’s First War Machine

Cotterell, Arthur
Overlook 2005 Dewey Dec. 357

From 1286 B.C. at Kadesh in the Eastern Mediterranean – where the troops of Ramses II overwhelmed the Hittites with 5,000 chariots – to Rome in 67 A.D., when the Emperor Nero drove his own ten-horse chariot in the Olympic Games (he fell out but still won the prize) – to Constantinople in 352 A.D., when a three-day riot, ignited by a chariot race, left more than 30,000 people dead after the Emperor Justinian had to send in troops to restore order, the story of the chariot provides a key to understanding the pivotal scenes and personalities that have left their marks on history.”

The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Warfare From Ancient Egypt To Iraq

David, Saul
DK 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

War has been central to the rise and fall of civilizations since the dawn of time. The history of warfare first emerges from legend in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, around 3,000 years before the birth of Christ. The first armies that we know about fought in Sumeria, Ancient Egypt, and Syria. From these first battles, fought with spears or axes on horseback or on foot, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare traces the campaigns and conflicts that have shaped world history and examines the evolution of military tactics and technology.
The story of the development from these primitive battles to the global conflicts of the 20th century and the modern “War on Terror” is the story of humanity itself, reflecting the same political, cultural and technological forces that have defined human history. From longbows to laser-guided missiles; from chariots to jet aircraft; and from Samurai warriors to SAS soldiers, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare provides the definitive visual chronicle of this intense, brutal, and often heroic tale.
War combines a coherent and compelling spread-by-spread historical narrative with a wealth of supporting features on weapons and technology, strategy and tactics, the experience of war, and history’s fighting elites to recount the epic 5,000-year story of warfare and combat through the ages. Military history eBooks.

Hidden Heroism

Edgerton, Robert B.
Westview 2001 Dewey Dec. 355

In Hidden Heroism , Robert Edgerton investigates the history of Afro-American participation in American wars, from the French and Indian War to the present. He argues that blacks in American society have long-suffered from a “natural coward” stereotype that is implicit in the racism propagated from America’s earliest days, and often intensified as blacks slowly received freedom in American society. For instance, blacks served admirably in various wars, returned home after their service to short-term recongnition, and then soon found themselves even more seriously entrenched in a racist system because they were perceived as a threat to whites. This was true, Edgerton argues, until the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam, though the stereotypes have not been fully eradicated. In this book, Edgerton provides an accessible and well-informed tour through this little-known, but significant aspect of race in American military history. American military history eBooks.

The West Point Atlas of American Wars Vol 1

Esposito, Vincent J., ed.
Praeger 1959

Vol 1 covers 1689-1900. Vol 2 was not found online. A book of text with maps designed primarily for teaching cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but also intended for civilian students of military history.

Selected Articles on Enlargement of the United States Navy

Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1910 Dewey Dec. 359

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Battle: A Visual Journey through 5,000 Years of Combat

Grant, R. G.
DK 2009 Dewey Dec. 355

“Organized chronologically, Battle provides a detailed overview of the conduct of warfare through the centuries, from the first recorded battle at Megiddo between the massed ranks of Hittites and Egyptians, to the war of the missing Weapons of Mass Destruction. In each era, the technology that transformed the battlefield and the tactics that won the day are explored and explained. Battle is an indispensable reference to this most fundamental part of the human story.” -Publisher. Military history eBooks.

Biological weapons: From the Invention of State-sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism

Guillemin, Jeanne
Columbia Univ. 2005 Dewey Dec. 358

Until the events of September 11 and the anthrax attacks of 2001, biological weapons had never been a major public concern in the United States. Today, the possibility of their use by terrorists against Western states looms large as an international security concern. In Biological Weapons, Jeanne Guillemin provides a highly accessible and compelling account of the circumstances under which scientists, soldiers, and statesmen were able to mobilize resources for extensive biological weapons programs and also analyzes why such weapons, targeted against civilians, were never used in a major conflict.
Biological Weapons is required reading for every concerned citizen, government policymaker, public health official, and national security analyst who wants to understand this complex and timely issue.

The Soul of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny

Hanson, Victor Davis
Anchor 2001 Dewey Dec. 355

Victor David Hanson, author of the highly regarded classic The Western Way of War, presents an audacious and controversial theory of what contributes to the success of military campaigns.
Examining in riveting detail the campaigns of three brilliant generals who led largely untrained forces to victory over tyrannical enemies, Hanson shows how the moral confidence with which these generals imbued their troops may have been as significant as any military strategy they utilized. Theban general Epaminondas marched an army of farmers two hundred miles to defeat their Spartan overlords and forever change the complexion of Ancient Greece. William Tecumseh Sherman led his motley army across the South, ravaging the landscape and demoralizing the citizens in the defense of right. And George S. Patton commanded the recently formed Third Army against the German forces in the West, nearly completing the task before his superiors called a halt. Intelligent and dramatic, The Soul of Battle is narrative history at it’s best and a work of great moral conviction. Military history eBooks.

Cambridge Illustrated Atlas, Warfare: the Middle Ages, 768-1487

Hooper, Nicholas
Cambridge University 1996 Dewey Dec. 355

Warfare in the Middle Ages is often characterized as being dominated by lone, heroic knights or enormous mobs of plodding infantry. In this colorful and informative book, authors Hooper and Bennett debunk many of the myths surrounding medieval warfare to present a picture of a military culture as sophisticated as our modern one, with well organized armies and a high degree of tactical intelligence. The authors make their case by masterful use of high-quality maps, battle plans, and pictorial essays that explore such topics as siege warfare, the use of cavalry, the development of naval warfare, medieval science and warfare, and the legacy of the Middle Ages in modern military warfare. The Atlas spans the period from the coronation of Charlemagne to the last of the English Wars of the Roses and covers campaigns in and around Europe and the Mediterranean. The illustrations depict all levels of warfare from the strategic campaigns down to individual battles, fortifications, and weaponry. The lucid narrative that accompanies the pictures explains the course of campaigns and lessons to be learned from them. This book is written for the general reader with an interest in the history of warfare.

Selected Articles on National Defense Volume 3

Johnsen, Julia E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1920 Dewey Dec. 355

See the note at the first volume of this title, above.

The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing

Keegan, John
Viking 1999 Dewey Dec. 355

In The Book of War, John Keegan marshals a formidable host of war writings to chronicle the evolution of Western warfare through the voice of the most eloquent participants—from Thucydides’ classic account of ancient Greek phalanx warfare to a blow-by-blow description of ground fighting against the Iraqi troops in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Keegan gathers more than eighty selections, including Caesar’s Commentaries on the Roman invasion of Britain; the French Knight Jehan de Wavrin at the battle of Agincourt; Davy Crockett in the war against the Creek; Wellington’s dispatch on Waterloo; Hemingway after Caporetto; and Ernie Pyle at Normandy.

American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, & Vietnam

Kindsvatter, Peter S.
Univ. of Kansas 2003 Dewey Dec. 355

A sobering chronicle of war as well as a tribute to soldiers’ perseverance in the face of its horrors that draws upon soldiers’ memoirs, psychological studies, and oral histories to show that-regardless of the enemy, terrain, training, or weaponry-combat soldiers’ wartime experiences remain fundamentally the same. Military history eBooks.

Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II

McCurtie, Francis E.
Crown 1989 Dewey Dec. 359

A comprehensive encyclopedia of the ships of World War II, with more than 1000 illustrations.
Reproduced from the 1946/47 edition of Jane’s fighting ships. With new sections for the Axis navies compiled from previous editions.

Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War

Miller, Judith, Engelberg, Stephen, Broad, William J.
Hall 2002 Dewey Dec. 358

There is no terrorist threat more horrifying — and less understood — than germ warfare, and that it would take very little to mount a devastating attack on American soil. In Germs, three veteran reporters draw on top sources inside and outside the U.S. government to lay bare Washington’s secret strategies for combating this deadly threat.
Featuring an inside look at how germ warfare has been waged throughout history and what form its future might take (and in whose hands), Germs reads like a gripping detective story told by fascinating key figures: American and Soviet medical specialists who once made germ weapons but now fight their spread, FBI agents who track Islamic radicals, the Iraqis who built Saddam Hussein’s secret arsenal, spies who travel the world collecting lethal microbes, and scientists who see ominous developments on the horizon. With clear scientific explanations and harrowing insights, Germs is a masterfully written — and timely — work of investigative journalism.

The Submarine: A History

Parrish, Thomas
Viking 2004 Dewey Dec. 359.9

For centuries people dreamed of navigating under the sea, but it was not until the beginning of the twentieth century that inventors succeeded in developing practical submarines. With the coming of World War I, nations saw something entirely new in war: the deadly effectiveness of underwater craft, with German U-boats threatening to starve Britain and bringing the United States into the war, thus proving underwater battles more important than the great battles fought on land. A generation later U-boats repeated the struggle in the Atlantic, while in the Pacific U.S. submarines literally put Japan out of business. Then in the nuclear age, the true submarine became the most powerful weapon of war ever created – the weapon that paradoxically kept the peace. Now, military historian Thomas Parrish tells the story of those who first dreamed of underwater ships; of the practical and ingenious inventors and engineers who created and developed the submarine; of visionary naval strategists; of famous skippers on all sides — steel-nerved men like America’s Dick O’Kane, Germany’s Reinhard Hardegen — who wielded this weapon; of the famous and infamous deeds of boats like the U-20, the Wahoo, and the nuclear-powered Nautilus and George Washington; and of the tragedies that befell boats like the American Thresher and the Russian Kursk. Naval History eBooks.

Before the Fallout: from Marie Curie to Hiroshima

Preston, Diana
Walker 2005 Dewey Dec. 355.8

A history of the Atomic Bomb from Marie Curie to Hiroshima. “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” — Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad Gita after witnessing the successful demonstration of the atom bomb. The bomb, which killed an estimated 140,000 civilians in Hiroshima and destroyed the countryside for miles around, was one of the defining moments in world history. That mushroom cloud cast a terrifying shadow over the contemporary world and continues to do so today. But how could this have happened? What led to the creation of such a weapon of mass destruction? From the moment scientists contemplated the destructive potential of splitting the atom, the role of science changed. Ethical and moral dilemmas faced all those who realized the implications of their research. Before the Fall-Out charts the chain of events from Marie Curie’s scientific breakthrough through the many colourful characters such as Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer and Lord Rutherford, whose discoveries contributed to the bomb. The story of the atomic bomb spans 50 years of prolific scientific innovation, turbulent politics, foreign affairs and world-changing history. Through personal stories of exile, indecision and soul-searching, to charges of collaboration, spying and deceit, Diana Preston presents the human side of an unstoppable programme with a lethal outcome. History of Nuclear Weapons eBooks.

A Handbook of American Military History: from the Revolutionary War to the Present

Sweeney, Jerry K. and Byrne, Kevin B.
Westview 1996 Dewey Dec. 355

“This unique reference work covers the military history of the United States from the Revolution to the Gulf War. Comprehensive and easy to use, it supplies essential information on the social, technological, political, tactical, and strategic developments that have affected the evolution of the U.S. armed forces. Invaluable as a reference tool and reader’s guide, the Handbook of American Military History will prove essential for scholars, students, and history buffs alike. -Publisher. American military history eBooks.

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

Toll, Ian W.
Norton 2006 Dewey Dec. 359

The Battle of Trafalgar crowned the Royal Navy as undisputed sovereign of the world’s oceans. Yet just seven years after Nelson’s final victory, British ships were at war with a challenger from the new world – the United States of America. This is the story of the formation of the most formidable fighting force in the world.
“This wonderfully atmospheric account, brilliantly researched, full of stirring action and rich with the scent of the sea, surely establishes Ian Toll among the great naval historians writing today.” -Simon Winchester. U.S. Naval history eBooks.

The Oxford History of Modern War

Townshend, Charles, ed.
Oxford Univ. 2000 Dewey Dec. 355

This highly informative and engaging work investigates the techniques, technology, and theory of warfare. From the military revolution of the seventeenth century to the present day battalion of high-tech weaponry and satellite technology, expert contributors explore major developments and themes, including air and sea warfare, combat experience, technology, and opposition to war. Specific topics include the extraordinary achievements of Napoleon’s armies, the role of nationalism in battlegrounds, colonial wars, and the concept of “total war.” One thought-provoking essay points out that today’s armies face an range of low-intensity conflicts–from civil protests to domestic terrorism–that can not be won by any purely military approach. As a result, the military professionalism that evolved to foster modern war is beginning to erode.
Highlighting a wide range of information with expert insights and historical analysis, The Oxford History of Modern War leaves no aspect of modern warfare unexplored. This volume will fascinate everyone from casual readers and history buffs, to scholars, political thinkers, and historians.

Selected Articles on Military Training in Schools and Colleges, including Military Camps

Van Valkenburgh, Agnes, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. 355

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Selected Articles on National Defense including Compulsory Military Service; Volume 2

Van Valkenburgh, Agnes, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. 355

See the note at the first volume of this title, above.