Announcements and Events

The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce the winners of its three annual book prizes.

Elvis’s Army Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield by Brian McAllister Linn is the winner of the 2017 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published between January 2016 and July 2017 covering any topic in U.S. Military History from 1946 to 2001. Elvis’ Army was published by Harvard University Press. Brian Linn is Professor of History and Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and an Olin Fellowship at Yale University. Linn has been a visiting professor at the Army War College and a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Singapore and the University of Birmingham.

With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the Battle for Montfaucon by Gene Fax is the winner of the 2017 Master Corporal Jan Stanislaw Jakobczak Memorial Book Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published between January 2016 and June 2017 covering any topic in U.S. Military History from 1898 to 1945. With Their Bare Hands was published by Osprey Press. Gene Fax is an engineer by training who founded The Cadmus Group, Inc. He spent seventeen years researching and writing this book. Fax’s grandfather served in the 79th Division in the First World War.

The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns by Steven E. Sodergren is the winner of the inaugural Colonel Richard W. Ulbrich Memorial Book Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published between January 2016 and July 2017 covering any topic in U.S. Military History from 1775 to 1897. The Army of the Potomac was published by Louisiana State University Press and also won the 2018 William E. Colby Award. Steven Sodergren is Associate Professor and Chair of the History and Political Science Department at Norwich University.

Vietnam War Symposium

The conference program for the upcoming "Post-War Transitions in Europe: Politics, States and Veterans (1918-1923)" meeting has been released. The conference will be held March 28-30 at the University College Dublin Centre for War Studies. Conference registration is due by February 1st. Click the link above for details.

The Merriman Prize 2018-19

The Merriman prize is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay on any topic in the fields of international and/or military history from the ancient world to the present day. Offered by the Department of History at Lancaster University, it is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university. The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £250.
Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:
• The rise and fall of great powers
• The treatment of non-combatants
• Diplomacy and peace-making
• Strategy and tactics
• Battles and operations
• Wars of propaganda
• Weaponry
• Intelligence
Essays, of 2,500 to 3,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography), should be submitted to Dr Sophie Ambler,, by 15 March 2019, together with a brief covering letter, which must include the name of your university and title of your degree, signed by a member of your faculty confirming that you are a current undergraduate.

For details of Lancaster’s MA International and Military History, see

The Council on America’s Military Past (CAMP) is pleased to announce the Herbert Hart Award for writing Military History.

Col. Herbert Hart, USMC (Ret), was a mainstay of CAMP: official historian, prolific author, and Heliogram editor, in addition to being the executive director who grew the organization and just plain made things happen. Col. Hart, who died in 2015, was one of the nation’s leading authorities on western forts.

CAMP aims to honor Col. Hart and encourage scholarship in this field by inviting undergraduate and graduate students to submit original, previously unpublished, scholarly articles that address a topic at the intersection of American military history and historic preservation. The winner will be awarded $1,000 and, if not already a member, a one year membership in CAMP. His or her article will be featured in a future issue of the Journal of America’s Military Past. All entrants will be offered 50% registration at the next annual conference.

Articles must be no more than 5,000 words, and written in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. One submission per person only, please. Articles submitted must note the entrant’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and academic affiliation. Entries must be emailed to by March 1, 2019. Entries will be acknowledged by email and judged by the CAMP Editorial Board within three months.

Articles that meet the criteria can be seen at CAMP’s website, A good example of what we are are looking for was a cover story on Custer and Little Big Horn that looked at the battlefield then and now. Other successful stories feature historic military posts, and the men and women who inhabited them. CAMP has a broad definition of military posts, to include historic ships and airplanes.

Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access press sponsored by leading liberal arts colleges, issues call for works and series
The Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched.

Conceived by an initiative of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of eighty liberal arts colleges across the nation, the Lever Press is made possible by funding commitments from more than forty college and university libraries within and beyond Oberlin’s membership, and run by a partnership of two established scholarly publishers—the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Lever Press is guided by a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary editorial board of distinguished scholars: 

  • Darin Hayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Haverford College
  • Nicolle Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University
  • Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Grinnell College
  • Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Interim Director of the Denison Museum, Denison University
  • Frederick Knight, Professor and Chairman of History, Morehouse College
  • Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies St. Olaf College
  • Jason Mittell, Professor of Film and Media Culture and American Studies and Faculty Director, Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, Middlebury College
  • Mary Crone Odekon, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Skidmore College
  • J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
  • Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College
  • Josephine Wright, Professor of Music, The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, The College of Wooster
In giving shape to its emerging editorial program, Lever Press has developed a “Guidance to Authors” signaling an interest in works characterized by three qualities:

  1. Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
  2. Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong ethical and religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
  3. Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of creation and highlight their contributions.
 Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found at

Joint Force Quarterly seeks history submissions for its “Recall” Section
Joint Force Quarterly, published by the National Defense University Press, is looking for articles of 2,500 - 5,000 words or less for its Recall section.  Recall focuses on historical issues often of contemporary relevance to the joint force.   JFQ is the Chairman's joint military and security studies journal designed to inform and educate national security professionals on joint and integrated operations; whole of government contributions to national security policy and strategy; homeland security; and developments in training and joint military education to better equip America's military and security apparatus to meet tomorrow's challenges while protecting freedom today.  Instructions for submission of articles is at:  Any questions can be sent to

Several books have been published in this series at Ohio University Press.

  • Geoffrey L. Rossano’s edited Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingall’s, America’s First Naval Ace
  • Eugene D. Schmiel’s Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era
  • Steven M. Baule’s Protecting the Empire’s Frontier: Officers of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment during its North American Service, 1767-1776
  • John A. Wood’s forthcoming Veteran Narrative and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War
The series provides a venue for scholars of war and society in areas now comprising the United States and Canada from the pre-colonial period to the present. The scope is broadly conceived to include:
  • military histories of conventional and unconventional conflicts on the North American continent
  • studies of peace movements and pacifist attitudes in North America
  • biographies of individuals and groups from North America who fought around the world and returned from those wars
  • examinations of institutional, political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, economic, or environmental factors that affected warfare on the North American continent
  • comparative analyses of military conflicts in North America 
Proposals for outstanding dissertation monographs, surveys, anthologies, or edited primary source collections will be considered. Because this series originally focused on the Midwest, proposals will continue to be considered on the upper Mississippi River valley, the Ohio River valley, and the Great Lakes region.  The series is co-edited by Ingo Trauschweizer of Ohio University and David Ulbrich of Rogers State University.  The series' editorial advisory board includes Janet Bednarek, Michael Doyle, Nicole Etcheson, Joseph Fitzharris, John Grenier, John Hall, Paul Herbert, James Westheider, and Lee Windsor.

Strategies & Tactics Press

We are looking to augment our current pool of writers at Strategies & Tactics Press. Founded in 1967, Strategy & Tactics magazine is the longest continually published military history magazine. In addition to Strategy & Tactics, we also publish World at War, which specializes in the Second World War and Modern War which specializes in Cold War/Current/Future conflicts.

All of periods of military history are desired. For submissions we are looking for the analytical aspect of the certain battle/conflict, not necessarily just the story or personal aspect of the battle (i.e. we focus on the “how and why” questions).

For more information, please contact:
Strategies & Tactics Press
Kyle Lockwood, Senior Editor