Announcements and Events
The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Kara Dixon Vuic’s The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines as the winner of the 2020 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award.
This award is named for Richard Lukaszewicz (1946-2011), an American soldier who served in the Vietnam War.
The 2020 Lukaszewicz Award recognizes the outstanding book published in 2019 or 2020 that covers any topic in U.S. Military History from 1946 to 2001.
The Girls Next Door was published by Harvard University Press.
Kara Dixon Vuic is the inaugural LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University, an endowed position honoring a Texas Marine killed in Afghanistan. She is the author of Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War, which won the Lavinia L. Dock Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing and was a Finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.
Praise from the Selection Committee members:
“Kara Dixon Vuic’s The Girls Next Door demonstrates that nontraditional military history is as important, interesting, and relevant as the battles and leaders accounts that have historically dominated the field. Vuic masterfully tells the story of the young women who volunteered to travel overseas to support the servicemen fighting in the United States’ various twentieth century conflicts. She stresses that these women overcame both physical and psychological dangers to maintain the connection between the servicemen and the country that sent them off to war. In her thoughtful, well-written, and thoroughly-researched work, Vuic tackles the complicated and controversial issues surrounding these women and their difficult and sometimes contradictory roles without the usual axe-grinding and polemics. The result is an impressive book that fully deserves the 2021 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award.”
--Martin G. Clemis, author of The Control War: The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968–1975
--Brian McAllister Linn, author of Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield
--Stephen R. Taaffe, author of Commanding the Pacific: Marine Corps Generals in World War II
The committee also recognizes William P. Head’s Storms over the Mekong: Major Battles of the Vietnam War and Ingo Trauschweizer’s Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam as deserving of honorable mentions for the 2020 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award.
Head’s Storms over the Mekong was published by Texas A&M University Press, and Trauschweizer’s Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War was published by University Press of Kentucky.
Praise for the honorable mentions from the Selection Committee members:
“One of the most common clichés in Vietnam War history is that the United States armed forces won every battle. William Head’s well-researched and concise Storms over the Mekong studies nine major battles and raises important questions for current audiences of what ‘winning’ means. Beginning with the defeat of South Vietnamese forces at Ap Bac in 1963 and ending with the forgotten, at least to Americans, battle at Xuan Loc in 1975, the book provides a valuable reference to the war’s most bloody and controversial operations. Head does not shy from controversy, and his conclusions on Ia Drang, Rolling Thunder and Khe Sanh in particular challenge much of the accepted narrative. This book that will be of great use to readers who are interested in military
operations and teaching the Vietnam War.
“Ingo Trauschweizer’s Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam examines one of twentieth-century America’s most influential soldiers, strategists, and diplomats. From his early days as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to his participation in the Congressional hearings that eventually led to the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, Taylor played a critical role in shaping American foreign policy during the Cold War. Focusing largely on Taylor’s role as Army Chief of Staff, national security advisor to President Kennedy, and ambassador to South Vietnam, Trauschweizer’s analysis of Taylor’s views on war, strategy and policy, military command, and civil-military relations is an impressive blend of military, diplomatic, and intellectual history. This book is critical for any reader interested in American foreign relations and military policy during the Cold War era.”
The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Kate Werran’s An American Uprising in Second World War England: Mutiny in the Duchy as the winner of the 2020 Master Corporal Jan Stanislaw Jakobczak Memorial Book Award.
This book prize is named for Polish-born Jan Stanislaw Jakobczak (1914-2004), an Allied soldier of World War II. Arrested by the Soviets in 1939, Jakobczak spent three years in the Siberian Gulag before his release into General Władysław Anders’ Polish II Corps. After training in Persia and
Palestine, Jakobczak and his compatriots fought alongside Allied forces in the Italian Campaign. He received a head wound during the recapture of the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino. After the war, Jakobczak emigrated first to London and later to Chicago, where he became a U.S. citizen. This book award memorializes his odyssey and that of other Allied soldier-refugees who made their homes in the United States.
The 2020 Jakobczak Award recognizes the outstanding book published in 2019 or 2020 that covers any topic in U.S. Military History from 1898 to 1945.
An American Uprising was published by Pen and Sword.
After reading History at Oxford University, Kate Werran wrote for local and national newspapers before switching to television where she worked for one of Britain’s leading independent documentary makers, producing 20th Century history programs for Channel 4, Channel 5, and the BBC.
Praise for the winners from the Selection Committee members:
“Kate Werran tackles the highly relevant subject of how badly the US Army treated their black soldiers at a time when the United States fought Hitler - the world’s greatest racist – with a segregated army. The author shows convincingly how the often high motivation of the black soldiers was grinded to dust in the everyday racism and that officers did not shy away from twisting the truth to cover up the terrible fallout of that racism when the victims for once stood up against it. The important book is partly structured like the original court martial proceedings and thus makes for engaging reading, despite the dreadful topic.”
--Robert Burrell, author of The Ghosts of Iwo Jima
--Gene Fax, author of With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the battle for Montfaucon
--Jörg Muth, author of Command Culture: Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940
The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce that Earl J. Hess’ Civil War Supply and Strategy: Feeding Men and Moving Armies and Kenneth W. Noe’s The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War as co-winners of the 2020 Colonel Richard W. Ulbrich Memorial Book Award.
This is book prize is named for Richard W. Ulbrich (1921-2008). Ulbrich served as a bombardier in the USAAF’s 376th Heavy Bombardment Group during World War II and flew on strategic bombing missions on B-24s in 1944 and 1945. After the war, he served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a colonel in 1981. Ulbrich lived in Dayton, Ohio, where he sang many solos at churches, raised his family, and spent nearly four decades working as a civilian engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB. An oral history interview with Ulbrich can be viewed at: http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/376OrHis/id/54.
Both Hess’ Civil War Supply and Strategy and Noe’s The Howling Storm were published by Louisiana State University Press.
Praise for the winners from the Selection Committee members:
“Both The Howling Storm and Civil War Supply and Strategy are truly path-breaking and foundational works, in focus, scope, depth, and insight.”
“This year’s nominations presented the committee with an extraordinarily difficult choice between two highly original, ambitious, and extremely deeply researched works of scholarship, by authors already well-known for their insight-filled topical and thematic explorations in the military history of the American Civil War. Kenneth Noe’s book, The Howling Storm, is the first full-length, holistic, and chronological examination of the impact of climate and weather on the Civil War as a whole, and for most of its major campaigns. Noe both demonstrates the varied effects of weather and climate on specific campaigns and battles, and synthesizes their impact on the military possibilities and trajectory of the war. Only a remarkable research effort could achieve these comprehensive goals, and The Howling Storm shows the mastery of sources and events Noe has developed across a long and fruitful career. Indeed, few scholars would have attempted so ambitious a project, or with such range and acuity. Kenneth W. Noe is the Draughon Professor of Southern History (emeritus) at Auburn University.”
“Civil War Supply and Strategy, the latest of Earl Hess’s many path-breaking explorations of themes in Civil War military history, demonstrates his usual mastery of sources and ability to draw comparisons across the military history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Once again Hess has taken a topic that has received surprisingly limited scholarly attention and a previously piecemeal historiography to a new level of analysis, synthesis, and sophistication, providing an array of insights both specific and general, into the mechanics of supply, their critical impact on strategy and operations, and the sources and dynamics of Union victory and Confederate defeat. Earl J. Hess is the Stewart W. McClelland Chair in History at Lincoln Memorial University.”
-- Jane Johansson, professor of history, Rogers State University, author of Albert Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier
-- Steven Sodergren, professor of history, Norwich University, author of The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns
-- Samuel Watson, professor of history, United States Military Academy, author of Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821-1846
The committee also recognizes T. Cole Jones, Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution as deserving of an honorable mention for the 2020 Colonel Richard W. Ulbrich Memorial Book Award.
Jones’s Captives of Liberty was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Praise for the honorable mention from the Selection Committee members:
“T. Cole Jones’ Captives of Liberty is the most comprehensive work of scholarship on prisoners of war during the American Revolution. More important, it raises again the question of the character of the Revolutionary War: a limited war, a civil war, a revolutionary war? Jones demonstrates that the war quickly became less restrained, and not just in socially, politically, or culturally divided regions, due both to growing British antagonism toward American rebellion and to the limits of Revolutionary state-building and logistical capability. Both trajectories led to the neglect and abuse of prisoners, to then to retaliation and calls for more retaliation, complicating both peace negotiations and postwar settlements. T. Cole Jones is assistant professor of history at Purdue University.”
The International Journal of Military History and Historiography invites submissions for its IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize.
The International Journal of Military History and Historiography publishes scholarship on military historical topics from antiquity to the contemporary period that appeal to an international readership. The journal is interested in the history of the military, of military doctrine, of strategy, and of warfare in all its forms, and in all aspects and themes of warfare throughout history. This includes the interactions between political, economic, social, and cultural history with military history.
The Prize will be awarded to an academic article of outstanding quality in the field of international military history written by a graduate student or an early-career scholar, which will have been published in the IJMH in 2022, either in print or as an advance article online. The author of the winning article will be officially announced in the journal and on the journal’s website, and receive a €1,000 cash prize. See past years’ winners below.
In line with IJMH’s general guidelines, submissions should be an original contribution to the field of military history that is of interest to an international readership, e.g., a topic involving more than one nation and, preferably, based on multi-archival research. There is no chronological limitation, but the subject should be historical and the methodology should fulfil academic standards.
Articles should be based extensively on primary research, must not have been previously published in another form or outlet, and should not be currently under consideration by another journal or book series. The submitted work has to comply with the journal’s style sheet, be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes), and be thoroughly referenced. For further information on style and referencing, please visit www.brill.com/ijmh.
The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institution, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2017.
Submissions for the 2022 prize are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be sent by 30 September 2022 by the latest. Please see the journal webpage for information on how to submit (www.brill.com/ijmh). In case of questions, contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Marco Wyss (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize:
Mitchell G. Klingenberg, for the article “‘In the Character of their Material, Animate and Inanimate, the Troops of the United States Excelled’: American Theatre-Level Logistics and Supply in the China Relief Expedition of 1900”, published online as an Advance Article.
Ian Ona Johnson, for the article “Strategy on the Wintry Sea: The Russo-British Submarine Flotilla in the Baltic, 1914–1918”, published in Volume 40, No. 2.
Hosub Shim, for the article “The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The Implications of the South Korean Army’s Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnamization Phase of the Vietnam War”, published in print in Volume 40, No. 1; published online as an Advance Article.
Zoë Rose Buonaiuto, for the article “A Grave Reconciliation: The Establishment of German War Cemeteries in Normandy, 1944-1964”, published in Volume 38, No. 2.
Gaj Trifković, for the article “The Forgotten Surrender. The End of the Second World War in Yugoslavia”, published in Volume 37, No. 2.
NARA RESEARCH ROOM OPERATIONS
The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, has announced the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA's) plan (https://historycoalition.org/letter-from-the-archivist-reopening-research-rooms-11-8-21/) for resuming research room operations. In-person access to research rooms is dependent on local health conditions and several requirements are in place to ensure the safety of both staff and patrons. Research room visits will be by appointment only. The new requirements are detailed below. The most up-to-date information about NARA's reopening can be found at https://www.archives.gov/Coronavirus.
NARA is utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission levels (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7030e2.htm#T1_down) to determine when research rooms can be fully reopened while ensuring maximum safety for customers and employees. County transmission levels are available on the CDC website at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
- At high transmission levels, a limited number of staff may volunteer to be on-site to complete certain work that must be done on-site. No research rooms will be open.
- At substantial or moderate transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete core work and research rooms will open at a limited capacity by appointment only.
- At low transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete all types of work, and research rooms are expected to remain open by appointment only.
Project CHECO: The Air Force Experience in Vietnam" (https://airforcehistory.net) seeks to textually digitize a semi-curated collection of documents held at the Air Force archive. It also supports research into the correlation between demographics and crowdsourcing effectiveness.
The Air Force created Project CHECO (Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations) in 1962 to analyze issues of immediate concern to various echelons of the service. Over the course of fifteen years, authors completed more than 250 reports on topics that included special operations, conventional air operations, rules of engagement, training, air base defense, and many others. Arguably, the Project CHECO reports represent the single-most comprehensive collection of Air Force-produced documents detailing its activities in the Vietnam War. The vast majority of these have been declassified and approved for public release, and only the publicly-available studies are being used for this project.
For the volunteer, this is a trifecta of opportunities: A chance to learn about U.S. Air Force history in Southeast Asia from the perspective of the service itself; contribute to digital history through the textual digitization of a portion of the USAF archive (similar to efforts by NARA, LOC, and the Smithsonian); and, last but not least, help me gather data for my dissertation!
The process is simple:
1. Fill out a demographic form (individual identities will not be associated with performance)
2. Review some directions for the site.
3. Correct or transcribe a document from the Air Force archive.
4. Take a survey.
THAT'S IT! If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com. Thanks, Dave
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: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/SubmitaManuscript.aspx. Any questions can be sent to JFQ1@ndu.edu.
WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA
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
- 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
CALL FOR WRITERS
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