Twenty-three years ago Mark Parillo, who then was my colleague at Kansas State University, introduced H-War by saying that “It should be clear from this that my interest in assisting with this list lies not in any inherent joy in the technology of the Internet but rather in my belief in this list's potential value as a research and communications tool for teachers, librarians, and researchers in the field of military history.
I decided to take a look at the materials posted. The problem with how the lesson plan is structured is that it poses only two options: that those British sailors killed in the sinking of the battlecruisers either were noble dead who died heroes, or their deaths were senseless due to serious mistakes (in this case, the careless handling procedures for cordite charges which made the ships' magazines vulnerable to flash penetration). There is no room for grey areas betwen the two. Furthermore, it does not make some of the men complicit in their own deaths by engaging in unsafe practices.
R.J. Del Vecchio, Tuesday, June 19, 2018:
New in MiWSR
A review of Kurt A. Raaflaub, ed. and tr., The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works: Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, and Spanish War, by Donald Lateiner, Ohio Wesleyan University.
James P. Holoka, editor
I have devoted some study to the methods the U.S. Marine Corps employed to train its personnel to take their place as America's warrior elite from the late 1930s through the 1960s. I have written approvingly on the results of that training as it impacted on the performance of the Wake Island Detachment, 1st Defense Battalion, and VMF-211 at the start of World War 2 and the subsequent conduct of the survivors of those two units and other Marine outfits while they were POWs in Japanese custody.
H-War Book Reviews
Alexander Watson. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I. New York: Basic Books, 2014. 832 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-465-01872-7.
Reviewed by Matthew Lungerhausen (Winona State University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=49520
David R. Morse. Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 216 pp. $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7864-9864-2.
Reviewed by Kenny Kolander (West Virginia University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=47671
Jonathan Wyrtzen. Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016. Illustrations, maps. 352 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-5017-0023-1.
Reviewed by Kristin Hissong (Air University, Air Force Culture and Language Center) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
George E. Melton. From Versailles to Mers el-Kébir: The Promise of Anglo-French Naval Cooperation, 1919-40. Washington, DC: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 288 pp. $42.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61251-879-4.
Reviewed by Bradley Cesario (Texas A&M University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
Phil Porter. The Soldiers of Fort Mackinac: An Illustrated History. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2018. 196 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61186-281-2.
Reviewed by Gregory Michna (Arkansas Tech University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=52301