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.
The National Archives of the UK recently published a "classroom resource" for students on the Battle of Jutland, May 31 1916.
It is a remarkbly revisionist take on this battle, concentrating on the waste of the lives of the thousands of British sailors lost ...
Entering late to this discussion, but enjoying all the exchanges!
I agree with all the comments on the potential drawbacks and dangers of a "warrior cult."
That strikes me as something from a primitive tribal past even while realizing that we still are largely tribal (sectional, regional) to this day.
The discussion on 'warrior ethos' deserves further thought and exploration.
I would prefer to be thought of as a "professional" (small 'p' John :-)
The comment about tribes, cults, and baronies really struck me. The best known military "tribe" there is, is the United States Marine Corps. (Full disclosure- I am a proud member.) This is why there's such a huge business in Marine paraphenalia, why the museum in DC is always full of visitors, why the Marine Corps League exists, why Marines always greet each other when they see someone who has any sort of emblem on themselves, their vehicle, or anything else. It is an identity, and also a dedication to the ideals of the Corps (regardless of how often they get violated).
The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California, and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, announce the fifth international interdisciplinary conference and workshop on The Future of
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)
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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