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Since the dawn of recorded history, mankind has been scattering his many tools of war across the globe. Sometimes lost in the heat of battle, and other times just thrown away by warriors too tired to carry them further, these implements of war have often become treasured finds of archaeologists, historians, and collectors around the world. Among the most prized, since the dawn of combat aviation in the early 1900s, are the wrecked and crashed aircraft that have been lost in both war and peace. However, such recovery and restoration efforts are not for the faint of heart, or those without substancial financial resources.These efforts can take place anywhere from polar ice packs in Greenland, to swamps deep inside savannah country. And despite this, across the globe, aircraft recovery teams are continuing their dirty, difficult, and often dangerous efforts to find and preserve the lost warplanes of bygone eras.
To learn more about recovering the wrecks of downed aircraft, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestream at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is aviation historian Nicholas "Nick" Veronico, author of the books Hidden Warbirds I and II from Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press). A long-time collector of warbird memorabilia, Nick Veronico is an expert on the wide variety of recovery and restoration efforts for wrecked military aircraft across the world. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions to both gentlemen, in what will be a lively hour that is part Indiana Jones, and part museum restoration.
As the United States celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, it is often forgotten that the troops that fought in that bloody conflict, were led by a surprisingly small group of men given senior rank as generals. All told on both sides, only around 1,000 or given the rank of general during the Civil War, and not surprisingly most knew each other personally. As classmates at West Point or the Virginia Military Academy, fellow officers during the War with Mexico, or as in-laws through intrafamily marriages, the men who were general officers during the American Civil War were a small and intimate group. And yet, most of what even well-read Civil War history buffs know about these men was actually written in the 150 years since the cessation of hostilities. Very few of the published opinions and assessments of individual generals were contemporary to the war itself, and in fact were written primarily with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. So who exactly were these men, and what was observed about their actions on battlefields when they were being fought over?
To learn more about the generals that led the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday at @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be Chicago homicide detective and Civil War expert Robert Girardi. Girardi, who is the author of 9 books, has written the recent Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) release THE CIVIL WAR GENERALS. Based upon contemporary letters, diaries, reports and other accounts, this book gives readers one of the clearest accounts ever written on the men who commanded Civil War land forces. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and opinions to both gentlemen in what will be a lively hour of talk and opinion about America's deadliest conflict.
Last year, legions of fans, friends and peers were saddened to learn of the death of writer Tom Clancy. Arguably one of the finest writers and storytellers of his generation, Clancy was justifiably credited with the creation of the "Techno-Thriller" genre of writing, and its creation of an entire segment of the publishing industry. So it is this week, with more than a little anticipation, that fans of his work are about to be rewarded with the first book of a treasured Tom Clancy spinoff series, Op Center. Published by St. Martin's Press (@StMartinsPress), Out Of The Ashes, is the first new book of the series in over a decade, and features many of the qualities that Clancy fans have come to hope for and desire. A new Op Center, with a new location, new characters, and a new focus on how to deal with the evolving challenges of terrorism and international threats in the 21st century. Already a bestseller over this past weekend, this is a book that is going to make an impression.
To learn more about this exciting new book, the Op Center series and the people behind it, join military historian, Tom Clancy co-author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is St. Martin's Press author George Galdorisi (@GeorgeGaldorisi), who along with legendary special operations writer Dick Couch (@DickCouch), created Out of the Ashes. Together they will explain to listeners the details of restarting this popular book franchise, and give some insight into details of the plot line. For Tom Clancy and techno-thriller fans, this a rare chance to learn about the "inside" details of one of the bestselling books today. So please feel free to call in with questions and comments, and enjoy!
Tune in to a replay of Military Monday with historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham and guest Sandy Grimes on April 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The aces of Germany's Luftwaffe were the highest scoring fighter pilots of World War II. Despite flying and fighting in support of one of the most evil and despotic governments to darken the face of planet Earth, the "Experten" of the Luftwaffe had over 100 pilots who each shot down over 100 enemy aircraft in combat. Two actually scored more than 300 kills, a record which will never be matched. By comparison, the top aces of the Western Allies and Soviet Union only had a handful of pilots with more than 30 kills. And despite the evil and toxic leadership of Adolph Hitler and Herman Goring, these were men who retained their personal honor and the respect of their enemy peers.These were men who truly did fight from the first day of World War II, to the last one in Europe on VE Day.
To learn moe about the fighter aces of the Luftwaffe, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) writer Colin Heaton, who has spent the last three decades personally interviewing many of the top surviving German aces of World War II. They will be joined by his co-anthor and wife, Anne Marie Lewis, with whom he has produced a pair of books, THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK and THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK II, which describe the lives and careers of these amazing men. Listeners are encouraged to call in to offer questions and opinions, on what will be a fine hour talking about some of the finest pilots that have ever lived.
It is a rare mind, which can see through the eyes of a competitor or enemy at the moment of truth in competition/conflict. Such minds are treasured within military forces, though rarely cultivated due to the regimented lifestyles and mindsets of such personnel. So any book or other media which can provide military personnel the chance to look at situations through the eyes and minds of enemies often has value, long after the death of the author or the events depicted. Such a book is JAPANESE DESTROYER CAPTAIN. Written by Captain Tameichi Hara of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) shortly after the end of World War II, his book was one of a handful of such memoirs translated and published in the United States during the 1950s. Since that time, JAPANESE DESTROYER CAPTAIN has provided naval officers, historians and general readers with an amazing window into the minds of Japanese naval commanders during the Second World War, along with a primer on how to survive and prevail in combat situations of all kinds.
To better understand the value of books like JAPANESE DESTROYER CAPTAIN and the people who write them, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestream at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. He will be joined by father/son U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) authors and naval historians Tom and Trent Hone. Together they will tell the story that Capt. Hara and his original editorial team, all long since dead, cannot. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and comments, on a rare phenomenon in the military history world, which needs to be encouraged.
The history of military technological development is replete with examples of personal zealotry, which drove the advancement of new weapons and ideas about warfare. In the emerging arena of aerial warfare, several such airpower evangelists appeared in the early 20th Century to champion the possibilities of this new kind of military technology. Within the American military, that evangelist was Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell. A firm believer in the capability of air power to become the dominant force in combat, Mitchell was an uncompromising zealot with strong personal ambitions and his own sense of destiny driving him. One of the key obstacles to his vision of air power becoming the dominant defense force for the United States however, was the U.S. Navy and it's strong support of the battleship as its weapon of choice following World War I. This led to a inter-service war between Mitchell and the Navy, which was fought out in the press, the halls of Congress and the White House, and eventually at his court-martial for insubordination. Despite this, Mitchell's legacy continues today, as the modern U.S. Air Force that he envisioned almost 100 years ago, serves as a cornerstone of the American military.
To learn more about Billy Mitchell and his war with the Navy, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday at @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIPress) writer Thomas Wildenberg, author of BILLY'S MITCHELL'S WAR WITH THE NAVY. Together they will lay out Billy Mitchell's career and actions, with culminated in his own professional destruction. Listeners are encouraged to call in to offer questions and opinions, as both gentlemen discuss one of the most controversial military figures of the 20th Century.
Modern photojournalism as we know it today, has its roots in Antebellum America during the mid-1800s. Evolved in the crucible of the American Civil War, photojournalism at its best is able to do something that audio, motion pictures and video cannot: capturing moments in time and create an iconic memory for the ages. Nowhere was this more true, then during the heyday of film-based image capture in World War II. Courageous and daring combat photojournalists like Robert Capa, Joe Rosenthal and Capt. Edward Steichen risked their lives around the world to capture the iconic images that defined combat during that era for a generation of Americans. But it was a single photograph, captured on the final day of World War II, in of all places Times Square, that every American associates with VJ ( Victory Over Japan) Day: Alfred Eisenstadt's classic The Kissing Sailor. Made world-famous by its publication in LIFE Magazine, The Kissing Sailor stood as proof to a weary America that the war was over, and peace was at hand.
To learn more about The Kissing Sailor, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week are U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIPress) authors Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi (@GeorgeGaldorisi), the writers of the book, The Kissing Sailor. Together they will discuss this famous photo, along with the search for the sailor and nurse who encountered Mr. Eisenstadt and his camera that August day. Listeners are encouraged to call and offer questions and about one of the most iconic images ever captured on film.
For more: http://www.usni.org/store/books/aircraft-reference/american-fighters/kissing-sailor
2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe by the Western Allies. Beginning on June 6, 1944, known popularly as D-Day, hundreds of thousands of Allied troops hit invasion beaches and dropped on landing grounds in Normandy. Most of those involved were in fact Americans, which by 1944 had undertaken to supply the majority of the troops, weapons, and matériel that would make Operation Overlord possible. And like so many other American undertakings in World War II, Operation Overlord was lavishly documented by still and motion picture photographers. Often attached to units directly on the front lines of combat these combat photographic and film correspondents made it possible for the public back home, to see and understand just what the young men of America were doing to save civilized world.
To learn more about the effort to visually document American service personnel on D-Day, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestram at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) author and historian Martin K.A. Morgan. Mr. Morgan is the author of THE AMERICANS ON D-DAY, a richly illustrated new book explaining and showing the Allied effort to document the landings in Normandy in June 1944. Listeners are encouraged to call to offer questions and comments, in what will be a lively hour discussing what was "The Longest Day"...
Context is presently a quality sorely lacking in the telling of news and historical events. WHY things occur is at least as important as what happens. Which is why the battles in the Spring/Summer of 1939 between Imperial Japan and Soviet Russia in Manchuria weighed so heavily on the course of World War II which began shortly after. The Battles of Nomonhan (Also known as the Battles of Khalkhin Gol) are vitally important to understand, if one is to have a full appreciation of the opening moves by both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan into the Second World War. In addition, these battles involve some of the most important military, political, and intelligence figures of the 1930s/1940s. And yet, outside of Russia, Japan, and China, the Nomonhan batles remain almost unknown.
To better understand the events at Nomonhan in 1939, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestream at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) writer Dr. Stuart Goldman, author of of the book NOMONHAN, 1939. Together they will guide listeners to an understanding of events surrounding the Battles around Nomonhan in 1939, and why they are relevant in the context of present -day events an. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions/comments, in a lively hour about one of the biggest and most important battles you never heard of.
Nowhere in the history of the United States, has there ever been a greater master of the combat art of seapower then Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, USN. Assigned as Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) in the darkest days following Pearl Harbor, Adm. Nimitz brought to his command a rare strategic genius, a genuine respect for the dignity of individuals, and an unusual sense for assessing the value of people, places, platforms and actions. Universally revered by his peers, subordinates, and even enemies, Chester Nimitz remains a towering figure in the history of the U.S. Navy and America as a nation.
During his tenure commanding CINCPAC, Adm. Nimitz had his staff construct and maintain a daily log of his activities, thoughts, ideas and the days events. Uniquely transparent with regards to the day-to-day events of the Great Pacific War, the log became known as the “Nimitz Graybook." Classified for years after the end of the war in the Pacific, access to the Graybook has been limited to historians and researchers at selected sites, greatly constraining it's worth to authors and writers who might benefit from its unique insights and observations. So it was with genuine excitement that news of a newly curated digital version of the Nimitz Gradebook being released to the public earlier this year was received. And that excitement was more than justified.
To learn more about Adm. Nimitz and the Graybook, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday at @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be U.S. Naval War College librarian and curator Dr. Allen Benson, along with historian and author Al Nofi. Dr. Benson is a member of of the team that produced the newly curated version of the Graybook, while Mr. Nofi is a historian with expertise on Adm. Nimitz. Please listen, call in, and enjoy a great hour of American history!
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