Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC: U. S. Army Center of Military History, 2003. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Wraps. iii [printed on one side only], 75 [printed on both sides],  pages. Chronology of Events. Illustrations. Maps. Selected Biographic Sketches of Union and Confederate Leaders. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Sticker residue on back cover. The Center of Military History accurately collects, preserves, interprets, and expresses the Army's history and material culture to more broadly educate and develop our force, the military profession, and the nation. It accomplish this mission through its primary lines of effort, which entail managing the Army's field history program; developing a cohesive Army museum program; providing historical support to Army leadership; creating and administering a historical knowledge management system; and researching, presenting, and preserving the Army's history and heritage. Its work with Army schools ensures that the study of history is an important part of the training of officers and noncommissioned officers. Its support the use of history to foster unit pride and to give soldiers an understanding of the Army's past, with much of this educational work occurring at field historical offices and in Army museums. The U.S. Army Center of Military History develops and leads staff rides for U.S. Army groups (with priority going to the HQDA staff). We also support other official government agencies and departments including the Department of Defense, U.S. Congress, Air Force, Navy, and Marines, as well as official international visitors and guests of the United States government.
Staff rides represent a unique and persuasive method of conveying the lessons of the past to the present-day Army leadership for current application. Properly conducted, these exercises bring to life, on the very terrain where historic encounters took place, examples, applicable today as in the past, of leadership, tactics and strategy, communications, use of terrain, and, above all, the psychology of men in battle. This historical study, particularly with personal reconnaissance, offers valuable opportunities to develop professional leadership and the capacity for effective use of combined arms on the air-land battlefield. Condition: Very good.
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