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A military miscellany : important, uncommon, and sometimes forgotten facts, lists, and stories from America's military history

Author: Thomas Ayres
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, ©2006.
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For armchair generals, history buffs, and military enthusiasts everywhere, A Military Miscellany is an essential and entertaining collection of fascinating and little-known facts, anecdotes, lists, and stories from America's rich military legacy. Forgotten heroes, amazing blunders, surprising trivia, and strange-but-true stories overlooked by historians, it's all here in a book that will enlighten and amaze even the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Military history
Miscellanea
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ayres, Thomas, 1936-
Military miscellany.
New York : Bantam Books, ©2006
(DLC) 2006048448
(OCoLC)70408027
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Ayres
ISBN: 9780307488251 030748825X
OCLC Number: 785560457
Notes: Includes index.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (198 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: Thomas Ayres.
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For armchair generals, history buffs, and military enthusiasts everywhere, A Military Miscellany is an essential and entertaining collection of fascinating and little-known facts, anecdotes, lists, and stories from America's rich military legacy. Forgotten heroes, amazing blunders, surprising trivia, and strange-but-true stories overlooked by historians, it's all here in a book that will enlighten and amaze even the most avid student of American military history. Did you know that American soldiers have been sent to invade foreign nations or their territories more than two hundred times since Thomas Jefferson dispatched troops to North Africa in 1803 to punish Muslim pirates' Or that during the Vietnam War a can opener was called a John Wayne' Or that a downed World War II airman once trekked across Germany, through occupied France, and across the mountains into Spain to avoid capture'only to be treated as a spy because Allied military intelligence said it couldn't be done' Open this book anywhere and you'll find yourself instantly captivated. From the "peace president" who was our most frequent practitioner of gunboat diplomacy to the Revolutionary War hero whose refusal to cut his hair set off a four-year rebellion that went all the way to the White House, there's plenty of fascinating lore here'from the monumental to the trivial'in an indispensable encyclopedic work that takes up where ordinary history books leave off. From the Hardcover edition.

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