Saturday, January 28, 2012

Over 400,000 buried at Arlington National Cemetery, far more than thought

The Washington Post published an Associated Press story on Wednesday, January 25, summarizing the testimony of cemetery Executive Director Kathryn Condon who told the Senate hearing that there are now more than 400,000 people interred there. That’s 20 percent more than previous estimates of about 330,000.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Sentry January 2012

Book Sentry

Spot the incoming new books on military history, particularly those providing context for the library's Veterans History Project.

If you see a book that looks good, click on "Check Our Catalog" and place a hold. We will let you know when it comes for you!

Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge
By Parker, Danny S.
2011-11 - Da Capo Press
From a leading expert comes the gripping tale of the largest single atrocity committed against American POWs on the Western Front in World War II. 288 pp. 25,000 print.

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
By Moorehead, Caroline
2011-11 - Harper
BookPage Notable Title
In January, 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time--a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship to transcend evil that is an essential addition to the history of World War II. 384 pp.

The Second World War: A Military History
By Corrigan, Gordon
2011-11 - Thomas Dunne Books
Here is a rare overview, which could be useful wherever one can buy only a limited number of titles on this subject of World War II. A member of the British Commission for Military History, Corrigan is an expert on the subject. 672 pp.

Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year
By Flood, Charles Bracelen
2011-10 - Da Capo Press
In a masterful narrative, a prominent historian brings to life the last year of General Grant's life--a tragic, poignant, and inspiring story. 352 pp. 40,000 print. e

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Operation Hailstone on Truk Lagoon

On February 16, 1944, Americans launched Operation Hailstone, which has been called the Japanese Pearl Harbor,

The bombardment lasted for three days,wiping out 60 ships and 275 airplanes, sinking them to the bottom and making for the reputedly biggest ship graveyard in the world.