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Battle of Dogger Bank: The First Dreadnought Engagement, January 1915

by Tobias R. Philbin Indiana University Press (March 10, 2014)

On January 24, 1915, a German naval force commanded by Admiral Franz von Hipper conducted a raid on British fishing fleets in the area of the Dogger Banks. The force was engaged by a British force, which had...


Prelude to Blitzkrieg: The 1916 Austro-German Campaign in Romania

by Michael B. Barrett Indiana University Press (October 23, 2013)

In contrast to the trench-war deadlock on the Western Front, combat in Romania and Transylvania in 1916 foreshadowed the lightning warfare of WWII. When Romania joined the Allies and invaded Transylvania without...


The Battle for Manchuria and the Fate of China: Siping, 1946

by Harold M. Tanner Indiana University Press (March 18, 2013)

In the spring of 1946, Communists and Nationalist Chinese were battled for control of Manchuria and supremacy in the civil war. The Nationalist attack on Siping ended with a Communist withdrawal, but further...


The Imjin and Kapyong Battles, Korea, 1951

by Paul MacKenzie Indiana University Press (March 12, 2013)

The sacrifice of the "Glorious Glosters" in defense of the Imjin River line and the hilltop fights of Australian and Canadian battalions in the Kapyong Valley have achieved greater renown in those nations than...


In Passage Perilous: Malta and the Convoy Battles of June 1942

by Vincent P. O'Hara Indiana University Press (November 05, 2012)

By mid-1942 the Allies were losing the Mediterranean war: Malta was isolated and its civilian population faced starvation. In June 1942 the British Royal Navy made a stupendous effort to break the Axis stranglehold....


The Generals’ War

by David T. Zabecki & General Anthony Zinni, Usmc (Ret.) Indiana University Press (September 01, 2018)

- 2018 is the anniversary of the final battles of WWI

- Explores the military strategies of the senior generals from both sides of the war.

- The forward is written by General Zinni, USMC (RET) and the book is...


The Battle for North Africa

by Glyn Harper Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

In the early years of World War II, Germany shocked the world with a devastating blitzkrieg, rapidly conquered most of Europe, and pushed into North Africa. As the Allies scrambled to counter the Axis armies,...


Balkan Breakthrough: The Battle of Dobro Pole 1918

by Richard C. Hall Indiana University Press (May 03, 2010)

With the transfer of German units to the western front in the spring of 1918, the position of the Central Powers on the Macedonian front worsened. Materiel became scarce and morale among the Bulgarian forces...


Battle of Surigao Strait

by Anthony P. Tully Indiana University Press (April 14, 2009)

Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands was the scene of a major battleship duel during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Because the battle was fought at night and had few survivors on the Japanese side, the events...


D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan

by Harold J. Goldberg Indiana University Press (May 02, 2007)

In June 1944 the attention of the nation was riveted on events unfolding in France. But in the Pacific, the Battle of Saipan was of extreme strategic importance. This is a gripping account of one of the most...


New Georgia: The Second Battle for the Solomons

by Ronnie Day Indiana University Press (February 15, 2016)

In 1942, the Solomon Islands formed the stepping stones toward Rabaul, the main base of Japanese operations in the South Pacific, and the Allies primary objective. The stunning defeat of Japanese forces at the...


Where Chiang Kai-shek Lost China: The Liao-Shen Campaign, 1948

by Harold M. Tanner Indiana University Press (August 10, 2015)

The civil war in China that ended in the 1949 victory of Mao Zedong's Communist forces was a major blow to US interests in the Far East and led to heated recriminations about how China was "lost." Despite their...