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  • White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War(122 clicks)
    LibriVox recording of White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War, by Herman Melville. Read by James K. White.
    This is a tale based on Melville's experiences aboard the USS United States from 1843 to 1844. It comments on the harsh and brutal realities of service in the US Navy at that time, but beyond this the narrator has created for the reader graphic symbols for class distinction, segregation and slavery aboard this microcosm of the world, the USS Neversink. (Introduction by James K. White)
  • African American Military History(132 clicks)
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency(367 clicks)
    Info on the agency and its holdings.
  • American Battle Monuments Commission(139 clicks)
  • American Ex-Prisoners of War(178 clicks)
    The congressionally chartered organization of America's ex-prisoner of war. Site contains biographies of over 200 ex-pows, information on benefits, POW medal, "looking for" assistance and current chapter listings for all states.
  • American Merchant Marine at War(129 clicks)
    "Dedicated to the Mariners who died in service of their country during all Wars, including Revolutionary War, World War II, Korea, Vietnam; and their U.S. Naval Armed Guard shipmates"
  • Army Mule(115 clicks)
    The army mule and other war sketches by Henry A. Castle. With illustrations by J.W. Vawter. Published 1898 by The Bowen-Merrill Co. in Indianapolis, and Kansas City .
  • Battle Lines: Letters from America's Wars(124 clicks)
  • Center for Military History(114 clicks)
    U. S. Army center.
  • Coming Home: A History of War Veterans (116 clicks)
    Most news coverage of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan focuses on troop movements, suicide bombings, and the geopolitical developments at work. Only rarely do we hear the stories of individual men and women fighting there, and hardly ever do we hear what it’s like for those Americans when they return home.
  • Coming Home: A History of War Veterans (138 clicks)
  • Cost of Major US Wars(114 clicks)
    By Stephen Daggett, Specialist in Defense Policy and Budgets, Congressional Research Service, June 29,2010
  • Dictionary of Military Terms(153 clicks)
    Department of Defense provides a dictionary.
  • Experiencing War: Prisoners of War(126 clicks)
    "Every veteran has his or her own war, and each is custodian of a unique story and memories. At the Veterans History Project, we treasure the personal narratives sent to us by veterans from all wars. Vivid as if they happened yesterday, these heartfelt accounts make us laugh, cry and remember.The stories are not a formal history of war, but a treasure trove of individual feelings and personal recollections. "
  • Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans' HistoryProject(121 clicks)
  • F-16 Page(111 clicks)
    F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • Fighter Tactics(111 clicks)
    Modern military aircraft
  • Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division History(106 clicks)
    Fort Drum has been used as a military training site since 1908, however the Army's presence in the North Country may be traced back to the early 1800's.
  • George Leland Dyer Papers, 1783-1930 (117 clicks)
    Papers (1783 - 1930, [bulk 1862 - 1930]) consisting of correspondence, diaries, photographs, photograph albums, literary manuscripts, newspapers and newspaper clipping, a book of poetry, genealogical notes, etc., documenting the life of Commodore George L. Dyer, whose naval career spanned the years 1870 to 1908, and his family. He served in various stations, with particular emphasis on the West Indies, the Asiatic Station, Cuba, Madrid (as naval attache), and Guam (as governor).
  • GLOBEMASTER US Military Aviation Database(142 clicks)
    US Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army military bases and units worldwide including base maps, tail codes, aircraft fact sheets and links.
  • Guide To Command of Negro Naval Personnel(120 clicks)
    1945 document
  • H-Minerva(121 clicks)
    "H-Minerva is the H-Net discussion network devoted the study of women and war and women in the military, worldwide and in all historical areas. We are affiliated with the Minerva Center, a non-profit educational foundation."
  • Historical US Military photos from WWII and Vietnam(124 clicks)
    National Archives
  • Homework Center(117 clicks)
    Index to wars.
  • Indian Wars, 1800-1860(117 clicks)
    A variety of links, some before or after the stated period.
  • Infantry Reading List(123 clicks)
    Military Reading List suggests books. Provides links to other military topics as well.
  • Institute for the Advanced Study of Information Warfare(257 clicks)
    "Information warfare, also known as I-War, IW, C4I, or Cyberwar, has recently become of increasing importance to the military, the intelligence community, and the business world. The purpose of the IASIW is to facilitate an understanding of information warfare with reference to both military and civilian life. "
  • Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965(111 clicks)
    Gutenberg Press Book
  • Kansas War Letters(124 clicks)
  • Lucky Bag (1921)(117 clicks)
    U.S. Naval Academy yearbook
  • Military Women Veterans(146 clicks)
    Female veterans since the US Revolution for independence.
  • Military.Com(120 clicks)
    Personnel locator and much more. Primarily the US military
  • Naval Historical Center(142 clicks)
    Official site with abundant materials
  • Ollie and Old Gimlet Eye(109 clicks)
    Geoffrey C. Ward writes about Oliver North and General Smedley Butler
  • Patriot Files, The(153 clicks)
    Dedicated to the perservation to [U.S.] military history
  • Periscope Film (139 clicks)
    Periscope Film LLC's archive is one of the largest military film collections in private hands. It includes rare training, combat, recruiting and history films made by the U.S. Government from 1914 through the mid-1980s. Subjects include the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and civilian aviation, and conflicts from the Spanish-American War through WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Periscope Film also maintains the premiere library of WWII and Cold War U.S. Navy submarine films. Nearly all of the material in Periscope Film's archive is available on 16mm film, and with in-house High Definition transfer capabilities the company is able to deliver extremely high-quality HD material for clients. These have included the History Channel, Disney, BBC, Discovery, PBS and other television and cable companies, and video game producers such as Ubisoft. Founded by and co-owned by a pair of documentary filmmakers, Periscope Film supports independent production and routinely makes material from the archive available for museums, researchers, and independent fiction and non-fiction filmmakers. Visit for more information.
  • Posse Comitatus Act: A Resource Guide(113 clicks)
    by Stephen Young, a reference librarian at The Catholic University of America.
    . "Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
    The “Posse Comitatus Act” 18 U.S.C. 1385
  • Researching African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1890(126 clicks)
    Buffalo Soldiers and Black Infantrymen By Trevor K. Plante
  • Rules of Engagement: Ethics in Warfare(113 clicks)
  • Rules of Engagement: Ethics in Warfare(124 clicks)
  • Service in Submarines(109 clicks)
    Made just prior to World War II (WWII), this film profiles the Submarine Training School at New London Conneticut. Features footage of new recruits being trained to join the "silent service". Submarines picture are the R4 (R-4) and R11 (R-11) boats, which were both R-1 class diesel submarines.
  • Small Wars Manual, 1940(124 clicks)
    US Marines book in pdf format
  • Somalia Reading List(107 clicks)
    Military Reading List suggests books on the intervention in Somalia. Links as well to other wars.
  • Songs of Americans in War(109 clicks)
    Papers, articles and web pages
  • Special Operations(122 clicks)
    General site.
  • Submarines at Sea (1940)(119 clicks)
    Made prior to World War II (WWII) this US Navy submarine recruiting film features footage of the Perch Class, Shark Class, Salmon Class, and Porpoise class submarines. Specific boats include: P-3 USS Shark, P-4 USS Perch, P-1 USS Porpoise, P-6, P-7, P-9, P-9. Also featured: USS Perch SS-176, USS Plunger SS-179, USS Pollack SS180, USS Pickerel SS 177, USS Salmon SS-182, USS Seal SS-183, USS Skipjack SS -184, USS Snapper SS-285, USS Sturgeon SS-187.
  • The Arrows That Wounded the West(110 clicks)
    "Used by most American Indians, bows and arrows made their mark on the frontier even when guns were around, and arrowhead wounds kept army surgeons plenty busy."
  • The Battleship Page(121 clicks)
    Iowa Class Preservation Association .
  • The Lucky Bag(110 clicks)
    United State Naval Academy. 1921
  • Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Pentagon, Inc(118 clicks)
  • U. S. Coast Guard History(153 clicks)
  • U.S. Army Military History Institute(113 clicks)
    Our mission is to preserve the Army’s history and ensure access to historical research materials. We serve as the primary facility where researchers study Army history.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Photography(128 clicks)
    Historic Photographs & Other Images
  • U.S. Merchant Marine(125 clicks)
    U.S. Merchant Marine, U.S. Maritime Service, Army Transport Service, Military Sea Transportation Service, and Military Sealift Command
  • U.S.S. Liberty(108 clicks)
    On 08 June 2007, the National Security Agency (NSA) finalized the review of all material relative to the 08 June 1967 attack on the USS Liberty. This additional release adds to the collection of documents and audio recordings and transcripts previously posted to the site on 02 July 2003. The attack on the USS Liberty, like others in our nation's history, has become the center of considerable controversy and debate. It is not NSA's intention to prove or disprove any one set of conclusions, many of which can be drawn from a thorough review of this material. Instead, through these public releases, we intend to make as much information as possible available for the many scholars, historians, academia, and members of the general public who find interest in analyzing the information and forming their own conclusions.
  • United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum(130 clicks)
    USS Salem History; Shipbuilding History; Military Archives; Model Exhibits; Memorial Rooms
  • US Army in Post World War II Japan, 1945-52(115 clicks)
  • US Army Special Forces(123 clicks)
    Special Forces sites. Gives free e-mail accounts
  • Veterans History Project Digital Archive(109 clicks)
  • Veterans Remember(110 clicks)
    "This project is divided, naturally, into the nation's wars, starting with World War II, through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the War on Terrorism. We've also included the Cold War, for there are many veterans who never saw a battlefield yet still served honorably. Their stories, too, deserve to be heard and understood. Our current focus is on the Korean War, as that war is too often ignored, and very poorly understood. Our Korean War veterans deserve better, and fifty-plus years removed from the war, we are racing the clock. The same is even more true of the World War II generation, although yeoman's work has already been done on that generation. This is all to explain why you will not find a lot on Vietnam and beyond. We will eventually turn our attention to these, but time and resources are very limited."
  • VetFriends.Com(150 clicks)
    Serving Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, Friends and Family of the U.S. Military! Vet helps you locate your friends who are on active duty, reserve, or a veteran of the U.S. military!
  • Virginia Military Institute Archives(132 clicks)
    Strong on military history
  • War is a Racket(132 clicks)
  • War of 1812(124 clicks)
  • Washington, Grant, Marshall: Three Soldiers and American Ways of War(107 clicks)
    "In the first of this series of three lectures, Josiah Bunting III examines the lives of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and George C. Marshall and the ambivalent relationship between America’s citizens and its military establishment. In addition to their leadership qualities, all three men were students of military history and wrote prolifically on the topic. Josiah Bunting III is president of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the author, most recently, of Ulysses S. Grant."
  • West Point in the Making of America(139 clicks)
    Smithsonian exhibit
  • Women and the United States Coast Guard(127 clicks)
  • World War 2 Information Source(119 clicks)
    Contains a timeline of historical facts, information, and various articles.