What is a Veteran?
Textbooks & Adjunct Texts
- Full text of The United States Army Historical Series American Military History.
This is not simply a primer or predecessor to On War, it is a study of tactical principles, rather than grand strategic thought.
- The US Marine Corps has adopted a strategic doctrine which is based on Clausewitz's work, and the basic summation of it is issued to every new recuit. Here is the full text of Warfighting.
What is the aim or purpose of strategy? To improve our ability to shape and adapt to unfolding circumstances, so that we (as individuals or as groups or as a culture or as a nation-state) can survive on our own terms. - John R. Boyd
Military Maps & Atlases
- The West Point Atlases. The single best source for highly detailed American military maps.
- Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd. Excellent for pre-20th century European maps.
- Oddens' Bookmarks. A vast resource for all sorts of maps.
- CMI Basic Military Map Symbols. These are the standard NATO symbols used on tactical maps. FM 1-02 (which has recently superseded FM 101-5-1) "Operational Terms and Graphics," found here or here in PDF format, has a full (462 page) description of these symbols and their uses
- Active FM. U.S. Army doctrine and training publications (all unclassified).
- Soldier's Manuals. U.S. Army skills & tasks manuals (all unclassified).
- Military Review. The journal of the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center.
- Parameters. The U.S. Army War College Quarterly.
- Air & Space Power Journal. The profesional journal of the U.S. Air Force.
- Marines. The Corps' Official Magazine.
- Marine Corps Gazette. The Corps' professional journal.
- The Marine Corps Gazette: Tactical Decision Games. Battlefield tactical problems presented in a wargaming manner. A new one each month.
Offsite Notes, Maps, Resources & Links
(Many thanks to the World History Index of the World Wide Virtual Library for many of these links)