Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division in World War II

Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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An inventive study of relations between the National Guard and the Regular Army during World War II, Guard Wars follows the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Infantry Division from its peacetime status through training and into combat in Western Europe. The broader story, spanning the years 1939 to 1945, sheds light on the National Guard, the US Army, and American identities and priorities during the war years. 

Michael E. Weaver carefully tracks the division’s difficult transformation into a combat-ready unit and highlights General Omar Bradley's extraordinary capacity for leadership - which turned the Pennsylvanians from the least capable to one of the more capable units, a claim dearly tested in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. This absorbing and informative analysis chronicles the nation's response to the extreme demands of a world war and the flexibility its leaders and soldiers displayed in the chaos of combat.

©2010 Michael E. Weaver (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"An absorbing book.... Weaver's research is wide-ranging and his writing skill is admirable." (The Journal of America's Military Past

"An excellent addition to any World War II library. The book is a study in preparedness, and many of its lessons are relevant today. (Journal of Army History

"Micheal E. Weaver's Guard Wars does a fine job of bringing the Twenty-Eighth Infantry Division to life." (H-Net Reviews Humanities and Social Sciences

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The process of bringing a National Guard into active combat has been discussed over the years and it has been streamlined on both the active Army and the National Guard sides of the equation. Guard Wars described the problems, feelings and perceptions of both sides as they went to bring the 28th Infantry Division to battle in WWII. Overall this book may not have been a good choice to bring to the audio readers. This is because there are a lot of dates, places and descriptions that do not present well without a photo or map. Additionally the performance was well done but but it was clear he was reading a script. At one point he says the word "Div" when the author clearly mean to say "division". He did however speak well and pronounce many european cities clearly and accurately.