A Cavalryman's Story: Memoirs of a Twentieth-Century Army General

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A Cavalryman's Story: Memoirs of a Twentieth-Century Army General

By Hamilton H. Howze
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996
316 pp. $24.95
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Here is a general of whom few save soldiers have heard, but he made as large a mark on the American army as any chief of staff. Howze, who began his military career with horses, ended up pioneering the military use of helicopters. Rotary wing aviation now supports not merely casualty evacuation (its first function in military service) but the tactical movement of troops and materiel, and the direct application of firepower. That the United States has led the way in this field, to include having an entire division (the 101st) built around this mode of transportation, is largely due to the efforts of this pioneer, who skillfully describes the various obstacles that lay in his path. The general seems to have written the memoir by himself, and his soldierly qualities as a leader come through all the more clearly for that.

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