World War II historian’s latest book looks at the realities of aerial combat

5120u3OCDnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II,” released in a new paperback edition on Tuesday, Aug. 2, takes an in-depth look at the dog fights that took place in the clouds above the European and the Pacific theaters of World War II. The book shares many personal accounts of American combat airmen between 1941 and 1945.

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New book tells the stories of U.S. soldiers who liberated concentration camps

51PVKf5ZtvL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_On April 4, 1945, American soldiers from the 89th Infantry Division and the 4th Armored Division seized Ohrdruf, the first Nazi concentration camp liberated in Germany during World War II. Military historian Dr. John C. McManus sheds new light on the experiences of the American soldiers who liberated and witnessed Ohrdruf, Buchenwald and Dachau in his new book, “Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps in Germany, April 1945.”

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Ground troops are key to wartime success, says S&T historian

Air strikes never fully succeed in winning a war, says military historian John C. McManus, a professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He says American troops on the ground have proven throughout recent history to be the crucial difference between victory and defeat. [Read more…]

New book answers remaining questions surrounding D-Day

McManus-Book----webDespite prolific historical documentation of D-Day, there are still questions that remain unanswered 70 years later, says Dr. John C. McManus, a military historian at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His latest book takes a fresh look at Omaha Beach through the eyes of the 1st Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, and brings new perspective to the battle that began America’s rise as a superpower. [Read more…]

McManus’ latest tome focuses on ‘willing and able’ 7th Infantry

Generally regarded as the most distinguished regiment in the U.S. Army, the
7th Infantry Regiment has fought in almost every engagement since the battle of
New Orleans in the War of 1812. Its lineage is detailed in a new book by
Missouri University of Science and Technology historian Dr. John C.

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S&T historian wins state book award

Dr. John C. McManus, associate professor of history at Missouri University
of Science and Technology, recently received the 2008 Missouri Conference on
Book Award. The award is given to the best book on any historical
topic written by a Missouri resident published in 2007. McManus received the
award for his book
Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the
Defense of Bastogne Possible

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UMR’s John McManus named Top Young Historian

University of Missouri-Rolla war historian Dr. John C. McManus has been
named to History News Network’s list of Top Young Historians.

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