Dogface Soldiers
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Dogface Soldiers

By Marco Büchl
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Dogface Soldiers is an interdisciplinary and image centered cultural history of the Army of the United States‘ infantry riflemen in the Mediterranean- and European Theaters of Operations of World War II. Its methods transcend the boundaries of conventional historiography and make use of Clifford Geertz’s anthropological method of thick description as well as military used comprehensive analysis methods.

Dogface Soldiers ist eine interdisziplinäre und bildbasierte Kulturgeschichte US-amerikanischer Infanterieschützen des europäischen Zweiten Weltkriegs. Methodisch werden konventionelle Grenzen der Histriogarpahie überschritten und Anleihen bei Clifford Geertz und seiner anthropologischen „Thick Description“, sowie bei comprehensive analysis-Modellen militärisch-operativer Provenienz genommen.

Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • 1 Introduction
    • Dogface soldiers
  • 2 The American Way of War: socio-cultural and mass psychological dualisms between the U.S. and its military forces
    • 2.1 Regulars – citizen soldiers
    • 2.2 Conscription – volunteer service
    • 2.3 Mobility – power
  • 3 Between the wars: demobilization, isolationism and reactions to the crisis in Europe
  • 4 From defensive to offensive planning
    • 4.1 Political will: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    • 4.2 Grand design: George Catlett Marshall
    • 4.3 Strategic conception: Albert Wedemeyer
    • 4.4 Victory Program
  • 5 The right way, the wrong way, the Army way
    • 5.1 The draft
    • 5.2 Mobilization of the Army of the United States within the framework of the Mobilization Training Program
      • Induction
      • Reporting for duty
      • Training
      • Field maneuvers
    • 5.3 Army of the United States: vintage 1941/42
      • Demography of the Army of the United States
      • The Great Depression
      • Chickenshit
    • 5.4 Overseas deployment
  • 6 Digression: African Americans in the Army of the United States
    • 6.1 Case study: Black Buffaloes – 92nd Infantry Division205F
    • 6.2 Case study: manpower crisis 1944/45
  • 7 The American occupation of Great Britain
    • 7.1 Planning …
    • 7.2 Realities
      • Gals
      • Piccadilly Commandos
      • Illegitimates
      • Wives
      • Allies
  • 8 Dogface soldiers
    • 8.1 On the front lines
      • When things got tough
    • 8.2 Critical factor: topography
    • 8.3 Catalyst: Bill Mauldin
      • Life
      • Cartooning
    • 8.4 Journalistic connectionrelay: Stars and Stripes
    • 8.5 Origin
      • North African Theater of Operations
      • Mediterranean Theater of Operations
  • 9 Up Front … with Mauldin
    • 9.1 Sicily: Bloody Ridge (October 17, 1943)
      • Strategic setting
      • Planning
      • Operations
      • Mule cavalry
      • Bloody Ridge
    • 9.2 5-in-1s (December 11, 1943)
      • Rations
      • Field rations – combat rations
      • D
      • C
      • K
      • 5-in-1 (U)
    • 9.3 An excuse for cowardice (January 19, 1944)
      • NERVOUSSHELLCOMBATEXHAUSTIONFATIGUESHOCK
      • World War I
      • World War II
      • Old sergeants …
      • Good war stories
    • 9.4 Cold injury, ground type (March 2, 1944)
      • Mediterranean Theater of Operations 1943/44
      • European Theater of Operations
    • 9.5 Lili Marleen … (March 31, 1944)
      • Acquaintances
      • Song of a young soldier on guard duty
    • 9.6 Italy: SHINGLE – a stranded whale (June 5, 1944)
      • Strategic setting
      • Planning
      • Operations
      • Anzio beachhead
    • 9.7 A door that opens only one way (July 15, 1944)
      • Replacement system
      • Primary groups
      • Replacement realities
      • Front
      • Hauling ass
      • Dogface-ization
    • 9.8 The shorn women (summer 1944)
      • The savage purification
      • Horizontal collaboration
      • The tondues
      • Sociological digression
      • Dear John
    • 9.9 Northern France: a quartermaster’s purgatory (September 15, 1944)
      • OVERLORD
      • Dirty bush war589F
      • COBRA
      • LÜTTICH
      • Touring France with an army624F
      • Paris
      • … mouvement immédiat sur Paris!635F
      • … the most unforgettable day in the world641F
      • Delights of a night dedicated to Venus
      • A quartermaster’s purgatory
    • 9.10 The brass
      • Inspirin’ (December 5, 1944)
      • Beautiful View (September 25, 1944)
      • Changes (November 23, 1944)
  • 10 The greatest generation?
    • Culture
    • Genesis
    • The Sharp End
    • Significance
  • List of abbreviations
  • Bibliography
    • Sources
    • Country Guides
    • Operational documents
    • Literature
      • United States Army Command and General Staff College
      • United States Army Center of Military History
    • Monographies
    • Periodicals
    • Audio sources
    • Films
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