Allan Millett '59 Authors The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North
May 2, 2010
May 2, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Allan R. Millett, noted military historian and 1959 graduate of DePauw University, has authored The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North, the second volume in a trilogy of books. The new work covers the twelve-month period from North Korea's invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950, through the end of June 1951 -- the most active phase of the internationalized "Korean War."
A synopsis states, "Moving deftly between the battlefield and the halls of power, Millett weaves together military operations and tactics without losing sight of Cold War geopolitics, strategy, and civil-military relations. Filled with new insights on the conflict, his book is the first to give combined arms its due, looking at the contributions and challenges of integrating naval and air power with the ground forces of United Nations Command and showing the importance of Korean support services. He also provides the most complete, and sympathetic, account of the role of South Korea's armed forces, drawing heavily on ROK and Korea Military Advisory Group sources ... Researched in South Korean, Chinese, and Soviet as well as American and UN sources, Millett has exploited previously ignored or neglected oral history collections -- including interviews with American and South Korean officers -- and has made extensive use of reports based on interrogations of North Korean and Chinese POWs. The end result is masterful work that provides both a gripping narrative and a greater understanding of this key conflict in international and American history."
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Dr. Millett received the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing and received an honorary doctorate from DePauw in 2001. He is Ambrose Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. His previous books include The War for Korea, 1945-1950: A House Burning; Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps; A War to be Won: Fighting the Second World War; and For the Common Defense: The Military History of the United States of America.Back