Summer 2020 Edition
In this Summer 2020 issue of Army History, we present a number of interesting offerings. The first article, by Christopher Kolakowski, highlights the exploits of the famed “Merrill’s Marauders” in north Burma during World War II. The second article, by Tyler Bamford, examines Allied and American military relations during the First World War. We also feature our regular Artifact Spotlight and a contribution from the National Museum of the U.S. Army. This issue contains an interesting crop of book reviews as well as words from our executive director and chief historian, respectively, that lead off and round out the journal.
As I write this, the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire planet has been affected, as have the staff here at the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH). Right now, almost the entire staff of CMH are working from their homes. This presents unique challenges to how the folks here at CMH write and produce history, including the publication of this magazine. Technology has afforded us the opportunity to keep production of this issue on track and I am happy that it has come out on schedule according to our quarterly timetable. The magazine’s small staff has worked hard to overcome any stumbling blocks the current situation has placed in our path, and my coworkers have adapted in many admirable ways.
I will take the opportunity afforded me by the small space of this Editor’s Journal to publicly thank those editors, visual information specialists, and cartographers who work on this magazine with me. Being sequestered from them really has shown me how much I miss our daily personal contact when working on this journal together. They make my job so much easier and help to make Army History the outstanding publication that it is. I couldn’t do it without them, and for them I am grateful.
As always, I invite your constructive criticism about this issue and I encourage you to submit your articles and to request books to review. I hope that you, the readers of Army History, and your families, are safe and healthy.
Bryan J. Hockensmith