In this Issue:
Armor Goes to War
The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Vietnam War, December 1965 to December 1966
By John M. Carland
A Time for Digital Trumpets
Emerging Changes in Military Historical Tradecraft
By Francis J. H. Park
CMH - Publications
Army History Magazine
Spring 2016 Edition
CMH, March 2016
The Spring 2016 issue of Army History offers two interesting pieces from talented historians. The first article examines armored combat in Vietnam in 1965–1966, and the second, a commentary, discusses the challenges military historians face as the way the Army goes to war, and how it records that process, changes in the digital age.
John Carland, formerly a historian at the Center of Military History (CMH), delivers a compelling narrative about the Army's use of armor during the early days of U.S. combat operations in Vietnam. Specifically, Carland highlights the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as it moved into the country, established a permanent base, and began to engage the enemy. In 1965– 1966, there were still many questions about the effectiveness of armor in the terrain and fighting environment of Vietnam. Changes to the unit's structure, armor complement, weaponry, and tactics were made in preparation for the perceived difficulties, but were as yet, untested elements.
In the commentary, Lt. Col. Francis J. H. Park, an active duty officer assigned to CMH as part of the Army Chief of Staff's Operation Enduring Freedom Study Group, comments on the changes military historians will need to make in order to write relevant, and accurate, histories in an evershifting digital age. The way the Army organizes, goes to, and fights wars has changed dramatically from the previous century. So too has the method in which deployed units maintain their operational records. Moving forward, military historians will face a myriad of new challenges as they strive to document the Army's history.
This issue's Artifact Spotlight examines material culture associated with the 6th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and its involvement in the Baltimore Riots in April 1861. CMH's new executive director and chief of military history, Charles Bowery Jr., introduces himself to the Army history community and provides a few updates on the Center's various lines of effort. The director of Histories Division, Dr. James McNaughton, also offers timely comments on the progress and status of CMH's work on the official histories of Army operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, as usual, we feature a crop of interesting book reviews.
As always, I invite our readers to continue to submit articles on the history of the Army and welcome comments about this publication.
Bryan J. Hockensmith