It is with great pleasure that we make this source available. With today’s changing world, understanding how geography affects warfare is more important than ever. The field of military geography has a history complete with difficulties. Typically, the field experiences a resurgence in times of war, when people seek to understand and interpret how geographic features will potentially affect the outcome of a war, only to suffer when the war concludes, especially if the war ends in defeat.
Understanding the important sources allows one to both better understand the field itself, but to develop courses for instruction as well, if such a course is desired. It is with those goals in mind, increasing awareness of the field and guiding those seeking to create a course in military geography, that we created this work. Sources in American Military Geography will allow the reader to explore a vast array of books, articles, and other sources on particular periods in American military history, as well as specific topics and concepts, such as Missions Other Than Wars (MOTW).
The sources will vary, and will draw from the disciplines of history, geography, military science, etc. They will include biographies of key figures, government publications, films, strategy guides, histories, as well as atlases. Each chapter will contain a brief at the beginning discussing some of the major events of the period and then present an annotated bibliography of the important sources relevant to each period, with sources being divided into topics, like air power and others.
We may not include every source available in this guide, given limitations on time and location, in terms of access to source material, but we will strive to present the best sources available so that the reader comes away with the best understanding possible. The staff of The Military Geography Project presents this tool, which reflects our knowledge and insights over the months researching and discussing on the topic.
The Military Geography Project Staff
October 9, 2007