The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898 by Edward M. Coffman
Published by Oxford University Press on December 8th 1988
Genres: Military, Pre-War, United States
Len's Summary: This volume begins with the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection and covers the major reforms instituted by War Secretary Elihu Root that created the modern general staff system and helped prepare the Army for World War One. Of particular interest to Western Front Association members is Coffman's analysis of the colonial Army's experience in the Philippines and later on the Western Front, as well as the postwar army.