The Center of Military History continues to impress with both the quality and timeliness of their work.
In December, the CMH published “Surging South of Baghdad: The 3rd Infantry Division and Task Force Marne in Iraq, 2007-2008.” (Government Book Talk, the Government Printing Office blog site, ran a review of the book today.)
This is not just some cursory overview of the operation, but rather a 390-plus page historical work covering the operation. I’ve only looked through the first few chapters, but the tone stands apart from more “journalistic” writing that we are more familiar with regarding Iraq. This is a sourced, scholarly record of the operations. Footnotes often point to OPORDS, Executive Summaries, meeting notes, and action reports.
The author, Dale Andrade, is a senior historian at CMH. His current projects include a combat history of the US Army in the later stages of the Vietnam war.