Steven L. Ossad

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Finalist, 2011 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award A hero who faced down Pancho Villa with only a pistol and turned the tide of battle during the Salerno Operation in late 1943, John Lucas discovered at Anzio that his comrades were more dangerous than his enemies.
Brevet Colonel, Commander of the 30th Indiana Volunteers, and recipient of the Medal of Honor - all by the age of 23 - Henry Lawton's career spanned four decades until he fell in battle "bringing democracy to a distant land."
Featured on the Center of Military History Civil War Website
The only American armored division commander to die in battle, Maurice Rose was the son and grandson of rabbis who rose from private to general to lead the premier American armored force to victory over the Nazi empire.
Winner, 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
Creator of the modern American Rangers, Darby led his men to great victories and a catastrophic defeat, but was always in the thick of the action.
Martin Blumenson spent his life writing the history of an institution he respected greatly and knew intimately, the United States Army. He inspired generations of his students and successors to the highest standard of excellence.
Soldier, historian, biographer, memoirist, "novelist", and companion of Socrates, at the end of his life Xenophon wrote a small book proposing reform of the Athenian cavalry. A discussion of specific suggestions, the Hipparchicus reflects decades of the author's experience as an army commander. The wily survivor of battles, court intrigues, assassinations and staggering betrayals offers subtle insights on leadership - as well as observations valuable to modern theorists and practioners of the "mounted service" that will always resonate.
The Battle of Kadesh, the greatest chariot clash in all recorded history - and the arche-type for maneuver warfare - pitted the war-hardened Hittites against a young, untested Pharaoh. The struggle that followed shaped the destinies of the two dominant empires of the early Iron Age. Recorded by Rameses as a great Egyptian victory, it is a case study of how a brilliant and well-executed public relations campaign can trump performance - and reality.
More than 3,500 years ago, Abraham, the leader of the Hebrews, led his battalion on a daring, long-distance, commando raid to rescue hostages. Hidden in a very brief passage of Genesis is the story of the first organized military action and victory of the Jewish people, a tale of courage, inspired leadership and battle far from their borders. It is as if God wrote the prequel to Operation THUNDERBALL, the Israel Defense Forces dramatic rescue of Jewish hostages at Entebbe, Uganda on July 4, 1976.
Does it make any sense to talk about a "philosophy of war?" What kinds of things would be discussed in such an academic sub-category? Whose works would make up the canon of study? On that point, why is it that Carl von Clausevitz's early 19th century book "On War" is virtually the only work generally accepted as a work of war philosophy? In a world where war is so common, why is there so little systematic examination of its "first principles?" These are only a few of the questions that spark this general inquiry.

BG Joseph Mansfield, Military Heritage Magazine, February 2007

Joseph Mansfield, Steven L. Ossad, Graphite on paper, 2006

A SINGLE MOMENT OF GLORY
For more than forty years Joseph King Fenno Mansfield (1803-1862) prepared himself for the ultimate test of a soldier - high command in war. After a long and successful career marked by bravery in the field and rapid promotion during the Mexican War, celebrated achievements as a military engineer, recognition as an expert on defensive fortifications, and a distinguished tenure as Inspector General of the U.S. Army, the moment he’d been waiting for arrived on the morning of September 17, 1862. At the small western Maryland village of Sharpsburg - where the Potomac runs west and Antietam Creek runs east of the town – Mansfield’s brief moment of glory came just two days after assuming command of XII Corps, Army of the Potomac. Personally leading one of his regiments into battle, he was struck by a bullet in the chest and taken to a makeshift hospital where 24 hours later, he lay dead. About these basic details there is no dispute, but for almost a century and a half the rest of the story has generated controversy – sometimes bitter – among the participants and then among historians.


Highlights of Mansfield's Career


DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER:


STAFF OFFICER IN THE MEXICAN WAR:

Chief Engineer to General Zachary Taylor's Northern Army, he was brevetted three times for bravery and seriously wounded (Middlesex County Historical Society)

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE US ARMY:


DEFENDER OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL:


SHORE COMMANDER AT HAMPTON ROADS: