Crusader

General Donn Starry and the Army of His Times

Mike Guardia

New biography of General Donn Starry, armor officer who worked to transform the Army after Vietnam, and created the AirLand doctrine.
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Casemate
Contributor(s) :
Martin Dempsey
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 pages of photos
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ISBN : 9781612005447
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Although he missed combat in World War II and Korea, Donn Starry became one of the most influential commanders of the Vietnam War, and after Vietnam was one of the “intellectual giants” who reshaped the US Army and its doctrines. Throughout his career he worked to improve training, leadership and conditions for the men who served under him.

Starry was a leading advocate for tank warfare in Vietnam and his recommendations helped shape the contours for American armor in Southeast Asia—and paved the way for his success as commander of 11th Armored Cavalry during the invasion of Cambodia.

When commander of Fort Knox and the Armor Center and School in the 1970s, Starry redeveloped armor tactics and doctrine and improved training. In his 16 months as commander of V Corps, he thoroughly tested the doctrine of “Active Defense,” then used his observations to create a new doctrine "AirLand Battle," which paved the way for overwhelming victory in the Gulf War. Like most battlefield commanders from the Vietnam era, Starry’s legacy is often overshadowed by the controversy of the war itself and the turmoil of the immediate postwar Army. However, with the invasion of Cambodia and the development of AirLand Battle, it is hard to imagine anyone who has had a greater impact on modern maneuver warfare.

In this new biography of General Donn Starry, armor officer Mike Guardia examines the life and work of this pioneering, crusading officer using extracts from interviews with veterans and family, and from Starry’s personal papers.

About The Author
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1LT Mike Guardia is an Armor Officer in the United States Army. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in American History from the University of Houston. He obtained his commission via R.O.T.C. at the University of Houston in December 2008. His research interests include World War II in the Pacific, the history of armored warfare and guerrilla warfare. He is currently stationed at Fort Knox, KY.

REVIEWS
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“This short and fast-paced book highlights the career of a remarkable officer and soldier’s soldier, from the post-World War II occupation of Germany, to his tours in Vietnam, to his efforts to restructure the Army to defend Western Europe in the 1980s.”

- New York Journal of Books

“Mike Guardia’s biography on GEN Donn A. Starry is a must-read for professional soldiers. Crusader is the story of the Army’s most important change agent of the last half of the 20th Century. Guardia’s skillful prose lends context to Starry’s writings, oral histories and development as a leader… Mike Guardia through his portrayal of Starry’s life and times teaches that future victories emanate from the vision, courage and commitment of leaders who do in peacetime the heavy lifting of organizing, equipping and training an army.”

- ARMOR

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