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Engineer History

PDF document containing a bibliography and online resources on the history of the U.S. Army Engineers.

Combat Studies Institute Press

The Combat Studies Institute (CSI) produces timely and relevant military history research publications and contemporary operational history for the U.S. Army. CSI also conducts battlefield staff rides and provides other types of educational and historical support to Army units and commands upon request.

Center for Military History Online Bookshelves

The Center for Military History (CMH) provides access to a wealth of documents from our nation's history, from the Colonial Era to current Counterinsurgency Operations.

Books and Research Materials is organized by time periods. Each historical period listed has a home page, so be sure to click on the "Published Material" tab from the home page to access digitized official histories.

CMH Series and Collections contains special series and collections published by the Center for Military History, mainly from World War II onward. This includes the Army "Green Books" for WWII. Please note that not all works within each series or collection are currently posted online. Many of the books are at Bruce C. Clarke library.

CHM Publication Catalog enables you to access the Center's complete collection of some 600 publications, from the most recent releases to those that date back decades. Just because an item is listed does not mean that full-text is provided, however.

DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) Online

The DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) serves the DoD community as the largest central resource for DoD and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. All visitors can search DTIC's publicly accessible collections and read or download scientific and technical information.

CARL (Combined Arms Research Library) Digital Library

CARL (the Combined Arms Research Library) has numerous online collections available full-text, including (but not limited to) the following: WWII Operation Documents, Military History 1900-1939, the Combat Studies Institute (CSI) Press, Obsolete Military Manuals, and the Fort Leonard Wood Digital Collection. CARL is the research library of the Command and General Staff College.

Donovan Research Library

Donovan Research Library and the U.S. Armor School Research Library are now part of the Maneuver Center of Excellence Libraries Virtual Library program. For the past few years, both libraries have processed in-house and out-sourced massive parts of their historical collections of student papers, post newspapers, documents, yearbooks and other materials to be digitized, thanks to support from each installation's Command Group. The collections represent the intellectual talent of research and education that Soldiers receive from the faculty, historians and staff of the U.S. Army Infantry School and U.S. Army Armor School and its divisions. Note: Scroll down the page to access the collections.

Army Heritage and Education Center Online: Digital Archives

Welcome to the United States Army Heritage and Education Center Digital Archives website. This project is ongoing and new items are added on a regular basis. If anyone one is looking for a specific collection that was on our old system, please be patient, we will have these items uploaded as soon as we can. Thank you!

Library of Congress: American Memory: War, Military Collection

The Library of Congress’s American Memory is a digital library of historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video. Its War, Military Collection has 30 collections accessible online, ranging from 1717 to the present day. The collection has strong concentrations on the Revolutionary War, the Civil War (the best represented war in the collection), World War I, and World War II. The post-World War II era is not as represented, although there are collections from this period.

The Civil War Series from the History E-Library from the National Park Service

Online versions of many books about Civil War battles may be found here. Maps included in these books can be downloaded as a pdf's.

War of the Rebellion

Officially titled, "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies," the Official Records (or “OR”) are compiled in 127 volumes, plus a General Index and accompanying Atlas. No serious study of the American Civil War is complete without consulting the Official Records. As primary source material, the Official Records are, without question, the most complete and impartial documentation on the American Civil War. They provide a foundation for serious research into virtually any aspect of the war. On the other hand, no study of the American Civil War should rely exclusively on the Official Records. The accounts contained in the OR were not edited for accuracy, and due to space considerations, only excerpts of reports were often included. Researchers should thus verify the information found in these reports with other source material to gain as complete a picture of events as possible.

General Bruce C. Clarke