- Watch Larry Kaplan's "Eight Bells Lecture" at the Naval War College Museum here.
"Anyone interested in the political conflict between the Regular Army and the National Guard must read this book. It provides an interesting but biased opinion of the U.S. Army in 1940-41 that all military historians writing about the World War II period should read and consult."
The Purge of the Thirtieth Division is the only known account by any of the eighteen National Guard division commanders mobilized in 1940 and 1941. Russell’s memoir provides not only a first-hand look into the training of National Guard units in preparation for World War II, but also offers a scathing indictment of the Army high command for unfair treatment of National Guard officers. Featuring commentary from a recently retired Army National Guard general, this republication of Russell’s privately printed memoir sheds new light on a controversial chapter of the U.S. Army as it prepared to enter the war.