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"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."
—Journal of America’s Military Past
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.
Henry Dozier Russell (1889–1972) commanded the Thirtieth Infantry Division upon its mobilization for federal service in 1940 until he was relieved of the unit’s command in 1942. He later commanded the newly created Forty-Eighth Infantry Division (National Guard) until his retirement in 1951.
Lawrence M. Kaplan is the Command Historian for U.S. Army Cyber Command and the author of Homer Lea: American Soldier of Fortune and editor of The Artillery Service in the War of the Rebellion. He lives in Reston, Virginia.