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Military Titles Sold Through is continuing our partnership program with Through our association, readers can purchase Seabee and military books online!

Are you looking for books on the military food service or the Seabees? (Yes, they can be hard to find.) I've gathered several titles that are in print and readily available. Included is the World War II classic, Can Do! Story of the Seabees, by William Bradford Huie.

Can Do! and other great Seabee titles by Hugh Aaron and Jay Kimmel are offered for sale. I've also added some unique military titles. Many reflect my personal reading interests.

Now into their second fifty years of service, the Seabees continue to live up to their Can Do attitude. The Seabee reputation was built on the motto, "With willing harts and skillful hands, the difficult we do at once, the impossible takes a bit longer." Several Seabee books are now in print and readily available. Hugh Aaron's novel and book of letters make great gifts for the student of Word War II.

Books of Letters
Hugh Aaron writes: "Letters were crucial during World War II; they were the only communication between men and women participating in the war and their loved ones. Reading a letter just received from a son, a girlfriend, a wife, a mother or father, or just a friend, was always the high point of the day."

Military Engineers
The battle can not progress without the builders. Bowman, et al, in Bulldozers Come First, described World War II as an "engineer's war." Airmen need airfields to land their planes; seamen need sea-ports to base their ships; quartermasters need storehouses to keep their supplies; and Marines and soldiers need roads and fortifications to drive the battle forward. Bowman concluded, "It was his machines that proceeded the planes, the tanks, the guns and the ships. His 'bulldozers came first.'"

Small Unit Tactics and Leadership
Small unit leadership is the meat of military tactics. It's continually taught at all levels of miliatry command. From classics like Defense of Duffer's Drift to modern day textbooks, these books offer lessons that are essential.

With books of letters, autobiographies are the meat of military writing. You explore the mind of the writer as he (or she) describes life in the service. Often written about war-time experiences, autobiographies give you insight rarely found in military historical writing. From classics like Charles B. McDonald's Company Commander to With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge, these memories are often written at the small-unit level.

It's the beans, bullets and black-oil that wins wars. Great tacticians need even greater logisticians standing behind them. One of the lessons Gen. George Patton learned during his charge across France in the Summer of 1944 was you could not push the logistical envelope too far. While established tactics could be broken often, it was the lack of gasoline and ammunition that finally stopped the 3rd Army in the Lorraine in September.

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