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The major military operations, battles and campaigns, land and sea, of the Spanish American War. What weaknesses in both the U.S. Army and Navy did the war reveal?

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Even though the U.S. won the war fairly easily, there were many weaknesses in the military, primarily the Army. There were big supply problems, including shortages of ammunition and medical supplies. We had a small standing army that was not ready for big-time warfare. We had to augment that army with National Guard troops, who were almost completely inexperienced. The Army also had racial problems, with tensions running high among the black and white troops as they mustered in the U.S. and deployed in Cuba.

On a larger scale, there was little good, coordinated strategic leadership within the U.S. military. Only the Navy, under George Dewey, worked effectively and efficiently.

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.

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Author and journalist with more than 35 years' experience.

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Authors Guild BIO International

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New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribute, New York Newsday, the Arizona Republic, St. Petersburg Times, Detroit News. Magazines: Smithsonian, Preservation, The VVA Veteran, Vietnam, Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Military History, World War II. Editor: The Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War

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BA, 1967, George Washington University, History MA, 1971, George Washington University, European History

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Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award, 2011

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Vietnam Veterans of America

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