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Ron Field was born in Hertford, England in 1943 and was educated in Cheltenham, where he gained a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree. He was Head of History at The Cotswold School at Bourton-on-the-Water until his retirement in 2007. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982, he taught History at Piedmont High School in California from 1982-83. He was associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain from 1983 through 1992, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, D.C., in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, The John Hay Library, Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also a contributing editor of Military Images, a magazine devoted to the photographic history of the U.S. soldier and sailor in the 19th century. A prolific author, Ron is an internationally acknowledged expert on U.S. military history.

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Excellent illustrations, including magnificent colour plates.

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THE ROLE OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIER SCOUT was vital during the period of westward expansion between 1840 and 1890. Read the first page
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Another outstanding effort from Osprey 18 Sept. 2003
By Ironmike - Published on Amazon.com
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This gem of a book is packed with rare photographs and details the colorful careers of dozens of famed and little known scouts and their backgrounds.
While only 64 pages, these books are a wealth of information and this one is no exception. Splendid artwork and excellent research, this one belongs on anyone's shelf that enjoys reading about the scouts of the Indian Wars.
US Army Frontier Scouts 1840-1921 26 Aug. 2012
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This was a well done book. A good overview, interesting stories and historic facts about a unique era in the U.S. Army. Illustrations are good quality and support the text. I think it was a good value for the money.Elite 91: US Army Frontier Scouts 1840-1921
Green Berets Linage to the U.S. Scouts 15 Jun. 2012
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Green Berets Linage to the U.S. Scouts

Osprey has put out another outstanding book on little known subject. Ron Field's "U.S. Army Frontier Scouts 1840-1921" is about Native Americans that made up an integral part of U.S. military conflicts since America's beginning. Colonists recruited Indian allies during such instances as the Pequot War from 1634-1638, the Revolutionary War, as well as in War of 1812. Native Americans also fought on both sides during the American Civil War, as well as military missions abroad including the most notable, the Codetalkers who served in World War II which is beyond the scope of this book. The Scouts were active in the American West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including those who accompanied General John J. Pershing in 1916 on his expedition to Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. There were different types of scouts, some enlisted as Indian Scouts for brief terms and there were others who were hired as scouts by the U.S. Army. Some individual may have served at different times as a hired scout and an enlisted scout. Prior to the act in 1866 these scouts were considered employees rather than soldiers. Indian Scouts were officially deactivated in 1947 when their last member retired from the Army at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. For many Indians it was an important form of interaction with white American culture and society their first major encounter with the whites' way of thinking and doing things. This book has good coverage of the Indian wars following the U.S. Civil War, were the Indian scouts were a fast-moving, aggressive, and knowledgeable asset to the U.S. army. They often proved to be immune to army notions of discipline and demeanor, but they proved expert in traversing the vast distances of the American West and providing intelligence and often a shock force employing guerrilla tactics to the soldiers who sought hostile Indians. Pawnee Scout leader Luther H. North had commented, that neither the Wild Tribes, nor the Government Indian Scouts ever adopted any of the white soldier's tactics. They thought their own tactics much better. If you are interested in reading more details on these tactics read Osprey's book "Apache Tactics 1830-86" by Robert Watt. Another interesting side note is that in 1890 the Scouts were authorized to wear the branch of service insignia of crossed arrows. In 1942 the insignia was authorized to be worn by the 1st Special Service Force. As their traditions passed into the U.S. Army Special Forces (aka the Green Beret), the crossed arrows became part of their insignia being authorized as branch of service insignia for Special Forces in 1984. Today's modern Special Forces trace their linage to the U.S. Scout Service.
Frontier Scouts 20 Dec. 2011
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This is a good little book that gives a quick overview of all kinds of army scouts, including the Pawnee Scouts that I was most interested in and others that also caught my eye.
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The book arrived in a very short time and was well packaged. Good people to do business with.
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