More About the Author
In addition to "The Roer River Battles" I've written a book for Osprey Publishing on the German Tiger II and Soviet IS-2 tanks (due out in early 2011). Additional published works include some 22 articles for several magazines on military subjects ranging from the ancient to modern eras (i.e. Strategy & Tactics, Armchair General, and World at War). An additional piece was done on modern Middle East capabilities for MCSGroup, a conflict simulation provider for the US DoD, and other clients.
My primary military interest is on the Second World War (Europe), First World War, American Civil War, and Thirty Years' War.
Some of the "vacations" I've taken in the last few years:
2010- Pennsylvania (Hanover, Gettysburg, and Chambersburg), Ft. Knox (where I was granted access to the interior of their Tiger II for research)
2009- Assistant Restoration Technician (replacing a brake line on a Panzer III L and various work on a Panzer IV F2) (U.S. Army Cavalry and Armor Museum, Ft. Knox)
2008- Ft. Riley, Kansas, Civil War cites in Missouri (Mt. Zion Church, Roan's Tan Yard, Glasgow, Booneville, Little Blue River, Lexington, Liberty, Westport, Byram's Ford, Lone Jack, Ft Davidson, Fredericktown, and Cape Girardeau), Tennessee (Shiloh/Iuka, Jackson, Parker's Cross Roads, Johnsonville, Dover, and Forts Pillow, Donelson, and Henry), Indiana (Corydon), Kentucky (Middle Creek, Ivy Mtn., Mill Springs, Camp Wildcat), Kentucky Machine Gun Shoot, and the Patton Museum
2007- Danville Tank Museum, final Confederate capital, and Virginia battlefields (Lynchburg, Port Royal, Winchester, Manasas, Cross Keys, Kernstown, New Market, Fischer's Hill, Tom's Brook, Thoroughfare Gap, and Ball's Bluff), Washington D.C. forts, Smithsonian
2006- Flight on the B-17G "Liberty Bell," Central Kentucky (Perryville, Cynthiana, and Richmond), South Carolina (Honey Hill, Beaufort, Grimball's Island, Secessionville, and Forts Wagner, Walker, and Moultrie), Parris Island, and 8th Air Force Museum, Georgia
2005- Virginia (Yorktown, Big Bethel, Hampton Roads, Ft. Norfolk, Suffolk, and Swell's Point), Virginia War Museum, and USS Wisconsin
2004- Maryland (Folcks Mill, Hancock, Williamsport, Boonsboro, Harper's Ferry, South Mtn, Antietam, Monocacy), Ft Frederick, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds where I was able to meet with Thomas Jentz (armor historian/author)
2003- Georgia (Forts McAllister, Jackson, and Pulaski, as well as "off the beaten trail" sites found by referencing period and modern maps i.e. Forts Thunderbolt and Lee)