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Humvee: America’s Military Workhorse

Humvee: America’s Military Workhorse

Christian M. DeJohn

Available May 2020

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Since the mid-1980s, the American High Mobility Military Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, or Humvee) has become synonymous with the US military. In service all around the world for decades, it remains—Iraq War controversies notwithstanding—the world standard in light military tactical vehicles. Gradually nearing the end of its frontline service, it has earned a place of honor beside the much-loved Jeep of World War II. This is a concise look at the background, development, and operational history of the Humvee from the 1970s to the present. The author brings a unique perspective and authority as a Bosnia veteran and former Humvee crewman with the United States Army’s 1/104th Cavalry. He was granted behind-the-scenes access to 1/104th Cavalry HMMWVs and the Army’s collection of rare vehicles at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Also included is the Humvee’s service in lesser-known places such as Cold War Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea, and Africa, as well as detail photos of the Humvee’s features.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 236 color and b/w photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359569 | Binding: hard cover

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Christian M. DeJohn is a military historian, former Sergeant in the US cavalry, and army veteran of service in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Korea, and Egypt. Called to active duty after the September 11 attacks, his duties included serving as an M1A1 Abrams tank gunner and driver and as a dismounted cavalry scout patrolling rural Bosnia in Humvees, with the historic First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry. His writing experience has allowed him to fly in a B-17 bomber and with the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, recreate Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, reminisce with America’s greatest living WWII fighter ace, and enjoy champagne with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew. His articles on military and American history have appeared in the American Legion Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Times, Main Line Magazine, METRO, and The Dictionary of American History. He holds a BA in political science from The American University in Washington, DC and completed all required credits towards a master of arts in degree in military and American history. A disabled veteran, he won a historic First Amendment case (DeJohn vs. Temple University) at the state and federal levels which protects campus free speech, and cooperated with Congress and the media in exposing the VA scandal to the taxpaying American public. Residing with his wife and daughter in the suburbs of Philadelphia, he is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and US Cavalry Association, and has been commissioned in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He also assists the Delaware County, Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial, known for its statue of Sgt. “Wild Bill” Guarnere of “Band of Brothers” fame. His other Schiffer books include For Want of a Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of World War II, and the Legends of Warfare volumes on the M1 Abrams: America’s Main Battle Tank, and the M2/M3 Bradley CFV/IFV: America’s Cavalry/Infantry Fighting Vehicle.