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Unknown Soldiers Podcast Episode #46, "The Chains of Command", Sources

Hey everybody! I'm off to National Guard training for two weeks, but here, finally, are the sources I mentioned in my episode. Enjoy the reading material!


Clausewitz, Karl von, On War, translated and edited by Michael Howard and Peter Paret. New York: Princeton University Press, 1984.

Keegan, John. The Mask of Command. New York: Penguin, 1988. (This book inspired this episode, but it is a bit dense for the casual reader.)


Cartledge, Paul. Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past. New York: Vintage, 2004.

Fox, Robin Lane. Alexander the Great. London: Allen Lane, 1973.

Green, Peter. Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 BC. A Historical Biography. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Hanson, Victor Davis. Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Culture. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

(Note about Hanson: his work is very controversial and he is something of a right wing polemicist in his non historical hours, so take his work with a grain of salt.)


Chandler, David. The Campaigns of Napoleon. New York: Scribner, 1966.

Elting, John R. Swords Around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande Armee. New York: Free Press, 1988.

Esdaile, Charles J. Napoleon's Wars: An International History, 1803-1815. London: Allen Lane, 2007.

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life. New York: Penguin, 2014.

Rothenberg, Gunther E. The Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.


Boff, Jonathan. Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Holmes, Richard. Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front. London: HarperCollins, 2004.

Philpott, William. War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War. New York: Abrams Press, 2015.

Sheffield, Gary. Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities. London: Headline, 2001.

Sheffield, Gary. The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army. London, Aurum Press, 2012.

Showalter, Dennis. Instrument of War: The German Army, 1914-1918. New York: Osprey, 2016. (THIS BOOK IS THE BOMB FYI)


The Economist. "An Interview with General Valery Zaluzhny, head of Ukraine's Armed Forces." December 15, 2022.

Herszenhorn, David M. and Paul McLeary. "Ukraine's 'iron general' is a hero, but he's no star." Politico, April 8, 2022.

Komarov, Dmytro. "Year. Off-screen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi." Youtube: May 12, 2023.

Matthews, Owen. Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin's War Against Ukraine. London: Mudlark, 2023.

Spencer, John and Liam Collins. "Waterworld: How Ukraine Flooded Three Rivers to Help Save Kyiv." United States Military Academy: Modern War Institute, July 1, 2022.

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