Friday, July 11, 2014

UNT Press Book Wins Award for Excellence in U.S. Army History Writing

At its Seventeenth Annual Members’ Meeting, held June 18, 2014 at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA, the Army Historical Foundation recognized six books, one book series, and three articles as outstanding achievements in writing on U.S. Army history.  General William Hartzog, USA-Ret., announced the winners of the 2013 AHF Distinguished Writing Awards.

Pacific Blitzkrieg:  World War II in the Central Pacific, by Sharon Tosi Lacey, published by UNT Press, won the award in the category of Operational/Battle History. Pacific Blitzkrieg explores the combat in each invasion to show how the battles were planned, how raw recruits were turned into efficient combat forces, how battle doctrine was created on the fly, and how every service remade itself as new and more deadly weapons continuously changed the character of the war.

The book award winners received a plaque honoring the book and a $1,000 cash award.  The article award winners also received a plaque and a $250 cash award.

The AHF Distinguished Writing Awards program was established in 1997 to recognize authors who make a significant contribution to the literature on U.S. Army history.  Each year nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee by publishers and journal editors.  A small group of finalists are selected and a final judging is made.  The winners are announced at the annual AHF Members’ Meeting. 

For more information on the Foundation and its activities, please view the AHF website at

To learn more about the book, click here

-Korey Acuna

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