Günther Lütjens, Navy Admiral, born May 25, 1889 in Wiesbaden, Commander of Torpedo Boats, Commander of Reconnaissance Forces, Chief of the Fleet, winner of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, killed in action in the North Atlantic aboard the battleship Bismarck on May 27, 1941, radioed the following to Adolf Hitler two days before the Bismarck sank: “We will fight to the last in belief in you, my Führer, and in unshakable confidence in Germany’s victory.” (2000 Quotations from Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich)
Welcome to an Adventure !
Do you enjoy solving mysteries ?
Do you like to travel in time when you read ?
Are you looking to discover history books that tell what really happened ?
Have you ever wanted to visit a Battlefield with someone who has written and taught about that battle ?
I had a great life spending over thirty years in the Army; I was able to help defend the country in two wars with a bunch of tremendous soldiers and any success I may have had was due to each and every one of them. I was able to see the world, help develop complex technology and understand that I lived in a pretty special country. The only downside was that after I retired, doing regular day-to-day living was pretty boring.
So I started to write. It didn’t and doesn’t bring you much money, but it sure has been interesting traveling around the country and the world to chase after historical mysteries. I came across a page or two in some World War II history books, for example, on some special Waffen-SS unit in World War II that was composed of criminals let out of jail — but there were not that many details about it — and by luck I ran into detailed records of the unit buried in our National Archives. That led to The Cruel Hunters.
On a trip out to the Little Bighorn, I began to wonder what life was like for the basic enlisted cavalryman. All the existing books talked about officers — George Custer, Marcus Reno and Frederick Benteen — but what about the hundreds of privates and sergeants? That search led to Custer’s Best: The Story of Company M, 7th Cavalry at the Little Bighorn, which was able to win the John M. Carroll Award.
Then, in 2001, I discovered U.S. Army records that were languishing outside Washington, D.C. that contained the story of 96 American soldiers who were court-martialed in Europe and North Africa in World War II and subsequently executed by the Army — not the German Army, but our own Army. And they were buried in a secret cemetery northwest of Paris that is not shown on any map! It took me a decade to run down all the loose ends, but we finally got the story, The Fifth Field, which subsequently received the Lieutenant General Richard G. Trefry Award. In fact, if you only read one of the books, read this one!
More recently, I stumbled across a little known battlefield in southeast Montana on a bed & breakfast ranch, and just turned in the draft to a publisher on the saga of a Montana wagon train in Montana in 1874 that was searching for gold. The 150 gold miners, buffalo hunters and Civil War veterans did not find any gold, but they did run into Sitting Bull and 1,400 of his closest friends.
Now, I am helping a great friend finish his own mystery on the murder of Tsar Nicholas II (it didn’t happen the way the Bolsheviks claimed it did,) as well as analyzing the Little Bighorn Cook-Benteen Note (it might have been “doctored” after the battle.)
Another observation I made while in the Army was that the world is a dangerous place and unfortunately a lot of that danger is coming to our own country. September 11, 2001 should have been a wake-up call, but too many lessons have already been forgotten and acts of terror now occur in large cities and small towns across the country. So I have also started several projects to help people organize their thoughts on personal protection (such as the new Walther PPQ M2 .45 ACP pistol,) and how we might want to analyze some of these enemies to our nation (click on S,W&T, which stands for Strategy, Weapons and Tactics).
Here are some recent posts:
Review of Walther PPQ M2 .45 ACP Pistol (go to S, W & T)
Review of book The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter (go to Author)
Chełmno/Kulmhof extermination center in Poland (go to The Camp Men)
Defeating the Terrorists (go to S, W & T)
Heinrich Müller (go to German Biographies)
New novel Denial on Amazon Kindle (go to E-Books)
New hardcover book Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gold & Guns (scroll down to bottom of this page)
So come on inside and go on Your Own Adventure!
Schiffer Publishing has announced that our new book Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gold and Guns: The 1874 Yellowstone Wagon Road and Prospecting Expedition and the Battle of Lodge Grass Creek, will be printed and available in September!
This is the story of 150 of the most adventurous scouts, gold prospectors, gunslingers, buffalo hunters, and Civil War veterans of both sides—they may have been the deadliest collection of shooters to ever hit the trail. This is the most detailed work ever produced on the obscure legend of the 1874 Yellowstone Wagon Road Prospecting Expedition in the Montana Territory—the product of multi-year research across the country, and visits to the three battlefields and expedition route of over 500 miles—an event that impacted the Little Bighorn in 1876.
Numerous legends of the West rode on the expedition, later playing key roles in the Great Sioux War of 1876. Their adversaries now were the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne—some of the greatest light cavalry to ever gallop over the North American continent. And watching their every move were Sitting Bull, Gall, Hump, Crazy Horse, and a renegade chief named Inkpaduta, ready to strike.
As part of the book are in-depth descriptions of three pitched battles between the wagon train and the Lakota/Northern Cheyenne warriors that hopefully will now be part of the lexicon of the Wild West:
The Battle of Rosebud Creek
The Battle of Great Medicine Dance Creek
The Battle of Lodge Grass Creek
The book also lists warriors involved in these fights and provides detailed information on several renowned scouts during that era such as George Herendeen, William T. “Uncle Billy” Hamilton, Jack Bean, Addison M. Quivey, Zadok “Zodiac” Daniels and Oliver “Big Spit” Hanna.
The epilogue of the book documents the re-creation of Jack Bean’s nearly one-mile shot against a single Lakota warrior that we attempted to duplicate at the exact location it occurred during the preparation of the book.
As a special feature, the book presents information that may link John “Liver-Eating” Johnston with the wagon train.
By my count, there will be 297 color and black/white images and almost 50 color maps in this hard cover book. It is on the Schiffer website with ISBN13: 9780764351518Crazy Horse, Gall, George Herendeen, Hump, Inkpaduta, Jack Bean, John "Liver-Eating" Johnston, Liver-Eatin, Oliver Hanna, Sitting Bull, Zodiac Daniels