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Book cover of ''Football! Navy! War!'': How Military ''Lend-Lease'' Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II

''Football! Navy! War!'': How Military ''Lend-Lease'' Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II

by Wilbur D. Jones

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Pages: 277
Paperback
ISBN: 9780786442195






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Overview of ''Football! Navy! War!'': How Military ''Lend-Lease'' Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II

It's no coincidence that the sport of football employs terms usually associated with war, such as "aerial attack" and "blitz." During World War II, the United States military and colleges joined forces, fielding competitive teams to prepare men for combat. This book relates the Department of the Navy's role in preserving the game and national morale through the "Lend-Lease" of officer candidates, including All-American players and professionals

Synopsis of ''Football! Navy! War!'': How Military ''Lend-Lease'' Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II

Not coincidentally, the sport of football naturally employs terms usually associated with war, such as "aerial attack," "blitz," and "trench warfare." During World War II, the U. S. military and colleges joined forces, fielding competitive teams to prepare men for combat. The book highlights the Department of the Navy's role in preserving the game and football's impact on national morale and the war effort through their "Lend-Lease" to colleges of officer candidates, including All-America and professional players. It describes wartime college and military football throughout the globe and features a foreword by veteran ESPN college football commentator Beano Cook. It contains 81 photographs and illustrations; listings of college and military teams, records, scores, big games, and statistics; player and team profiles; and a glossary of period football terminology.

About the Author, Wilbur D. Jones

Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., is a nationally known, award-winning military historian and retired Navy captain with four decades of service to the Department of Defense, including as a professor and associate dean at the Defense Acquisition University. He served in the White House as an assistant and advance representative to President Ford. This is his 17th book. He founded and chairs the award-winning preservationist group World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition in Wilmington, N.C., where he resides. Visit his website at www.wilburjones.com

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