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11th Annual
Central Texas Military History Symposium

Death Before Dismount?

A Re-look at the US Cavalry's Reaction to Mechanization, 1923 - 1945


en. Douglas MacArthur wades ashore during initial landings at Leyte, Philippine Islands during World War Two

 


Online virtual symposium at October 7 at 6 pm

The Central Texas Military History Symposium at Texas A&M University- Central Texas serves as a local and regional event promoting the study of history of warfare and its influences on society. The Symposium's main goal is to provide the people of Central Texas and our students with access to the nation's top scholars in military history. Each year our attendance numbers have increased and with help from you, the community, the CTMHS can continue to grow and offer new and exciting opportunities to our students and Central Texas.

Our Speaker:


  • LTC William S. Nance commissioned as an Armor officer in 2002 from the United States Military Academy. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom I with the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment as a platoon leader and staff officer. He commanded H Company, 2nd Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment from 2006 to 2009. He earned a Masters in Military History from the University of North Texas in 2011, and then taught history at the United States Military Academy (USMA) from 2011 to 2014. He earned his PhD in Military History in 2014 from the University of North Texas, writing on American mechanized cavalry in World War II. Following his time at USMA, he served as a brigade plans officer, squadron operations officer, and squadron executive officer in the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division and the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. After a year advising the Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz Brigade of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, he joined the Department of Military History at the Command and General Staff College in 2018. Nance is the author of Sabers Through the Reich: World War II Corps Cavalry From Normandy to the Elbe, from the University Press of Kentucky. He is currently working on another book on General Simpson and General Moore of the Ninth US Army from the Second World War. Nance is married to the former Mrs. Mariann Hop. They have three children, Catherine (15), Billy (13), and Andrew (11).

    InĀ Sabers through the Reich, Nance provides the first comprehensive operational history of American corps cavalry in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II. The corps cavalry had a substantive and direct impact on Allied success in almost every campaign, and served as offensive guards for armies across Europe, conducting reconnaissance, economy of force, and security missions, as well as prisoner of war rescues. From D-Day and Operation Cobra to the Battle of the Bulge and the drive to the Rhine, these groups had the mobility, flexibility, and firepower to move quickly across the battlefield, enabling them to aid communications and intelligence gathering, reducing the Clausewitzian "friction of war."

About the Symposium


Canons sit atop a hill in a field The Central Texas Military History Symposium at Texas A&M University- Central Texas serves as a local and regional event promoting the study of history of warfare and its influences on society. The Symposium's main goal is to provide the people of Central Texas and our students with access to the nation's top scholars in military history. Each year our attendance numbers have increased and with help from you, the community, the CTMHS can continue to grow and offer new and exciting opportunities to our students and Central Texas.

Now in its 11th year, The Central Texas Military History Symposium hosts nationally prominent military historians. Two past presidents of the Society for Military History have been keynote speakers: Dennis Showalter of Colorado College and Brian Linn of Texas A&M University. We have also hosted high ranking military officers, such as Lt. Gen. Dave Palmer (USA Retired). Palmer is a past superintendent of West Point and author of several acclaimed works of military history. Two Pulitzer Prize nominees have been speakers: Richard McCaslin and Lewis Sorley.


Support the Central Texas Military History Symposium


A military tank displayed at an outside museum The Central Texas Military History Symposium is dedicated to teaching and promoting military history, both in and out of the classroom. Our aims are to continually bring in the best military scholars to reward the Central Texas community and our students with most current scholarship. Please consider supporting the CTMHS in our current and future endeavors to expand our reach.


In Partnership with:


Our partners in producing and promoting the event include the National Mounted Warfare Foundation, the Ft. Hood Museums, and the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Military history has special meaning and relevance in our community.


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More Information:

Dr. Timothy Hemmis

254-519-5441
themmis@tamuct.edu