Military Affairs

It should be no surprise that the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, founded in the aftermath of the First World War, holds extensive collections on military affairs from the 19th century to the present day. From world wars through civil wars and low intensity conflict, Hoover’s collections range from the papers of commanders-in-chief through the photographs, diaries and memoirs of ordinary soldiers and sailors. The home front is also not forgotten: many collections deal with the economic and fiscal aspects of war and preparations for war, with the diplomatic side of conflict. A few of the prominent military men whose papers are held by the Hoover Archives:  General Chiang Kai-shek, General Peter Vrangel’, General Joseph Stilwell, Admiral Karl Dönitz, Admiral Raymond Spruance, Admiral John McCain.

Joseph Stilwell Papers, Envelope O1, Hoover Institution Archives

More than thirty years of entries by "Vinegar Joe"

Hoover Institution Archives Poster Collection, US 2490

Antiques Roadshow appraises Uncle Sam


Chiang Kai-shek Diaries

Chinese political and military leader

Vrangel’ Collection

Commander in chief, Armed Forces of Southern Russia and Russian Army

Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers

Commanding general, US forces in China-Burma-India Theater

Ernest Fred Easterbrook Papers

Major general, US army

Claire Lee Chennault Papers

Major general, US Army air forces

Karl Dönitz Writings

Admiral, German navy

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Henry Nelson Hammond, 1920 (Henry Nelson Hammond Papers, Box 1, Hoover Instituti

New Collection on US Intervention in Siberia, 1919–1920

Friday, May 16, 2014

This valuable addition to the Hoover Institution’s collections on the Russian Civil War and US intervention in that conflict contains the diaries, photographs, and associated papers of Henry Nelson Hammond (1900–1969), a corporal in the US Army (27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds”), covering his enlistment and deployment in the Russian Far East as part of the American Expeditionary Force in Siberia.

Chiang Kai-shek meets with Oskar Munzel (left), his German military adviser, in

Chiang Kai-shek’s Secret Military Advisers Unveiled

Monday, May 13, 2013

For decades after his defeat by the Chinese Communists in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek relied heavily and almost exclusively on the United States to defend and consolidate his island redoubt, Taiwan, against the communist invasion. Under the facade of an ostensibly formidable US-Taiwan alliance during the cold war, however, Chiang would, from time to time, turn to his erstwhile enemies in World War II for military advice.

Major General Ernest F. Easterbrook. Ernest Fred Easterbrook papers, Box 4, Fold

Ernest Easterbrook's World War II China-Burma-India Theater Diaries Available Online

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ernest Easterbrook began this account of his experiences in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater in 1944, when he became General Joseph W. Stilwell's executive assistant in Burma. Later, as commander of the 475th Infantry Regiment, he led it behind enemy lines to clear northern Burma and reopen the Burma Road.



Thursday, September 24, 1998

The exhibit will showcase information regarding General Stilwell's infantry fighting in Burma, in 1944

Press Releases
General Joseph W. Stilwell

Hoover Archives in Stilwell Documentary by Phoenix TV

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Chinese-language television documentary on Joseph Stilwell that includes footage shot at the Hoover Institution can be viewed in its entirety on You Tube. To view the segment taped at Hoover, forward to 6:12.

Joseph W. Stilwell, circa 1917. Photo courtesy of John Easterbrook.

Joseph Stilwell’s Diaries, 1900–1939 and 1945–46, Available Online

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Joseph Stilwell began his diary in the early 1900s and kept it up, to a greater or lesser extent, until his death in 1946. Now those decades of diaries, including observations on his travels through China, Japan, and the Philippines before World War II, are available on the Hoover Archives website. They supplement Stilwell’s World War II diaries, transcriptions of which Hoover has offered online since 2005. All are part of the Joseph W. Stilwell papers at Hoover.

General Joseph W. Stilwell

Sound Recordings in Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers Digitized

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Several messages to the American people from General Joseph W. Stilwell, recorded in Burma during World War II, are among the sound recordings in the Stilwell papers that have been digitized by the Hoover Archives.

General Joseph W. Stilwell's diary

Stilwell Diaries at Hoover Featured in Phoenix TV Documentary

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another segment in the Chinese-language television documentary series about Joseph Stilwell, including footage shot at the Hoover Institution, can be viewed in its entirety on You Tube. To view the segment taped at Hoover, forward to 1:14.



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