Pierre V. Comtois




      New, from Pierre V. Comtois and Sons of Liberty Publishers! Real
Heroes, Real Battles: The Men Who Won America’s Wars includes all of
the author’s hard to find non-fiction articles covering America’s
heroic past up till now available only in out of print magazines such
as Military History, World War II, and America’s Civil War.
here for the first time, the reader will meet such unforgettable personalities as Gen. John Stark victor at the Battle of Bennington; legendary Texas Rangers Rip Ford and John “Devil Jack” Hayes; and many others! Thrill to great battles of the American Civil War including
Honey Springs, Sabine Crossroads, and Brownsville and World War II battles in both the European and Pacific theaters including those of La Fiere, Port Lyautay, Kerama Retto, and the liberation of Manila. See history come alive in these authoritative yet entertaining page turners celebrating America’s past!


 In addition to a generous helping of illustrations, Real Heroes, Real
Battles will also feature maps and diagrams detailing all the action
of the various battles described!

Contents of Real Heroes, Real Battles


The American Revolution
     Rules of War Rudely Ignored
     When the Mohawk Valley burned
     Showdown at King’s Mountain
     Enemy incursion endured
The American Civil War
     Ebbtide for the Confederacy
     Blue Coats, Black Water
     Action Along the Rio Grande
     The Nauvoo Legion
World War II
     First Fire for a New Army
     Opening Act of Okinawa Invasion
     Confusion and Triumph at La Fiere
     To Save Manila They First Had to Destroy It

Although Real Heroes, Real Battles is a triptych of historical periods covering three of America’s major wars, it actually represents a microcosm of my own interest in the subject of history. An interest that began at an early age when I was enthralled with war films watching them on television on lazy Saturday afternoons. At first, it was the combat action that attracted me overlaid by the back stories of various members of the squads that such films invariably focused upon. Later, as places like Iwo Jima, Bataan, Normandy, Anzio, and North Africa began to come together in a definite pattern, my curiosity was aroused. A bigger picture than individual battles had emerged and I became interested in finding out more about this thing called World War II. An early book, perhaps the first I ever read on the subject, The Story of the Second World War by Katherine Savage, confirmed to my 10-year-old mind that the subject was worthy of further research. In short: I was hooked! Savage’s book, written for the young reader, not only charted the causes and course of the war, but brought it down to the personal level with tales of individual heroism on the battlefield. From there, I haunted local libraries reading anything they had on World War II from Cornelius Ryan’s Longest Day and Bridge Too Far to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Mein Kampf represented a significant departure in the development of my interest in history in that my hunger for more information finally broke away from recountings of battles to biographies of the figures behind them: the generals, the world leaders, the politicians. Naturally, my interest in the battles themselves continued and eventually spilled over into World War I and forward to the Korean War. By then, my interest in all things military was in the ascendant and all of history became by literary playground. I soon developed particular interests in the American Revolution, the Civil War, the British Empire, the Roman Empire, Greece, and the rise of Europe and the age of exploration in general (and much in between!). Then, in 1991, I discovered a beautiful line of magazines published by Cowles Media. Each title published by the company featured different historical subjects: Wild West, World War II, Military History, America’s Civil War, and Vietnam. Lavishly illustrated with both photos and paintings, they were as much eye candy to me as they were informative reading for the historical layman. Soon, I decided that I might try writing for one of these magazines. Studying the format, I conservatively chose to write for one of their regular columns focusing on espionage, personality, or weapons, etc. Figuring that an out of the way subject would have a better chance of catching an editor’s eye, I wrote an espionage column on the life of William Sleeman for Military History. It was accepted. I had enjoyed researching and writing the article (and the nice check that came with publication) so my next attempt was to do a feature length article. Again, I chose an unusual subject and wrote about the incredible journey of Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca for Wild West Magazine. That too was accepted. From that point on, I wrote one feature after another, learning and writing and even earning some money all at the same time. By the time I’d grown tired of the work, I’d had articles appear in most of the company’s line of magazines the results of which readers can enjoy here, in Real Heroes, Real Battles that collects all of my articles written for World War II, America’s Civil War, and Military History magazines as well as WWII Quarterly. Over the years, I’ve received a number of letters from veterans who actually participated in the battles which I wrote for World War II congratulating me on the accuracy and realistic description of the action they witnessed first hand. I couldn’t have asked for a higher compliment. The articles collected in Real Heroes, Real Battles were written without an anthology in mind so that they bear no relation to one another save for taking place in the same war (American Revolution, Civil War, World War II) so there is no requirement that they be read in order. I just hope that fellow history buffs will enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them. And if they do, then they may look forward to a second volume collecting all the rest of my articles including those written for Wild West and Military History magazines covering early explorers, World War I, the Philippine Insurrection, the British Empire, and more!

Click the link below to listen to Pierre Comtois discuss his book Real Heroes, Real Battles on David Tierney's radio show on WUML, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell radio station conducted Nov. 12, 2012

 Pierre Comtois's Veteran's Day Interview