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Mary Kathryn Barbier

Assistant Professor, History

E-mail address: mkb99@history.msstate.edu
Website: http://www.msstate.edu/dept/history/mbarbier.htm


Mary Kathryn Barbier received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 1998. After teaching as an adjunct professor for a year and a half, she received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from International Security Studies at Yale University. While at Yale, she attended numerous lectures, conducted research, and taught two junior seminars. The titles of the courses were "Intelligence Gathering in the Twentieth Century" and "World War II and the Arts." Barbier also worked on two popular books. The first, Kursk: the Greatest Tank Battle Ever Fought 1943, has also been published in German. The second, Strategy and Tactics: Infantry Warfare: The Theory and Practice of Infantry Combat in the 20th Century, was a collaborative effort with Andrew Wiest. The fellowship ended in the summer of 2002. That summer she attended a three week seminar at West Point before starting an appointment at the University of Guelph, where she taught the US history survey and a War & Society course, revised an article, "George C. Marshall and the 1940 Louisiana Maneuvers," which was published Louisiana History in 2003, presented papers at the Society for Military History and SHAFR conferences, and submitted brief articles for the Encyclopedia of Intelligence & Counterintelligence.

Since accepting the position as an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, she has written a brief history of the US Army for fifth graders, which was published in 2005. She also had two articles published, has a chapter in Normandy 1944: Sixty Years On, which was published in June 2006, and has begun preliminary work on a short military biography of Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. In December 2005, Barbier gave a lecture, "The United States and Asia," in a workshop for the Philadelphia-Newton County schools as part of the Mississippi Connections Program. In June 2006 she gave a series of lectures in a week-long World War II workshop for the Philadelphia-Newton County schools as part of the Mississippi Connections Program.

In addition to continuing her work on Montgomery, Barbier has evaluated articles and books for several journals and presses and written an article entitled, "Fortitude North: Diversion or a Real Threat?" Barbier's book, D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion was published in November 2007. In cooperation with the Center for Historical Studies and the Mississippi National Guard, Barbier has organized a Global War on Terror Oral History Project. The purpose of the project is to interview Mississippi National Guard Personnel who have served in the Global War on Terror. In conjunction with the oral history project and the department's focus on International Security/Internal Safety (IS/IS), Barbier co-organized the first regional IS/IS conference that MSU hosted in March 2007. In addition, she offers an undergraduate/graduate student seminar on the History of Grand Strategy and International Security. In the fall of 2008 she is offering the first IS/IS graduate seminar.


D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion

Barbier, Mary Kathryn
Publisher: Praeger Security International
2007
ISBN: 9780275994792

On 6 June 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy. The invasion followed several years of argument and planning by Allied leaders, who remained committed to a return to the European continent after the Germans had forced the Allies to evacuate at Dunkirk in May 1940. Before the spring of 1944, however, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other British leaders remained unconvinced that the invasion was feasible. At the Teheran Conference in November 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill promised Josef Stalin that Allied troops would launch Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, in the spring. Because of their continuing concerns about Overlord, the British convinced the Americans to implement a cover plan to help ensure the invasion's success. The London Controlling Section (LCS) devised an elaborate two-part plan called Operation Fortitude that SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force) helped to fine tune and that both British and American forces implemented.

Historians analyzing the Normandy invasion frequently devote some discussion to Operation Fortitude. Although they admit that Fortitude North did not accomplish all that the Allied deception planners had hoped, many historians heap praise on Fortitude South, using phrases such as, "unquestionably the greatest deception in military history." Many of these historians assume that the deception plan played a crucial role in the June 1944 assault. A reexamination of the sources suggests, however, that other factors contributed as much, if not more, to the Allied victory in Normandy and that Allied forces could have succeeded without the elaborate deception created by the LCS. Moreover, the persistent tendency to exaggerate the operational effect of Fortitude on the German military performance at Normandy continues to draw attention away from other, technical-military reasons for the German failures there.



America's Armed Forces: The U.S. Army

Barbier, Mary Kathryn
Publisher: World Almanac Library
2005
ISBN: 0836856872

Presents key facts about the United States Army, including its history, strength, and missions, both at war and peace. Target audience is fifth grade students.



Kursk: The Greatest Tank Battle Ever Fought, 1943

Barbier, Mary Kathryn
Publisher: Surrey Ian Allan
2002
ISBN: 0711028680

This book begins with a study of the background of the Kursk salient and a description of events on the eastern front before the opening of the offensive. The strategic importance of the Kursk is considered as well as the factors that caused the Germans to delay their offensive. The Soviet's extensive defensive preparations are covered in depth, as is the strength of both sides and the new equipment such as the Panther tank that the Germans were using for the first time. Kursk shows how a bitter struggle developed between the German and Soviet forces which sucked in huge numbers of tanks and men into a small area, so that it became the greatest armored battle of the war.

Also published as Die Schlacht im Kursk'er Bogen: Die Grosste Panzerschlacht der Geschichte. Slovenia: Zeitgeschichte, 2002.



Strategy and Tactics: Infantry Warfare - The Theory and Practice of Infantry Combat in the 20th Century

Barbier, Mary Kathryn
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
2002
ISBN: 0760314012
Collaborators: Andrew A. Wiest

Witness the amazing development of the role the soldier plays on the battlefield as technology has evolved over the past century. From WWI trenches to today's desert battlegrounds, infantry soldiers are integral components in modern warfare. Learn how their strategies and tactics have evolved, both to exploit and to counter new technology, through the use of specially commissioned maps, diagrams and insightful text. Illustrates harrowing battles fought and the tactics employed.




Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Book Review of Nigel West's] Mortal Crimes: The Greatest Theft in History--The Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project" Journal of Cold War Studies 10.1 (2008): 136-138.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Marshall and Montgomery: Promoters of Military Professionalism" Defence Studies Journal 8.3 (2008): 269-380.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Book Review of Norman Moss'] Nineteen Weeks: America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940" World War II 20.9 (2006): 74-78.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Book Review of Thaddeus Holt's] The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War" Military Illustrated 2005.May (2005):
Barbier, Mary Kathryn and Bruce Vandervort. "[Book Review of Mark Bando's] Vanguard of the Crusade: The 101st Airborne Division in World War II" Journal of Military History 68.2 (2004): 638-639.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "D-Day: Planning, High Command, and Deception" Everyone's War 9.Spring/Summer (2004): 29-34.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "A Clash of Academic Cultures" Academic Questions 17.3 (2004): 63-76.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Book Review of John Hughes-Wilson's] The Puppet Masters: Spies, Traitors, and the Real Forces Behind World Events" Military Illustrated 2004.November (2004): 64.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Book Review of James G. Cusick's] The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida" Journal of Mississippi History 71.Spring (2004): 87.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "George C. Marshall and the 1940 Louisiana Maneuvers" Louisiana History 44.4 (2003): 389-410.

Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Chapter 13: Deception and the Planning of D-Day." The Normandy Campaign 1944: Sixty Years On. Ed. John Buckley. New York: Routledge, 2006. 170-184.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Chapter 9: George C. Marshall and the 1940 Louisiana Maneuvers (article reprinted from Louisiana History, 44, pp. 389-410)." United States Military History 1865 to the Present Day. Jeffery Charlston. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2006. 181-202.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Should the Second Front Have Been Opened Earlier Than June 1944?." History in Dispute: Volume 4 - World War II. Ed. Dennis Showalter. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. 208-211.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Was the Anglo-American Dispute Over Strategic Priorities in the European Theater Significant?." History in Dispute: Volume 5 - World War II, 1942-1945. Eds. Benjamin Frankel, Dennis E. Showalter, and Robert J. Allison. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. 37-40.

Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Operation Foxley: Can Reality Imitate Fiction?." Obersalzberg Conference, Berchtesgaden, Germany, July 29 - August 1. 2008.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Invited Talk] 'Why Did We Fight?': Propaganda and Motivation Through Film." National World War II Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 10-12. 2008.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "From 'The Quiet American' to 'Full Metal Jacket': Vietnam in Film." Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Ogden, Utah, April 17-20. 2008.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Trouble in Paradise? Anglo-American World War II Intelligence Cooperation." Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland, July 7-10. 2007.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Marshall and Montgomery: Promoters of Military Professionalism." American Historical Association 121st Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4-7. 2007.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Organized Panel} Military and Civilian Interactions in the United States During World War II." Society of Military History Annual Meeting, April 19-22. 2007.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Organized Panel] British Wartime Intelligence in World War II." Southern Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, October-November. 2007.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Spies, Lies, and Deception: British Intelligence and the Use of Double Agents During World War II." Southern Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Richmond, Virginia, October-November. 2007.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Playing in the Civilian's Backyard: War Games in Louisiana, May 1940." The Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Frederick, Maryland, April 19-22. 2007.
Girard, Marion, Mary Kathryn Barbier, David J. Fitzpatrick, and David Ian Hall. "[AHA Session 153: Organized Panel] Promoters of Military Professionalism." American Historical Association 121st Annual Meeting, January 4-7. 2007.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Chair of Panel] Guns, Gasses, and Guesses: Visions of the Future Based upon Interpretations of the Past." Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Manhattan, Kansas, May 18-21st. 2006.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Chair of Panel] POW Narratives as Military History." Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Manhattan, Kansas, May 18-21. 2006.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "George Catlett Marshall and Bernard Law Montgomery: Contributions to the Establishment of a Professional Military." Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, February 24-27th. 2005.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Invited Presentation] When Is the Use of Military Force Acceptable Internationally?." A Public Policy Conference Hosted by the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Canada. 2005.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "[Organized Panel} Challenges for Military Professionalism in the Early Twentieth Century." Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, February 24-27th. 2005.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Job Market Challenges." Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland, May 20-23rd. 2004.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "Deception and the Planning of D-Day." Normandy 1944: Sixty Years On Conference, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, England, July. 2004.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "British Double Agents and the Normandy Invasion." Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference, Washington, DC, June 5-6. 2003.
Barbier, Mary Kathryn. "British Intelligence and the Use of Double Agents During World War II." Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Knoxville, Tennessee, May 1-4th. 2003.