The Manuscript Society announces, Allen Ottens, society member and past president, has won the 2021 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for his biography,

General John A. Rawlins: No Ordinary Man.

Allen Ottens Author of General John Rawlins: No Ordinary Man

Allen Ottens


The AHF Distinguished Writing Awards program established in 1997,  recognizes authors who make a significant contribution to the literature on U.S. Army history. Each year nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee by publishers and journal editors.  A small group of finalists are selected and a final judging is made.  The winners are announced each spring. The book award winners receive a plaque honoring the book and a $1,000 cash award.  The article award winners also received a plaque and a $250 cash award.


Al Ottens participated in an early Manuscript Monday webinar in April  talking about his book, the challenges of writing biography and finding resources. To listen to the entire program Click.

All of the 2021 Book Awards

Biography: General John A. Rawlins: No Ordinary Man, by Allen J. Ottens (Indiana University Press)

Operational/Battle History: Island Infernos: The US Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944, by John C. McManus (Dutton Caliber)

Institutional/Functional History: The United States Army and the Making of America: From Confederation to Empire, 1775-1903, by Robert Wooster (University Press of Kansas)

Journals, Memoirs, and Letters: Till Victory: The Second World War by Those Who Were There, by Clément Horvath (Pen & Sword Military)

Unit History: Men of Armor: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II, by Jeff Danby (Casemate)

Reference and Compilation: No award presented

Article Awards

Academic Journals: “The Gulf War at 30,” by J. Travis Moger. Army History, Winter 2021.

Journals and Magazines: “A Savior of the Capitol,” by Paul Russinoff. Military Images, Spring 2021.

The Army Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier.  Its goal is to promote greater public appreciation for the contributions of America’s Army – both Regular, Reserve, and National Guard. It’s projects include refurbishment of historical Army buildings and the acquisition and conservation of historical art, artifacts, and documents. In addition, the foundation supports education programs; historical research; and the publication of historical materials on the American soldier. Thank you to all the book publishers and journals/magazines who submitted nominees for this year’s awards. We look forward to you participation in next year’s program.

For more information on the Foundation and its activities, visit AHF website.

For more information on the AHF Distinguished Writing Awards, please contact:

Mr. Matthew J. Seelinger, Chief Historian, Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA  22201; (703) 562-4166;