Yelton's HITLER'S HOME GUARD: VOLKSSTURMMANN, WESTERN FRONT 1944-45 (1846030137, $17.95) focuses on the creation of a unit of all able-bodied
civilian males between ages 16 and 60 and adds Yelton's capture and treatment as a POW, Ed Gilbert's US MARINE CORPS RAIDER 1942-43 (1841768919, $17.95) covers an elite force modeled on British Commandos who performed special operations within the US forces; Gordon L.
At the time of the drafting of the Constitution, the word "militia" referred to "all able-bodied
men." A smaller group of better-trained professional soldiers was called a "select militia" or a "select corps." In fact, because the militia was considered to be all able-bodied
men "two months after the Second Amendment was officially ratified...," the Militia Act required white male citizens between the ages of 18 and 45 to be "enrolled in the militia," and "each enrolled citizen was required to provide his own arms--'a good musket or firelock' or 'a good rifle.'"
In the end, 70 percent of all able-bodied
males of draft age--18 to 38--ended up serving.