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Forthcoming from Quercus
25 July 2014

Lyman, Robert. Jail Busters: The Secret Story of MI6, the French Resistance and Operation Jericho. Forthcoming from Quercus Publishing in August 2014

Forthcoming from Skyhorse
24 July 2014

Pearce, Jeff. Prevail: The Inspiring Story of Ethiopia's Victory over Mussolini's Invasion, 1935-1941. Forthcoming from Skyhorse Publishing in September 2014

Now available from Scribner
23 July 2014

Duffy, Peter. Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring. New York: Scribner, 2014

Forthcoming from Dundurn
22 July 2014

Argyle, Ray. The Paris Game: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris, and the Gamble that Won France. Forthcoming from Dundurn Group in August 2014

Forthcoming from Deutsch
22 July 2014

Mortimer, Gavin. SAS on D-Day. Forthcoming from Andre Deutsch in August 2014

Now available from R and L
21 July 2014

Mercatante, Steven D. Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014

Now available from NIP
19 July 2014

Perrett, Bryan. Why the Japanese Lost. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014

News from P & S
18 July 2014

There's never a shortage of new books on the way from Pen & Sword. Here are some of their upcoming titles that caught our attention:

Forthcoming from Knopf
17 July 2014

Bernstein, Richard. China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice. Forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf in November 2014

Now available from Stackpole
16 July 2014

Beckett, Ian F.W. Rommel Reconsidered. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2014

Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan
15 July 2014

O'Sullivan, Adrian. Nazi Secret Warfare in Occupied Persia. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company in August 2014

Forthcoming from Little Brown
15 July 2014

Rosbottom, Ronald. When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-44. Forthcoming from Little Brown and Company in August 2014

Now available from Down Under
14 July 2014

Cooper, Anthony. Kokoda Air Strikes: Allied Air Forces in New Guinea, 1942. Sydney, NSW: NewSouth Books, 2014

Book review
13 July 2014

Osborn, Patrick R. Operation Pike: Britain versus the Soviet Union, 1939-1941. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000

Read our review

Forthcoming from John Murray
12 July 2014

McKinstry, Leo. Operation Sealion: How Britain Crushed the German War Machine's Dreams of Invasion in 1940. Forthcoming from John Murray Publishers Ltd in August 2014

News from Osprey
11 July 2014

The industrious folks at Osprey Publishing have delivered to us a weighty box filled with their latest publications, including these new books:

11 July 2014

Printed "Catalogue #135" has arrived here from T. Cadman WW2 Books of Carmichael, California, with the usual excellent selection of secondhand WWII titles for sale. Thank you, Tom.

Now available from OUP
10 July 2014

Dams, Carsten and Michael Stolle. The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

News from Mark Reardon
9 July 2014

Author Mark Reardon kindly sent along this news about his current project:

"I am continuing preliminary work on a book on the US Army Air Force in Tunisia during 1942-43. It will focus almost as much on their Luftwaffe/Regia Aeronautica opponents and British allies as it will the 12th AF (and 9th AF interdiction missions). I have assembled a 2990 line entry plane by plane shoot down list of all RAF, Luftwaffe and USAAF (and most Italian Air Force) losses during the campaign. It turned out to be comprehensive enough for Chris Shores' Air War in the Mediterranean research team to ask for a copy, which I was honored to provide! I have completed a listing of Italian and German ships sunk by the USAAF during the November 1942 to May 1943 period, to include those hit while in port. The former list alone amounted to fourteen pages of single space entries. I am now compiling a chronology of USAAF operations using primary sources such as squadron and group mission reports. I have also located the files of the Mediterranean Air Force which I am going to begin examining this summer for additional material."

Forthcoming from Casemate
9 July 2014

Kamenir, Victor. Stemming the Blitzkrieg: Hitler's Failure on the Road to Moscow, 1941. Forthcoming from Casemate in August 2014

Forthcoming from HUP
8 July 2014

Motadel, David. Islam and Nazi Germany's War. Forthcoming from Harvard University Press / Belknap in October 2014

Forthcoming from CUP
8 July 2014

Nicosia, Francis R. Nazi Germany and the Arab World. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in November 2014

News from England
7 July 2014

The folks at Helion have announced publication of three new WWII titles:

Book reviews
6 July 2014

Domagalski, John J. Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2014

Batvinis, Raymond. Hoover's Secret War against Axis Spies: FBI Counterespionage during World War II. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014

Dildy, Douglas C. Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West. Botley, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2014

Fiedler, Arkady. 303 Squadron: The Legendary Battle of Britain Fighter Squadron. Los Angeles, CA: Aquila Polonica Publishing, 2010

Read our reviews

Forthcoming from Methuen
5 July 2014

Dobinson, Colin. Operation Diver: Guns, Flying Bombs and Landscapes of Defence, 1944-45. Forthcoming from Methuen in August 2014

Now available from Canada
4 July 2014

Bercuson, David J. and Holger H. Herwig. Long Night of the Tankers: Hitler's War against Caribbean Oil. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014

Forthcoming from Savas Beatie
3 July 2014

McCroden, William T. and Thomas Nutter. German Ground Forces of World War II: Complete Orders of Battle for Army Groups, Armies, Army Corps, and Other Commands of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS, September 1, 1939, to May 8, 1945. Forthcoming from Savas Beatie in August 2014

In memoriam
3 July 2014

Louis Zamperini—Olympic runner, veteran of the USAAF, and protagonist of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand—died in California on 2 July at the age of 97.

News from Jason Mark
2 July 2014

More than ten years after author Jason Mark published the highly-regarded initial offering of his nascent Leaping Horseman Books imprint in Australia, Stackpole Books has released in the US a big hardcover edition of Death of the Leaping Horseman: The 24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad.

The author has this to say about revisions:

"The new edition has been lightly revised. Typos and factual errors corrected, some information removed (lists of transfers and promotions, which added nothing to the narrative), Appendix 1 (officer bios) considerably expanded. Budgetary constraints meant about 20 or 30 Bundesarchiv photos have been swapped out with photos of equal quality."

Now available from NAL
1 July 2014

Moore, Stephen L. Pacific Payback: The Carrier Aviators Who Avenged Pearl Harbor at the Battle of Midway. New York: New American Library, 2014

News from Marc Rikmenspoel
30 June 2014

Author Marc Rikmenspoel sends us these notes about his latest project for Helion:

"We decided to split the project into two volumes. The title of it is Sunwheels and Siegrunen: Wiking, Nordland, Nederland and the Germanic Waffen-SS in Photographs. Volume 1 will cover from before the war through the spring of 1943. Volume 2 will pick up the story in the spring of 1943, and continue to the end of the war.

"I have just turned in the manuscript and photos for volume 1 to Helion. The book will have around 725 photos with highly detailed captions. It also will have several maps to help make sense of the often-obscure place names, a lengthy bibliography, and an appendix listing known Waffen-SS war reporter photographers.

"The main body of volume 1 will cover Regiment Germania from its founding through the Polish and Western Campaigns, and then its detachment from the SS-VT Division for the founding of the Wiking Division. Wiking will be followed for its 1941 fighting across Ukraine. Then the Germanic Legions from Denmark, Flanders, the Netherlands and Norway are shown, from training until they left the front in early 1943.

"The Wiking coverage resumes with a look at the Finnish Volunteer Battalion, which arrived at the division at the start of 1942. Wiking is then followed through the Caucasus campaign. Slight material is provided on the Heer Legion Wallonie and the Estonian Legion, enough to set the sage for more extensive coverage in volume 2. The last sections of volume 1 show the Norwegian Ski Company, foreign officer training at Bad Toelz, and recruiting rallies in Belgium and Norway in the spring of 1943."

Now available from McFarland
30 June 2014

Tolppanen, Bradley P. Churchill in North America, 1929. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2014

Now available from Glencannon
30 June 2014

Jaffee, Walter W. The Tugboats: From A (A.G. Wells) to Z (USS Zuni). El Cerrito, CA: The Glencannon Press, 2014

Book review
29 June 2014

Hague, Arnold. The Allied Convoy System, 1939-1945: Its Organization, Defence and Operation. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000.

Read our review

Now available from Zenith
28 June 2014

Morgan, Martin K. A. Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press, 2014

Now available from Marble Arch
28 June 2014

Mayo, Jonathan. D-Day: Minute by Minute. New York: Marble Arch Press, 2014

Forthcoming from Grub Street
27 June 2014

Saunders, Andy. Arrival of Eagles: Luftwaffe Landings in Britain, 1939-1945. Forthcoming from Grub Street in July 2014

Forthcoming from McFarland
27 June 2014

Freitus, Joseph P. Virginia in the War Years, 1938-1945: Military Bases, the U-Boat War and Daily Life. Forthcoming from McFarland & Company, Inc in July 2014

News from RZM
26 June 2014

The folks from Connecticut have announced two new photo books in the works for publication toward the end of this year:

Now available from Helion
25 June 2014

Isaev, A. and M. Kolomiets. Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2014

Forthcoming from CUP
24 June 2014

Rutherford, Jeff. Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front: The German Infantry's War, 1941-1944. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in July 2014

Now available from Faber
23 June 2014

Bailey, Roderick. Target: Italy: The Secret War Against Mussolini 1940-1943. London: Faber and Faber, 2014

Forthcoming from OUP
23 June 2014

Looks like two more titles on the horizon from OUP:

Book review
22 June 2014

Glantz, David M. The Stalingrad Trilogy: Companion to Endgame at Stalingrad. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014

Read our review

War Diary, 22 June 1941
22 June 2014

This seems like a good moment to remind everyone about our very detailed War Diary, a complete day-by-day chronology of the Second World War with more than 61,000 individual entries about every aspect of the global conflict. For a good example of our War Diary, have a look at 22 June 1941.

Forthcoming from Palgrave
21 June 2014

Wilson, Cat. Churchill on the Far East in the Second World War: Hiding the History of the Special Relationship. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company in July 2014

In memoriam
21 June 2014

Walt Huss—a USAAF B-29 crewman whose bomber was rammed and downed by a Japanese aircraft over Manchuria on 7 December 1944 and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp until liberated by Soviet troops—died in California on 16 June at the age of 91.

Now available from Tennessee
21 June 2014

Patterson, Robert P. Arming the Nation for War: Mobilization, Supply, and the American War Effort in World War II. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2014

Now available from HM
20 June 2014

Baime, A. J. The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Ford Motor Company, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2014

Forthcoming from Stackpole
19 June 2014

Beckett, Ian F.W. Rommel Reconsidered. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in July 2014

Forthcoming from Casemate
18 June 2014

Van Lunteren, Frank. The Battle of the Bridges: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden. Forthcoming from Casemate in July 2014

Now available from Grub Street
17 June 2014

Shores, Christopher and Giovanni Massimello. A History of the Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945, volume two: North African Desert, February 1942 - March 1943. London: Grub Street, 2014

Forthcoming from Scribner
17 June 2014

Duffy, Peter. Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring. Forthcoming from Scribner in July 2014

News from the West Midlands
16 June 2014

The helpful folks at Helion & Company have notified us their long-awaited Combat History of the 21st Panzer Division 1943-45 by Werner Kortenhaus is now available as of today. Looks like a solid package of more than 500 pages with 80 photos plus a separate volume of maps in color.

Book review
15 June 2014

Lewis, Tom and Peter Ingman. Carrier Attack: Darwin 1942: The Complete Guide to Australia's Own Pearl Harbor. Kent Town, Australia: Avonmore Books, 2013

Read our review

Forthcoming from NIP
14 June 2014

Perrett, Bryan. Why the Japanese Lost. Forthcoming from Naval Institute Press in July 2014

Forthcoming from Westholme
14 June 2014

Schultz, Duane. Evans Carlson, Marine Raider: The Man Who Commanded America's First Special Forces. Forthcoming from Westholme Publishing in July 2014

Now available from Basic
13 June 2014

Lochery, Neill. Brazil: The Fortunes of War: World War II and the Making of Modern Brazil. New York: Basic Books, 2014

Forthcoming from R and L
12 June 2014

Mercatante, Steven D. Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe. Forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield in July 2014

Now available from Schiffer
11 June 2014

Harrison, John R. Fairwing Brazil: Tales of the South Atlantic in World War II. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2014

11 June 2014

Sometimes we don't receive a noteworthy new book for weeks. Other times it seems like they arrive every day. Lately we've been receiving a steady stream of books that deserve extra attention, and we present them on our updated Recommended Reading page.

Forthcoming from Missouri
10 June 2014

Okerstrom, Dennis R. Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II. Forthcoming from University of Missouri Press in July 2014

Now available from Fonthill
10 June 2014

Cull, Brian. Blenheims Over Greece and Crete: RAF and Greek Blenheims in Action 1940-1941. Stroud, UK: Fonthill Media Limited, 2014

Forthcoming from Stackpole
9 June 2014

Mark, Jason D. Death of the Leaping Horseman: The 24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in July 2014

News from OUP
9 June 2014

We are reliably informed that Oxford University has published these two titles:

Book reviews
8 June 2014

Palermo, Michele. Eagles over Gazala: Air Battles in North Africa, May - June 1942. Rome: IBN Editore, 2014

Mattioli, Marco. Mussolini's Hawks: The Fighter Units of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana, 1943-1945. Rome: IBN Editore, 2012

Read our reviews

Now available from UPK
7 June 2014

Glantz, David M. The Stalingrad Trilogy, volume 3: Companion to Endgame at Stalingrad. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014

Now available from Michael O'Mara
6 June 2014

Field, Jacob F. D-Day in Numbers: The Facts behind Operation Overlord. London: Michael O'Mara, 2014

Now available from Life
6 June 2014

Editors of Life. D-Day: Remembering the Battle that Won the War - 70 Years Later. Life, 2014

War Diary, 6 June 1944
6 June 2014

This seems like a good moment to remind everyone about our very detailed War Diary, a complete day-by-day chronology of the Second World War with more than 61,000 individual entries about every aspect of the global conflict. For a good example of our War Diary, have a look at 6 June 1944.

Now available from Pen and Sword
6 June 2014

Middlebrook, Martin and C. Everitt. The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book, 1939-1945. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2014

Now available from Schiffer
5 June 2014

Gassend, Jean-Loup. Operation Dragoon: Autopsy of a Battle: The Allied Liberation of the French Riviera August-September 1944. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2014

News from Ludovico Slongo
5 June 2014

Ludovico Slongo—co-author of Desert Prelude: Early Clashes and Desert Prelude: Operation Compass—sends this update on his latest projects.

"The work on the Italian ghost fighter squadron in East Africa (that was the unit of Visintini) continues and we think we'll be able to complete it in 2015. Title—provisional—will be "Wandering Knights, the history of 412 Squadriglia in world war 2". The title comes from the unit's badge (a red prancing horse silhouetted over a black Africa) and his employment in penny packets sent back and forth all along the wide border area between Sudan and Ethiopia. We'll for sure publish it in Italian language—there are too many veteran's relatives that want to read it and don't know English language—but we've already had an offer to translate it and publish it also in English. The study will improve dramatically the knowledge of air operations in this front.... The images, all never seen before and including Italian subjects but also many Wellesley's, Hardy's and Blenheim's wrecks, are particularly impressive.

"Next will be the book on all the air operations in East Africa, for which we are already collecting material.

"The Greek project has lost its priority but will follow in due course."

In memoriam
5 June 2014

Chester Nez—one of the original Navajo code-talkers of World War II—died on 4 June at the age of 93 in Arizona.

Forthcoming from History Press
4 June 2014

Simmons, Mark. Agent Cicero: Hitler's Most Successful Spy. Forthcoming from The History Press in October 2014

Books, books, books
4 June 2014

Interesting and important books are always arriving here from every direction, and we're always updating our Recommended Reading page to reflect new releases, as we've just done.

Now available from Tauris
3 June 2014

Redford, Duncan. A History of the Royal Navy: World War II. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2014

Catalogs made of paper
3 June 2014

Sometimes it seems like the age before Gutenberg, so long ago when almost every day our trusty mail carrier would deliver a fresh catalog of secondhand books about World War II, each page bearing the promise of rare and unknown treasures. We just don't see many catalogs any more, so we were pleased today to receive printed Catalogue Code QO for Spring 2014 from The Military History Bookshop of Folkestone in Kent. Thank you for the paper pages full of treasures!

Forthcoming from Belknap Press
2 June 2014

Motadel, David. Islam and Nazi Germany's War. Forthcoming from Belknap / Harvard University Press in October 2014

Book review
1 June 2014

Tillman, Barrett. US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II. Botley, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2014

Read our review


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Hermann, Dietmar. Focke-Wulf Ta 152: The Story of the Luftwaffe's Late-War, High-Altitude Fighter. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1999

ISBN 0-7643-0860-2

144 pages

Foreword; Introduction; photos; charts; diagrams; tables; line drawings; documents; Bibliography

Author Dietmar Hermann (his name is misspelled on the cover) delves into the history of the German Ta 152 fighter, an aircraft developed by Kurt Tank, the chief designer at Focke-Wulf, from the basic Fw 190 design and designated "Ta" in recognition of his achievements. Because of a series of delays, notably the Luftwaffe's reluctance to diver....



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