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The folks at Aardvark Books have updated their online inventory with over 8600 tasty secondhand titles, almost all WWII-related.
Just over twenty-four hours left to go, so get those votes in for the Top Ten new WWII books of the year 2000. The online voting machine shuts down at the stroke of the new year (California time) and results will be announced here on 1 January.
The Americal Division
Under the Southern Cross, the excellent history of the Americal Division, was originally published in 1951. While the hardcover edition has long been out of print (and secondhand copies cost as much as $200), very nice softcover copies of the 1978/1981 editionpublished under the auspices of the Americal Division Veterans Associationremain available at the bargain-basement price of $12 (plus shipping) from Mr. Ken Turner. Recommended!
Kuusela, Kari. Panzers in Finland, 1941-1944. Helsinki: Wiking-Divisioona Oy, 2000.
Lehrer, Steven. Wannsee House and the Holocaust. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2000.
Capelotti, P.J. (Editor) The Svalbard Archipelago: American Military and Political Geographies of Spitsbergen and Other Norwegian Polar Territories, 1941-1950. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2000.
Copp, Terry. (Editor) Montgomery's Scientists: Operational Research in Northwest Europe: The Work of No. 2 Operational Research Section with 21 Army Group, June 1944 to July 1945. Waterloo, Ontario: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, 2000.
Treptow, Kurt W. (Editor) Romania and World War II. Iasi, Romania: The Center for Romanian Studies, 1996. Distributed in the United States by International Specialized Book Services
Hlihor, Constantin and Ioan Scurtu. The Red Army in Romania. Iasi, Romania: The Center for Romanian Studies, 2000. Distributed in the United States by International Specialized Book Services
Now available from Praeger
Mitcham, Samuel W. The Panzer Legions: A Guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of World War II and Their Commanders. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001
Now available from Laurier
Copp, Terry. (editor) Montgomery's Scientists: Operational Research in Northwest Europe: The Work of No. 2 Operational Research Section with 21 Army Group, June 1944 to July 1945. Waterloo, Ontario: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, 2000
From Mark L. Evans
Mark Evans, author of Great World War II Battles in the Arctic, sends word of his latest projects:
"Regarding my ongoing work, the primary project focuses on the Far East between 1918-42. In particular, the WWII work concerns some of the less known campaigns and operations in that regard, especially the Indian Ocean and the specialized operations around the Pacific Rim during the first six months, Pearl Harbor-Midway. In fact, I just returned from an exhaustive search of the British holdings at their Public Record Office and various repositories there.
"I have continuously located some incredible records that have received little or no attention and I cannot wait to write them up. My next book will focus on the U.S. and our naval operations during that period, followed by the rest of the Allies in Volume 2 and the Axis in Volume 3. As an example, I have discovered completely detailed orders of battle from primary sources which generally contradict those in print, so there should be some exciting revelations.
"Regretfully, time constraints have seriously hampered the work, so it does not look as if these will be finished before next year at the earliest."
We're in the final countdown for voting for the Top Ten new WWII books of the year, so be sure to cast your ballot before the online voting machine shuts down at the stroke of the new year (California time). Results will be announced here on 1 January.
Forthcoming from Praeger
McKercher and Legault. Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War in Europe. Due from Praeger any day now
Reviewing the literature for the best English-language books about Hungary during World War II....
The new winter "History" catalog from Indiana University Press brings word of discounts on orders through the end of the year, including a few WWII-related titles.
"Military History Catalogue 52" is now on hand from Kisselburg Military Books of Stillwater, Minnesota.
Now available from Robin Brass
Marteinson, John and Michael R. McNorgan. The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps: An Illustrated History. Toronto: Robin Brass Studio, 2000
Delayed past its November release date, Germany and the Second World War, Volume VI: The Global War is now due from Oxford University Press at the end of July 2001.
The "Winter 2000" catalog, amounting to 65 pages and including several WWII categories, is now available from The Military Bookman.
Now available from Wagner
Wagner, Bud. And There Shall Be Wars: World War II Diaries and Memoirs. Twig, MN: Wilmer Wagner and Lloyd Wagner Press, 2000
Wilson, Paul J. Himmler's Cavalry: The Equestrian SS, 1930-1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2000.
Ross, Kirk B. The Sky Men: A Parachute Rifle Company's Story of the Battle of the Bulge and the Jump across the Rhine. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2000.
Richards, Guy. World War II Troop Type Parachutes: Axis: Germany, Japan, Italy. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2000.
Kurtz, Robert. German Paratroops: Uniforms, Insignia, and Equipment of the Fallschirmjager in World War II. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2000.
Ross, Robert Todd. The Supercommandos: First Special Service Force, 1942-1944. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2000.
Check the Aberdeen Books website for their latest listings of thousands of new WWII booksjust updated todayin over a dozen well-organized categories.
Today arrived from Edward R. Hamilton the "Bargain Books" catalog dated 1 December 2000 with its usual small assortment of WWII-related titles.
Forthcoming from Helion
In the latest news from Helion & Company, In a Raging Inferno: Combat Units of the Hitler Youth has been delayed until January. In addition, a wealth of new titles has been added to the schedule:
Wallin. Twilight of the Gods: A Swedish Waffen-SS Volunteer's Experiences. Due June 2001
Now available from ISBS
Hlihor, Constantin and Ioan Scurtu. The Red Army in Romania. Iasi: The Center for Romanian Studies, 2000. Distributed in the US by International Specialized Book Services
Looking for some ideas about what to read next? Have a look at our personal recommendations of WWII titles.
Ian Wilkinson has just updated his online inventory with some terrific secondhand titles numbering in the thousands. Check out his website for browsing and searching of many different kinds of military books.
Altobello, Brian. Into the Shadows Furious: The Brutal Battle for New Georgia. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2000
The "Winter 20001" sale catalog from the Scholar's Bookshelf features a host of WWII titles at discounted prices.
Now available from Crecy
Sawyer, Tom. Only Owls and Bloody Fools Fly at Night. Manchester: Crecy Publishing, 2000.
Now available from NC
Mierzejewski, Alfred. The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich: A History of the German National Railway, 1933-1945. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2000
Anyone interested in the history of the US Army in World War II owes a debt of gratitute to Richard Gardner. His publishing house, The Battery Press, reprints all the old divisional histories in high quality editions and makes them available at a fraction of the price of the increasingly scarce originals. Check out the Battery website, just updated over the weekend, to see this fine stock of divisional histories and other excellent reprints, including the USMC official history volumes, British and NZ officials, and enough official WWI titles to make your head spin.
Phillips, Henry Gerard. The Making of a Professional: Manton S. Eddy, USA. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000
Daso, Dik Alan. Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000
Ross, David. Richard Hillary: The Definitive Biography of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot and Author of The Last Enemy. London: Grub Street, 2000
Ohl, John Kennedy. Minuteman: The Military Career of General Robert S. Beightler. Boulder, CO: Lynn Rienner Publishers, 2000
News from Tony Le Tissier
Author Tony Le Tissier, well-respected for his books about the Battle of Berlin, informs us that his new With Our Backs to Berlin will be available in March, and he continues to work on The Third Reich Then and Now for later release.
Articles of War
For the new month, Bob Ruman of Articles of War has uploaded more than 4300 new and secondhand military titles to his website to refresh his online inventory there. In addition to browsing and searching, his latest feature allows visitors to quickly and easily find all his latest acquisitions in each of his many categories of books.
Frank and Maureen have mailed "Supplement #37" for Jerboa-Redcap Books with six pages of new and used naval, military, and aviation titles.
Military Book Club
Two back-to-back flyers with selections for "Veterans' Day 2000" and "December 2000" from the Military Book Club:
Fowler and Rose. Their War: German Combat Photographs from the Archives of Signal
The first month of balloting for the Top Ten new WWII books of the year 2000 has just concluded, and votes are pouring in at a record pace. If you check the standings, you'll find it's a close electionwell, perhaps not as close as Floridaso make sure you cast your votes before our online polls close at the end of the year.
World War II Books
Our friends at World War II Books in England have been busy adding a great many fresh titles to their vast selection of secondhand WWII-related titles. This website also offers a very handy War Diary which allows visitors to view all the events for each day of the war, then browse a selection of books related to a particular event.
It's the first of the month, so Bruce Halsted of Old Army Books in Kentucky has just updated his online inventory with a terrific selection of almost 5000 secondhand military titles in a variety of categories.
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