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Now available from Jeffrey Plowman
31 March 2003

Plowman, Jeffrey. Rampant Dragons: New Zealanders in Armour in World War II. Christchurch, NZ: Plowman, 2002

Book reviews
30 March 2003

Short, Neil. Hitler's Siegfried Line. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2002

Rossino, Alexander B. Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003

Konstam, Angus and Jak Mallmann Showell. Spearhead No. 7: 7th U-Boat Flotilla. Hersham, UK: Ian Allan Publishing, 2003

Pons, Silvio. Stalin and the Inevitable War, 1936-1941. London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2002

Read our reviews

30 March 2003

This evening the website for Aardvark Books has been updated with a large number of secondhand WWII-related books available for browsing and searching.

Progress report
29 March 2003

As announced a couple of weeks ago, although it's still under construction we've opened our new, multi-dimensional system of categorizing WWII-related books into specific subject areas with links among all related categories to make it easier than ever to find books about any topic. Work continues, and at this point we have on file over 8600 titles divided into more than 2200 inter-connected subjects.

Now available from Greenhill
29 March 2003

Price, Alfred. Targeting the Reich: Allied Photographic Reconnaissance over Europe, 1939-1945. London: Greenhill Books, 2003

Forthcoming from Berkley
29 March 2003

Smith, George W. Carlson's Raid: The Daring Marine Assault on Makin. Forthcoming from Berkley in June 2003

Now available from R & L
29 March 2003

Doenecke, Justus D. Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003

Now available from Wiley
29 March 2003

Wellum, Geoffrey. First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2003

28 March 2003

We've added another self-publisher, Meg Parkes, and her book to our Directory of Self-Publishers. If you have self-published a military-related title about World War II, especially if you're a veteran writing about your wartime experiences, please send us information so we can add you to the Directory.

Now available from UPK
28 March 2003

Tent, James F. In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Nazi Persecution of Jewish-Christian Germans. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003

Forthcoming from Missouri
28 March 2003

Hatfield, Ken. Heartland Heroes: Remembering World War II. Forthcoming from University of Missouri Press in May 2003

Forthcoming from Cass
27 March 2003

MacPherson, Nelson. American Intelligence in Britain during the Second World War: The OSS in London. Forthcoming from Frank Cass Publishers in April 2003

Now available from Schiffer
27 March 2003

Stolfi, R.H.S. German Panzers on the Offensive: Russian Front and North Africa, 1941-1942. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2003

Now available from Sutton
27 March 2003

Wright, Derrick. The Battle for Iwo Jima, 1945. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2003

Millgate, Helen D. (editor). Mr. Brown's War: A Diary of the Second World War. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2003

Forthcoming from TMP
27 March 2003

Lingeman, Richard R. Don't You Know There's a War On? The American Home Front, 1941-1945. Forthcoming from Thunder's Mouth Press in April 2003

Now available from Da Capo
26 March 2003

Newton, Steven H. (editor). Kursk: The German View. New York: Da Capo Press, 2003

Forthcoming from Wiley
26 March 2003

Smith, Steven Trent. Wolf Pack: The American Submarine Strategy That Helped Defeat Japan. Forthcoming from John Wiley & Sons in July 2003

Now available from Brassey's
26 March 2003

Mercado, Stephen C. The Shadow Warriors of Nakano: A History of the Japanese Imperial Army's Elite Intelligence School. Washington, DC: Brassey's Inc, 2003

Forthcoming from Air Research
25 March 2003

Foreman, John. Fighter Command Victory Claims, volume 1: September 1939 - December 1940. Forthcoming from Air Research Publications in April 2003

Now available from Airlife
24 March 2003

Lihou, Maurice. Out of the Italian Night: Wellington Bomber Operations, 1944-45. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 2003

Cooper, Alan W. Bombers over Berlin: The RAF Offensive, November 1943 - March 1944. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 2003

Both are distributed in the United States by Stackpole Books.

Campaign in Iraq
23 March 2003

Sixty-two years ago, in May 1941, an uncle of Saddam Hussein was among the Iraqis who supported a coup d'etat which led to a brief campaign against Allied forces waged from Basra to Baghdad to Habbanyia to Rutbah to the H3 pumping station. You can read our account of the campaign and browse our collection of related books.

News from Osprey
23 March 2003

Finding it difficult to keep up with all the new releases coming from these folks? Check our Osprey page for details on their new and upcoming books.

Forthcoming from Praeger
22 March 2003

Allen, Robert W. Churchill's Guests: Britain and the Belgian Exiles during World War II. Forthcoming from Praeger Publishers in April 2003

Now available from Greenwood
22 March 2003

Oinas-Kukkonen, Henry. Tolerance, Suspicion, and Hostility: Changing US Attitudes toward the Japanese Communist Movement, 1944-1947. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003

Now available from Presidio...
21 March 2003

Megellas, James. All the Way to Berlin. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2003

...and forthcoming from Presidio
21 March 2003

Astor, Gerald. Terrible Terry Allen: The Soldiers' General. Forthcoming from Presidio Press in April 2003

Forthcoming from Airlife
21 March 2003

Kelly, Terrence. Nine Lives of a Fighter Pilot: A Hurricane Pilot in World War II. Forthcoming from Airlife Publishing Ltd in April 2003

Now available from Ian Allan
21 March 2003

Fowler, Will. Blitzkrieg 3: Russia, 1941-1942. Hersham, UK: Ian Allan Publishing, 2003

Fowler, Will. Blitzkrieg 4: The Balkans and North Africa, 1941. Hersham, UK: Ian Allan Publishing, 2003

News from Fedorowicz
20 March 2003

The guys at Fedorowicz have just started shipping two new books:

Husemann, Friedrich. In Good Faith: The History of the 4. SS-Polizei-Panzer-Grenadier-Division, volume 1: 1939-1943. Winnipeg: J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc, 2003

Schneider, Helmut. The Combat History of Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 507 in Action in the East and West. Winnipeg: J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc, 2003

And they've announced two new ones:

Kurowski, Franz. Operation Zitadelle, July 1943: The Decisive Battle of World War II. Forthcoming in April 2003

Restayn, Jean and Nicole Moller. The Combat History of the 10. Panzer Division: In action in the East, West, and North Africa: 1939-1943. Forthcoming in April 2003

Forthcoming from Broadway
19 March 2003

Greene, Joshua. Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor. Forthcoming from Broadway Books in April 2003

Now available from Greenwood
19 March 2003

Smart, Nick. British Strategy and Politics during the Phony War: Before the Balloon Went Up. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press and Praeger Publishers, 2003

Forthcoming from Pen and Sword
19 March 2003

Hunt, Eric. Batleground Europe: Normandy Mount Pincon. Forthcoming from Pen and Sword Books Ltd in April 2003

News from Grub Street
18 March 2003

Last week Grub Street notified us of six upcoming titles; now they've dispatched news about four more WWII books due between the beginning of May and the end of July, including Oliver Clutton-Brock's intriguing book about Bomber Command POWs in Germany. Full details available on our Grub Street webpage.

Now available from UPK
18 March 2003

Rossino, Alexander B. Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003

Forthcoming from Carlton
18 March 2003

Gilbert, Martin. Churchill at War. Forthcoming from Carlton Books in May 2003

Now available from Berghahn
18 March 2003

Shipway, Martin. The Road to War: France and Vietnam, 1944-1947. New York: Berghahn Books, 2002

Now available from Frank Cass
17 March 2003

Glantz, David. August Storm, volume 1: The Soviet Strategic Offensive in Manchuria, 1945. London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003

Glantz, David. August Storm, volume 2: Soviet Operational and Tactical Combat in Manchuria, 1945. London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003

Now available from Casemate
17 March 2003

Koskimaki, George. Hell's Highway: Chronicle of the 101at Airborne Division in Holland Campaign. Havertown, PA: Casemate, 2003

Forthcoming from Basic
17 March 2003

Williams, Andrew. The Battle of the Atlantic. Forthcoming from Basic Books in April 2003

Now available from Cornell
17 March 2003

Bartov, Omer. Germany's War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003

OUP sale
15 March 2003

We often recommend books and we constantly provide resources to make it easier to locate them, but as a rule we never suggest buying a specific book from a specific source. In this case, however, we're making an exception. In our opinion, The Oxford Companion to World War II belongs on the bookshelf of every WWII collector; indeed, if you can only acquire one book about the Second World War, this should be it. Now we see that the publisher, Oxford University Press, has the softcover edition on sale for the ridiculously low price of US$10.00. Our advice? If you don't already own it, purchase this book immediately!

News from Chrysalis
15 March 2003

Our friends at Chrysalis Books—publishers of the Brassey's, Conway, and Putnam imprints—have announced a load of upcoming WWII-related books, including the new In Focus series.

Forthcoming from Motorbooks
14 March 2003

Johnsen, Frederick A. Weapons of the Eighth Air Force. Forthcoming from Motorbooks in July 2003

Forthcoming frm Holt
14 March 2003

Gildea, Robert. Marianne in Chains: The German Occupation in the Heart of France, 1940-45. Forthcoming from Henry Holt and Company in July 2003

14 March 2003

The printed "Bargain Books" catalog for 28 February 2003 is now on hand from Edward R. Hamilton with a reasonable assortment of WWII-related books at discounted prices.

Editor's pick
13 March 2003

Sometimes when we run across an interesting/unusual/informative book, especially an old and out-of-print one, we like to bring it to your attention. Here's a pair:

US Army. Japanese Monograph No. 71: Army Operations in China, December 1941 - December 1943. Washington, DC: Department of the Army, 1956

US Army. Japanese Monograph No. 72: Army Operations in China, January 1944 - August 1945. Washington, DC: Department of the Army, 1956

This pair comes from the series of Japanese Monographs (about 160 volumes), covering every campaign in Asia and the Pacific, prepared by Japanese officers under the direction of (mostly) the US Army at the end of the war. The quality of the monographs varies enormously, as does the length (from about five pages to several hundred pages each). These two books on operations in China are examples of some of the better work, and both contain a great deal of valuable information from the Japanese perspective along with excellent maps and OBs. Very difficult to find this kind of detailed material on this particular subject elsewhere. Perhaps some enterprising publisher will decide to reprint the cream of the crop, including these two?

Technical SNAFU
13 March 2003

One of our servers was unfortunately out of action for about four hours this afternoon, making much of our site inaccessible during that period. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.

Forthcoming from LSU
13 March 2003

Poncio, John Henry and Marlin Young. Girocho: A GI's Story of Bataan and Beyond. Forthcoming from LSU Press in June 2003

Now available from MBI
13 March 2003

Williams, Michael. SS: Hell on the Western Front. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks, 2003

News from Grub Street
12 March 2003

Grub Street has announced six titles to be published between now and June. Check our Grub Street page for details.

Now available from Cass
12 March 2003

Franklin, George. Britain's Anti-Submarine Capability, 1919-1939. London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003

Now available from Hellgate
12 March 2003

Cervantes, Henry. Piloto: Migrant Worker to Jet Pilot. Central Point, OR: Hellgate Press, 2003

Now available from NIP
12 March 2003

Stillwell, Paul (editor). The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003

11 March 2003

The delightful "World War II, Winter 2003" printed catalog arrived here today from Scholar's Bookshelf with a cornucopia of WWII titles.

Forthcoming from Cambridge
11 March 2003

Steigmann-Gall, Richard. Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in May 2003

Now available from Free Press
11 March 2003

Clayton, Tim and Phil Craig. The End of the Beginning: From the Siege of Malta to the Allied Victory at El Alamein. New York: The Free Press, 2003

Forthcoming from Cassell
10 March 2003

Bowman, Martin. Wild Blue Yonder: Glory Days of the U.S. 8th Air Force in England. Forthcoming from Cassell & Co in April 2003

Now available from Greenhill
10 March 2003

Isby, David C. (editor). Fighting the Bombers: The Luftwaffe's Struggle against the Allied Bomber Offensive. London: Greenhill Books, 2003

Book review
9 March 2003

Foreman, John. Fighter Command War Diaries, volume four: July 1943 - June 1944. Walton on Thames, UK: Air Research Publications, 2002

Read our review

New system for book subjects
8 March 2003

We're currently in the process of switching over to our new, multi-dimensional system of categorizing WWII-related books into thousands of specific subject areas with links among all related categories to make it even easier to find books about any topic. Although the new system remains under construction, it already offers far more information and functionality than our old system, so we think it's worth making the change even though work is not yet complete. Please bear with us while we continue to create new categories, load books, and link related categories for rapid browsing.

You can use the following approaches to access the new system:

  • Click on the gray "Books" tab at the top of any page, then click on the "By Subject" link. This leads to an outline of the top-level topics from which you can reach any individual category.
  • Click on the "Nations at War" link in the lefthand column of any page. This leads to a page with links to categoris and sub-categories for every nation during the war years (which is now fully integrated into the new subject system) as well as links to all the other individual categories.
  • Use the new "Subjects" option in the Quick-Finder box located at the top of the lefthand column of any page. This leads to a page with a listing of all the subject categories for your query, plus links to all the other individual categories.
  • Whenever you reach the page for any particular book, use the links under the "See also more books on the same topics" heading to reach those categories as well as links to all the other individual categories.

Have fun, and happy book hunting!

Forthcoming from McFarland
7 March 2003

Sullivan, John J. Air Support for Patton's Third Army. Forthcoming from McFarland & Company, Inc in May 2003

Now available from Schiffer
6 March 2003

Miller, Kent D. The 356th Fighter Group in World War II in Action over Europe with the P-47 and P-51. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2003

Mankau, Heinz and Peter Petrick. Messerschmitt Bf 110 / Me 210 / Me 410: An Illustrated History. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2003

Now available from Formac - Lorimer
5 March 2003

Pauwels, Jacques R. The Myth of the Good War: The USA in World War II. Halifax, Canada: Formac - Lorimer Publishing, 2003

Now available from Kentucky
5 March 2003

Gailey, Harry A. Bougainville: The Forgotten Campaign, 1943-1945. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2003

Ramrod shutting down
4 March 2003

Here's an excerpt from an email which arrived today from Dilip Sarkar of Ramrod Publications:

"After lengthy deliberations, therefore, Anita and I have decided to wind up Ramrod Publications. We founded the business back in 1992...and since then, without any previous experience or training, we have published 15 of my 17 books, and both of Robert Rudhall's excellent works on the 1969 film Battle of Britain. Charity, both locally and nationally, has benefited from our endeavours, in particular our own 'Surma Memorial Trust for Youth' and the Douglas Bader Foundation. Perhaps most importantly, however, through our book launches and symposiums, we managed to somehow bring the Battle of Britain to life and promote commemoration of that epic conflict to both the general public and educational establishments. Furthermore, as a result of our research and writing, a significant amount of primary material has been preserved and recorded in permanent form. That so many others have followed our lead is probably the greatest indicator of success.

" is my intention to eventually release Part Two [of Johnnie Johnson: Spitfire Top Gun] through an existing publisher. My interest in the subject remains undiminished, rest assured....

"Finally, we thank you all for your essential support and help over the years and do hope that you will keep in touch...."

Now available from Brassey's
4 March 2003

Richardson, Horst Fuchs (editor). Your Loyal and Loving Son: The Letters of Tank Gunner Karl Fuchs, 1937-1941. Washington, DC: Brassey's Inc (US), 2003

Forthcoming from Crecy
4 March 2003

Gibson, Guy. Enemy Coast Ahead. Forthcoming from Crecy Publishing Ltd in May 2003. Revised edition, unabridged and uncensored for the first time

Now available from OUP
3 March 2003

Jackson, Julian. France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003

Military Collector
3 March 2003

Looks like it's that time of the month. Ian Wilkinson has just uploaded a fresh batch of books, including a significant number of WWII items, to his Military Collector website.

Old Army
3 March 2003

Check out the online inventory at Old Army Books, just updated today with a considerable lot of secondhand military titles.

Book review
2 March 2003

Ross, Stewart Halsey. Strategic Bombing by the United States in World War II: The Myths and the Facts. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2003

Read our review

World War II Books
2 March 2003

As he does every month, Graham Palmer of World War II Books in Woking, England has updated the substantial stocks of WWII-related books at his website where you can search and browse through his excellent assortment.

2 March 2003

It's worth taking a look at Tom Cadman's website and his inventory of secondhand World War II books, all for sale quite reasonably.

Forthcoming from Cualann
1 March 2003

Gritten, John. Full Circle: Log of the Navy's No. 1 Conscript. Forthcoming from Cualann Press in May 2003

1 March 2003

Printed "Supplement #65," amounting to six pages of new and used naval, aviation, and military books, arrived has just arrived here from Jerboa-Redcap Books of Hightstown, NJ.


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