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Down to the wire
31 December 2003

As the year 2003 ticks away, quite a few books remain within range of the Top Ten in our annual balloting. If you haven't already cast your votes, you have until midnight tonight to do so. The online voting machine closes down at the stroke of the new year (California time) and the final results will be announced here on the first day of January 2003.


Forthcoming from Stackpole
31 December 2003

Higham, Robin, Carol Williams, and Abigail Siddall (editors). Flying American Combat Aircraft of World War II, 1939-1945. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in March 2004


In memoriam
31 December 2003

William Chapin—bomber pilot, POW, and author of Milk Run—died on Sunday, 28 December at age 85 in Sonoma county, California.


News from Greenhill
30 December 2003

The folks at Greenhill Books have announced several titles for the first few months of the new year, including new books by David Isby, John Walter, Manfred Griehl, and Lawrence Paterson. Check our Greenhill page for details.


Now available from Ulysses
30 December 2003

Van Young, Sayre. London's War: A Traveler's Guide to World War II. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2004


Now available from Temple
30 December 2003

Odo, Franklin S. No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawaii during World War II. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003


Favorite books of 2003
29 December 2003

As we do every year, on 1 January we'll announce the winners of our annual Top Ten voting, and a few days later we'll post our Editor's Choice awards listing our own favorites for the year. In the meantime, you're invited to share your list of the books you consider the best new releases of 2003. Please use our Book Forum to offer your choices for the best new books of the year.


News from Joe Balkoski
29 December 2003

Author Joe Balkoski sends this: "My new book, Omaha Beach: June 6, 1944, will be released March 2004.... I'm also about two chapters into volume two in my D-Day history, which will detail the Utah landing and the 82nd and 101st Airborne drops, as well as a detailed look at the Ninth Air Force IX Troop Carrier Command, which brought in the paratroopers."


Now available from UPK
29 December 2003

Stephan, Robert W. Stalin's Secret War: Soviet Counter-intelligence against the Nazis, 1941-1945. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003


Book review
28 December 2003

Sharp, Lee. The French Army, 1939-1940, volume 3. Milton Keynes, UK: Military Press, 2003

Read our review


News from John Foreman
27 December 2003

Here's the latest from author John Foreman: "Volume 5 of Fighter Command War Diaries went to the publishers about three weeks back, delayed due to a search for a particular photo that I considered vital—Branse Burbridge, 85 Sqn, the top night ace of the RAF. With index, it runs to around 480 pages, nearly 190 photos, and I think is the best of the series. It's certainly the best thing I've ever done.... Right now I'm working on a book chronicling the victories of the Luftwaffe nightfighter forces—around 6,000 claims—which I reckon is the closest anyone is likely to get to the complete listing."


Now available from Murray
27 December 2003

Neillands, Robin. Eighth Army: From the Western Desert to the Alps, 1939-1945. London: John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2004


Now available from Conway
26 December 2003

Hawkins, Ian. Destroyer: An Anthology of First-Hand Accounts of the War at Sea, 1939-1945. London: Conway Maritime Press, 2003


Top Ten standings
24 December 2003

Ballots continue to arrive at a rapid pace for this year's Top Ten voting. As we do at this time every year, to provide a little extra drama we've closed the standings page until we unveil the winners on the first day of January. Meanwhile, the numbers are so close that it's impossible to predict the winners, so be sure to cast your votes before the polls close at the stroke of the new year.


News from NIP
24 December 2003

Soldiers Lost at Sea: A Chronicle of Troopship Disasters by James Wise and Scott Baron is now available, and Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O'Hare by Steve Ewing and John Lundstrom is due in February.


Now available from RoutledgeCurzon
24 December 2003

Hack, Karl and Kevin Blackburn. Did Singapore Have to Fall: Churchill and the Impregnable Fortress. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003


Forthcoming from Free Press
24 December 2003

Godman, Paul. Hitler and the Vatican: Inside the Secret Archive that Reveals the New Story of the Nazis and the Church. Forthcoming from The Free Press in March 2004


Self-Publisher
23 December 2003

We've added another self-publisher, F. Lincoln Grahlfs, and his 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 Military Press
23 December 2003

Hays, J.J. United States Army Ground Forces TOE, World War II, vol 3: The Airborne Division 1942-1945, part one. Milton Keynes, UK: Military Press, 2003

Hays, J.J. United States Army Ground Forces TOE, World War II, vol 3: The Airborne Division 1942-1945, part two. Milton Keynes, UK: Military Press, 2003


Now available from Praeger
22 December 2003

Barua, Pradeep P. Gentlemen of the Raj: The Indian Army Officer Corps, 1817-1949. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2003


Book review
21 December 2003

Zuehlke, Mark. The Gothic Line: Canada's Climactic World War II Triumph in Italy. Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 2003

Read our review


New subject pages
20 December 2003

We've added a new cluster of pages—including Berlin during the war years, Hitler's Bunker, and Occupation of Berlin—to our online bibliographic system. Remember, you can always check the Newest Subjects page to see the latest additions to the system.


Top Ten
20 December 2003

Have you voted for your favorite WWII books of 2003 yet? Our Top Ten balloting continues through the end of the month, so don't forget to head for the online voting machine.


Forthcoming from FSG
20 December 2003

Fest, Joachim C. Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich. Forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in April 2004


Now available from Pen and Sword
19 December 2003

Ottaway, Susan. Hitler's Traitors: German Resistance to the Nazis. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2003

Saunders, Tim. Battleground Europe: Normandy: Juno Beach. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2003


Forthcoming from Wiley
19 December 2003

Gilbert, Martin. D-Day. Forthcoming from John Wiley & Sons in April 2004


Forthcoming from Little Brown
18 December 2003

Stafford, David. Ten Days to D-Day: Citizens and Soldiers on the Eve of the Invasion. Forthcoming from Little Brown and Company in April 2004


Now available from NIP
18 December 2003

Roberts, John. Anatomy of the Ship: The Aircraft Carrier Intrepid. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003


Scholars
18 December 2003

Today the postman delivered the printed "Winter 2004" catalog of closeouts and reduced-price books from Scholar's Bookshelf, including some pages of WWII-related titles.


Now available from Pen and Sword
18 December 2003

Bowman, Martin. The Men Who Flew the Mosquito. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2003


New subject page
17 December 2003

We've added a new page, United Nations, to our online bibliographic system. Remember, you can always check the Newest Subjects page to see the latest additions to the system.


Now available from HarperCollins
17 December 2003

Mosier, John. The Blitzkrieg Myth: How Hitler and the Allies Misread the Strategic Realities of World War II. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc, 2003


Now available from Duke
17 December 2003

Rosenberg, Emily S. A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003


News from Germany
16 December 2003

Volume 8 of the original German-language series Das Deutsch Reich und der Zweite Weltkrieg (which is also being translated into English and published by Oxford University Press) has been delayed until March by Verlag-Anstalt.


Forthcoming from OUP
16 December 2003

Mawdsley, Evan. Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941-1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004


Now available from Motorbooks
16 December 2003

Jordan, David. Battle of the Bulge: The First 24 Hours. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks, 2003


Now available from Hyperion
15 December 2003

Churchill, Winston S. Never Give In: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches. New York: Hyperion, 2003


Book reviews
14 December 2003

Regnat, Karl-Heinz. Dornier Do 335: An Illustrated History. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2003

Hermann, Dietmar and Peter Petrick. Focke-Wulf Fw 187: An Illustrated History. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2003

Ransom, Stephen and Hans-Hermann Cammann. Me 163 Rocket Interceptor, volume 2. Crowborough, UK: Classic Publications, 2003

Read our reviews


Now available from Helion
13 December 2003

Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Elite of the Third Reich: The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, 1939-45: A Reference. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2003


Forthcoming from Stackpole
13 December 2003

Marion, Ore J. On the Canal: The Marines of L-3-5 on Guadalcanal, 1942-1943. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in April 2004


Now available from Vanwell
12 December 2003

Milner, Marc. Battle of the Atlantic. St Catherines, ONT: Vanwell Publishing Ltd, 2003


Now available from Airlife
12 December 2003

Jackson, Robert. Combat Legend: Mitsubishi Zero. Ramsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 2003


New subject page
11 December 2003

We've added a new page, Raoul Wallenberg, to our online bibliographic system. Remember, you can always check the Newest Subjects page to see the latest additions to the system.


Now available from Presidio
11 December 2003

Yeide, Harry. Steel Victory: The Heroic Story of America's Independent Tank Battalions at War in Europe. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2003


Editor's pick
11 December 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 one from not too long ago:

Schenk, Peter. Invasion of England, 1940: The Planning of Operation Sealion. London: Conway, 1990

In a field of many books about Operation Sea Lion, this is far and away the best volume about the nitty-gritty of German preparations with very detailed information about naval vessels, loading schedules, transport routes, landing diagrams, reinforcement rates, etc. Many photos, maps, charts, and tables.


Forthcoming from Arcade
11 December 2003

Junge, Gertraud and Melissa Muller (editor). Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary. Forthcoming from Arcade Publishing in February 2004


New subject page
10 December 2003

We've added a new page, Seabees, to our online bibliographic system. Remember, you can always check the Newest Subjects page to see the latest additions to the system.


Forthcoming from B-D-D
10 December 2003

Hornfischer, James D. Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Forthcoming from Bantam Doubleday Dell in February 2004


Now available from Cassell
9 December 2003

Rogers, Anthony. Churchill's Folly: Leros and the Aegean: The Last Great British Defeat of World War Two. London: Cassell & Co, 2003


News from CUP
9 December 2003

The softcover edition of The Republic in Danger: General Maurice Gamelin and the Politics of French Defence, 1933-1940 by Martin S. Alexander is now available, while the softcover edition of The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 by Joanna Hanson will be released later this month.


Now available from Europa
9 December 2003

Huxley-Blythe, Peter J. Under the St. Andrews Cross: Russian and Cossack Volunteers in the German Armed Forces, 1941-1945. Bayside, NY: Europa Books, 2003


Forthcoming from Cass
9 December 2003

Penkower, Monty Noam. Decision on Palestine Deferred: America, Britain and Wartime Diplomacy, 1939-1945. Forthcoming from Frank Cass Publishers in March 2004


Now available from Palgrave Macmillan
8 December 2003

Housden, Martyn. Hans Frank, Lebensraum and the Final Solution. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003


Forthcoming from Brassey's
8 December 2003

Wordell, M.T. and E.N. Seilder edited by Peter Mersky. Wildcats over Casablanca. Forthcoming from Brassey's Inc in January 2004


Dabney
8 December 2003

Q.M. Dabney & Co have mailed their printed "Catalogue 578" with eighty pages of secondhand WWII books for sale.


Now available from NYU
8 December 2003

Horne, Gerald. Race War: White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British. New York: New York University Press, 2003


Self-Publishers
7 December 2003

Earlier this year we unfortunately lost much of the data in our Self-Publisher files and that part of our website has been closed for several months. Today we're pleased to announce that we've reopened our partially restored Directory of Self-Publishers page and we're actively seeking submissions from self-publishers for new listings.


Now available from Airlife
7 December 2003

Jackson, Robert. Air Aces of WWII. Ramsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 2003

Jackson, Robert. Commanders and Heroes of WWII. Ramsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 2003


Now available from Fedorowicz
6 December 2003

Kurowski, Franz. Battleground Italy, 1943-1945: The German Armed Forces in the Battle for the Boot. Winnipeg: J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc, 2003


Subjects
5 December 2003

If you're looking for books on a specific subject, don't forget we have over 10,000 titles organized into more than 3000 fully cross-referenced specialized WWII topics.


Forthcoming from NIP
5 December 2003

Buffetaut, Yves. D-Day Ships: The Allied Invasion Fleet, June 1944. Forthcoming from Naval Institute Press in March 2004


News from Ian Allan
5 December 2003

Thanks to Wesley Hedger for news about all the latest releases from Ian Allan Publishing.


Forthcoming from Kentucky
5 December 2003

Tomblin, Barbara Brooks. G. I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Corps in World War II. Forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky in February 2004


Recommendations
4 December 2003

Looking for something to read? Take a look at our newly updated Recommended Reading page.


Now available from OUP
4 December 2003

Powell, Alan. The Third Force: ANGAU's New Guinea War, 1942-46. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2003


Cadman
4 December 2003

It looks as though Tom Cadman has updated his T. Cadman Books website with fresh inventory files.


Forthcoming from Da Capo
4 December 2003

Greene, Jack and Alessandro Massignani. The Black Prince and the Sea Devils: The Story of Prince Valerio Borghese and the Elite Units of the Decima MAS. Forthcoming from Da Capo Press in March 2004


News from Steve Zaloga
3 December 2003

Here's the latest from well-known (and busy!) author Steve Zaloga:

"I have quite a few titles completed for Osprey. They are starting a new series, partly on my instigation, called Battle Orders. The aim is to provide an economical reference for general military history readers on TO&Es, order of battle and basic tactical doctrine on major combat formations. It's designed to complement existing series like Campaigns, and the uniform and weapon series. My first is on US Armored Divisions in the ETO in 1944-45. It will be followed (in my case) by titles on other types of armor formations or other theaters. In the New Vanguard series, my next title out will be on the M18 "Hellcat" 76mm tank destroyer. I have four more titles in this series at the publisher, but they seem to be a bit conservative about premature announcements, so I will let that slide. In the Osprey Warriors series, they will be releasing my title US Tanker in NW Europe 1944-45 sometime early in 2004. Rather than look at this subject from the perspective of an enlisted man as is so often done, I decided to look at it from the perspective of a tactical commander instead, a tank battalion commander. I chose Creighton Abrams of the 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division as an obvious choice. In the Campaign series, the D-Day series will finally be completed with the release of my title on Utah beach early in 2004. I am also working on the follow-on to the Ardennes (1): St. Vith book with the companion title on Bastogne which will probably be out in late 2004.

"In the Concord photo album series, they have just released my US Tank Battles in France 1944-45, which is a companion volume to the earlier titles on the Pacific and Germany. The volume on North Africa and Italy is already finished, but I'm not sure what the release date is at the moment. These are somewhat hard to find in the US, but they are carried by larger hobby distributors."


Now available from TAMU
3 December 2003

Langerbein, Helmut. Hitler's Death Squads: The Logic of Mass Murder. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2003


Military Collector
3 December 2003

Ian Wilkinson has updated the online inventory files of secondhand WWII-related books at his Military Collector website.


News from Osprey
2 December 2003

It should come as a shock to no one that Osprey continues to produce a multitude of WWII-related titles. Check our Osprey page for their latest releases and the newest additions to their schedule.


Now available from Classic
2 December 2003

Roba, Jean Louis and Martin Pegg. Luftwaffe Colours, Volume Four, Section 2: Jagdwaffe: The Mediterranean, 1942-43. Crowborough, UK: Classic Publications, 2003

Smith, J. Richard, Eddie J. Creek, and Peter Petrick. On Special Missions: The Luftwaffe's Research and Experimental Squadrons 1923-1945. Crowborough, UK: Classic Publications, 2003


World War II Books
2 December 2003

Have a look at Graham Palmer's World War II Books website and you'll discover that he has just now uploaded many fresh books to his huge online stock.


Top Ten
1 December 2003

We're half way through the voting for the Top Ten Books of 2003 and dozens of books remain in the running for top honors, so—if you haven't already done so—be sure to cast your ballot.


Old Army
1 December 2003

Bruce Halsted updated his Old Army Books website with fresh inventory today.


Now available from Lyons
1 December 2003

Bloomfield, Gary L. Duty, Honor, Victory: America's Athletes in World War II. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2003


Jerboa
1 December 2003

Printed "Supplement #74" arrived here today by mail from Jerboa-Redcap Books with an assortment of new and used titles for sale.

 

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