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In memoriam
30 April 2005

Percy Heath—one of the WWII Tuskegee airmen and in later life a renowned jazz musician—died on 28 April in New York at age 81.

News from J.J. Hays
30 April 2005

J.J. Hays, author of the very detailed United States Army Ground Forces Table of Organization and Equipment series, of which multiple titles are already available, sends this update on grand plans for upcoming volumes:

"Volume 7, Chemical Warfare Service: Will be a one part volume. It will be approximately 180 pages.

"Volume 8, Coast Artillery, Mobile Formations: This includes all of the mobile antiaircraft units as well as a the small number of coast artillery mobile heavy artillery units. These units were Corps, Army and Theater troops. This will probably be a three part volume, but not certain.

"Volume 9, Army Corps of Engineers: Non Divisional formations.

"Volume 10, Field Artillery: Corps and Army level artillery formations.

"Volume 11, Special Infantry Formations: 1st Special Service Force, Rangers, 5307th Composite Unit (Merrill's Marauders), 112th Cavalry, 124th Cavalry, etc.

"Volume 12, Medical Corps: Corps, Army and Theater formations.

"Volume 13, Ordnance Corps: Corps, Army and Theater formations.

"Volume 14, Quartermaster Corps: Corps, Army and Theater formations.

"Volume 15, Signal Corps. Corps: Army and Theater formations.

"After this the Armored Force, Tank Destroyer, Military Police, Transportation Corps, Army and Corps headquarters, will follow, but do not know how many volumes this will be much less parts. Later, after I complete the rest of the scheduled volumes, I might decide to go back and add parts to volume 8 covering the fixed coastal artillery installations."

Editor's Pick
29 April 2005

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

Hesse d'Alzon, Claude. Guerre 1939-1945. La Presence Militaire Francaise en Indochine 1940-1945. Chateau de Vincennes: Service Historique de l'Armee, 1985

This book tells the complete story of French forces in Indochina during World War II: the Japanese incursion of 1940, internal rebellion, the Thai invasion, and the Japanese operations of 1945. Also includes detailed OB data. Written entirely in French, but very accessible.

29 April 2005

The newsprint catalog of "Bargain Books" for 1 April 2005 belatedly arrived here by mail from Edward R. Hamilton with, as usual, an assortment of WWII titles tucked away among its pages.

Now available from Algonquin
28 April 2005

Hamann, Jack. On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of World War II. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2005

Now available from Overlook
28 April 2005

Barr, Niall. Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein. New York: Overlook Press, 2005

Now available from CUP
28 April 2005

Leff, Laurel. Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005

Forthcoming from W and N
27 April 2005

Wilson, Kevin. Bomber Boys: The RAF Offensive of 1943. Forthcoming from Weidenfeld and Nicolson in December 2005

Now available from Stackpole
26 April 2005

Walter, John. Machine Guns of Two World Wars. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2005

Anonymous. Fuehrer Conferences on Naval Affairs 1939-1945. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2005

Now available from State House
26 April 2005

Alexander, Thomas E. Rattlesnake Bomber Base: Pyote Army Airfield in World War II. Abilene, TX: State House Press, 2005

Now available from Battery
25 April 2005

United States War Department. Handbook on the British Army, 1943. Nashville, TN: Battery Press, 2005

Book review
24 April 2005

Price, Alfred. Instruments of Darkness: The History of Electronic Warfare, 1939-1945. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2005

Read our review

23 April 2005

Our trusty mail carrier has delivered "Supplement #92" from Jerboa-Redcap Books of New Jersey with six pages of new and used military, naval, and aviation titles for sale.

Now available from MHSP
23 April 2005

Saylor, Thomas. Remembering the Good War: Minnesota's Greatest Generation. St Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005

Now available from Batty
22 April 2005

Anonymous. Paper War: Nazi Propaganda in One Battle, on a Single Day, Cassino, Italy, May 11, 1944. West New York, NJ: Mark Batty Publisher, 2005

Forthcoming from Military Press
21 April 2005

Niehorster, Leo. The United States Army Order of Battle: 7 December 1941, volume 1. Forthcoming from The Military Press in July 2005

Niehorster, Leo. The United States Army Order of Battle: 7 December 1941, volume 2. Forthcoming from The Military Press in July 2005

Now available from Texas
21 April 2005

Rivas-Rodriguez, Maggie. Mexican Americans and World War II. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2005

Now available from Wiley
20 April 2005

Huchthausen, Peter A. Shadow Voyage: The Extraordinary Wartime Escape of the Legendary SS Bremen. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2005

Forthcoming from Stackpole
20 April 2005

Cupper, Dan. World War II in Their Own Words: An Oral History of Pennsylvania's Veterans. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in July 2005

Now available from Artech
20 April 2005

Rogers, John et al. The German Enigma Cipher Machine: Beginnings, Success, and Ultimate Failure. Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2005

Now available from Prager
20 April 2005

Richardson, K.D. Reflections of Pearl Harbor: An Oral History of December 7, 1941. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press and Praeger Publishers, 2005

News from Helion
19 April 2005

Helion & Company has announced an ambitious publishing schedule for the remainder of the year with about eighteen WWII-related titles due between now and December. Check our page for Helion for complete details about all their upcoming books.

Now available from D&M
19 April 2005

Zuehlke, Mark. Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944. Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 2005

Now available from Sutton
19 April 2005

Knopp, Guido. Hitler's Warriors. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2005

In memoriam
18 April 2005

Author Martin Blumenson—one of the most respected historians of the Second World War, biographer of George Patton, and an important part of the US Army official history series—died on 15 April in Washington, DC at age 86.

News from Osprey
18 April 2005

Osprey Publishing continues to crank out a multitude of WWII books of interest, and today we updated our Osprey page with all their latest releases and several new additions to their publication schedule.

Book review
17 April 2005

Sharp, Lee. The French Army, 1939-1940: Organisation, Order of Battle, Operational History, volume IV. Milton Keynes, UK: Military Press, 2005

Read our review

Forthcoming from Yale
16 April 2005

Kernan, Alvin. The Unknown Battle of Midway: The Wipeout of the American Torpedo Squadrons, June 4, 1942. Forthcoming from Yale University Press in August 2005

In memoriam
15 April 2005

Lewis Johnston—a C-47 pilot in the ETO who in later years wrote The Troop Carrier D-Day Flights—died in San Francisco on 20 March at age 83.

Now available from HarperCollins
15 April 2005

Dole, Bob. One Soldier's Story: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc, 2005

Now available from Bantam
15 April 2005

Hornfischer, James D. Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U. S. Navy's Finest Hour. New York: Bantam Books, 2005

Forthcoming from RZM
14 April 2005

Nash, Douglas E. Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January to February 1944. Forthcoming from RZM in September 2005

Now available from Kentucky
14 April 2005

Schrijvers, Peter. The Unknown Dead: Civilians in the Battle of the Bulge. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2005

In memoriam
13 April 2005

George Lymburn—B-24 pilot in the 445th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force and a POW for more than a year at Stalag Luft 1—died in California on 7 April at age 81.

Now available from Sutton
13 April 2005

Brown, Mike. The Day Peace Broke Out: The VE-Day Experience. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2005

Forthcoming from HarperCollins
13 April 2005

Steinbacher, Sybille. Auschwitz: A History. Forthcoming from HarperCollins Publishers, Inc in August 2005

Now available from Helion
12 April 2005

McGilvray, Evan. The Black Devils March: A Doomed Odyssey: The 1st Polish Armoured Division, 1939-1945. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2005

Georg, Friedrich. Hitler's Miracle Weapons, volume 2. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2005

Now available from Knopf
12 April 2005

Cohen, Roger. Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005

Bird Kai and Martin J. Sherwin. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005

News from Joe Balkoski
11 April 2005

"My new book on the Utah Beach invasion and US airborne and troop carrier operations on D-Day will be published in August 2005 by Stackpole Books. It will be a companion volume to my previous Omaha Beach book. Also, Stackpole will reissue my original Beyond the Beachhead book on the 29th Infantry Division in Normandy in fall 2005. This will include new chapters on the 29th Division's role in the Normandy fighting from July 24 to August 22, 1944, the period after the fall of St. Lo up to the liberation of Vire. This is a fascinating story, and hopefully will add substantively to the information in the original edition. With luck, I hope to take the 29th Division story to Brittany and the German frontier when writing time permits."

Book review
10 April 2005

McAulay, Lex. MacArthur's Eagles: The U.S. Air War over New Guinea, 1943-1944. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2005

Read our review

This day in history
9 April 2005

Sixty-five years ago today, on 9 April 1940, German forces conducted carefully synchronized air-land-sea invasions of Denmark and Norway.

Tony Le Tissier
8 April 2005

Tony has been a busy guy! In addition to his recently released The Third Reich Then and Now from ATB, Tony's With Our Backs to Berlin has been reprinted in softcover by Sutton and his new Slaughter at Halbe has also been released by Sutton.

News from McFarland
8 April 2005

Having just received news about their latest batch of forthcoming books, we've updated our page for McFarland. Thanks, Virginia!

Now available from Leaping Horseman
7 April 2005

Holl, Adelbert. An Infantryman in Stalingrad. Sydney: Leaping Horseman Books, 2005

News from Grub Street
6 April 2005

We've updated our page for Grub Street to show all the latest additions to their publication schedule, plus the newly released Buck McNair: The Eventful Life of Canadian Gp Capt R.W. McNair by Norman Franks.

Forthcoming from Potomac
6 April 2005

Hymel, Kevin. Patton's Photographs: War As He Saw It. Forthcoming from Potomac Books in October 2005

Now available from Stackpole
5 April 2005

Schneider, Wolfgang. Tigers in Combat II. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2005

Now available from Berg
4 April 2005

Diamond, Hanna and Simon Kitson (editors). Vichy, Resistance, Liberation: New Perspectives on Wartime France. Oxford: Berg, 2005

Forthcoming from H&C
4 April 2005

Mary, Jean-Yves and Alain Hohnadel. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, tome 4. Forthcoming from Histoire & Collections in May 2005

Book review
3 April 2005

Peszke, Michael. The Polish Underground Army, the Western Allies, and the Failure of Strategic Unity in World War II. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2004

Read our review

Forthcoming from Allen
2 April 2005

Barris, Ted. Days of Victory: Canadians Remember, 1939-1945. Forthcoming from Thomas Allen Publishers in April 2005

Now available from Calgary
1 April 2005

Granatstein, J.L. The Generals: The Canadian Army's Senior Commanders in the Second World War. Calgary: University of Calgary, 2005

In memoriam
1 April 2005

Fred Korematsu—an American citizen of Japanese descent who refused to comply with the mandatory evacuation and internment order, was arrested and imprisoned, challenged the order in court, lost his case before the Supreme Court in 1944, but won a reversal in 1988 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998—died on 30 March in California of respiratory failure at the age of 86.


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