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News from Bruce Gamble
30 November 2006

Author Bruce Gamble sends word about his latest projects:

"My third book, Darkest Hour, is currently going through the distribution process for its December 15 release by Zenith Press. It narrates the story of Lark Force, the Australian garrison at Rabaul, New Britain, with emphasis on the invasion by the Japanese in 1942 and the tragic events that occurred afterward.

"Rabaul is also the topic of my next book. Tentatively called Ring of Fire, it will cover the longest battle in the Pacific: the air war over Rabaul that began in December 1941 and concluded in August 1945. Together, the two books will provide a comprehensive history of the fortress in World War II."


Forthcoming from Leaping Horseman
30 November 2006

Mark, Jason D. Island of Fire: The Battle for the Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad. Forthcoming from Leaping Horseman Books in December 2006


In memoriam
30 November 2006

William Diehl—a ball turret gunner on B-24s with the US 8th Air Force during World War II and later in life a best-selling author—died in Georgia on 24 November at the age of 81.


Now available from Harcourt
29 November 2006

Gaskin, Margaret. Blitz: The Story of December 29, 1940. New York: Harcourt, 2006


Now available from Potomac
29 November 2006

Wood Jr, Edward W. Worshipping the Myths of World War II: Reflections on America's Dedication to War. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2006


Now available from Random House
28 November 2006

De Bruhl, Marshall. Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden. New York: Random House, 2006


This day in history
28 November 2006

Sixty-five years ago today, on 28 November 1941, in Ethiopia General Nasi ordered remaining Italian positions at Chilga and Gorgora to surrender, thus ending the lengthy campaign in Italian East Africa approximately seventeen months after the opening shots were fired.


Forthcoming from Overlook
27 November 2006

Neillands, Robin. The Battle for the Rhine 1944: Arnhem and the Ardennes: The Campaign in Europe, 1944-45. Forthcoming from The Overlook Press in May 2007.


This day in history
27 November 2006

Sixty-five years ago today, on 27 November 1941, Prime Minister Tojo in Tokyo dismissed Cordell Hull's ten-point proposal for negotiations as an ultimatum and the Cabinet considered that—faced with such an ultimatum—Japan had no choice but to go to war in self-defense, while in Washington, DC the US Army and Navy issued war warnings to overseas commanders.


Book review
26 November 2006

Burton, John. Fortnight of Infamy: The Collapse of Allied Airpower West of Pearl Harbor. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2006

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This day in history
26 November 2006

Sixty-five years ago today, on 26 November 1941, the Japanese Pearl Harbor Striking Force—including carriers Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku, and Zuikaku—departed Hittokappu Bay under strict radio silence.


Now available from Bantam
25 November 2006

Hornfischer, James. Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors. New York: Bantam Books, 2006


Forthcoming from Classic
24 November 2006

Hooton, E.R. Luftwaffe at War Luftwaffe at War, volume 1: Gathering Storm, 1933-1939. Forthcoming from Classic Publications in January 2007

Stocker, Werner with Peter Petrick. Messerschmitt Me 210/Me 410 Hornisse Hornet. Forthcoming from Classic Publications in February 2007

Bergstrom, Christer. Barbarossa: The Air Battle, July - December 1941. Forthcoming from Classic Publications in March 2007


Now available from Kale's
24 November 2006

Mussolini, Romano. My Father, Il Duce: A Memoir by Mussolini's Son. Carlsbad, CA: Kale's Press, 2006


In memoriam
24 November 2006

Robert Altman—a B-24 co-pilot with the 307th Bomb Group in the southwest Pacific and later in life a renowned Hollywood director—died on 20 November in California at the age of 81.


News from Midland
23 November 2006

Volume one of Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean by Gunby and Temple is now available, and volume two is projected for release in 2007.


Now available from Rowman and Littlefield
23 November 2006

Bendersky, Joseph. A Concise History of Nazi Germany. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006


Recommended
22 November 2006

We receive a large number of books from publishers, editors, publicists, and authors, and of course we're always glad to read them and add them to our online database, but our Recommended Reading page, freshly updated, only contains the cream of the crop, the ones we consider our personal favorites.


News from Sutton
22 November 2006

The busy folks at Sutton Publishing Ltd have announced a plethora of new WWII titles for release in the first half of 2007. Check our Sutton page for full details.


This day in history
22 November 2006

Sixty-five years ago today, on 22 November 1941, Luftwaffe fighter ace Werner Molders died in an air accident.


Now available from Random House
21 November 2006

Moses, Sam. At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Mariners Reversed the Tide of World War II. New York: Random House, 2006


This day in history
21 November 2006

Sixty-five years ago today, on 21 November 1941, a USN convoy escorted by the cruiser Pensacola departed San Francisco with reinforcements for the Philippines.


In memoriam
21 November 2006

George Blackburn—a veteran of the Canadian Army in Normandy and later author of well-received books about his wartime experiences—died in Ottawa on 15 November at the age of 90. (Thanks to Evert Stieber for bringing this loss to our attention.)


Forthcoming from Palgrave
20 November 2006

Tillman, Barrett. Lemay. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company in January 2007


Now available from Da Capo
20 November 2006

Kershaw, Alex. The Few: The American Knights of the Air Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain. New York: Da Capo Press, 2006


Book review
19 November 2006

Bergstrom, Christer and Andrey Mikhailov. Black Cross, Red Star: The Air War over the Eastern Front, volume one: Operation Barbarossa, 1941. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Military History, 2000.

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This day in history
19 November 2006

Sixty-five years ago today, on 19 November 1941, the German raider Kormoran and RAN cruiser Sydney engaged in a close-range duel in the Indian Ocean, sinking both ships.


Now available from Zenith
18 November 2006

Smith, Starr. Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot. Osceola, WI: Zenith Press, 2006


Forthcoming from Potomac
18 November 2006

Blumenson, Martin. Patton. Forthcoming from Potomac Books in January 2007


This day in history
18 November 2006

Sixty-five years ago today, on 18 November 1941, British 8th Army launched its Operation Crusader offensive to relieve Tobruk and retake Cyrenaica.


Now available from Vallentine-Mitchell
17 November 2006

Leighton-Langer, Peter. The King's Own Loyal Enemy Aliens: German and Austrian Refugees in Britain's Armed Forces, 1939-45. Edgware, Middlesex: Vallentine-Mitchell, 2006


In memoriam
17 November 2006

Robert E. Blake—in World War II a merchant marine who was aboard two ships sunk by enemy submarines, and later played a major role in recommissioning the Jeremiah O'Brien for its memorial voyage to Normandy in 1994—died in California on 9 November at the age of 85.


In memoriam
17 November 2006

Jacob E. Smart—one of the chief planners of the August 1943 low-level raid on Ploesti, later commander of the USAAF 97th Bomb Group, and subsequently a prisoner of the Germans after his bomber was shot down—died in South Carolina on 12 November at the age of 97.


In memoriam
17 November 2006

Lee "Shorty" Gordon—a gunner in a B-17 with the USAAF 305th Bomb Group who was shot down in February 1943, became a prisoner of war, and reputedly became the first American POW to successfully escape back to England—died on 14 November in California at the age of 84.


Now available from Pen and Sword
16 November 2006

Howard, John and Penny Bates. The Pegasus Diaries: The Private Papers of Major John Howard, DSO. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2006

Baxter, Ian. Panzer Divisions at War, 1939-1945. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2006

Minney, R. J. Carve Her Name with Pride. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2006


Forthcoming from Palgrave
16 November 2006

Gillard, David. Appeasement in Crisis: From Munich to Prague, October 1938 - March 1939. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company in March 2007


Now available from Zenith
15 November 2006

Charles, H. Robert. Last Man Out: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway: A Memoir. St Paul, MN: Zenith Press, 2006


Now available from Potomac
15 November 2006

Blood, Phillip W. Hitler's Bandit Hunters: The SS and the Nazi Occupation of Europe. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2006


Forthcoming from Stackpole
14 November 2006

Watson, Bruce Allen. Exit Rommel: The Tunisian Campaign, 1942-1943. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in January 2007


Now available from St Martin's
14 November 2006

Hassell, Agostino von and Sigrid MacRae. Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II. New York: St Martin's Press, 2006


News from Lawrence Paterson
13 November 2006

Author Lawrence Paterson reports that his next book will be U-Boats in the Mediterranean from Chatham Publishing. No indication of a publication date.


Book reviews
12 November 2006

Lambert, John W. The 8th Air Force: Victory and Sacrifice: A World War II Photo History. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2006

Shores, Christopher and Chris Thomas. 2nd Tactical Air Force, volume 3: From the Rhine to Victory, January to May 1945. Crowborough, UK: Classic Publications, 2006

Yenne, Bill. The American Aircraft Factory in World War II. St Paul, MN: Zenith Press, 2006

Butler, Phil and Tony Butler. Gloster Meteor: Britain's Celebrated First-Generation Jet. Hinckley, UK: Midland Publishing Limited, 2006

Read our reviews


Now available from Simon & Schuster
11 November 2006

Weintraub, Stanley. 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006


Forthcoming from Berghahn
10 November 2006

Kay, Alex J. Germany's Occupation in the Soviet Union: Political and Economic Planning, 1940-41. Forthcoming from Berghahn Books in December 2006


Now available from Potomac
10 November 2006

Crawford, Steve. The Eastern Front Day by Day, 1941-45. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2006


News from Osprey
9 November 2006

Not unexpectedly, Osprey Publishing has just released several new titles and announced a wealth of upcoming WWII-related books—including ones by old stalwarts like Steve Zaloga and Gordon Rottman—due between now and the end of January. Check our freshly updated Osprey page for details.


Forthcoming from Wiley
8 November 2006

McManus, John C. Alamo in the Ardennes. Forthcoming from John Wiley & Sons in March 2007


Now available from Eagle Editions
7 November 2006

Bergstrom, C., Vlad Antipov and Andrey Dikov. Black Cross, Red Star Black Cross, Red Star: The Air War over the Eastern Front, vol 3: Everything for Stalingrad. Hamilton, MT: Eagle Editions, Ltd, 2006


In memoriam
7 November 2006

Captain Paul von Kempf—who as a USN lieutenant survived the sinking of the USS Liscome Bay—died at the age of 88.


Cadman
7 November 2006

The T. Cadman printed catalog #89 has arrived here by mail with the usual batch of WWII goodies for sale by Tom.


News from Mark Zuehlke
6 November 2006

Author Mark Zuehlke sends word from Canada: "I am currently working on a book about the Scheldt Estuary campaign of First Canadian Army that D&M will release in fall 2007 and it looks like I'll be doing at least one book on Canadians in Normandy and then one on them in Sicily."


Now available from Harvard
6 November 2006

Sebag-Montefiore, Hugh. Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006


Book review
5 November 2006

Antipov, Vlad and Igor Utkin. Dragons on Bird Wings: The Combat History of the 812th Fighter Air Regiment. Kitchener, Ont: Aviaeology / Sky Grid, 2006

Read our review


Now available from Grub Street
4 November 2006

Orange, Vincent. Slessor: Bomber Champion: The Life of Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor. London: Grub Street, 2006


News from John Murray
3 November 2006

Thanks to the kind folks at John Murray for sending us word about their latest titles, including POW by Adrian Gilbert.


Now available from Zenith
2 November 2006

Nordyke, Phil. Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II. St Paul, MN: Zenith Press, 2006


In memoriam
1 November 2006

P.W. Botha—during WWII a leader of the pro-Nazi paramilitary Ox-Wagon Fire Guard and later in life prime minister of South Africa—died on 31 October at the age of 90.


Scholars
1 November 2006

The printed "World War II" catalog for Fall 2006 has arrived by mail from The Scholar's Bookshelf in New Jersey.

 

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