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News from Marc Rikmenspoel
30 June 2014

Author Marc Rikmenspoel sends us these notes about his latest project for Helion:

"We decided to split the project into two volumes. The title of it is Sunwheels and Siegrunen: Wiking, Nordland, Nederland and the Germanic Waffen-SS in Photographs. Volume 1 will cover from before the war through the spring of 1943. Volume 2 will pick up the story in the spring of 1943, and continue to the end of the war.

"I have just turned in the manuscript and photos for volume 1 to Helion. The book will have around 725 photos with highly detailed captions. It also will have several maps to help make sense of the often-obscure place names, a lengthy bibliography, and an appendix listing known Waffen-SS war reporter photographers.

"The main body of volume 1 will cover Regiment Germania from its founding through the Polish and Western Campaigns, and then its detachment from the SS-VT Division for the founding of the Wiking Division. Wiking will be followed for its 1941 fighting across Ukraine. Then the Germanic Legions from Denmark, Flanders, the Netherlands and Norway are shown, from training until they left the front in early 1943.

"The Wiking coverage resumes with a look at the Finnish Volunteer Battalion, which arrived at the division at the start of 1942. Wiking is then followed through the Caucasus campaign. Slight material is provided on the Heer Legion Wallonie and the Estonian Legion, enough to set the sage for more extensive coverage in volume 2. The last sections of volume 1 show the Norwegian Ski Company, foreign officer training at Bad Toelz, and recruiting rallies in Belgium and Norway in the spring of 1943."

Now available from McFarland
30 June 2014

Tolppanen, Bradley P. Churchill in North America, 1929. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2014

Now available from Glencannon
30 June 2014

Jaffee, Walter W. The Tugboats: From A (A.G. Wells) to Z (USS Zuni). El Cerrito, CA: The Glencannon Press, 2014

Book review
29 June 2014

Hague, Arnold. The Allied Convoy System, 1939-1945: Its Organization, Defence and Operation. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000.

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Now available from Zenith
28 June 2014

Morgan, Martin K. A. Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press, 2014

Now available from Marble Arch
28 June 2014

Mayo, Jonathan. D-Day: Minute by Minute. New York: Marble Arch Press, 2014

Forthcoming from Grub Street
27 June 2014

Saunders, Andy. Arrival of Eagles: Luftwaffe Landings in Britain, 1939-1945. Forthcoming from Grub Street in July 2014

Forthcoming from McFarland
27 June 2014

Freitus, Joseph P. Virginia in the War Years, 1938-1945: Military Bases, the U-Boat War and Daily Life. Forthcoming from McFarland & Company, Inc in July 2014

News from RZM
26 June 2014

The folks from Connecticut have announced two new photo books in the works for publication toward the end of this year:

Now available from Helion
25 June 2014

Isaev, A. and M. Kolomiets. Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2014

Forthcoming from CUP
24 June 2014

Rutherford, Jeff. Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front: The German Infantry's War, 1941-1944. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in July 2014

Now available from Faber
23 June 2014

Bailey, Roderick. Target: Italy: The Secret War Against Mussolini 1940-1943. London: Faber and Faber, 2014

Forthcoming from OUP
23 June 2014

Looks like two more titles on the horizon from OUP:

Book review
22 June 2014

Glantz, David M. The Stalingrad Trilogy: Companion to Endgame at Stalingrad. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014

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War Diary, 22 June 1941
22 June 2014

This seems like a good moment to remind everyone about our very detailed War Diary, a complete day-by-day chronology of the Second World War with more than 61,000 individual entries about every aspect of the global conflict. For a good example of our War Diary, have a look at 22 June 1941.

Forthcoming from Palgrave
21 June 2014

Wilson, Cat. Churchill on the Far East in the Second World War: Hiding the History of the Special Relationship. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company in July 2014

In memoriam
21 June 2014

Walt Huss—a USAAF B-29 crewman whose bomber was rammed and downed by a Japanese aircraft over Manchuria on 7 December 1944 and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp until liberated by Soviet troops—died in California on 16 June at the age of 91.

Now available from Tennessee
21 June 2014

Patterson, Robert P. Arming the Nation for War: Mobilization, Supply, and the American War Effort in World War II. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2014

Now available from HM
20 June 2014

Baime, A. J. The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Ford Motor Company, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2014

Forthcoming from Stackpole
19 June 2014

Beckett, Ian F.W. Rommel Reconsidered. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in July 2014

Forthcoming from Casemate
18 June 2014

Van Lunteren, Frank. The Battle of the Bridges: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden. Forthcoming from Casemate in July 2014

Now available from Grub Street
17 June 2014

Shores, Christopher and Giovanni Massimello. A History of the Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945, volume two: North African Desert, February 1942 - March 1943. London: Grub Street, 2014

Forthcoming from Scribner
17 June 2014

Duffy, Peter. Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring. Forthcoming from Scribner in July 2014

News from the West Midlands
16 June 2014

The helpful folks at Helion & Company have notified us their long-awaited Combat History of the 21st Panzer Division 1943-45 by Werner Kortenhaus is now available as of today. Looks like a solid package of more than 500 pages with 80 photos plus a separate volume of maps in color.

Book review
15 June 2014

Lewis, Tom and Peter Ingman. Carrier Attack: Darwin 1942: The Complete Guide to Australia's Own Pearl Harbor. Kent Town, Australia: Avonmore Books, 2013

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Forthcoming from NIP
14 June 2014

Perrett, Bryan. Why the Japanese Lost. Forthcoming from Naval Institute Press in July 2014

Forthcoming from Westholme
14 June 2014

Schultz, Duane. Evans Carlson, Marine Raider: The Man Who Commanded America's First Special Forces. Forthcoming from Westholme Publishing in July 2014

Now available from Basic
13 June 2014

Lochery, Neill. Brazil: The Fortunes of War: World War II and the Making of Modern Brazil. New York: Basic Books, 2014

Forthcoming from R and L
12 June 2014

Mercatante, Steven D. Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe. Forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield in July 2014

Now available from Schiffer
11 June 2014

Harrison, John R. Fairwing Brazil: Tales of the South Atlantic in World War II. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2014

11 June 2014

Sometimes we don't receive a noteworthy new book for weeks. Other times it seems like they arrive every day. Lately we've been receiving a steady stream of books that deserve extra attention, and we present them on our updated Recommended Reading page.

Forthcoming from Missouri
10 June 2014

Okerstrom, Dennis R. Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II. Forthcoming from University of Missouri Press in July 2014

Now available from Fonthill
10 June 2014

Cull, Brian. Blenheims Over Greece and Crete: RAF and Greek Blenheims in Action 1940-1941. Stroud, UK: Fonthill Media Limited, 2014

Forthcoming from Stackpole
9 June 2014

Mark, Jason D. Death of the Leaping Horseman: The 24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in July 2014

News from OUP
9 June 2014

We are reliably informed that Oxford University has published these two titles:

Book reviews
8 June 2014

Palermo, Michele. Eagles over Gazala: Air Battles in North Africa, May - June 1942. Rome: IBN Editore, 2014

Mattioli, Marco. Mussolini's Hawks: The Fighter Units of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana, 1943-1945. Rome: IBN Editore, 2012

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Now available from UPK
7 June 2014

Glantz, David M. The Stalingrad Trilogy, volume 3: Companion to Endgame at Stalingrad. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014

Now available from Michael O'Mara
6 June 2014

Field, Jacob F. D-Day in Numbers: The Facts behind Operation Overlord. London: Michael O'Mara, 2014

Now available from Life
6 June 2014

Editors of Life. D-Day: Remembering the Battle that Won the War - 70 Years Later. Life, 2014

War Diary, 6 June 1944
6 June 2014

This seems like a good moment to remind everyone about our very detailed War Diary, a complete day-by-day chronology of the Second World War with more than 61,000 individual entries about every aspect of the global conflict. For a good example of our War Diary, have a look at 6 June 1944.

Now available from Pen and Sword
6 June 2014

Middlebrook, Martin and C. Everitt. The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book, 1939-1945. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, 2014

Now available from Schiffer
5 June 2014

Gassend, Jean-Loup. Operation Dragoon: Autopsy of a Battle: The Allied Liberation of the French Riviera August-September 1944. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2014

News from Ludovico Slongo
5 June 2014

Ludovico Slongo—co-author of Desert Prelude: Early Clashes and Desert Prelude: Operation Compass—sends this update on his latest projects.

"The work on the Italian ghost fighter squadron in East Africa (that was the unit of Visintini) continues and we think we'll be able to complete it in 2015. Title—provisional—will be "Wandering Knights, the history of 412 Squadriglia in world war 2". The title comes from the unit's badge (a red prancing horse silhouetted over a black Africa) and his employment in penny packets sent back and forth all along the wide border area between Sudan and Ethiopia. We'll for sure publish it in Italian language—there are too many veteran's relatives that want to read it and don't know English language—but we've already had an offer to translate it and publish it also in English. The study will improve dramatically the knowledge of air operations in this front.... The images, all never seen before and including Italian subjects but also many Wellesley's, Hardy's and Blenheim's wrecks, are particularly impressive.

"Next will be the book on all the air operations in East Africa, for which we are already collecting material.

"The Greek project has lost its priority but will follow in due course."

In memoriam
5 June 2014

Chester Nez—one of the original Navajo code-talkers of World War II—died on 4 June at the age of 93 in Arizona.

Forthcoming from History Press
4 June 2014

Simmons, Mark. Agent Cicero: Hitler's Most Successful Spy. Forthcoming from The History Press in October 2014

Books, books, books
4 June 2014

Interesting and important books are always arriving here from every direction, and we're always updating our Recommended Reading page to reflect new releases, as we've just done.

Now available from Tauris
3 June 2014

Redford, Duncan. A History of the Royal Navy: World War II. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2014

Catalogs made of paper
3 June 2014

Sometimes it seems like the age before Gutenberg, so long ago when almost every day our trusty mail carrier would deliver a fresh catalog of secondhand books about World War II, each page bearing the promise of rare and unknown treasures. We just don't see many catalogs any more, so we were pleased today to receive printed Catalogue Code QO for Spring 2014 from The Military History Bookshop of Folkestone in Kent. Thank you for the paper pages full of treasures!

Forthcoming from Belknap Press
2 June 2014

Motadel, David. Islam and Nazi Germany's War. Forthcoming from Belknap / Harvard University Press in October 2014

Book review
1 June 2014

Tillman, Barrett. US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II. Botley, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2014

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