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Now available from McFarland
Gillen, Michael. Merchant Marine Survivors of World War II: Oral Histories of Cargo Carrying under Fire. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2014
Forthcoming from CUP
Batinic, Jelena. Women and Partisan Resistance in Yugoslavia during World War II. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in May 2015
Now available from UPK
Milner, Marc. Stopping the Panzers: The Untold Story of D-Day. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014
Forthcoming from Schiffer
Walden, Gregory A. Tigers in the Ardennes: The 501st Heavy SS Tank Battalion in the Battle of the Bulge. Forthcoming from Schiffer Publishing Ltd in January 2015
More news from Paris
Anton Joly tells us his Stalingrad Battle Atlas, volume III is now available. He adds: "This part covers operation Uranus whereas the second part, operation Winter Storm, has been rescheduled and should be actually released in the first quarter of 2015."
Forthcoming from Yale
Frierson, Cathy A. Silence Was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin's Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union. Forthcoming from Yale University Press in January 2015
Forthcoming from Prometheus
Johnson, David Alan. Yanks in the RAF: The Story of Maverick Pilots and American Volunteers Who Joined Britain's Fight in WWII. Forthcoming from Prometheus Books in June 2015
News from Casemate
The gang at Casemate has a ton of books scheduled for publication in the first half of 2015, including a very wide range of WWII topics:
Now available from Stackpole
Veronico, Nicholas A. Bloody Skies: U.S. Eighth Air Force Battle Damage in World War II. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2014
News from Marc Rikmenspoel
Author Marc Rikmenspoel tells us his upcoming Sunwheels and Siegrunen: Wiking, Nordland, Nederland and the Germanic Waffen-SS in Photographs, volume 1 from Helion seems to be on schedule, and he expects to be able to inspect the proofs during January.
Forthcoming from Scribner
Russell, Jan Jarboe. The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II. Forthcoming from Charles Scribner in January 2015
We compare and contrast five new books about the Battle of the Bulge:
News from Potomac
In addition to the recently released Burning Japan by Daniel Schwabe, Potomac has announced two WWII titles for 2015:
Now available from CUP
Nicosia, Francis R. Nazi Germany and the Arab World. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014
Forthcoming from Biteback
West, Nigel. Double Cross in Cairo: The True Untold Story of the Spy Who Changed the Tide of War in the Middle East. Forthcoming from Biteback Publishing in January 2015
News from Helion
Helion has announced publication of The Oder Front 1945, volume 2: Documents, Reports and Personal Accounts by A. Stephan Hamilton, as well as a reprint of The Oder Front 1945: Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici, Heeresgruppe Weichsel, and Germany's Final Defense in the East, 20 March - 4 May 1945.
Forthcoming from John Murray
Jones, Michael K. After Hitler: The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe. Forthcoming from John Murray Publishers Ltd in January 2015
News from Robert Edwards
Bob Edwards, author of Scouts Out: A History of German Armored Reconnaissance Units in World War II, kindly sent us this info about his next book:
"I'm finishing up my second volume of German armored reconnaissance in WW2. Stackpole will be doing it, with an anticipated publication date of Fall 2015. It's entitled Tip of the Spear and will have approximately the same page count, color page count and illustrations. There will be a lot more first-hand accounts and after-action reports, as well as breakdowns of actual KStN's (TO&E's) / ORBATs based on pivotal moments in the war."
Grub Street reports the previously announced biography of RAF Air Marshal Hugh Trenchard has been cancelled.
Westermann, Edward B. Flak: German Anti-aircraft Defenses, 1914-1945. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2001
Now available from OUP
Weinberg, Gerhard. World War II: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
Now available from Stanford
van de Ven, Hans, Diana Lary, and Stephen MacKinnon. Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014
Forthcoming from Overlook
Tunstall, Peter. The Last Escaper: The Untold First-Hand Story of the Legendary Pilot, Cooler King, and Arch Escape Artist. Forthcoming from The Overlook Press in January 2015
News from Steve Zaloga
Steve Zalogaone of the busiest authors working in the WWII fieldsends along this summary of his latest projects covering a wide range of topics:
"My latest hard-cover from Stackpole is "The Devil's Garden: Rommel's Desperate Defense of Omaha Beach". It takes a look at Omaha Beach from the German perspective. This helped form the basis for the June PBS documentary "D-Day 360" done by Windfall Productions.
"My next hard-cover from Stackpole, due out in May 2015, is "Armored Champion: The Top Tanks of World War II". It is an attempt to evaluate WWII tank design from a broader perspective than the usual technical focus. It also examines issues such as cost, reliability, availability. Rather than pick one "Top Tank", it examines eight chronological periods/theaters to examine the best tank designs in each.
"As usual, I have a number of Osprey publications. In the New Vanguard series, my two titles on "French Tanks of WWII" are out, the first covering infantry tanks and the second covering cavalry tanks and general issues. Also out in this series is one on the PzKpfw 38(t). Next year's releases will include one on the Soviet T-26 light tank and some post-war subjects.
"In the Duel series, my book on "Panzer III vs. Somua S35" just came out. The focus is on the world's first large tank battle at Hannut and the Gembloux Gap by the French 2e and 3e DLM and the 3 and 4.Panzer Division. My next one in this series due out in 2015 is "Panzer IV vs. M4A1 Sherman" with the focus being the fighting between Panzer Lehr Division and 2nd Armored Division in the opening phase of Operation Cobra in late July 1944.
"In the Campaign series, my book on "Operation Market Garden (1)" came out, which covers the US airborne divisions in the battle. Due out early next year in the series is "Cherbourg 1944: The First Allied Victory in Normandy".
"I recently finished my first title in the new Combat series on "American GI vs. German Landser 1944" which covers three skirmishes in Normandy, Aachen corridor and the Ardennes. My current project is the finale of my Atlantic Wall series in the Fortress series, this time covering the Sudwall."
Having had the pleasure of receiving some notable new books over the last week or two, we've updated our Recommended Reading page accordingly.
Now available from Aquila Polonica
Kulski, Julian. The Color of Courage: A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski. Los Angeles, CA: Aquila Polonica Publishing, 2014
Forthcoming from Hikoki
Gordon, Yefim and Sergey Komissarov. Yakovlev Fighters of World War Two. Forthcoming from Hikoki Publications in January 2015
News from CUP
Cambridge University Press is planning to release a major two-volume history of the Second World War in the spring:
Bartsch, William H. Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2014
War Diary reminder
Today seems like a good day to remind everyone about our detailed day-by-day chronicle of the Second World War, now amounting to more than 62,000 entries, with 7 December 1941 standing out as a fairly important date.
News from Canada
J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing has announced that An Eclipse Without a Future by Ulrich Saft"which describes in great detail the fighting during the last month of WWII in northern Germany between the Weser and Elbe rivers"will be available around 20 January, to be followed by a new Waffen-SS unit history in the spring.
Now available from Potomac
Schwabe, Daniel T. Burning Japan: Air Force Bombing Strategy Change in the Pacific. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2014
Forthcoming from History Press
Quinn, Robin. Hitler's Last Army: German POWs in Britain. Forthcoming from The History Press in January 2015
In the mail today
Catalogue Code QP arrived from The Military History Bookshop of Folkestone, Kent, with more than 70 pages of new and secondhand books for sale.
News from Paris
Author Anton Joly tells us his Stalingrad Battle Atlas, volume III: November 19 - December 31, 1942 will be published later this month.
He also says, "This third volume of the series covers operations Uranus and Winter Storm, and features an improved mapping system as compared with previous releases, showing all units down to division level within each daily situation map."
Forthcoming from Bloomsbury
Pike, Francis. Hirohito's War: The Pacific War, 1941-1945. Forthcoming from Bloomsbury in June 2015
We've updated our Recommended Reading page with a couple of top-notch new books that deserve an extra measure of attention.
Now available from Belknap
Motadel, David. Islam and Nazi Germany's War. Cambridge, MA: Belknap / Harvard University Press, 2014
Forthcoming from Indiana
Adams, John A. General Jacob Devers: World War II's Forgotten Four Star. Forthcoming from Indiana University Press in February 2015
Now available from Tauris
Winstone, Martin. The Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland Under the General Government. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2014
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