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Now available from Casemate
31 August 2018

Celander, Lars. How Carriers Fought: Carrier Operations in WWII. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2018

Forthcoming from Air World
30 August 2018

Baughen, Greg. RAF On the Offensive: The Rebirth of Tactical Air Power 1940-1941. Forthcoming from Air World in September 2018

News from Canada
29 August 2018

J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing reports that Posen '45: Bastion on the Warthe by Gunther Baumann missed its July publication date due to shipping and customs issues, but it should be on hand by mid-September.

Forthcoming from PublicAffairs
29 August 2018

Watson, Peter. Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up, and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb. Forthcoming from PublicAffairs in September 2018

Forthcoming from Kagero
28 August 2018

Martinez, Eduardo. Romanian Armored Forces in World War II. Forthcoming from Kagero Publishing in September 2018

News from Osprey
27 August 2018

Among recent releases from Osprey, we note these:

27 August 2018

Grub Street has cancelled publication of Lone Wolf: The Remarkable Story of Britain's Greatest Nightfighter Ace of the Blitz by Andy Saunders.

Book review
26 August 2018

Reardon, Mark J. Victory at Mortain: Stopping Hitler's Panzer Counteroffensive. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2002

Read our review

News from the Netherlands
25 August 2018

Robert at Sigmond Publishing sends word about Bob Gerritsen's upcoming book:

"Fighting the British at Arnhem describes, amongst other events, the involvement of the SS-Unterfuhrerschule Arnheim in what is now known as 'The Battle of Arnhem'. The SS-Unterfuhrerschule Arnheim was a school for soldiers of the Waffen-SS where they were trained to become non-commissioned officers. The training was extremely demanding and rigorous. During the 'Battle of Arnhem' the school's officers and students were chiefly deployed on the western fringes of the area so desperately defended by the 1st British Airborne Division.

"The school was established at the end of 1943 in Arnhem and remained there till August 1944. In that month the school was sent to the Dutch coast and deployed for coastal defence duties. At the beginning of September 1944 it was moved again. This time the school had to take up security duties along the River Waal. When, on 17th September 1944, the 1st British Airborne Division landed in the Wolfheze area, the school was swiftly mobilised and transported to the battle area. It was incorporated into the 'Kampfgruppe von Tettau', a force raised as a direct result of the airborne landings. This force was commanded by Generalleutnant Hans von Tettau. Its main task was to destroy the British airborne forces and thwart Allied plans, both of which they managed to do.

"Not only does Bob Gerritsen share with us the school's early history and its deployment during the Battle of Arnhem, but he goes on to describe the unit's desperate struggle to fend off later Allied attacks in the area south of the River Rhine. There the school fought fierce battles and suffered many casualties, eventually leading to its demise and disbandment in November 1944."

Now available from Helion
24 August 2018

Timin, Mikhail. Air Battles over the Baltic 1941: The Air War on 22 June 1941: The Battle for Stalin's Baltic Region. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2018

News from Hungary
24 August 2018

The kind folks at PeKo Publishing tell us they have a newly released book and two more on the way:

News from Christopher Shores
23 August 2018

Author Chris Shores has passed along this very useful information about A History of the Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945:

"We have been able to keep to our September 2018 publication date (just). We had thought at one point to get ahead to the July Duxford Air Show date, but unexpected arrival of a lot of new information thrust us back somewhat. However the book (690 plus pages) is currently at the printers and we hope to launch it at the September air show on 22nd of the coming month—although it will be a little later before the shippers can get copies out to North America.

"In the event we did not have to 'slice' into two volumes but there has been a bit of realignment because the constraints of space meant that we could not get everything into the strict date order we would have liked. So in Vol 4 you will find the main tactical operations over Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and mainland Italy as far as 5 June 1944 (the date of the fall of Rome to the Allies). Therein also are details of such strategic operations as are effectively those of a "long-range tactical" nature. However, strategic operations generally are planned to be dealt with in Vol 6—certainly from October 1943 onwards when the formation of the US 15th Air Force occurred and targets increasingly became increasingly distant.

"What we are now having to carry forward to Vol 5 are the operations in the Balkans and Aegean area during the period May 1943-June 1944 which, of course, were occurring at the same time as those of the tactical units detailed in Vol 4 and need to be brought up in line with them. However this will allow us to incorporate into Vol 5 a considerable amount of additional information (and some corrections) related to earlier volumes in the series. Vol 5 is also planned to include the main tactical operations over Italy until the end of hostilities at the start of May 1945. This will also include the formation and activities of the Balkan Air Force and operations during the invasion of the South of France.

"Readers will note that we have now included Wg Cdr Andy Thomas in our research team. He has become our 'illustrations man', seeking for us the illustrations we are employing generally. Meanwhile Vol 5 is progressing well, but at the same time because age is creeping up on all members of the team, the work is getting harder. So if your question is "When?"—please watch this space!

"As ever, Good Reading all!"

Now available from Hellgate
22 August 2018

Redman, Judith Lindsey. Duty Bound: One Marine's Story of World War II and the Cold War. Central Point, OR: Hellgate Press, 2018

Forthcoming from Aquila Polonica
22 August 2018

Garlinski, Jozef. Fighting Auschwitz: The Resistance Movement in the Concentration Camp. Forthcoming from Aquila Polonica Publishing in September 2018

Next year
22 August 2018

Savas Beatie tells us that German Ground Forces of World War II has been postponed again, and probably won't be available until next year.

Final? Final?? Final???
21 August 2018

Brisard, Jean-Christophe and Lana Parshina. The Death of Hitler: The Final Word. Forthcoming from Da Capo Press in September 2018

Forthcoming from Routledge: Was August, now September
20 August 2018

Gould, Jonathan S. German Anti-Nazi Espionage in the Second World War: The OSS and the Men of the TOOL Missions. Forthcoming from Routledge in September 2018

Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan
18 August 2018

McCann jr, Frank D. Brazil and the United States during World War II and Its Aftermath: Negotiating Alliance and Balancing Giants. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company in September 2018

Forthcoming from Allen & Unwin
17 August 2018

Grose, Peter. A Very Rude Awakening: The Night the Japanese Midget Subs Came to Sydney Harbour. Forthcoming from Allen & Unwin in September 2018

Now available from Bantam
16 August 2018

Holland, James. Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two. London: Bantam Press, 2018

News from Andrew Bird
15 August 2018

Author Andrew Bird has updated us on his next book, Heroes of Coastal Command: The RAF's Maritime War 1939 - 1945:

"Just finished the last edits/additions yesterday, understand it will be published by Pen & Sword imprint Frontline Books in spring 2019."

War Diary reminder
15 August 2018

This seems like another good opportunity to remind everyone about our detailed day-by-day chronicle of the Second World War, now amounting to more than 63,000 entries and growing, with 15 August 1945 standing out as a fairly important date.

Forthcoming from Stackpole
14 August 2018

Zaloga, Steve. Smashing Hitler's Panzers: The Defeat of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Forthcoming from Stackpole Books in November 2018

Ultra and Enigma
13 August 2018

Turing, Dermot. X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken. Forthcoming from The History Press in September 2018

Subject matters
13 August 2018

Looking for books on a particular wartime subject? Our Stone & Stone bibliographies contain more than 5000 individual WWII topics on file, all completely cross-referenced with links to related subjects, and each one packed with relevant books. You can also use the "Quick-Finder" feature in the upper left of any of our pages (select "subject" from the pop-up menu) to search for specific topics.

For an example of our bibliographies, take a look at our page for Ultra and Enigma.

A rose by any other name
13 August 2018

The US edition of Julian Jackson's biography of Charles de Gaulle—titled simply De Gaulle—as opposed to the UK edition—titled A Certain Idea of France—is now available.

Book review
12 August 2018

Sharp, Lee. The French Army, 1939-1940 : Organisation: Order of Battle : Operational History, volume 1. Milton Keynes, UK: The Military Press, 2002

Read our review

SPAW, volume 2
11 August 2018

Avonmore Books tells us the exact date remains uncertain, but it's looking like late September for publication of South Pacific Air War, volume 2: The Struggle for Port Moresby, March-April 1942 by Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman.

Now available from Palgrave
10 August 2018

Tonsmeyer, Tatjana et al (editors). Coping with Hunger and Shortage under German Occupation in World War II. London: Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company, 2018

Tanks and fighters and bombers, oh my!
9 August 2018

Amber Books has two new titles on the way:

Coming soon?
9 August 2018

As of today, the Savas Beatie website continues to show German Ground Forces of World War II: Complete Orders of Battle for Army Groups, Armies, Army Corps, and Other Commands of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS by William T. McCroden and Thomas Nutter will be published this month. However, an email from Savas Beatie indicates that is not actually the case, and SB is working to determine the actual publication date. We'll keep you posted.

Forthcoming from Sigmond
8 August 2018

Gerritsen, Bob. Fighting the British at Arnhem: The SS-Unterfuhrerschule Arnheim. Forthcoming from R.N. Sigmond in September 2018

In memoriam
8 August 2018

Mary Ellis—who, as Mary Wilkins, flew RAF aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II—died on 24 July at the age of 101.

In memoriam
8 August 2018

Paul Laxalt—who served as a medic in the US Army in the Phillipines in 1944-1945 and subsequently served as governor of Nevada and US senator—died on 6 August at the age of 96 in Virginia.

Now available from Palgrave Macmillan
7 August 2018

Wiggam, Marc. The Blackout in Britain and Germany, 1939-1945. London: Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company, 2018

War Diary reminder
7 August 2018

This seems like another good opportunity to remind everyone about our detailed day-by-day chronicle of the Second World War, now amounting to more than 63,000 entries and growing, with 7 August 1942 standing out as a fairly important date.

News from Craig Luther
6 August 2018

Author Craig Luther tells us his new book, The First Day on the Eastern Front: Germany Invades the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941, will be released by Stackpole Books in November.

"It is 504 pages, large format (7" by 10") and addresses the first 21 hours of Operation Barbarossa (the Germans, of course, attacked at just after 0300) in granular detail; it is based on German and Soviet archival sources, and includes a large number of first hand accounts by participants on both sides."

War Diary reminder
6 August 2018

This seems like an excellent opportunity to remind everyone about our detailed day-by-day chronicle of the Second World War, now amounting to more than 63,000 entries and growing, with 6 August 1945 standing out as a fairly important date.

Book review
5 August 2018

Statiev, Alexander. At War's Summit: The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018

Read our review

Forthcoming from Indiana
4 August 2018

Kay, Alex J. and David Stahel (editors). Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe. Forthcoming from Indiana University Press in September 2018

Sink the Graf Spee
3 August 2018

Henry Harwood: Hero of the River Plate by Peter Hore is now available from Seaforth / Pen & Sword.

Now available from Helena History Press
2 August 2018

Jeszenszky, Geza. July 1944: Deportation of the Jews of Budapest Foiled. Saint Helena, CA: Helena History Press, 2018

France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war
1 August 2018

Julian Jackson's impressive biography of Charles de Gaulle, A Certain Idea of France, is now available from Allen Lane in the UK, and later this month will be available from Belknap Press in the US, where it will be titled simply De Gaulle.

No publication date
1 August 2018

We checked with Naval Institute Press about David Lee Russell's long-awaited The War Begins: The Navy's Early Carrier Raids, February-May 1942, and they replied "There is no publication date assigned to this book yet."


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