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News from Bruce Gamble
Bruce Gamble, author of the very well-received Kangaroo Squadron: American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II and other popular WWII titles, tells us his next book will be a biography of USAAF fighter ace Dick Bong.
News from Jim Controvich
Szamveber, Norbert. Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Budapest, 29 October 1944 - 1 January 1945. Keszthely, Hungary: PeKo Publishing, 2018
Forthcoming from CUP
Fennell, Jonathan. Fighting the People's War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in January 2019
Louis Harvey Fraleywho served aboard the USN aircraft carrier Saratoga in the Pacific, including when it was torpedoed by IJN submarine I-26 in August 1942died in California on 25 December at the age of 94.
Now available from North Texas
Faulkner, Tom edited by David L. Snead. Flying with the Fifteenth Air Force: A B-24 Pilot's Missions from Italy during World War II. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, 2018
Forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin
Hamilton, Nigel. War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945. Forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin in May 2019
Forthcoming from McFarland
Nutter, Thomas E. Eagle and Iron Cross: American and German Combat Effectiveness in World War II. Forthcoming from McFarland & Company, Inc in May 2019
Now available from Helion
Mladenov, Alexander et al. The Bulgarian Air Force in the Second World War. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2018
News from Denes Bernad
Author Denes Bernad tells us his new book, Bulgarian Fighter Colours 1919-1948, volume 1, is now available from MMP Books.
He also reports, "Volume 2 will be available in early 2019."
Simcha Rotemwho fought the Germans as part of the uprising in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw in 1943died on 22 December in Jerusalem at the age of 94.
Gamble, Bruce. Kangaroo Squadron: American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II. New York: Da Capo Press, 2018
Zooming its way from Hungary at high speed, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Budapest by Norbert Szamveber arrived here from PeKo yesterday. It's a big, enormously detailed book (nearly 900 pages; no photos) dealing with the campaign culminating in the encirclement of Budapest. Definitely a cut above the average book that arrives here, and we've added it to our Recommended Reading list.
Forthcoming from Pen & Sword
Ribbentrop, Rudolf von. My Father Joachim von Ribbentrop: Hitler's Foreign Minister, Experiences and Memories. Forthcoming from Pen & Sword Books Ltd in January 2019
Our friends at Casemate distribute many overseas publishers in the US. Sometimes lost in the shuffle, Casemate also publishes many of its own WWII titles. Here are some of Casemate's key items scheduled for publication within the next six months or so:
We should note some of the recent releases from Red Kite. These titles are available in the UK through Wing Leader Ltd and distributed in the US by Aberdeen Books.
News from Bertke
Donald Bertke emailed us today with news that World War II Sea War, volume 13: New Guinea, Normandy, and Saipan is now available. He also recommended that folks should visit Bertke's Lulu site for direct sales.
Volume 14: Guam, Tinian, Southern France, Peleliu and Morotai is expected to be ready in June.
Now available from PM
Mason, Andrea. British Policy Towards Poland, 1944-1956. London: Palgrave Macmillan Publishing Company, 2018
Forthcoming from OUP
Caddick-Adams, Patrick. Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasions and the Liberation of France. Forthcoming from Oxford University Press in May 2019
Some books deserve an extra measure of attention. When we encounter them, we like to add them to our Recommended Reading page, which we updated again today.
Walter Baumwho served in the US 7th Infantry Division, won a Bronze Star, and was wounded on Kwajalein, in the Philippines, and on Okinawadied on 6 December in California at the age of 96.
Gerritsen, Bob. Fighting the British at Arnhem: The SS-Unterfuhrerschule Arnheim. Renkum, Netherlands: R.N. Sigmond, 2018
News from Philly
Two newly published titles reinforce Casemate's series of "introductory" volumes covering some key (and popular) WWII subjects:
Now available from History Press
Pike, Robert. Defying Vichy: Blood, Fear and French Resistance. Stroud, UK: The History Press, 2018
News from Hungary
PeKo Publishing tells us the printer is delivering Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Budapest by Norbert Szamveber today. This is a big, thick bookalmost 900 pagesand it looks like PeKo is really upping its game with this behemoth.
Now available from NIP
Younger, Stephen M. Silver State Dreadnought: The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018
Forthcoming from Historic England
Dobinson, Colin. Operation Diver: Guns, Flying Bombs and Landscapes of Defence, 1944-45. Forthcoming from Historic England in January 2019
Now available from Pegasus
Wilson, Kevin. Airborne in 1943: The Daring Allied Air Campaign Over the North Sea. New York: Pegasus Books, 2018
Forthcoming from Scribner
Fenelon, James M. Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II's Largest Airborne Operation and the Final Push into Nazi Germany. Forthcoming from Scribner in April 2019
News from the Volkhov
Brian Burmeister sends this report about his Battle of the Wolchow Kessel books:
"I have an update on Volume II of the Battle of the Wolchow Kessel in Primary German Documents. As of today, we have 753 pages completed in Volume II. We still need to finish 30 pages of translations, which should be finished up within the next couple of months. After that, it will be edited by myself and then sent out to multiple people for proofreading. I am aiming for late 2019 for publication.
"Volume III is about 1/3 complete as of now, and once I send out Volume II to my proofreaders, I will then continue working on Volume III.
"I am also offering a 15% discount on Volume I and the map set through December and January. Volume I can be ordered through Lulu (and daily coupons on their website can help reduce the price) and the map sets can be ordered through us at our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Also, please note that I have closed my regular website, and I am now using Facebook to update everyone on our project."
Forthcoming from Indiana
Roy, Kaushik. Battle for Malaya: The Indian Army in Defeat, 1941-1942. Forthcoming from Indiana University Press in November 2019
Check our chronological outline of Operation Citadel.
Wilfred DeFourone of the "Tuskegee Airmen" of the USAAF during WWIIdied in New York on 8 December at the age of 100.
Toeppel, Roman. Kursk 1943: The Greatest Battle of the Second World War. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2018
Forthcoming from Arcturus
Dargie, Richard. Hitler's Last Day: The Final Hours of the Fuhrer. Forthcoming from Arcturus Publishing Ltd in January 2019
Forthcoming from Allen Lane
Todman, Daniel. Britain's War, volume 2: A New World, 1942-1947. Forthcoming from Allen Lane in March 2019
War Diary reminder
This seems like a good opportunity to remind everyone about our detailed day-by-day chronicle of the Second World War, now amounting to more than 64,000 entries and growing, with 7 December 1941 standing out as an important date.
News from Craig Luther
This news comes from the author's website, Barbarossa 1941:
"Another book of mine, a fully annoted [sic] version of Dr. Heinrich Haape's iconic eastern front memoir (Moscow Tram Stop. A Doctor's Experiences with the German Spearhead in Russia, 1941/42), was to be released by Stackpole Books in 2019; sadly, its publication has been delayed by unresolved contract demands put forth by Dr. Haape's son. So the release date still remains in doubt."
Forthcoming from Kentucky
Fuller, Robert L. The Struggle for Cooperation: Liberated France and the American Military, 1944-1946. Forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky in January 2019
In a few days we'll be posting our review of Kursk 1943: The Greatest Battle of the Second World War by Roman Toeppel.
In the meantime, here's a compilation of our reviews of some other books about Operation Citadel, the Battle of Kursk, and the engagement at Prokhorovka:
Forthcoming from Missouri
Ossian, Lisa L. The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945. Forthcoming from University of Missouri Press in January 2019
Now available from Pegasus
Lyman, Robert. Under a Darkening Sky: Americans in Hitler's Europe, 1939-1941. New York: Pegasus Books, 2018
Just in time for holiday shopping...
...comes the "Autumn/Winter 2018" catalog from The Military History Bookshop with a large assortment of books to fit beneath your Festivus pole.
Forthcoming from Australia
Wakeling, Adam. Stern Justice: The Forgotten Story of Australia, Japan and the Pacific War Crimes Trials. Forthcoming from Penguin Random House Australia in January 2019
Lieutenant (jg) George H. W. Busha USN aviator who went on to become president of the United Statesdied on 30 November in Maine at the age of 94.
Now available from Stanford
Boum, Aomar and Sarah Abrevaya Stein (editors). The Holocaust and North Africa. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2018
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