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Special offer on Roskill
31 May 1996

Graham Palmer has uploaded the latest version of his massive inventory at the World War II Books homepage.

In addition to his truly outstanding assortment of titles, Graham is generously making a special offer for the month of June in which he will be discarding his usual asking prices for three complete sets of Stephen Roskill's four-volume The War at Sea series of official histories from HMSO. Instead of the usual prices, Graham will be accepting offers on all three of his sets of these great books. Graham tells me that no reasonable offer will be refused, so this should be a golden opportunity to get all four volumes for a substantial savings. (No library of the Second World War is complete without Roskill; I personally spent several years trying to piece together a complete set for myself, so I can honestly recommend that you check out Graham's homepage and send him an offer before all three sets are gone.)

NOVA contest
31 May 1996

NOVA Publications continues to offer discounts on its line of books and special studies for visitors to its website who can correctly answer each month's quiz.

Last month was a little tough, but the June quiz looks do-able.

Greenwood Publishing Group announces
30 May 1996

Now available:

Schwab, Gerald. OSS Agents in Hitler's Heartland: Destination Innsbruck. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.

Wainstock, Dennis D. The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.

New arrival
30 May 1996

Wiggins, Melanie. Torpedoes in the Gulf: Galveston and the U-Boats, 1942-1943. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1995.


From Newcastle upon Tyne
30 May 1996

Frank Smith sends along a pair of his very attractive, well-stocked catalogs from across the Atlantic: List N128 "Maritime Books" for March 1996 and List A106 "Aviation Books" for May 1996.

The former runs to just over 300 titles; the latter to just under 300. Both include a wide assortment of material but with a significant amount of Second World War and many items not ordinarily offered on this side of the Atlantic. The maritime catalog, for example, contains over two dozen wartime studies (Mers el Kebir, Diego Suarez, Dakar, Sicily, etc) prepared for internal circulation by the Admiralty's "Training and Staff Duties Division (Historical Section)". Very interesting stuff.

29 May 1996

The 17 May 1996 "Bargain Books" catalog from Edward R. Hamilton, under "World War I & II", "Military History", and "Biography" offers a few titles but not much new this time around.

New arrival
29 May 1996

Hammel, Eric. Aces Against Japan II: The American Aces Speak, volume III. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1996.


Dabney Aviation
26 May 1996

Catalog #457 from Q. M. Dabney & Co. in D.C. covers the entire range of aviation history with a high percentage of Second World War titles, espcially USAAF unit histories. This 80-page list is separate from the even larger Dabney military catalog.

Scholar's Bookshelf
26 May 1996

The Scholars "Military History" catalog for Spring 1996 features a snazzy new look and an excellent array of military books, including a large assortment of WWII titles with dozens of first-time listings. Take a look at:

Hinsley, F. H. et al. British Intelligence in the Second World War from HMSO of three volumes in four

Also from HMSO, a variety of volumes from the official History of the Second World War

Military Supply Catalogs from the Third Reich

Chorley, W. R. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War in three volumes

No mention in this catalog of progress on the new Scholars website.

From Eagle Editions
26 May 1996

Eagle Editions in Arizona announces the availability of JV44: The Galland Circus by Robert Forsyth. "The full political, technical, and operational history of one of the most controversial and enigmatic units of the Luftwaffe."

The new book pages at Eagle's website are now open for your inspection.

26 May 1996

Supplement I for June/July 1996 contains six pages of new and used books on ground, air, and naval subjects focusing on British military history.

25 May 1996

RZM Imports of Southbury, CT sends along a packet of catalogs. They distribute in the US a range of books published elsewhere, including:

Histoire & Collections books from France

The Aero Detail series from Japan

After the Battle publications from the UK

Check their website for more information.

Now available
23 May 1996

Author Nick Beale kindly informs us that his new book (co-authored by Ferdinando D'Amico, who previously sent along some information) has now been published by Airlife and is available through bookshops and mail order booksellers.

Beale, Nick; Ferdinando D'Amico; and Gabriele Valentini. Air War Italy 1944-45: The Axis Air Forces from the Liberation of Rome to the Surrender. Airlife Publishing Ltd, 1996.

We hope to have a review to post soon.

Eagle Editions online
22 May 1996

Eagle Editions, specializing in art prints, books, and bronze sculptures, has opened its webpages for selling autographed limited edition collector books, primarily focusing on WWII air subjects. It's an attractive place with some nice titles and they would love to have you visit. Check it out.

21 May 1996

The May newsletter from J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing in Canada brings news of their forthcoming titles:

Luftwaffe Aces. Due at the end of May.

Maclean, French. Quiet Flows the Rhine. Due at the end of July; special pre-publication price.

Hinze, Rolf. East Front Drama, 1944. Due at the end of July; special pre-publication price.

21 May 1996

M. E. Sharpe in Armonk, NY offers a few WWII titles on their latest list:

Renzi and Roehrs. Never Look Back: A History of World War II in the Pacific

Gibney, Frank B. (ed) Senso: The Japanese Remember the Pacific War

Hsiung, James C. (ed) China's Bitter Victory: The War with Japan, 1937-1945

21 May 1996

Another of the many well-established British mail-order booksellers, Falconwood Transport and Military Books specializes in those two categories and maintains a large stock of well-priced titles on WWII subjects. Good stock, good service, good prices.

Creed, R. PBY: The Catalina Flying Boat

Robinson, A. RAF Fighter Squadrons in the Battle of Britain

Morrison, W. Horsa Squadron

Lucas, J. War in the Desert: The Eighth Army at El Alamein

War History, 1939-1945: The Fourth Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers

21 May 1996

Oxford University Press sends along its "British & Irish History" catalog for 1996 with over 80 pages of high-quality volumes including a few pertaining to our area of interest.

N. I. P.
20 May 1996

We had not heard from the Naval Institute Press for awhile but now have their Spring 1996 catalog onhand. Lots of new titles now being released, and as usual there is a staggering backlist of excellent Second World War books.

Keresey, Dick. PT 105

Tent, James Foster. E-Boat Alert

Wheeler, Gerald E. Kincaid of the Seventh Fleet

Smithers, A. J. Taranto 1940

Browning jr, Robert M. U. S. Merchant Vessel Casualties of World War II

New arrival
19 May 1996

Crenshaw, Captain Russell. The Battle of Tassafaronga. Baltimore: Nautical & Aviation Publishing, 1995.


Our free book search
17 May 1996

It has always been our number one priority to help readers, researchers, and collectors of books about World War II find and acquire the titles they need.

Towards that goal we're in the process of expanding our free services to help you locate books.

Just go to our "Wants List" form, tell us what your're looking for, click the "submit" button to speed it through the ether to us, and we'll post your book needs on our "Wants List" page. From there, some of the top mail order military booksellers in the world will be getting in touch with you.

Remember, there's no charge for this service, so why not give it a shot?

General Merrill B. Twining
16 May 1996

General Merrill B. "Bill" Twining, USMC, Retired, passed away at age 95 on 11 May 1996. General Twining served as G-3 of the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal. His history of the battle on that island was recently published by Presidio Press and remains in print:

Twining, Merrill B. No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1996. ISBN 0-89141-549-1

T. Cadman
16 May 1996

Tom Cadman sends along his catalog #26 with the usual assortment of used WWII books and a growing list of new titles. The new books include offerings from Pacifica Press, Airlife, Specialty, and other relatively small, specialized publishers.

Some of the used books caught my eye:

Ansel, Walter. Hitler and the Middle Sea

Bragadin, Marc. The Italian Navy in World War II

Francillo, R. J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War

Watts, A. J. Japanese Warships of World War II

Larinov, et al. World War II: Decisive Battles of the Soviet Army

15 May 1996

Official History of the Indian Armed Forces in the Second World War, 1939-1945
Bisheshwar Prasad, General Editor

The role of the Indian armed forces in World War II -- including campaigns in the East Indies, Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Burma, Iraq, Iran, the Vichy-controlled Levant, British Somaliland, Abyssinia, the Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Italy as well as duty in places like Greece, Cyprus, Aden, and Socotra Island -- is too often obscured by the generalized description of "British" operations. Similarly, while the official histories of other Allied nations -- including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and even South Africa -- are fairly well-known and relatively accessible, the official history of India remains unfamiliar and difficult to find, even though it is in English.

That's too bad, because exerting a little effort to have a look at some of the Indian titles will be rewarded with a great deal of fresh information from a fresh perspective.

Here then is a list of the main texts of the Indian official history.


History Book Club
14 May 1996

Editor's Choice for June:

Overy, Richard. Why the Allies Won

Military Book Club
14 May 1996

Featured for summer:

Faltum, Andrew. The Essex Aircraft Carriers

Rose, Lisle A. The Ship that Held the Line: The USS Hornet and the First Year of the Pacific War

New arrival
13 May 1996

Chandonnet, Fern (ed). Alaska at War. Anchorage, AK: Alaska at War Committee, 1995.


Eastern Front/Warfield
12 May 1996

Update #10 (May 1996) arrives with the usual assortment of new and used books focusing on all aspects of the German military in World War II. Besides the obvious air/land/sea categories, the catalog (as always) has a very useful section for new publications freshly in stock and another section for soon-to-be-released titles (for which advance orders are accepted).

Among the new releases on hand:

Agte. Michael Wittman and the Tiger Commanders of the LSSAH

Jentz. Panzertruppen: The Complete Guide tot he Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force, 1939-1942, volume 1

Hinchcliffe. The Other Battle: Luftwaffe Night Aces versus Bomber Command

Miller. A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Huertgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945

Also note that Eastern Front's telephone area code has been changed to 540.

Woolcott Books
12 May 1996

The catalog coded "Drummer" (these all seem to have names rather than numbers or dates) from Woolcott Books in the UK runs to 40 pages with almost 700 titles emphasizing British military history. As common with UK lists, lots of regimental histories that are hard to find in the States

New arrival
10 May 1996

Faltum, Andrew. The Essex Aircraft Carriers. Baltimore: Nautical & Aviation Publishing, 1996.


Fresh pages
10 May 1996

Rick Savel of Torpedo Junction informs me that has uploaded freshly revised pages for his mail order inventory of used books, specializing in submarines but including a wide variety of World War II titles.

New arrival
7 May 1996

Roe, Tom. Anzio Beachhead: Diary of a Signaller. Privately published, 1988.


Grub Street catalog
7 May 1996

The 1996/7 catalog arrives here from Grub Street with a schedule of forthcoming titles and a strong backlist of WWII volumes.

Shores, Christopher. Dust Clouds in the Middle East. Now available in the UK; should be available soon from the US distributor, Seven Hills.

Caldwell, Donald. The JG26 War Diary, volume one: 1939-1942. Due in October 1996.

Avery, Max with Christopher Shores. Rosie: The Story of Wing Commander Evan Mackie. Due in November 1996.

Cull, Brian and Frederick Galea. 249: With Fists and Heels: The Authorised History of the RAF's Top Scoring Squadron of WWII. Due Winter 96/97.

Articles of War website
3 May 1996

No, it's not your imagination. Mail-order military booksellers are waking up to the fact that the Net offers a great way to inexpensively promote themselves, display their inventory, and attract new customers. In case you hadn't noticed, the traditional technique of printing fat catalogs and paying for sky-rocketing postage takes a big bite out of budgets in what is, after all, for the most part a small, low-profit, niche business.

Articles of War in Skokie, Illinois -- one of the largest and longest-enduring (they've been around since 1971) military booksellers -- already has a dynamite retail shop and well-known catalogs. Now they're bringing their business to the Net with a new website which will showcase their massive stock of new and used military titles from every era of warfare imaginable. Naturally, that means lots of World War II inventory.

The new site is still undergoing some final construction work, but Bob and Judy would love to have you surf in for a visit. Check out all the pages and send them my regards.

New arrival
2 May 1996

Garfield, Brian. The Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1995.


Edward R. Hamilton
2 May 1996

The "Bargain Books" catalog dated 19 April from Hamilton contains the usual assortment of books at reduced rates. A few new ones, and a few old friends at good prices.

Domenico, Roy Palmer. Italian Fascists on Trial, 1943-1948

Sherrod, Robert. History of Marine Corps Aviation in World War II

Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II

Molony, C. J. C. The Mediterranean and Middle East, volume V

Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Nautical & Aviation website
1 May 1996

The Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland today opens its new website. In addition to a number of World War II titles, Nautical & Aviation also publishes a variety of other military and non-military works, as well as military fiction.

Nautical & Aviation is currently featuring its highly successful The Essex Aircraft Carriers by Andrew Faltum which details the WWII (and post-WWII) service of all 24 carriers of that class.

Web surfers are invited to visit the new site, request a free catalog, and welcome Nautical & Aviation to the Net.

World War II Books
1 May 1996

One of the pioneers of military books on the Internet, Graham Palmer of World War II Books continues to maintain a very strong presence with a website presenting several thousand titles devoted exclusively to the Second World War. His latest monthly update features an incredible array of used, out-of-print, and rare WWII volumes including many that are seldom offered elsewhere. Be sure to check it out.

New arrival
1 May 1996

Tarnstrom, Ronald. The Sword of Scandinavia. Lindsborg, KS: Trogen Books, 1996.



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