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Paul Kisselburg of Stillwater, Minnesota has mailed his Military History Catalog #24 with just over 700 Second World War titles. Although Paul has dropped his section of new books, as always his catalog is one of the best around. This issue seems to find some emphasis on books published in the UK.
Barclay. The History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, 1919-1952
Birdwood. The Worcestershire Regiment, 1922-1950
Fraccaroli. Italian Warships of World War II
Great Britain. British Vessels Lost at Sea: 1914-18 and 1939-45
Webster and Frankland. The Strategic Air Offensive against Germany, 1939-1945. (4 volumes)
Lancer Militaria of Mt. Ida, Arkansas has announced that its exact reprint of the 1944 War Department German Military Dictionary will be available in December.
Davidson, Joel R. The Unsinkable Fleet: The Politics of U.S. Navy Expansion in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996. 264 pages. 20 photographs.
Q. M. Dabney's catalog #471 contains strictly aviation books (and is not to be confused with their main WWII list), with titles ranging from early flight through modern air topics. Lots of World War II, though, including these notables:
Shores, Christopher. Fighters over the Desert
Shores, Christopher. Fighters over Tunisia
Craven and Cates. The Army Air Forces in World War II. (7 volumes)
Ramsey, Winston G. The Battle of Britain, Then and Now
Collier, Basil. The Defence of the United Kingdom
Webster and Frankland. The Strategic Air Offensive against Germany, 1939-1945. (4 volumes)
Freeman, Roger A. Mighty Eighth War Diary
Eagle Editions of Sedona, Arizona announces their first book publication, due in spring 1997: Urbanke, Axel. Green Hearts: First in Combat with Dora 19. Check their website for details.
Kurowski, Franz. (Translated by David Johnston.) Luftwaffe Aces. Winnipeg: J. J. Fedorowicz, 1996.
Checking in from the Land Down Under are Mick and Jo Malone of Imprimatur Books with their new website for used military books by mail order. You would expect this to be a good source of Australian official histories, and they are indeed offering a complete set of the entire 22-volume series (7 Army, 2 Navy, 4 Air Force, 5 Civil and 4 Medical).
Rohwer, Jurgen. War at Sea, 1939-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.
News from the Old Courthouse
Catalog #24 from "Military Books from Michael Bartlett" brings almost 800 items of heavily WWII books with ample regimental histories (always a big favorite in the UK), HMSO books and documents, and training manuals. Michael is not yet on the Net ("I am still desperately trying to get into the 20th Century"), so you'll need to pursue him by phone, fax, or postal mail. See his listing in our Dealer Directory.
Some of his training manuals:
The Officer and Fighting Efficiency
German Infantry in Action
Small Arms Training: Anti-Tank Rifle
Guide to Identification of German Units
Vocabulary of German Military Terms and Abbreviations
Hodgson, Marion Stegeman. Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.
The first holiday catalog arrived today, replete with Santa Claus and holly leaves. It's actually Zenith's Fall 1996 catalog -- which has been around for awhile -- with a new, eight-page outer wrap. Some of the featured items from the wrapper:
Spick. Luftwaffe Fighter Aces
Richards. Secret Flotillas: Clandestine Sea Lines to France and French North Africa, 1940-1944
Jentz. Panzer Truppen, volume two
Gerbet and Johnson. Generalfeldmarschall Fedor von Bock: The War Diary, 1939-1945
On Military Matters
Catalog 14c from On Military Matters emphasizes non-WWII titles but has a couple of pages of Second World War books. Most notably, Dennis and Linda announce the grand opening of their new retail bookshop at 31 West Broad Street (in the rear), Hopewell, NJ 08525.
Aroneanu, Eugene (compiler). Translated by Thomas Whissen. Inside the Concentration Camps: Eyewitness Accounts of Life in Hitler's Death Camps. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.
Edward R. Hamilton
Hamilton's latest "Bargain Books" newsprint catalog, dated 1 November, offers their usual assortment of WWII titles in addition to a wide selection of other books. A few of the "new" volumes from Hamilton:
Westheimer. Sitting It Out: A World War II POW Memoir
Carr. Hitler's War Machine
Butler. An Illustrated History of the Gestapo
Kaufmann, J. E. and H. W. Kaufmann. The Sleeping Giant: American Armed Forces Between the Wars. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.
Horst Boog, Jurgen Forster, Joachim Hoffmann, Ernst Klink, Rolf-Dieter Muller, and Gerd R. Ueberschar (of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt). Translated from the German by Dean S. McMurray, Ewald Osers, and Louise Wilmott. Translation Editor: Ewald Osers. Germany and the Second World War, Volume IV: The Attack on the Soviet Union. Oxford University Press. 1400 pp., 11 maps, 23 figures. Tentatively due in January 1997 and priced at $165.
Best Books of 1996
Thanks to those who have emailed us nominations for the best non-fiction WWII-related books published in 1996. We'll present the complete list of nominees in a few weeks, and shortly after the new year we'll unveil the "Ten Best" winners for 1996. Meanwhile, please keep the nominations coming in.
Catalog #29 from LA
T. Cadman's latest spans 14 pages, including a page and a half of new books as opposed to used. All World War II. Some emphasis on the Pacific this time?
Aurthur and Cohlmia. The Third Marine Division
Crowl and Love. Seizure of the Gilberts and the Marshalls
Crowl. Campaign in the Marianas
Morison. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II (15 volumes)
Naval History Division. United States Naval Chronology, World War II
Bufo Books in the UK forwards a new blue-covered catalog (no number?) with 36+ pages of military stock with many Second World War titles. Regimentals, biographies, WWII ephemera, large assortment of maps of many eras.
Bufo was also kind enough to send along the schedule of Military, Aviation, and Naval Bookfairs for 1997 in the UK:
2 March: Tunbridge Wells
War Room update
Tom Paragian has uploaded his latest inventory to his webpages for easy online perusal and ordering.
From Near Dorchester
The "Piper" catalog (with very nice color cover) from Woolcott Books in Near Dorchester brings a goodly assortment of WWII titles (as well as others including Napoleonic, the Great War, India, etc). WWII topics include "Early Days and Dunkirk", "German Army", "New Zealand Forces", "Home Guard", "Home Front", Scottish regimental histories, and biographies. Many of the sort of British "Home" and regimental volumes that are hard to find in the States. Also of note:
McClymont, W. G. To Greece
Walker, Ronald. Alam Halfa and Alamein
Woolcott also distributes a variety of other military book catalogs including "Uniforms & Insignia", "Naval and Maritime", "Air Force", etc.
Tsuji, Col. Masanobu. Japan's Greatest Victory, Britain's Worst Defeat. New York: Sarpedon, 1993.
Battle Books, Inc
The Fall 1996 catalog from Dave Zullo's outfit switches to a new format to present nearly 500 military books -- new and used -- of which all but 100 or so are WWII-related. Battle Books, by the way, now receives email at email@example.com.
Antonio J. Munoz forwarded five of his "Axis Europa, Inc" publications and we offer a survey with brief reviews here.
The "Fall History from the Scholar's Bookshelf" catalog is now on hand with over 1400 titles, including a few pages of World War II. See their "Military History" catalog for the complete Second World War assortment.
Two from the UK, part one
Catalog 1996-E from the Military History Bookshop in London is absolutely brimming over with thousands of new military books including a great many relating to the Second World War. Unfortunately, the print is so tiny and the layout so squeezed that it's almost impossible for these tired old eyes to read. Great stuff, I'm sure, but I can't tell for certain. Let us award the "Squint Trophy" for 1996 to Military History Bookshop and implore them to put their inventory online.
Two from the UK, part two
John Lewcock's Catalog #41 is, on the other hand, beautifully laid out with much attention to typography and very easy to read. Unfortunately for Second World War collectors, this catalog of maritime books includes few WWII selections this month.
Catalog #54 from Jack and Jane Faber -- "Military, Naval, Aviation, and World History" -- runs to 20 pages of assorted titles, mostly military. This catalog brings an alphabetical section of authors from "T" through "W" plus sections on "Central Intelligence Agency," "Department of Defense," and "Strategic Bombing Survey," and a large section of "Late Arrivals, Recent Publications, and Titles of Special Interest".
Among the Strategic Bombing Survey books:
The Campaigns of the Pacific War
Interrogation of Japanese Officials
The Japanese Aircraft Industry
Army Air Arsenal and Navy Air Depots
Underground Production of Japanese Aircraft
The Effect of Bombing on Health and Medical Care in Germany
Howlett, Peter. Fighting with Figures: A Statistical Digest of the Second World War. London: HMSO, 1995.
Dave Golemon's latest offerings come disguised as "War Department Basic Catalog: Military Books" for Fall 1996. Fifteen pages of mostly WWII material including:
Brownlow, Donald. Panzer Baron: The Military Exploits of General Hasso von Manteuffel
Collier, Basil. The War in the Far East, 1941-1945
Hoffmann, Peter. Hitler's Personal Security
Silverstone, Paul H. U.S. Warships of World War II
Tantum and Hoffschmidt. Second World War Combat Weapons, vol 2: Japanese
Note also that Dave's area code has changed: (972) 458-1362.
World War II Books
As always, the first of the month saw Graham Palmer completely update his inventory pages with the latest from his massive stock of Second World War titles. This month his rotating "special feature" is Burma and he offers an excellent assortment on the WWII campaigns there, including Kirby's hard-to-find British official histories.
Old Army #61
The print version of Old Army's catalog #61 arrived here a few weeks after the online edition was uploaded. Same books. Same prices. Save a tree and see it all at Bruce's website.
Supplement "N" for November/December from Jerboa-Redcap Books in Hightstown, NJ includes a selection of new and used books on ground, air, and sea subjects emphasizing -- as always -- British military history. Among the books offered:
Slader, John. The Fourth Service: Merchantmen at War, 1939-1945
Hill, Lt Col T.J.B. Manu Forti: History of the Herefordshire Regiment
Rusiecki, Stephen M. The Key to the Bulge: The Battle for Losheimergraben. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.
Now in cyberspace
Simon Parry in the UK informs us that Air Research, publisher of some great air-oriented titles, has activated its new website. In addition to information about Air Research titles and authors, it also contains notes about related military aviation resources such as A.C.E. Services and Luftwaffe Verband.
Some Air Research titles include:
The Fighter Command War Diaries (coming soon)
1941: The Turning Point, parts one and two with part three in preparation.
Battle of Britain: The Forgotten Months
1944: Over The Beaches
Messerschmitt Me262 Combat Diary
Blair jr, Clay. Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942. New York: Random House, 1996. Volume one of Blair's definitive account of the Battle of the Atlantic. (Volume two due next year.) For more information, visit the Random House website.
Nominate the "Ten Best"
Between now and the end of the year we'll be accepting nominations for the "Ten Best WWII-related Books Published in 1996", (non-fiction only!) and we'll be posting the results on this page at the beginning of January. Please put "Nominations" in the subject header and email your suggestions (as many or as few as you like) to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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