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New arrival
30 December 1996

Hays jr, Otis. The Alaska-Siberia Connection: The World War II Air Route. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1996.


More from Texas A & M
30 December 1996

Texas A & M also forwards its Military Books catalog, with titles discounted from 10-80%. These cover a wide range of military history from the War with Mexico through the Gulf War, and the books are from a consortium that includes Texas A & M, SMU, Texas Christian University, the Texas State Historical Association, University of North Texas Press, and Rice University Press. More than two dozen WWII titles. Full details available at the Texas A & M Press website.

News from Munoz
29 December 1996

Axis Europa reports three new books due in the spring of 1997:

Novarese. History of the Decima Xth MAS

Spencer. Croatian Eagles: History of the Croatian Parachute Battalion in WWII

Munoz. Hitler's Eastern Legions, Vol.II: "The Osttruppen"

Tony is also releasing the revised and expanded version of his Lions of the Desert. Full details at his website.

28 December 1996

Walter S. Dunn, Jr. -- author of Second Front Now, Hitler's Nemesis, and The Soviet Economy and the Red Army -- has completed his manuscript for The Beacon Kursk, 1943 for Greenwood Press.

Top Ten Books of 1996
27 December 1996

Last call for votes.

We have some very tight races for the ten best non-fiction WWII-related titles published in 1996, and we need your votes to help decide the issue. Our polls close at the stroke of the New Year (California time), so it's time to cast your ballot. Vote for your favorites by sending us email.

We'll tally all the votes and announce the final results here in January.

New arrival
26 December 1996

War Department. German Military Dictionary: German-English, English-German. Mt. Ida, Arkansas: Lancer Militaria, n.d.


Mystery site; mystery solved
26 December 1996

This from John Greenberg at Scholar's Bookshelf, regarding the password protection which prevents access to their webpages:

"The website is still under contruction. We are nearing completion.... Our target is to be up and running by the end of January. [At that time] there will not be any password needed."

Watch this space for further announcement when Scholar's goes live.

Now available from NIP
26 December 1996

Strekhnin, Yuriy F. Commandos from the Sea: Soviet Naval Spetsnaz in World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997. Translated by James F. Gebhardt. Story of naval ground recon detachments with the Black Sea Fleet and Danube Flotilla.

Eastern Front / Warfield
26 December 1996

Eastern Front / Warfield Books may now be reached by email at

News from Skokie
23 December 1996

Bob Ruman from Articles of War sends word of newly arrived titles that are now available through his shop and mail order service:

Schmitz, et al. Deutschen Divisonen 1939-1945: Volume 3. Covers all divisions with the numbers 11 thru 16. A massive supplement of 137 pages presents a very detailed order of battle of the Polish Army, Navy, and Air Force for the 1939 campaign, then all Polish units raised in Russia, France, and Great Britain during the rest of the war.

Giziowski. The Enigma of General Blaskowitz. A Major study of this German officer. On 5 February 1948 he died under mysterious circumstances while awaiting trial at Nuremburg.

Burhans. The First Special Service Force: A War History of the North Americans, 1942-1944. A reissue of the history of this unique joint US-Canadian unit.

Bradley, et al. General des Heeres, 1921-1945: Part 4. Covers all names from Fleck to Glydenfeldt.

British War Office, General Staff. Handbook of the German Army, 1940. Reprint of the wartime reference book.

Zweng. Verbande und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS, 1919-1945: Volume 16, Part 2. Covers the Peacetime garrisons 1932-1939 and the wartime stations 1939-1945.

Now available from NIP
23 December 1996

Norton, Major Bruce H. and Sgt. Len Maffioli. Grown Gray in War: The Len Maffioli Story. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997. Story of a USMC veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Mystery site
21 December 1996

We recently discovered the Scholar's Bookshelf website and were all set to announce it here. Upon returning to the site today for another look, however, it now seems to be password protected. Perhaps still under construction? We'll look into it further and report back when we know more.

Now available from Texas A&M
19 December 1996

Botjer, George F. Sideshow War: The Italian Campaign, 1943-1945. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press, 1996.

Hays jr, Otis. The Alaska-Siberia Connection: The World War II Air Route. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press, 1996.

We'll be reviewing both these titles within the next few weeks.

New arrival
18 December 1996

MacLean, French L. Quiet Flows the Rhine: German General Officer Causalties in World War II. Winnipeg: J. J. Fedorowicz, 1996.


Vote early, vote often
17 December 1996

We're approaching the end of the year and soon will be sealing the ballot boxes, so don't forget to get out the vote for your favorite non-fiction WWII-related books published in 1996.

There were a lot of WWII books published this year, and it looks like most of them have been nominated for the "Best Books of 1996" list. We need to pare this list down to the Top Ten, and you can help by casting your votes for up to ten titles. Shortly after the first of the year we'll tally all the votes and announce the winners right here on this webpage.

Send us your votes by email for your favorites.

New from Bender
17 December 1996

R. James Bender Publishing announces two new publications in its "1996 Winter" catalog.

Hamilton, Charles. Leaders & Personalities of the Third Reich, volume one. Scheduled for 1 January 1997. (This is actually a repint.)

Hamilton, Charles. Leaders & Personalities of the Third Reich, volume two. Scheduled for 1 January 1997.

Bender is offering pre-publication discounts on both these volumes

Greenwood Publising Group
17 December 1996

Greenwood's new catalog contains only about three Second World War titles. They seem to be (understandably) steering customers to their website which displays their full range of military books. Note also that from the website you can subscribe to automated email bulletins about newly published titles in your areas of interest.

Scholar's cornucopia
13 December 1996

"A Special Winter Offering" catalog from Scholar's Bookshelf carries a good assortment of new World War II books, many at significant savings. These are for the most part the same (although certainly not all of the) titles in their "Military History" catalog, but with price reductions. Discounts vary; some are as much as 50% off and a few are 75% off.

New arrival
12 December 1996

Rasor, Eugene L. The Southwest Pacific Campaign, 1941-1945: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.


Military Bookman
12 December 1996

Clad in its customary red cover, Bookman's latest catalog is dated "Winter 1996" and contains a meaty assortment of titles. Harris and Margaretta habitually rotate categories from catalog to catalog, and this issue brings some especially useful subject matter:

Autographed Books: From S.L.A. Marshall to Hasso von Manteuffel to Dwight Eisenhower.

China: All periods. For WWII, includes Feis, Hu Pu-yu, Stilwell, Tuchman, etc.

Liberation of Western Europe: From Adlemen, Aglion, and Allen to Zarubica and Ziemke.

American Unit Histories: An impressive selection, from 1st Cavalry Division, I Corps, and 1st Infantry Division to 761st Tank Battalion, 778th Antiaircraft Battalion, and 850th Engineer Aviation Battalion.

WWII Naval: From the Atlantic to the Med, Pacific, and more.

Armor and Armor Operations: Tank profiles, unit histories, combat accounts and US Army manuals.

Elite Units: Paratroopers, commandos, French Foreign Legion, etc.

Holocaust: Dawidowicz, Gilbert, other important works plus a multitude of individual accounts.

Bookman as yet has no email connection or Internet presence. Check their listing in our Bookseller Directory for contact information.

From Falls Village, CT
12 December 1996

Edward R. Hamilton's newsprint catalog for 29 November 1996 just arrived here with a few discounted WWII titles marked as "new" to their inventory:

Knight. Beria: Stalin's First Lieutenant

Rohwer. War at Sea, 1939-1945

Tobruk. The Great Siege Reassessed

Now available
10 December 1996

Shenk, Robert (editor). Authors at Sea: Modern American Writers Remember Their Naval Service. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

Jerboa-Redcap Books
10 December 1996

Jerboa's "Supplement O" for December 1996/January 1997 contains a few pages of miscellaneous new and used titles from a variety of eras, focusing -- as always - on British military history. Some of the new offers:

Mitchell. Marine Commando

Pearce. Heroes of the Fourth Service

Davies. A Leap in the Dark

Simpson. Quiet Operator

C.I.B. Media
10 December 1996

Based in Novato, California, CIB sells new books relating to the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, specializing in US unit histories. The "4th Quarter, 1996" catalog carries 36 pages of books and videos and offers some very nice sets of WWII books

Grub Street
9 December 1996

John Davies from Grub Street notifies of us of some updated release dates:

Avery, Max with Christopher Shores. Spitfire Leader: The Story of Wing Commander Evan Mackie. (Formerly titled "Rosie".) Now due in May 1997.

Caldwell, Donald. The JG 26 War Diary, volume one: 1939-1942. Due any day now.

Franks, Norman. Dark Sky, Deep Water. Due in June 1997.

New arrivals
8 December 1996

Fletcher, David. British Armour in the Second World War, part 1: The Great Tank Scandal. London, HMSO: 1989.

Fletcher, David. British Armour in the Second World War, part 2: The Universal Tank. London, HMSO: 1993.


Now available
5 December 1996

Rasor, Eugene L. The Southwest Pacific Campaign, 1941-1945: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

New arrivals
4 December 1996

From Presidio Press we've recently received softcover reprints of a pair of World War II classics that are well-worth mentioning here.

von Manstein, Field Marshal Erich. Lost Victories. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1994.

Seaton, Albert. The Russo-German War, 1941-45. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1993.


Now available
4 December 1996

Hays jr, Otis. The Alaska-Siberia Connection: The World War II Air Route. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1996

Botjer, George F. Sideshow War: The Italian Campaign, 1943-1945. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1996

Best books of 1996
3 December 1996

We continue to accept nominations for the best WWII-related non-fiction books published in 1996, and in January we'll announce the Ten Best list. Here's a partial list of some of the leading contenders thus far:

  • Agte Michael Wittmann and the Tiger Commanders of the Liebstandarte
  • Beale, et al Air War Italy, 1944-45
  • Blair Hitler's U-Boat War, volume one: The Hunters
  • Forsyth JV44: The Galland Circus
  • Glantz When Titans Clashed
  • Goldhagen Hitler's Willing Executioners
  • Jentz Panzertruppen
  • Le Tissier Zhukov at the Oder
  • Overy Why the Allies Won
  • Rosch Luftwaffe Code Markings and Units
  • Sereny Albert Speer: His Battle with the Truth
  • Shores Dust Clouds in the Middle East
  • Vannoy Against the Panzers
  • Webster Aftermath

    Please help with the selection by letting us know your favorite WWII titles published this year.

    From Derek Hayles Military Books
    3 December 1996

    Derek and Kerry continue their clockwork-like dissemination of book lists with Military List #50. Categories range from "Before 1700" to "After 1945" and this time include "World War II - General", "To Fall of France", "Middle East and Italy", "Far East", "North-West Europe", "Arnhem", "Eastern Front", and "Third Reich". Also sections on biographies, weapons, aviation, naval operations, and a nice selection of unit histories.

    From Canada
    3 December 1996

    J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing, Inc passes along its schedule in its November Update newsletter:

    Quiet Flows the Rhine: now available

    East Front Drama 1944: due at the end of December 1996

    Armor Battles of the Waffen SS: due December 1996 or January 1997

    Decision in the Ukraine, Summer 1943: due in January 1997

    Newly arrived
    2 December 1996

    Elson, Aaron C. They Were All Young Kids. Hackensack, NJ: Chi Chi Press, 1996.


    World War II Books update
    1 December 1996

    Graham Palmer no longer mails printed catalogs, as he maintains his complete stock of WWII books on the Web and updates those lists every month. For December this is, as always, a spectacular collection of titles with absolutely superb stock in HMSO; regimental histories; Australian, NZ, and South African official histories; and more.

    In addition to his usual dozen or so categories, each month Graham features a specific WWII subject. For December you can see his complete stock of North Africa material.

    Now available
    1 December 1996

    Mitcham, Samuel W. The Genesis of the Nazi Reich. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996. Hitler's rise to power in Germany during the twenties and early thirties.

    Murray, G. E. Patrick. Eisenhower Versus Montgomery. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996. The battle between Montgomery and Eisenhower over strategy and influence during World War II.


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