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Peter Jackson
27 February 1997

Peter L. Jackson Military Books of Etobicoke, Ontario has mailed its catalog for 1997. Peter sends only one catalog annually, and it's always a nice one with excellent titles -- especially on Canadian military subjects -- at reasonable prices. This is no exception.

Peter is not on the Net, so you will need to contact him by phone or postal mail. See our Bookseller Directory for further information.

26 February 1997

Jerboa-Redcap Books sends along Supplement Q for February/March 1997. A few titles in ground, air, and naval categories.

25 February 1997

Pacific Front Hobbies of Kirkland, Washington specializes in model ships but also carries a good selection of naval books. They have a new website featuring their complete inventory of books and model kits. Click over for a visit and tell them you came from Stone & Stone.

New arrival
23 February 1997

Giziowski, Richard. The Enigma of General Blaskowitz. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1997.


Eagle Editions relocates
18 February 1997

Judy Crandall informs us that Eagle Editions has moved to Hamilton, Montana and their new email address is Check their listing in our Booksellers Directory for further details.

Judy also reports that Eagle now has in stock for exclusive distribution at a reduced rate through 1 April Jagdgeschwader 53: A History of the "Pik As" Geschwader, volume one: March 1937 - May 1942 by Jochen Prien, in English.

New arrival
15 February 1997

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. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 1996.


New website
15 February 1997

Jack McPherson of Lancer Militaria has opened his military books website with an assortment of books, insignia, music, videos, and other militaria. Lancer specializes in the period from World War II to the present and carries new books from other publishers in addition to their own titles.

Now available from Praeger Publishers
13 February 1997

Edwards, John Carver. Airmen without Portfolio: U.S. Mercenaries in Civil War Spain. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997.

Scholar's Bookshelf
12 February 1997

The Winter general catalog from Scholar's -- not their military history list -- carries a few World War II titles. Their new website, by the way, is not yet ready but is due to open later this month.

11 February 1997

Tony Munoz of Axis Europa announces three new books due this spring:

Novarese, Dr Marco. History of the Italian Decima Xth MAS

Spencer, David. Croatian Eagles: History of the Croatian Parachute Battalion in World War II

Houterman, J. N. Eastern Troops in Zeeland: Holland, 1943-1944

War Room update
11 February 1997

Tom Paragian of The War Room Bookshop has uploaded his latest inventory of WWII titles at his website. Tom has also added a page of links to online WWII resources and further indicates that he will soon be adding a selection of military videos to his stock.

Derek Hayles Military Books
11 February 1997

Derek and Kerry have released their book catalog #52 on paper and also have made it available via email to anyone who is interested. Check with them at to receive their catalog, or use our free request page to automatically request catalogs from dozens of mail order booksellers from around the world.

News from Battery Press
10 February 1997

Battery Press -- well-known for its quality reprints of World War II unit histories and British official histories of WWII and other conflicts -- has dispatched "A World War II Official History Survey" to its mail order customers. The survey seeks to identify the level of interest in various reprint projects to help Battery determine priorities in its publication schedule.

Among the titles included in the survey:

British WWII Officials: The Strategic Air Offensive against Germany, volumes 1, 2, and 4 (Battery has already reprinted volume 3); Roskill's The War at Sea, volumes 1, 2, and part 1 of volume 3 (part 2 of volume 3 already reprinted); and volume 4 of The Mediterranean and Middle East.

New Zealand WWII Officials: The Pacific, To Greece, The Relief of Tobruk, Alam Halfa and Alamein, and The Royal New Zealand Navy. (Note that the Crete reprint has already been announced and is due in April.)

Indian WWII Officials: These are the rarest of the lot, and it is very exciting to hear that Battery is considering republication of such impossible-to-find items: The Arakan Operation, The Royal Indian Navy, History of the Indian Air Force, Campaigns in South-East Asia, Retreat from Burma, Reconquest of Burma volumes 1 and 2, The North African Campaign, The Campaign in Western Asia, The Campaign in Italy, and The East African Campaign.

You can email Battery at

New arrival
9 February 1997

Jackson, Carlton. Forgotten Tragedy: The Sinking of HMT Rohna. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997.


Reference shelf
8 February 1997

We recently had in inquiry from a high school student who asked our advice about starting his own World War II library. "You have a wonderful bibliography of books," he told us "but what's your advice for the best way for someone like me to start when I don't have all that much money?"

Our advice? Start with a good reference shelf. Pick a good encyclopedia/dictionary/almanac, a good chronology, a good war atlas, and a good biographical dictionary. With those four books in your bookcase, you'll be off to an excellent start.

Of course, there are many, many titles to choose from in each of those four categories. Here's a quick review of the ones we recommend and some of the best alternatives.


8 February 1997

Tony Munoz reports that his Axis Europa Publications is in the process of reprinting The German Police war-time manual prepared by the US Army Intelligence Division (G-2) in cooperation with British M.I. 14(d), with post-war additons.

7 February 1997

The Spring 1997 catalog from Brassey's Books is now available. Here are some of the new and forthcoming Second World War titles listed, including reprints:

Center of Military History. The War in the Mediterranean: A WWII Pictorial History. Due in March

Dugan, James and Carroll Stewart. Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943. Due in April

Caine, Philip D. American Pilots in the RAF: The WWII Eagle Squadrons. Due in March

Caine, Philip D. Spitfires, Thunderbolts, and Warm Beer: An American Fighter Pilot over Europe. Due in July

Williamson, David G. A Most Diplomatic General: The Life of Lord Robertson of Oakridge. Due in March

Sonnenberg, Rhonda. Still We Danced Forward: World War II and the Writer's Life. Due in June

Mahl, Thomas E. Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44. Due in July

Binder, L. James. Lemnitzer: A Soldier for His Time. Due in August

6 February 1997

Joseph Kaufmann informs us that his The Maginot Line: None Shall Pass is due from Greenwood in July of this year, to be followed by Maginot Imitations which discusses inter-war defenses in Czechoslovakia, etc.

New arrival
6 February 1997

Munoz, Antonio J. Lions of the Desert: Arab Volunteers in the German Army, 1941-1945. Bayside, NY: Axis Europa, 1997. 2nd (revised) edition


Now available from Hippocrene
5 February 1997

Giziowski, Richard. The Enigma of General Blaskowitz. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1997. Published in the UK by Leo Cooper. We'll have a review here within the next few weeks.

New arrival
2 February 1997

Collins, General J. Lawton. Lightning Joe: An Autobiography. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1994.


World War II Books
1 February 1997

Graham Palmer of World War II Books in the UK has peformed his monthly website maintenance to display his huge inventory of WWII books. In addition to his usual stock, this month's special category online is the fall of Singapore and aftermath.

Forthcoming from Air Reseach
1 February 1997

Foreman, John. Fighter Command War Diary, volume one: 1939 to September 1940. Due in March

Forthcoming from Naval Institute Press
1 February 1997

NIP's "Spring 1997" catalog presents an enormous backlist of outstanding naval titles, many of which pertain to the Second World War, as well as some exciting works due to be published within the next few months. Among them:

Kaplan, Philip and Jack Currie. Wolfpack: U-Boats at War, 1939-1945. Due in March

Vause, Jordan. Wolf: U-Boat Commanders in World War II. Due in March

Ewing, Steve and John B. Lundstrom. Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O'Hare. Due in March

Mason, Theodore C. Rendezvous with Destiny: A Sailor's War. Due in March

Greger, Rene. Battleships of the World. Due in May

Rohwer, Jurgen. Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two: European Theater of Operations, 1939-1945. Due in April

Alexander, Joseph H. Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific. Due in May

Lacroix, Eric and Linton Wells II. Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War. Due in June

Roskill, Capt. S. W. HMS Warspite: The Story of a Famous Battleship. Due in March

Thomas, David A. and Patrick Holmes. Queen Mary and the Cruiser. Due in May

Kilduff, Peter. U.S. Carriers at War. Due in April


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