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Military Book Club
31 May 1997

Featured selections for Summer 1997:

Kurzman. Blood and Water: Sabotaging Hitler's Bomb

Bruce. German Automatic Weapons of World War II

Zaloga. Bagration 1944

Specialty Press
30 May 1997

In its Summer 1997 catalog, Specialty Press displays 24 pages of aviation books and features several new releases:

Lambert. Low Level Attack: The Pacific

Lambert. Bombs, Torpedoes, and Kamikazes

Tillman. U.S. Navy Fighter Squadrons in WWII: Chronologies, Deployments, Combat Records

New arrival
29 May 1997

Pierik, Perry. Hungary 1944-1945: The Forgotten Tragedy Nieuwegein, The Netherlands: Aspekt, 1996.


Now available from Axis Europa
29 May 1997

The German Police. Bayside, New York: Axis Europa, 1997. Reprint of the wartime manual from the U.S. Army's Military Counter-Intelligence Sub-Division and British M.I. 14(d).

Eagle Editions
29 May 1997

The Summer 1997 catalog from Eagle Eds brings an assortment of books, prints, decals, and sculptures. Among the books:

Urbanke. Green Hearts: First in Combat with Dora 9

Pegg. Hs 129 Panzerjager

Archer and Archer. USAAF Aircraft Markings & Camouflage, 1941-1947

Prien. JG 53: A History of the "Pik As" Geschwader

New arrival
25 May 1997

Fugate, Bryan and Lev Dvoretsky. Thunder on the Dnepr: Zhukov-Stalin and the Defeat of Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997.


Now available from Praeger
25 May 1997

Burgwyn, H. James. Italian Foreign Policy in the Interwar Period, 1918-1940. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997.

New arrival
23 May 1997

Prodger, Mick J. Luftwaffe vs. RAF: Flying Clothing of the Air War, 1939-45. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military/Aviation History, 1997.


Now available from Naval Institute Press
23 May 1997

Grady, Frank J. and Rebecca Dickson. Surviving the Day: An American POW in Japan. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997.

Now available from Presidio Press
23 May 1997

Mallonee, Richard C. Edited by Richard C. Mallonee II. Battle for Bataan: An Eyewitness Account. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997. Previously published as The Naked Flagpole.

Forgery suspect arrested
23 May 1997

An individual previously convicted of forgery has been arrested in an Oakland, California bookstore where he sold bookplates with allegedly forged autographs in the presence of two undercover police officers. The same individual had reputedly for the previous ten days cut a swath through northern California military bookellers with a blue binder containing a large number of signed bookplates attributed to various British and American fighter aces, German Knights Cross holders, etc. All the materials are suspected of being forged.

The sting in Oakland was the result of hard work, quick thinking, and Internet-based communications following the sale of reportedly fradulent signatures of German U-boat aces to a small militaria store in Petaluma, California. The owners of the store -- both police officers -- mobilized regional law enforcement officials and online booksellers to track and eventually nab the suspect.

Those wishing more information on fradulently autographed books, bookplates, photos, etc can visit the Bookmine website.

If you believe you have been victimized by this individual (or even if there was only an attempt to sell to you, which is illegal), please have your local Police Department make a report and send the case number or -- if you would prefer only making a statement -- forward it by mail or fax along with photocopies of bookplates, bill of sale, and/or anything else relevant to:

Military Antiques, attn: Sgt. Wally Peterson or Charles Numark (Det.-ret.), 260 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma CA 94952. Phone 707 763-2220. Fax 707-763-5964. Email

Thanks to Rick Savel of Torpedo Junction and Michael Merrill of Benicia Books for assisting in this effort and for keeping us informed of the situation.

Now available through Articles of War
22 May 1997

McGuirl, Thomas and Remy Spezzano. God, Honor, Fatherland: A Photo History of Panzer Grenadier Division Gross Deutschland on the Eastern Front, 1942-44

Keskinnen, Kelvi, Kari Stenman and Klaus Niska. Finnish Air Force Camouflage and Markings, 1918 to Present. Dual Finnish/English text.

Articles of War carries these and thousands of other new and used military books at their Skokie, Illinois bookstore and through mail order.

Newly arrived
19 May 1997

Kimmett, Larry and Margaret Regis. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: An Illustrated History. Seattle: Navigator Publishing, 1992.


Now available from University of Akron
18 May 1997

Gieck, Jack. Lichfield: The U.S. Army on Trial. Akron, OH: University of Akron Press, 1997.

Now available from Sweet
18 May 1997

Sweet, Donald H. The Sailor Aviators. Burnsville, NC: Celo Valley Books, 1997. This is a revision of the 1996 edition. Self-published. You may contact the author by email.

Derek Hayles
18 May 1997

Derek Hayles Military Books has distributed Catalog #54 via email. Visit their website and use the email link there to subscribe to these useful book lists.

Now available from Montgomery
17 May 1997

Montgomery, James. B Company, 776 Tank Destroyer Battalion in Combat. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1983. A self-published day-by-day account of operations in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany.

New arrival
14 May 1997

Breuer, William B. Drop Zone Sicily: Allied Airborne Strike, July 1943. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997.


Fourth Street Book Shop
13 May 1997

Brian Russell forwards a copy of his List #104, a nice collection of military books available by mail order from his Fourth Street Book Shop in Royal Oak, Michigan with a significant percentage devoted to World War II. Among them:

Aurthur and Cohlmia. The Third Marine Division

Hewitt. Workhorse of the Western Front

Johnston. Follow Me! The Story of the Second Marine Division

Shores and Williams. Aces High

Taggart. History of the Third Infantry Division in World War II

Brassey's, Inc
13 May 1997

Brassey's informs us that they have moved their editorial and marketing to Dulles, Virginia. Ordering and customer service -- hey, that's the important stuff, right? -- remain in Herndon, Virginia and can be reached at 1-800-775-2518.

Now available from NIP
13 May 1997

Alexander, Joseph H. Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997. Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Okinawa.

The Military History Bookshop
13 May 1997

From London arrives "Catalogue of Books 1997-B" packed with almost fifty pages of fine-print listings for every imaginable book, new and old, for every imaginable war. Many excellent titles, but even my new prescription is not of much use. Get out your magnifying glass. Better yet, just drop around to their shop and browse the shelves.

Now available from Schiffer Military History
13 May 1997

Jordan Sr., Kenneth N. Men of Honor: Thirty-Eight Highly Decorated Marines of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. USMC biographies and official citations.

Baldwin, R. E. and Thomas William McGarry. Last Hope: The Blood Chit Story. Escape and evasion kits for flyers downed in enemy territory.

Prodger, Mick J. Luftwaffe vs RAF: Flying Clothing of the Air War, 1939-45. Flight jackets, suits, headgear, boots, gloves, etc.

All three now shipping from Schiffer.

New arrival
12 May 1997

Waddell, Steve R. United States Army Logistics: The Normandy Campaign, 1944. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.


World War II Books
8 May 1997

Graham Palmer of World War II Books in the UK reports three newsworthy items:

(1) His online inventory pages have been updated to reflect his latest stock situation, and this month's "special category" is "South Africa at War".

(2) The same inventory is also now available for dynamic searching through the search engine at his website.

(3) That search engine has now been modified and upgraded to perform faster, more inclusive searches and to offer "keyword" functionality. Give it a whirl.

Now available from Axis Europa
8 May 1997

Munoz, Antonio J. Hitler's Eastern Legions, volume II: The Osttruppen. Bayside, NY: Axis Europa, 1997.

Now available from Articles of War
7 May 1997

Zweng, Christian. Verbande und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, 1939-1945. Volume 16, Part 3. This is the latest volume in the "Tessin" series of German OB books, covering Wehrkriese XVII, XVIII, XX, and XXI, plus all occupied Eastern and Southeastern countries. In German. Available from Articles of War.

Greenwood Publishing Group
6 May 1997

In addition to its very handy emailed book updates, Greenwood continues to mail it paper catalog, and a new (?) one -- "1996/1997" -- has arrived today with information on some new titles and reminders on some old ones.

Mitcham, Samuel W. The Desert Fox in Normandy. Due this month.

Lee, Loyd E. World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, with General Sources: A Handbook of Literature and Research. Due in August.

Now available from Magnetic North
6 May 1997

Middlebrook, Garrett. Air Combat at Twenty Feet. Revised second edition.

5 May 1997

Tom Cadman's catalog #32, containing fifteen pages of used WWII titles, arrived here today with some interesting listings:

Aurthur and Cohlmia. The Third Marine Division

Carter and Mueller. The Army Air Forces in World War II: Combat Chronology, 1941-1945

Lord Rennell of Rodd. British Military Administration of Occupied Territories in Africa, 1941-1947

Royal Canadian Air Force. The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years

New arrival
4 May 1997

George, Mark A. Price Guide of World War I and World War II Books and Manuals. Denver: Mark A. George, 1997.


Military Book Club
4 May 1997

Selections for June:

Breuer, William. Death of a Nazi Army

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

Badsey, Stephen. Normandy 1944

Now available from Schiffer
4 May 1997

Jentz, Thomas L. Germany's Tiger Tanks: Tiger I & II: Combat Tactics. Atlgen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997.

Prien, Jochen. Jagdgeschwader 53: A History of the "Pik As" Geschwader, volume I: March 1937-May 1942. Atlgen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997.

3 May 1997

Supplement S (April/May 1997) from Jerboa contains a few interesting titles. Among them:

Jackson, Robert. Churchill's Moat

Wolfe, Celia. Summon Up the Blood: The War Diary of Corporal J. A. Womack

McCue, Paul. SAS Operation Bulbasket: Behind the Lines in Occupied France, 1944

Gwynne-Timothy, John. Burma Liberators: RCAF in SEAC

Jerboa-Recap will be at the Military Book Fair, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD on 10 May.

Now available from Presidio
1 May 1997

Mitcham, Samuel W. Eagles of the Third Reich: The Men Who Made the Luftwaffe. Novato: Presidio Press, 1997. (Softcover reprint of Men of the Luftwaffe.)

Tanaka, Chester. Go for Broke: A Pictorial History of the Japanese-American 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442d Regimental Combat Team. Novato: Presidio Press, 1997. (Hardcover reprint of the 1982 edition.)

1 May 1997

Battle Books has changed its email address to and is now in the process of opening its new website. More details when the WWII section is unveiled.


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