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World War II Books
27 June 1997

Graham Palmer of World War II Books in the UK has uploaded more than 4000 WWII-related non-fiction titles to his webpages where they can be browsed according to category -- and this month's featured category is "Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles" -- and the database can be searched by author or title with his search engine. Not to be missed.

27 June 1997

From J. H. Faber comes catalog number 57. This issue carries books by authors whose last name begins with "B" (continued from last time), beginning with "Bialer" and ending with "Bywater". Also special sections on unit histories and "Late Arrivals, Recent Publications, and Items of Special Interest".

Now available from Praeger
27 June 1997

Mitcham, Samuel W., jr. The Desert Fox in Normandy: Rommel's Defense of Fortress Europe. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997.

From London
27 June 1997

Military History Bookshop in London forwards its latest red-clad catalog of new and used books from all eras. Difficult to read such tiny, crowded type, but filled with many interesting and unusual items.

They now have, by the way, an email address: (which may win the award for the longest email address).

Now available from Air Research
26 June 1997

Foreman, John. The Fighter Command War Diaries, volume one: September 1939 to September 1940. Walton on Thames: Air Research Publications, 1997.

25 June 1997

Tom Pettys has updated the online inventory at his Aberdeen Books website with a page full of new releases and recent acquisitions.

Likewise, Rick Savel of Torpedo Junction has now uploaded his latest inventory files for your perusal.

25 June 1997

The "Bargain Books" catalog dated June 13, 1997 arrived here today from Edward R. Hamilton. About 35 WWII titles with some steep discounts.

Now available from Presidio
25 June 1997

Spahr, William J. Stalin's Lieutenants: A Study of Command under Duress. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997.

24 June 1997

Publication of volume four of Germany and the Second World War from Oxford University Press -- this one a 1400 page opus entitled The Attack on the Soviet Union -- has been postponed again. Unlike previous postponements, this time OUP has declined to estimate a new availability date.

Doors closed
24 June 1997

Sidney Kramer Books, long a fixture in the nation's capital, has gone out of business.

21 June 1997

'Tis the season for publishers' Fall 1997 catalogs, and here's one from Schiffer Military Books. Some of the new selections:

Toliver and Constable. Fighter Aces of the USA. Due in October.

Toliver. The Interrogator: The Story of Hanns Joachim Scharff, Master Interrogator of the Luftwaffe. Due in October.

Smith. With Chennault in China: A Flying Tiger's Diary. Due in August.

Yerger. Waffen-SS Commanders: The Army, Corps, and Division Leaders of a Legend: Augsberger to Kreutz. Due in October.

Jentz and Doyle. Germany's Tiger Tanks: VK45.02 to Toger II: Design, Production, and Modifications. Due in August.

Haupt. Army Group Center: The Wehrmacht in Russia, 1941-1945. Due in September.

Sundin and Bergstrom. Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile. Due in October.

Archer and Archer. USAAF Aircraft Markings and Camouflage, 1941-1947. Due in October.

Stanaway. Kearby's Thunderbolts: The 348th Fighter Group in World War II. Reprint due in September.

Chun. American PT Boats in World War II. Due in August.

The Jolly Rogers: The 90th Bombardment Group in the Southwest Pacific, 1942-1944. Reprint due in October.

21 June 1997

The Fall 1997 catalog from Presidio Press brings word of new and forthcoming releases:

Houston. Hell on Wheels: The 2nd Armored Division. Reprint due in September.

Twining. No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal. Reprint due in October.

Morehead. In My Sights: Memoirs of a P-40 Ace. Due in November.

Brion. Lady GI: A Woman's War in the South Pacific. Due in November.

Masters. Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War against the Nazis. Due in December.

Mets. Master of Airpower: General Carl A. Spaatz. Reprint due in December.

21 June 1997

Brassey's Fall 1997 catalog makes its appearance with much WWII backlist and some interesting new and forthcoming Second World War titles:

Caine. Aircraft Down: Evading Capture in WWII Europe. Due in September.

Sturton. All the World's Battleships: 1906 to the Present. Reprint due in September.

Victor. Hitler: The Pathology of Evil. Due in October.

Hooton. Aircraft of the Second World War: Development of the warplane, 1939-1945. Now available.

20 June 1997

Lancer Militaria has a new email address:

New arrivals
19 June 1997

Tanaka, Chester. Go for Broke. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1997. (Reprint of 1982 edition originally published by Go For Broke, Inc.)

Crost, Lyn. Honor by Fire: Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1994.


18 June 1997

Supplement T for June/July 1997 from Jerboa-Redcap Books contains six pages of miscellaneous British military books new and used. Of note:

McKee and Darlington. The Canadian Naval Chronicle

Harbron. The Longest Battle

Long. Greece, Crete, and Syria

Stockman. Seaforth Highlanders, 1939-45

The common toad
16 June 1997

From Bufo Books comes Catalog "Dispro", dated June 1997. Categories include Regimental & Unit Histories, Wars before 1914, World War I, World War II, Maps, Aviation, Naval, Post World War II, Military Pamphlets, Biography, and Miscellaneous.

Always impressed as I am by unit and official histories, these Indian titles caught my eye:

Doulton. The Fighting Cock: Being a History of the 23rd Indian Division, 1942-1947

Singh. Post-War Occupation Forces: Japan and South-East Asia

Pal. The Campaign in Italy, 1943-45

Gupta. History of the Indian Air Force, 1933-45

Prasad. East African Campaign, 1940-41

Collins. The Royal Indian Navy, 1939-45

Verma and Anand. The Corps of Indian Engineers, 1939-1947

New arrival
15 June 1997

Hammel, Eric. Carrier Clash: The Invasion of Guadalcanal & and the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, August 1942. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1997.


14 June 1997

Vittorio Mussolini, son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, died Friday, 13 June, in Italy. He was 80 years old. He served with the Italian air force in 1936 during the conquest of Ethiopia, moved to South America after World War II, and returned to Italy in the 1960s. A life-long devotee of film, in 1983 he made a documentary about his father and was writing a biography of Il Duce.

Military Book Club
13 June 1997

Editor's choices for July:

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

Edward, Bernard. Blood and Bushido: Japanese Atrocities at Sea, 1941-1945

Caldwell, Donald. JG 26 War Diary

Whiting, Charles. Kasserine: The Anatomy of Slaughter

New arrival
12 June 1997

Davin, D. M. Crete. Nashville, TN: The Battery Press, Inc, 1997.


New website
12 June 1997

Larry Stone Books and Collectibles -- no relation to either Stone of Stone & Stone, nor of Peter Stone of Oceans Enterprises -- has opened a website at with a modest assortment of WWII titles.

Paul Gaudette
12 June 1997

The June 1997 catalog from Paul Gaudette Books of Tucson, Arizona arrived here today with 48 pages of new and used books in a variety of categories, notably aviation history.

New press run
11 June 1997

Battery Press announces that The Fifth Infantry Division in the ETO, originally published in 1945 and reprinted by Battery in 1981, will undergo a new print run of a few hundred copies this summer. Shipping is scheduled for 8 August, and advance orders received through 15 July are eligible for a substantial discount.

Battery is also conducting a survey regarding reprints of a number of other books in its divisional history series.

New website
10 June 1997

Chris Donaghue Books of San Francisco has unveiled a new website at Chris specializes in used, rare, and out-of-print aviation and military books, with a large assortment of WWII titles. So far he has over 1000 items displayed in his online inventory, with more categories under construction.

In addition to his online inventory, Chris also mails out very nice paper catalogs, runs a bookstore in San Francisco, and offers a page of interesting military and aviation links. Check out his site for more details.

Noted author killed in plane crash
9 June 1997

Jeffrey Ethell -- pilot, son of a pilot, aviation historian, and author of over 50 books and hundreds of magazine articles -- died last week at the age of 49 in Oregon in the crash of the P-38 Lightning fighter he was flying. His webpage, now marked "In Memory of Jeffrey L. Ethell", is accessible at

New arrival
8 June 1997

Baldwin, R. E. and Thomas Wm. McGarry. Last Hope: The Blood Chit Story. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997.


Aberdeen Books
8 June 1997

Tom Petteys of Aberdeen Books in Colorado has uploaded thirteen updated pages of book inventory covering Second World War topics such as the Eastern Front, the Pacific, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, and out-of-print titles. These are all new books, although Aberdeen also offers an assortment of used volumes.

Fresh from England
7 June 1997

Book List #25 -- "Specialised Books for the Serious Student of Conflict" -- from The Naval & Military Press arrives here with 25 pages of new books covering all eras of warfare with a large percentage of WWII titles. Some very hard to find in the United States.

Now available from Classic Publications
6 June 1997

Pegg, Martin. Hs 129 Panzerjager!. West Sussex, England: Classic Publications, 1997.

Classic has also established an email account:

"Books are weapons in the war of ideas"
3 June 1997

The Spring 1997 catalog from Dave Golemon arrived today with twenty pages of interesting titles, largely covering the Second World War. Due to a printing error, a duplicate page replaces one full page of inventory, but Dave can provide you with the missing information if you contact him.

3 June 1997

Steve Tilston Military and Maritime Books has changed its email address and can now be reached at

New arrival
1 June 1997

Blackburn, Tom. With Eric Hammel. The Jolly Rogers: The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1997.


Inventory update
1 June 1997

Graham Palmer of World War II Books in the UK has uploaded the current stock lists of his full inventory of thousands of WWII titles. Also available through his online search engine. This month his special category is Normandy.


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