|News archive for December 1997|
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Mansfield Jr., John G. Cruisers for Breakfast: War Patrols of the U.S.S. Darter and U.S.S. Dace. Tacoma, WA: Media Center Publishing, 1997
Bruce Halsted has updated his Old Army Books website today with several thousand military titles which can be browsed by topic or searched by author and title. This update also includes, for the first time, his substantial inventory of books about the war in Vietnam.
Military Book Club
Selections for "New Year 1998"
Edgerton. Warriors of the Rising Sun
Tanaka. Hidden Horrors
Messenger. Sepp Dietrich: Hitler's Gladiator
Healy. Kursk 1943
Tillman. Hellcat Aces of World War 2
Now available from Naval Institute Press
Dingman, Roger. Ghost of War: The Sinking of the Awa Maru and Japanese-American Relations, 1945-1995
Now available from Schiffer
Sundin, Claes and Christer Bergstrom. Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile
Prien, Jochen. Jagdgeschwader 53: A History of the "Pik As" Geschwader, May 1942 - January 1944
Myhra, David. The Horten Brothers and Their All-Wing Aircraft
Hayes, Arthur and Jon Maguire Uniforms of the Third Reich: A Study in Photographs
Ford-Jones, Martyn R. Desert Flyer: The Log and Journal of Flying Officer William Marsh
Tiemann, Ralf. Chronicle of the 7. Panzer-Kompanie, 1. SS-Panzer Division "Leibstandarte"
Toliver, Raymond F. and Trevor J. Constable. Fighter Aces of the U.S.A.
Forthcoming from Texas A & M
Goda, Norman J. W. Tomorrow the World: Hitler, Northwest Africa, and the Path to America. Due in May.
Logusz, Michael O. Galicia Division: The Waffen-SS 14th Grenadier Division, 1943-1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997.
Lepre, George. Himmler's Bosnian Division: The Waffen-SS Handschar Division, 1943-1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997.
Stan Kislow of Battlefield Books in Brewster, NY has mailed his catalog #10 with 23 pages of assorted military titles.
Now available from Presidio Press
Michel, John J. A. Mr. Michel's War: From Manila to Mukden, an American Naval Officer's War with the Japanese, 1941-1945
Temkin, Gabriel. My Just War: The Memoir of a Jewish Red Army Soldier in World War II
Gailey, Harry. The Liberation of Guam, 21 July - 10 August 1944 (Softcover reprint)
Urwin, Gregory J. W. Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1997
A red cover in the mailbox gives away the arrival of Military Bookman's catalog #67. This issue features Liberation of Western Europe, American Unit Histories, WWII Naval Works, Submarines, and British Unit Histories.
Just over two weeks after Dabney's "Aviation" catalog #507 comes their "World War II" catalog #508 with 48 pages of used books
The British official set is one of the benchmark histories of the Second World War. While not containing as many volumes as the US "green books", under the guidance of editor-in-chief Sir James Butler the volumes chronicle every aspect of British participation in the war from Narvik to Baghdad to Madagascar to Rangoon to Hong Kong to Batavia. In addition to the "ground" volumes (which include co-authors from each branch of service and provide an integrated air/land/sea approach to the topics), the military portion of The History of the Second World War includes sub-sets covering Grand Strategy, The War at Sea, The Strategic Air Offensive, and British Intelligence in the Second World War.
Now available from Greenwood Press
Gilgen, Gilgen, Koltsova, and Oleinik. Soviet and American Psychology During World War II. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997
Caine, Philip D. Aircraft Down! Evading Capture in WWII Europe. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1997.
Passing of R. V. Jones
R. V. Jones, wartime Intelligence scientist, died in the United Kingdom on December 17 aged 86. His efforts to detect and defeat the German "knickebein" (navigational beacons for bombing) system as well as his work on other important war-related technologies are told in his The Wizard War: British Scientific Intelligence, 1939-1945 (published as Most Secret War in the UK).
From Warminster, Pennsylvania comes List #36 from Jack Hatter's Volume Control with five pages of new, mostly in print Second World War titles.
Now available from E.S.P.
Bruyelle, Mansuy, and Raquillet. Les Casques de l'Armee Francais de 1915 a 1945. Villette de Vienne, France: E.S.P., 1997. "The Helmets of the French Army from 1915 to 1945", heavily illustrated with period photos and examples from various collections. French text.
History Book Club selections for December 1997
Ambrose. Citizen Soldiers
Koburger, Jr., Charles W. Naval Expeditions: The French Return to Indochina, 1945-46. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997.
Old Army Books
Bruce Halsted has mailed his Catalog #66 with just over 500 titles. His full inventory -- available for browsing and as a searchable database -- is available at his website.
On Military Matters
Catalog 15N-a -- "New Book Supplement" -- contains a few WWII books among Dennis' wide stock.
Savas, Theodore P. (editor) Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of World War II. Campbell, CA: Savas Publishing, 1997
Military Book Club
Selections for January 1998:
Parkin. Blood on the Sea
From Paul Gaudette Books of Tucson, Arizona comes the "December 1997" catalog with inventory lists for various categories: Luftwaffe, Recent Arrivals, signed photos; Naval, and Collector's Books plus the usual assortment of miscellaneous titles.
Another catalog from Scholar's Bookshelf -- this one "A Special Winter Offering" -- arrived today with reduced prices on brand new military titles in several different sections mixed in amongst various other kinds of books.
Reynolds, Michael. Steel Inferno: I SS Panzer Corps in Normandy. New York: Sarpedon, 1997.
Across the Atlantic
From Terence Wise comes List 85 for November-December 1997 with a wide assortment of secondhand military books including some very nice British unit histories.
Catalog 507 from Q. M. Dabney is "Aviation History" and, unlike their more familiar WWII catalog, covers flying books from all eras, military and non-military alike.
Coombs, L. F. E. The Lion Has Wings: The Race to Prepare the RAF for World War II: 1935-1940. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing Ltd, 1997.
Many thanks to Stefano Colacchi in Rome who sent us these excellent websites for the Italian Armed Forces. All three branches have published detailed accounts of Italian military operations in World War II; many of the titles remain in print and can be ordered online.
Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare Italiana (Navy) (under construction)
Now available from University of Nebraska
Urwin, Gregory J. W. Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.
"Books are weapons in the war of ideas"
Dave Golemon doesn't send out catalogs too often, but when he does they're very nice. His Fall 1997 list arrived here today with many good titles at reasonable prices.
Still time to vote
Voting for the Top Ten non-fiction, WWII-related books published in 1997 began on 1 November and continues at an accelerating pace as we draw closer to the end of the year. Still plenty of time to cast your ballots, though. Everyone is encouraged to visit the voting machine and cast up to ten votes for the best new books of 1997.
Today we've also opened a new webpage to dynamically display the up-to-the-minute standings of all nominated books so you can see how your favorites are doing.
Vote early and vote often!
News from OUP
Although the new catalog from Oxford University Press shows Germany and the Second World War, volume IV: The Attack on the Soviet Union as in print (with a publication date of 1997), OUP's customer service department reports today that the book still is not ready and there is currently no estimate of when it will be released.
Forthcoming from Naval Institute Press
Dingman. Ghost of War: The Sinking of the Awa Maru and Japanese-American Relations, 1945-1995. Due this month.
Maureen and Frank have dispatched Supplement Y (December/January) for Jerboa-Redcap Books with new and used military, naval, and aviation titles. They are also regularly announcing newly arrived titles at their website "News" page.
Forthcoming from Patrick Stephens
Bowman. RAF Bomber Stories: Dramatic First Hand Accounts of British and Commonwealth Airment in World War 2. Due in February.
World War II Books
There was a time when Graham Palmer's World War II Books of England was one of very, very few military booksellers with an online presence. Now the field is much more crowded, but Graham still stands out with one of the best inventories. His latest stock lists were uploaded today for browsing (the database is also searchable), and this month's special category is "Crete".
Now available from NIP
Lacroix, Eric and Linton Wells II. Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997
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