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New arrival
31 December 1997

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


Old Army
30 December 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
30 December 1997

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
30 December 1997

Dingman, Roger. Ghost of War: The Sinking of the Awa Maru and Japanese-American Relations, 1945-1995

Now available from Schiffer
29 December 1997

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
29 December 1997

Goda, Norman J. W. Tomorrow the World: Hitler, Northwest Africa, and the Path to America. Due in May.

New arrivals
28 December 1997

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.


27 December 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
26 December 1997

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)

New arrival
24 December 1997

Urwin, Gregory J. W. Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1997


23 December 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.

23 December 1997

Just over two weeks after Dabney's "Aviation" catalog #507 comes their "World War II" catalog #508 with 48 pages of used books

New arrival
22 December 1997

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.

Book Survey

Now available from Greenwood Press
22 December 1997

Gilgen, Gilgen, Koltsova, and Oleinik. Soviet and American Psychology During World War II. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997

New arrival
20 December 1997

Caine, Philip D. Aircraft Down! Evading Capture in WWII Europe. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1997.


Passing of R. V. Jones
19 December 1997

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).

Volume Control
16 December 1997

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.
15 December 1997

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.

15 December 1997

History Book Club selections for December 1997

Ambrose. Citizen Soldiers

Ambrose. Americans at War

Lukacs. The History of Hitler

Herf. Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys

New arrival
14 December 1997

Koburger, Jr., Charles W. Naval Expeditions: The French Return to Indochina, 1945-46. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997.


Old Army Books
13 December 1997

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
13 December 1997

Catalog 15N-a -- "New Book Supplement" -- contains a few WWII books among Dennis' wide stock.

New arrival
11 December 1997

Savas, Theodore P. (editor) Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of World War II. Campbell, CA: Savas Publishing, 1997


Military Book Club
11 December 1997

Selections for January 1998:

Parkin. Blood on the Sea

Scutts. Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force

Macksey. Guderian: Panzer General

Spate. Top Secret Bird: The Luftwaffe's Me-163 Comet

Deutsch and Showalter. What If? Strategic Alternatives of WWII

10 December 1997

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.

9 December 1997

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.

New arrival
7 December 1997

Reynolds, Michael. Steel Inferno: I SS Panzer Corps in Normandy. New York: Sarpedon, 1997.


Across the Atlantic
6 December 1997

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.

6 December 1997

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.

New arrival
5 December 1997

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.


New websites
4 December 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 dello Stato Maggiore Esercito Italiano (Army)

Ufficio Storico dell'Aeronautica Militare Italiana (Air Force)

Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare Italiana (Navy) (under construction)

Now available from University of Nebraska
4 December 1997

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"
4 December 1997

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
3 December 1997

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
3 December 1997

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
2 December 1997

Dingman. Ghost of War: The Sinking of the Awa Maru and Japanese-American Relations, 1945-1995. Due this month.

2 December 1997

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
2 December 1997

Bowman. RAF Bomber Stories: Dramatic First Hand Accounts of British and Commonwealth Airment in World War 2. Due in February.

World War II Books
1 December 1997

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".

Military Collector
1 December 1997

The Military Collector has vastly expanded its online stock lists with more topics and more titles and has now moved into its own inventory pages, complete with a search engine.

Now available from NIP
1 December 1997

Lacroix, Eric and Linton Wells II. Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997


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