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Forthcoming from Schiffer
Prodger. Luftwaffe vs. RAF: Flying Equipment of the Air War, 1939-45. Volume 2; due in March.
Cook. The Skull & Cross Bones Squadron: VF-17 in World War II. Due in February.
Gabreski and Molesworth. Gabby: A Fighter Pilot's Life. Due in March.
Haupt. Army Group South: The Wehrmacht in Russia, 1941-1945. Due in March.
Jentz. Tank Combat in North Africa: The Opening Rounds. Due in March.
Wagner. The History of German Aviation: The First Jet Aircraft. Due in March.
Muller. German Flak in World War II. Due in January.
World War II Books
Lance and Judith of World War II Books (in Illinois; not to be confused with World War II Books in the UK) have uploaded a file of the newest books, videos, and audio recordings they carry.
Stanaway, John C. Kearby's Thunderbolts: The 348th Fighter Group in World War II. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History/Aviation History, 1997.
History Book Club
Selections for January 1998:
Taaffe. MacArthur's Jungle War: The 1944 New Guinea Campaign
Military Book Club
Selections for February 1998:
Now available from Schiffer
Desmond. Camouflage Uniforms of the Soviet Union and Russia, 1937 to the Present
MacLean. The Cruel Hunters: SS-Sonder-Kommando Dirlewanger
Dean. (ed) Report of Joint Fighter Conference: NAS Patuxent River, MD, 16-23 October 1944
Van Wagner. Any Place, Any Time, Any Where: The 1st Air Commandos in World War II
Von Eimannsberger. Zerstorer Gruppe: A History of V./(Z)LG 1 - I./NJG 3, 1939-1941
Paul Gaudette Books of Tucson, Arizona has dispatched Catalog #9801 with sections on Aviation History, Aviation Unit Histories, AVG/Flying Tigers/China-Burma-India, and more.
Now available from Brassey's
Binder, James L. Lemnitzer: A Soldier for His Time. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1997.
Recently mailed by Paul Kisselburg is his "Military History Catalog 30" with 698 WWII titles.
Kurowski, Franz. The Brandenburgers: Global Mission. Winnipeg, Manitoba: J.J. Fedorowicz, 1997.
Now available from Sigmond
Sigmond, Robert. Off at Last: An Illustrated History of the 7th (Galloway) Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1939-1945. Renkum, The Netherlands: Sigmond, 1997. The battalion at Arnhem and in Norway at the end of the war; a very nice job.
New to us
Maurice Doll of Edmonton, Alberta has dispatched to us "Catalogue #2" for Spring 1996 (?) from Bellum Books.
From Terence Wise comes "List 86" for January-February 1998: "Out of print, secondhand, and antiquarian military books, specializing in regimental and divisional histories."
Now available from Greenwood
Lee, Loyd E. (editor) World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, with General Sources: A Handbook of Literature and Research. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
Forthcoming from Presidio Press
Graham. Mantle of Heroism: Tarawa and the Struggle for the Gilberts, November 1943
Prefer. Patton's Ghost Corps: Cracking the Siegfried Line
Derek Hayles Military Books
Derek sends along his printed "Military List No. 59" with eight pages of used titles. See also his website.
Lacroix, Eric and Linton Wells II. Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997.
New search engine
For more than two years we've been updating and presenting our browsable Bibliography pages with bibliographic information and records of offers for thousands of WWII books culled from printed catalogs and online inventories of dozens of booksellers.
Now we're pleased to make available to readers, researchers, veterans, hobbyists, and collectors a massive consolidated searchable online database containing thousands of new and used books currently on offer from the world's leading military booksellers. This database can be searched by author, title, or key words in the description, and each book listing provides links to the offering booksellers.
This is probably the finest consolidated database of military books offered on the Internet and continues the Stone & Stone tradition of providing the best services on the Web for locating and acquiring military books.
The database constantly changes as new booksellers add their inventories and old inventories are updated, so visit this new search engine frequently.
Now available from Tebidine
Merrill, Sandra D. Donald's Story: Captain Donald R. Emerson: A 4th Fighter Group Pilot Remembered. Berlin, MD: Tebidine Publishing, 1996.
Hammel, Eric. Aces at War: The American Aces Speak, volume IV. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1997.
From James Lucas
Mark Yerger relays this message from James Lucas:
"Jim...will be retiring after this year and will do so with the release of three books. These will be an expanded German Army Handbook, a text on the Afrikakorps, and a second volume of his most recent book Hitler's Enforcers."
Fothcoming from Grub Street
Rolfe, Mel. To Hell and Back: True Life Experieinces of Bomber Command at War. Due in March.
Now available from Battle Books, Inc. of Gaithersburg, MD is the "Winter 1998" catalog with 19 pages of WWII titles.
Morehead, James B. In My Sights: The Memoir of a P-40 Ace. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1998.
The War Room
From Mark Yerger
Author Mark Yerger has a heavy load of projects to report:
"My current projects consist of several with all being worked on at once. First to be done will be volume 2 of my Waffen-SS commanders series with more than 60 biographies and additional data, including an addendum for volume 1. That will be at the publisher this year. I've been asked to do an expanded edition of my Otto Weidinger biography with the additon of some 60-70 new photos and that should also be released in 1998. Images of the Waffen-SS volume 2 is being assembled. I've been heavily assisting two European authors on a large one volume history of the Ordnungspolizei. Between all that I've been helping several other people with material for their books in progress, including a battle history and a full length biography. Next year I'll be concentrating on releasing the first of a large multi-volume series on all German Cross holders of the SS, working with my friend and fellow historian John Moore. In initial 4 volumes we will cover "Das Reich," Wiking," "Totenkopf," and "Polizei" divisions. I may also release a 4th autographed SS Knight's Cross holder limited edition print.
"If anyone has any SS photos or material of use they are willing to loan or sell, to include Xeroxes of any award documents (for any decoration) related to SS German Cross winners, I'd appreciate hearing from them."
T. Cadman on the Web
T. Cadman, located in Sacramento, California, has been buying and selling WWII books by mail since 1991 and has now opened a website displaying a nice selection of secondhand titles. Check it out and welcome Tom to the Web.
Now available from Fedorowicz
J. J. Fedorowicz Publishing of Winnipeg, Canada has two new titles available:
Kurowski, Franz. The Brandenburgers: Global Mission
From George Nipe
George Nipe, author of Decision in the Ukraine, one of our Top Ten books of 1997, sends along some information about his current project:
"I am at work on still untitled study of the battles for Kharkov-- January-March 1943. Main emphasis is on 4. PzArmee's SS PzKorps, with great deal about XXXXVIII. Panzer-Korps, and 1. Panzerarmee's almost unknown role in creating the conditions that allowed the SS Panzer-Korps to conduct a successful counterattack. Have about 335 pages in computer. Expect about 400-450 and about 150 photos, many of which will be unpublished action shots of SS armor and troops and individual pics, most of which come from Mark Yerger's enormous archive of pictures. It will be a day by day account, including the battles of January and February and Soviet offensives which drove Germans back from Stalingrad and nearly ended the war, Manstein's counteroffensive and aftermath of the battle. Utilizing archive records, have found many incorrect conclusions and assumptions regarding the battle."
Supplement #1 for January/February 1998 arrived today from Jerboa-Redcap Books with six pages of new and used military, aviation, and naval titles. The "News" page at their website is also regularly updated to keep visitors informed of the latest arrivals and special offers.
Kaufmann, J.E. and H.W. Kaufmann. The Maginot Line: None Shall Pass. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997.
Kaufmann, J.E. and H.W. Kaufmann. Maginot Imitations: Major Fortifications of Germany and Neighboring Countries. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997.
From Rex Trye
Rex Trye, author of Mussolini's Soldiers, kindly offers these words about his next book:
"I hope to finish the manuscript this year on my latest book project which is titled. Empire of Sand: Royal and Fascist Italy in Libya, 1911-1943. It's somewhat similair to my previous book in format, it will however be more photographic in content with many rare and interesting monochrome photographs of the Italian military and political organisation up to and during WW2 in Libya, as well as about 90 colour photographs of Italian related war souvenirs and relics from North Africa."
From Scholar's Bookshelf comes their main "Military History" catalog of new books for Winter. As usual, very substantial offerings of WWII titles in a variety of categories, plus many other military topics. "Over 1700 titles" and "More than 450 first-time offerings".
Antheil International Booksellers has mailed catalog #173 for January-March 1998 with 48 pages of new and used naval, maritime, aviation, and military books.
From Eric Hammel
"Pacifica Press will be bringing out my 900-page Air War Pacific chronology in hardcover in April. I am also working on Carrier Strike, which will cover the October 1942 battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, due in early 1999. And I have just started collecting photos for a large-format book on Tarawa that will incorporate 100-150 photos, the complete text of 76 Hours: The Invasion of Tarawa, and several new appendices, due in mid-1999."
J. H. Faber
Catalog #58 from J. H. Faber brings books whose authors begin with "C" plus an assortment of books by and about Winston Churchill and a variety of "Late arrivals, recent publications, and items of special interest."
History Book Club
Selection for "Year End 1997":
Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking
War Department. Soviet Tactical Doctrine in WWII: As Found in Handbook on U.S.S.R. Military Forces, TM-30-340. Pisgah, OH: Nafziger, 1997.
From John Lundstrom
John Lundstrom, author of The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign and The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway, reports on his latest endeavors:
"I'm about six chapters into a book that will analyze in detail Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher as a carrier commander in 1941-42. My goals are to show how he planned and carried out his battles, how he affected the overall strategy in the Pacific, to evaluate what other historians have said about him, and to offer an assessment of his place in history. Whereas my First Team books viewed these 1942 carrier battles from the cockpit, so to speak, this one will be centered in flag plot. I think I've found a surprising amount of new information on the Wake relief, the early raids, Coral Sea, Midway and the early Guadalcanal battles, and I know some of my interpretations will be considered controversial."
The Naval & Military Press
The Naval & Military Press has mailed its Book List #28 of "Specialised Books for the Serious Student of Conflict."
The Military Collector
Ian Wilkinson has updated his online catalog for The Military Collector with several thousand secondhand books which can be browsed by topic or searched by author and title.
New to us
Jeremy Dixon of Third Reich Books in the UK has sent us his first catalog of new WWII books, its recent supplementary list, and his latest catalog of secondhand books. All of these are focused on books about Germany during the 1933-1945 period. Third Reich Books can be contacted by email at TRBooks@aol.com.
Man, John. The D-Day Atlas: The Definitive Account of the Invasion of Normandy. New York: Facts on File, 1994.
Smurthwaite, David. The Pacific War Atlas, 1941-1945. New York: Facts on File, 1995.
Bufo Books has dispatched "Catalog Chieftain" with a goodly assortment of secondhand regimental histories, WWII books, aviation titles, naval volumes, and other items. Oh, and welcome "a new Toad to the Team - Sue."
Anders, Lt. Gen. Wladyslaw. Russian Volunteers in Hitler's Army, 1941-1945. Bayside, NY: Axis Europa, 1997.
From Greg Urwin
Greg Urwin, author of Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island, has begun work on a sequel entitled Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders as Prisoners of War.
Richard Warfield and Laurence Wilson invite you to visit the newly constructed website for Eastern Front/Warfield Books. Based in northern Virginia, EFWB specializes in new, rare, and out-of-print books with an emphasis on WWII titles and the Eastern Front in particular. Now that they're on the Web, you can browse through their extensive inventory and buy or reserve books using their online ordering system.
From John Foreman
Author John Foreman reports that the second volume of his Fighter Command War Diaries should be ready by April and will cover 7th September 1940 to December 1941, including "The Battle of the Cities" (the end of the daylight attacks and the night Blitz, which ended 16th May 1941) and "The Nonstop Offensive" (the early Rhubarb, Roadstead and Circus operations, rising to twice-daily operations in the summer of 1941, the escorted heavy-bomber raids against Brest, the increasing use of night intruders and the appearance on the Channel front of the FW190).
John also asks us to pass along a message: "I undertake RAF/Luftwaffe/USAAF research on behalf of people interested in WWII aviation - and indeed authors - who cannot easily reach the British archives. Interested parties can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Top Ten Books of 1997
Visitors to Stone & Stone's Second World War Books website have over the last two months nominated and voted for almost fifty of the best non-fiction WWII-related titles published in 1997 (not to mention the absent-minded nominations and votes for pre-1997 titles which had to be disallowed). Given the large number of great new books published in '97, and the highly divergent tastes and specializations of readers, researchers, veterans, hobbyists, collectors, and other visitors to our site, it's no wonder that votes were spread over so many different titles.
World War II Books
World War II Books of Woking, Surrey, UK has uploaded a fresh database of over 5000 secondhand WWII books for sale. Books can be browsed by category or found by author and title with a search engine. This month's special category is S.O.E.
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