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From Joel Hayward
Notes on current projects from Dr. Joel Hayward, author of the newly released Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943:
"I am presently writing a series of academic articles on the Wehrmacht, which I will hopefully publish in refereed scholarly periodicals. The topics include: Adolf Hitler and Joint Warfare; Adolf Hitler and Airpower; The Soviet Black Sea Fleet's Impact on German Strategic Planning, 1941-1942; and Hitler's Failure to Launch a Strategic Bombing Campaign to Damage Soviet Oil Production.
"I am also working on a major biography of Field Marshal Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, probably the best operational air commander of the Second World War. I am busy translating his personal diaries from German, and may at some stage publish those diaries with full commentary."
Now available from Greenwood
Rasor, Eugene L. Earl Mountbatten of Burma, 1900-1979: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1998.
Bufo Books sends its "Catalogue Sapper" for May 1998 with almost 600 book and ephemera items as well as a photo of Sue, Peter, and Twinkle (a/k/a Dawn).
Now available from Astral
Veigele, William J. PC: Patrol Craft of World War II. Santa Barbara, CA: Astral Publishing, 1998.
Tom Paragian of The War Room Bookshop has uploaded information on nearly a thousand of his WWII books (including a special selection of discounted titles), videos, and posters.
Gabreski, Francis. (As told to Carl Molesworth) Gabby: A Fighter Pilot's Life. Atglen, PA:Schiffer, 1998.
Snow, Crocker. (Edited by Pam Gleason) Log Book: A Pilot's Life. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1997.
Ford-Jones, Martyn R. Desert Flyer: The Log and Journal of Flying Officer William Marsh. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1998.
Check our new online database of forthcoming books, designed to help keep you abreast of upcoming WWII publications. You can view all these books by planned date of release, by author, by title, or by publisher.
From Jonathan Gawne
Author Jonathan Gawne reports:
"Following my very successful volume of WW2 color photographs from last year (with the worst title in the world -- U.S. Army Photo Album -- chosen to make it more accessible for non-English or French readers) Histoire et Collections is now finishing up the layout for my next book Spearheading D-Day due out sometime in late summer 1998, just in time to coincide with the release of the film "Saving Private Ryan". As always, some nice color reconstructions in the same ol' Militaria Magazine style. Published in both French and English editions. Distributed in the USA by Combined Books.
"Although this book was originally planned to be a series of independent essays on special units participating in the landing, I ended up having to include much more of a framework of how the invasion was supposed to work.
"For those that think they know all there is to know about the Normandy invasion-- I'd ask where else can you find info on the Comanche Code Talkers, the 29th Ranger Bn, the aborted landing of Marines at Pt Du Hoe, the 320th Barrage Balloon Bn, the 2nd Inf Div volunteers for the SETF, and the list goes on.
"This is all stuff I've dug out from many years of interviewing vets and working with period documents. It also means I've been able to clean up a lot of errors that have crept into many popular books. And yes, that always reproduced landing chart from the 11 May 44 orders...it's wrong. No one ever checked against the order changes that took place later in the month."
Note that our popular "TriviaBase" page with randomly served questions and answers about World War II has recently expanded and moved to a new location. (The old URL will continue to function for awhile longer, but without the added material.)
The following new and reprint titles are forthcoming from Stackpole Books:
Payne. Messerschmitt Bf109 in the West, 1937-1940. Due in June.
Michael Merrill has uploaded more than 500 fresh titles to the "New arrivals" section of his Benicia Books website.
Now available from Nebraska
Johnston, James W. The Long Road of War: A Marine's Story of Pacific Combat. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.
Wynn, Kenneth. U-Boat Operations of the Second World War, Volume 1: Career Histories, U1-U510. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997.
From Tucson comes the "April 1998 Spring Sale Catalog" of Paul Gaudette Books with selections of titles for AVG, Flying Tigers, CBI; Aviation History; Third Reich; War in North Africa; Vietnam War; Naval History; Military Medicine; and Japan at War.
Fourth Street Book Shop
Brian Russell this evening updated his online inventory pages at his Fourth Street Book Shop with a fresh World War I file and three new World War II files for air, land, and sea titles.
Now available from Greenwood
Rasor, Eugene L. The China-Burma-India Campaign, 1931-1945: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Jentz, Thomas L. Tank Combat in North Africa: The Opening Rounds: Operations Sonnenblume, Brevity, Skorpion, and Battleaxe, February 1941 - June 1941. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1998.
Supplement #5 for May-June 1998 from Jerboa-Redcap Books brings six pages of military, aviation, and naval titles.
Now available from NIP
Lenton, H. T. British and Empire Warships of the Second World War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998.
History Book Club
Selection for April:
Hayward, Joel S. A. Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943
From Eric Bergerud
Notes on his forthcoming book:
"Well...let's see here. My last book was Touched with Fire: Land War in the South Pacific (Viking 1996; Penguin 1997). It won the Wallace Greene Award from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation for best book in '96 concerning the MC and was main selection of the Military Book Club. Presently I'm working on a book about air operations in the same theater for Westview/Harper Collins . Tentative title will be Deadly Geometry: Air Warfare in the South Pacific. Like the first volume, "South Pacific" includes New Guinea. Also like the first volume I am much less concerned with command level chronology than with the fabric of the war, the nature of operations. Consequently I will be dealing with topics including aircraft technology, military subsystems, combat tactics, air bases, weather, military geography, navigation, "corporate culture" of the respective air forces (including ANZAC), casualties, medical issues, methods of stealing supplies, how to make jungle juice and the all the big and little things that make up military morale. Should be a little different than other accounts of that time and place. Hope to have a manuscript in the publisher's hands by summer's end. Allah willing, of course."
Forthcoming from Schiffer
Due from Schiffer this summer:
Goss, Chris. Bloody Biscay: The Story of the Luftwaffe's Only Long Range Maritime Fighter Unit, V Gruppe/Kampfgeschwader 40, and its Adversaries, 1942-1944. Manchester, England: Crecy Publishing, 1997.
Mitcham Jr., Samuel W. Rommel's Greatest Victory: The Desert Fox and the Fall of Tobruk, Spring 1942. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1998.
Now available from Brassey's
Dugan, James and Carroll Stewart. Ploesti: The Great Air-Ground Battle of 1 August 1943. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1998. Softcover reprint.
Toliver, Raymond F. and Trevor J. Constable. Fighter Aces of the U.S.A.. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997.
Now available from Nafziger
Sharp, Charles C. Soviet Infantry Tactics in World War II
Sharp, Charles C. German Panzer Tactics in World War II
Now available from David Glantz
Kursk 1943: The Soviet General Staff Study. Translated and edited by David M. Glantz and Harold S. Orenstein
Glantz, David M. Atlas of the Battle of Kursk
Both are self-published desktop publications available from David Glantz.
Welcome to the Web
Classic Publications in England, one of the world's foremost publishers of Luftwaffe and aviation titles, today unveiled its new website with full information on current and forthcoming books, including many photos and illustrations. Of special interest is the section on Classic's newest release, Me 262 by J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek. Surf over and check it out.
Elson, Aaron. A Mile in Their Shoes: Conversations with Veterans of World War II. Maywood, NJ: Chi Chi Press, 1998.
Wong, Marjorie. The Dragon and the Maple Leaf: Chinese Canadians in World War II. London, Ontario: Pirie Publishing, 1994.
Sonnenberg, Rhonda. Still We Danced Forward: World War II and the Writer's Life. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1998.
Swedberg, Claire. In Enemy Hands: Personal Accounts of Those Taken Prisoner in World War II. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997.
Naval and Military Press
Book List 30 of "Specialised Books for the Serious Student of Conflict" from The Naval and Military Press in England runs to fourteen newsprint pages of new books.
Wegmann, Rolph and Bo Widfeldt. Making for Sweden, part one: The Royal Air Force. Walton-on-Thames, Surrey: Air Research Publications, 1997.
Catalog #174 from Antheil Booksellers brings a list of almost 1700 new and used naval, maritime, aviation, and military books.
Now available from Classic
Smith, J.Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek. Me 262, volume one. Surrey: Classic Publications, 1998.
Military Book Club
Selections for May 1998:
Old Army Books
Whenever a new month rolls around, Bruce Halsted habitually uploads his inventory lists of several thousand fresh military titles at his Old Army Books website. Visitors can browse his inventory pages and use his online search engine to find books by author and title.
Peter L. Jackson of Toronto has mailed his "Catalogue #51" with almost 1600 secondhand military titles. Peter releases but a single printed catalog each year, and it is always full of interesting volumes, especially concerning Canadian military history. This is no exception.
Graham Palmer of World War II Books and Ian Wilkinson of The Military Collector have uploaded fresh inventory files to their respective websites, including searchable online databases. Graham's special category for this month is "Burma".
Now available from Brassey's
The War against Japan
The War in the Mediterranean
Reprints of the the U.S. Army official pictorial volumes.
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