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Selections for December:
Goodwin. Shobun: A Forgotten War Crime in the Pacific
From Walter S. Dunn
Walter Dunn reports that he has completed his manuscript for The Battle for White Russia, 1944 and dispatched it to the publisher, Lynne Rienner.
According to our most recent estimate, it remains on target for publication early in 1999.
T. Cadman World War II Books has updated its website with a goodly array of secondhand WWII titles available for browsing.
Now available from Greenwood
Cosner, Shaaron and Victoria Cosner. Women under the Third Reich: A Biographical Dictionary
Lee, Loyd E. World War II in Asia and the Pacific and the War's Aftermath: A Handbook of Literature and Research
Frank and Maureen have mailed Jerboa's Supplement #12 with six pages of new and secondhand military books.
News from the Smithsonian
Now available from Smithsonian Institution Press:
Ford. Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot
Carl. A WASP among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in WWII. Due in February
The War Room
Tom Paragian of The War Room has updated his online inventory with a fresh load of secondhand WWII books, videos, posters, and special discount titles.
Bruce Halsted has mailed Old Army catalog number 68 with a good selection of used stock. See also the Old Army website.
Cline, Rick. Escort Carrier WWII: War in the Pacific on the Aircraft Carrier USS Petrof Bay. Placentia, CA: R.A. Cline Publishing, 1998
New addition to our "History" pages
New on the Web
Author Jim Clarke recently self-published Combat Paths of the First Armored Division, the first in a series of "day by day histories of the United States Army in World War II". Check his new website for full details.
From Leo Niehorster
Dr. Niehorster's new book, The Royal Hungarian Army 1920-1945, is due from Axis Europa in December. He sends along this preview:
"Over the last 25 years, I managed to piece together the history of The Royal Hungarian Army 1920-1945. It was my impression that there was much more to Hungary in World War II than a mere listing as the final satellite of the ill-fated German Third Reich, or the Royal Hungarian Army being just another inefficient and basically worthless auxiliary of the Wehrmacht-- a myth perpetuated in post-WWII Western literature based on publications by self-serving former German generals.
"The unfortunate silence by the western Allies about secret agreements made by them with Hungary and its earnest attempts for a separate peace during the war have not changed the general opinion about Hungary. The situation was not helped by the Communist government of Hungary after the war. Hungary, as the Soviet Union's former enemy, maintained a very low profile regarding any feats of arms against its new "ally". As in all Communist countries, help from the archives was not forthcoming, access to original documentation impossible, and any literature dealing with the Great Patriotic War issued by official Hungarian sources highly suspect. There were obviously no really private sources published in Hungary during the time either.
"I think that I have done justice to the Royal Hungarian Army, and although I have attempted to keep the book impartial, it will be obvious to many readers that sympathy for the Hungarians and their plight in the wake of WWI has crept into this presentation. Even so, interestingly enough, some Hungarians who have read the manuscript find my presentation of Hungary's motives and of the Royal Hungarian Army as not positive enough and my point of view as "too western", by which they usually mean German. (Which I am not). Knowing I will never satisfy all points of view, I have chosen to present the events as I see them.
"Feedback would be highly appreciated. Please e-mail me."
For further details, check the author's website.
The friendly folks at Aardvark Books have updated their online inventory with several thousand secondhand military titles focusing on World War II. You can browse through their listings by topic or search by author and title.
White, John F. U Boat Tankers, 1941-45: Submarine Suppliers to Atlantic Wolf Packs. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998.
Dick Gardner of The Battery Press has announced an "Internet Special" with reduced prices on selected sets of Battery's titles (including the five volume USMC history and a set of five British official histories of Northwest Europe) purchased through their website. Contact Battery at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Now available from Fedorowicz
Tiemann, R. The Leibstandarte, volume IV, part 2. Winnipeg: J.J. Fedorowicz, 1998.
From Joe Balkoski
"Stackpole Books will reprint my Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy in early 1999. It will be a trade paperback with a nice new cover-- artwork by Jim Dietz. I'm correcting four or five minor errors and am adding a new 2,500 word preface.
"I'm currently working on a new book on the Omaha Beach landing. I've learned quite a bit of new facts about the invasion lately in my frequent visits to the National Archives. I am always surprised at the perpetuation of many Omaha Beach myths, and I hope to correct them in this book. I've almost completed three chapters, although it's slow going."
The Naval and Military Press...
...of East Sussex has mailed "Book List 34" with a wide assortment of new military titles. Also see their website.
New pages open today
Today marks the grand opening of the newest feature of the Stone & Stone Second World War Books website, the "History" pages.
This new area contains succinct historical articles on specific WWII topics. Most discuss little-known or misunderstood aspects of the war; all provide a great deal of interesting information, including much hard-to-find order of battle material. In addition, every piece appends a list of books for further reading.
The first eight articles are now available and more will be added to the collection each week.
Now available from Classic
Smith, J. Richard and Eddie J. Creek. Me 262, volume two. Burgess Hill, West Sussex: Classic Publications, 1998
From Bruce Gamble
"Although I realized that Pappy Boyington had a strong following, I am continually amazed at the many thousands of people whose lives he touched through contact at air shows or by correspondence. Surprisingly, I have received very little flak even though I closely examined Boyington's controversial war record and personal behavior. Apparently, the balance I strived for was recognized by the majority of readers-- some of whom even felt that I was sympathetic. I have received favorable letters from many of the original Black Sheep pilots. One of the most famous survivors, John Bolt (naval aviation's only two-war ace and the only Marine jet ace), will join me in early December to tape a Movies in Time segment with host Sander Vanocur. We will discuss a screening of "The Flying Misfits", the original 2-hour pilot film for the television series "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" that was first aired in September, 1976. The History Channel will show the film sometime next year.
"As Greg Boyington is simply too fascinating a character to set aside, I am now in the middle of researching a complete biography of his turbulent life. I am grateful for cooperation from family members and have received research assistance from coast to coast, most notably from author Henry Sakaida. I would certainly welcome anecdotes and/or photocopies of correspondence -- especially from the period of the 1960s to the 1980s -- with appropriate verification, of course
"Please email me at email@example.com or write to me at P.O. Box 1425, Flat Rock, NC 28731."
Forthcoming from Schiffer
Hatheway, Jay. In Perfect Formation: SS Ideology and the SS-Junkerschule-T-LZ. Due in February 1999.
Fitzpatrick, Jim. The Bicycle in Wartime: An Illustrated History. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1998
Paul Gaudette Books of Tucson, AZ has mailed catalogs for October 1998 with sections on aviation, espionage, airborne, military medical, lighter-than-air, and more.
Now available from University Press of Kansas
Bath, Alan Harris. Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1998
Now available from University of Nebraska
Loza, Dmitriy. Fighting for the Soviet Motherland: Recollections from the Eastern Front. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1998
The Scholar's Bookshelf
From Cranbury, NJ comes the latest catalog from Scholar's Bookshelf, this their general list with a modest assortment of WWII and military titles amongst many other kinds of books.
King, Benjamin and Timothy Kutta. Impact: The History of Germany's V-Weapons in World War II. Rockville Centre, NY: Sarpedon, 1998
From New York
The latest red-clad catalog from Harris and Margaretta Colt's Military Bookman brings 64 pages of secondhand books ranging from "Central Asia and Mongols" to "Arab-Israeli Wars" with several WWII-related sections.
Now available from Pacifica
Hammel, Eric. Aces in Combat. Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1998
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation has named Greg Urwin the recipient of the 1998 "General Wallace M. Greene, Jr., Award" for Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island. The foundation has designated the work as the "outstanding nonfiction book pertinent to Marine Corps history" published in the past year. The Foundation's annual awards ceremony will be in Washington, D.C., on October 23.
For more information, visit Greg Urwin's website.
Frank and Maureen's latest, "Supplement #11", lists new and used naval, military, and aviation titles and also announces they will be at the upcoming "Northeast Toy Soldier Society" show at the Holiday Inn in Dedham, MA on Saturday, 17 October. More information available at the Jerboa website.
Edward R. Hamilton, bookseller, has mailed the latest newsprint "Bargain Books" catalog with the usual assortment of reduced-price titles.
Now available from Axis Europa
Novak, Josip and David Spencer. Hrvatski Orlovi: Paratroopers of the Independent State of Croatia, 1942-1945. Bayside, NY: Axis Europa Books, 1998
Ian Wilkinson of The Military Collector has updated his website with over 5000 secondhand military titles which can be browsed by author and searched by author and title.
Forthcoming from Air Research
From Air Research in Walton on Thames comes revised publication dates for three upcoming titles:
Donnelly. The Whitley Boys: 4 Group Bomber Operations. Due early October 1998
Old Army Books
As he customarily does around the first of each month, Bruce Halsted of Old Army Books has updated his online inventory with secondhand titles in categories including World War II, World War I, Korea, Vietnam, and many more.
Graham Palmer has updated the online inventory pages at his World War II Books website with almost 11,000 secondhand military titles.
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