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Last chance to vote...
31 December 1998

...for the Top Ten World War II Books of 1998. The polls will automatically close at the stroke of the new year, California time, and results will be posted online 1 January.

Now available from Pacifica Press
30 December 1998

Eric Hammel reports two of his Pacifica titles have been reprinted in softcover and are now available:

Hammel, Eric. Guadalcanal: Starvation Island

Hammel, Eric. Guadalcanal: Decision at Sea

Aussie publisher
29 December 1998

Interested in Australian military vehicles of World War II? Have a look at the publications of Australian Military Equipment Profiles, including titles such as Local Pattern Carriers, 1939-1945, Australian Scout and Armoured Cars, 1933-1945, and All Friendly Vehicles (a reprint of the WWII "Armoured Vehicles Identification Handbook").

Military Book Club
28 December 1998

Selections for "New Year 1999"

Kurzman. Left to Die: The Tragedy of the USS Juneau

Bando. The 101st Airborne at Normandy

Sajer. The Forgotten Soldier

Lucas. German Army Handbook, 1939-1945

Koop and Schmolke. Battleship Tirpitz

26 December 1998

Q.M. Dabney has mailed its "Catalogue 528" with 48 pages of secondhand WWII titles prefaced with the note: "We just bought a large private library of World War II books. This catalogue contains Part I of this collection."

History Book Club
24 December 1998

Selection for "Year End 1998"

Loza. Fighting for the Soviet Motherland

22 December 1998

The latest "Bargain Books" catalog from Edward R. Hamilton, dated 18 December, contains the usual small assortment of discount-priced WWII titles.

Now available from Air Research
19 December 1998

Foreman, John. The Fighter Command War Diary, volume two. Surrey: Air Research Publications, 1998

Death of Clay Blair, Jr.
18 December 1998

Clay Blair, Jr. -- author of Silent Victory, Hitler's U-Boat War, and many other books of military history -- died of a heart attack at his home in Wisconsin on 16 December at age 73.

Now available from Schiffer
17 December 1998

The following new titles are now available from Schiffer Military History just in time to make it under the Christmas tree:

Evans. Third Reich Belt Buckles

Toliver and Constable. Fighter General: Adolf Galland

Rentz. Geronimo! U.S. Airborne Uniforms, Insignia, and Equipment

From Rex Trye
17 December 1998

Rex Trye, author of Mussolini's Soldiers, sends this along:

"Tony Munoz of Axis Europa is publishing my new book, at this stage titled. Mussolini's Afrika Korps: The Italian Army in North Africa, 1940-1943. Hardcover, dust jacket. 110 photos. And 200+ pages. Price not set. Due out Spring 1999."

New publisher
17 December 1998

Keith Bonn, author of When the Odds Were Even, has formed his own publishing company, Aegis, based in Ft. Monroe, Virginia, with its first three titles as follows:

Bonn. With Fire and Zeal: The 276th Infantry Regiment in World War II. Now available

Engler. The Final Crisis: Combat in Alsace, January 1945. Due at the end of February

Grossjohann. Five Years, Four Fronts: The Memoirs of Major Georg Grossjohann. Due in spring 1999

Unit history
17 December 1998

The Story of the Crusaders, The 386th Bomb Group (M) in WWII has been reprinted in a softcover edition by the 386th Bomb Group Association, Inc.

Military History Bookshop
16 December 1998

"Catalogue of Books 1998-D" is now available from the Military History Bookshop in London with 48 densely packed pages of military books from all eras.

Military Book Club
15 December 1998

Selections for December:

Blair. Hitler's U-Boat War, volume II: The Hunted, 1942-1944

Breitman. Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew

From Joe Balkoski
13 December 1998

Joe reports that the new edition of his Beyond the Beachhead from Stackpole Books has been moved to a January release date. "The new edition includes a Foreword by Stephen Ambrose, a new Preface by me including some of the fresh information I've learned about the division over the years, and about 7 or 8 minor corrections from the original edition."

Joe has also opened a website for his book:

From Tucson...
12 December 1998

...comes Catalog #98144 of Paul Gaudette Books with 48 pages of new and secondhand military books with an emphasis on aviation.

Now available from Eagle Editions
11 December 1998

Eagle Editions has announced availability of its "authentic Luftwaffe color chart utilizing paint chips directly from the original German manufacturer."

Military Book Club
11 December 1998

Selections for January:

Caldwell. The JG 26 War Diary

Ellis. The Thompson Sub-Machine Gun

Taylor. Mercedes-Benz Parade and Staff Cars of the Third Reich

New arrival
10 December 1998

Smith, J. Richard and Eddie J. Creek. Me 262, volume two. Burgess Hill, West Sussex: Classic Publications, 1998


9 December 1998

From Danbury, Connecticut we hear that Stan Kislow has updated the online inventory at his Battlefield Books website with about 2000 secondhand military titles.

9 December 1998

University Press of Kansas is back in the news with a new catalog offering special discount prices on all their military history titles.

8 December 1998

Paul Kisselburg, having recently updated his online inventory, also sends along his latest printed catalog, number 35, with over 600 used WWII books for sale.

Inventory update
8 December 1998

Brian Russell of Fourth Street Book Shop has updated his online inventory of secondhand WWII titles and added a new category for unit histories.

The Bookman
7 December 1998

From New York City comes the red-clad "Winter 1998" catalog of The Military Bookman with categories of WWII books including USAAF, the Atlantic campaign, and the fall and occupation of western Europe.

Now available from Crecy
7 December 1998

The anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor also marks the release by Crecy Publishing of a bundle of new titles:

Bennett. Pathfinder

Gibson. Enemy Coast Ahead

Rawnsley and Wright. Night Fighter

Stokes. Wings Aflame

Texas A & M
6 December 1998

Texas A & M University Press has mailed its very nice "Military History" catalog with discounts of from 10% to 80% on 150 military titles, including a good selection of WWII books.

5 December 1998

The latest "Bargain Books" catalog from Edward R. Hamilton, dated 20 November, arrived today.

4 December 1998

Lynne Rienner Publishers reports delays in two forthcoming titles:

Citino. The Path to Blitzkrieg. Now due in March

Dunn. The Battle for White Russia, 1944. Now due in August

New addition to our "History" pages
3 December 1998

The Invasion of British Somaliland

Kisselburg update
3 December 1998

Paul Kisselburg has uploaded to his website his latest list of nearly 2000 secondhand World War II books. An excellent assortment for your browsing pleasure.

Now available from Schiffer
3 December 1998

Fletcher, David. Mr. Churchill's Tank: The British Infantry Tank Mk IV. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1998

3 December 1998

Tony Munoz of Axis Europa tells us that The Royal Hungarian Army, 1920-1945 by Leo Niehorster has been delayed until the middle of January.

Forthcoming from Grub Street
2 December 1998

Franks. Aircraft versus Aircraft: The Illustrated Story of Fighter Pilot Combat from 1914 to the Present Day. Due before the end of the year.

2 December 1998

Tom Petteys of Aberdeen Bookstore, specializing in new books, has updated his website with more than 1200 WWII-related titles.

Top Ten Books of 1998
1 December 1998

Almost sixty books have received votes so far in our balloting for the Top Ten Books of 1998. The votes are piling up and some leaders are emerging from the pack, but at least a couple dozen titles remain in the running to finish in the Top Ten. Every vote counts, so cast your ballot for your favorites before the end of the month.

Cast your ballot      Check the standings

New month, new inventory
1 December 1998

As usual, when the first of the month rolls around there's a flurry of activity on the Web as online inventories are updated. All three of these booksellers have uploaded thousands of secondhand military titles that can be browsed by subject or searched by author and title:

World War II Books

Old Army Books

The Military Collector


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