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Now available from Schiffer
31 December 1999

Three new books from Schiffer have arrived in bookstores just as the year ends:

Ford-Jones. Oxford's Own: XV Squadron RFC/RAF.

SS Officers List as of 30 January 1942. Facsimile reprint

Myhra. X Planes of the Third Reich: Bachem Ba 349 Natter.

Top Ten
30 December 1999

Voting draws to a close for our Top Ten WWII Books of 1999 survey amid a flurry of last-minuted ballots. The polls will remain open until the stroke of the new year (California time) -- so cast your vote while there's still time -- but we've taken the "Standings" page off-line. Final results will be tallied and available here on 1 January.

30 December 1999

Tom Cadman of T. Cadman World War II Books has updated his online inventory with a plethora of secondhand WWII-related titles, including some very nice items at quite good prices.

Now available from Axis Europa
29 December 1999

Kocevar, Monika Kokalj. Gestapo Volunteers: The Upper Carnolia Home Defense Force, 1943-1945. "The complete history of this obscure Gestapo formation."

Munoz, Antonio. For Czar and Country: A History of the Russian Guard Corps, 1941-1945. "The complete history of this obscure Czarist-exile emigre group which aided the Germans in WWII."

Both titles are available from the publisher, Axis Europa, of Bayside, NY.

Now available from McFarland
28 December 1999

Towne, Allen N. Doctor Danger Forward: A World War II Memoir of a Combat Medical Aidman, First Infantry Division. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc, 1999

Book review
27 December 1999

Astor, Gerald. The Greatest War: Americans in Combat, 1941-1945. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1999

Read our review

Now available from Schiffer
23 December 1999

Here are the two latest from Schiffer:

Ebert, Hans J., Johann B. Kaiser, Klaus Peters. Willy Messerschmitt: Pioneer of Aviation Design.

Radinger, Willy and Wolfgang Otto. Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-K: Development/Testing/Production.

Now available from Cass
22 December 1999

Le Tissier, Tony. Race for the Reichstag: The 1945 Battle for Berlin. Ilford, UK: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd, 1999

22 December 1999

Frank and Maureen have mailed "Supplement #25" for Jerboa-Redcap Books with six pages of new and used military, naval, and aviation titles.

UPK website
21 December 1999

University Press of Kansas -- a publisher of important military studies such as the recent The Battle of Kursk by David Glantz and Jonathan House, Zhukov's Greatest Defeat by David Glantz, and The GI Offensive in Europe by Peter Mansoor -- invites you to visit the new UPK website.

Now available from Stackpole
20 December 1999

Kriebel, Colonel Rainer and the U.S. Army Intelligence Service. Edited by Bruce I. Gudmundsson. Inside the Afrika Korps: The Crusader Battles, 1941-1942. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1999

Spick, Mike. The Complete Fighter Ace: All the World's Fighter Aces, 1914-2000. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1999

Both published in the UK by Greenhill Books.

Now available from Greenwood
18 December 1999

Ruggiero, John. Neville Chamberlain and British Rearmament: Pride, Prejudice, and Politics. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999

News from NIP
17 December 1999

Naval Institute Press continues to release a steady stream of important WWII-related naval books.

Now available:

Onoda, Hiroo. No Surrender: My Thirty-year War

Hixon, Carl K. Guadalcanal: An American Story

Gardner, W.J.R. Decoding History: The Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra


Jordan. The World's Merchant Fleets, 1939: The Particulars and Wartime Fates of 6,000 Ships. Due in January

Cressman. The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Revised and expanded edition due in January

Stafford. Little Ship, Big War: The Saga of DE343. Reprint edition. Due in May

Scalia. Germany's Last Mission to Japan: The Failed Voyage of U-234. Due in March

Furbringer. FIPS: Legendary U-Boat Commander. Due in March

Whitley. Destroyers of World War Two: An International Encylopedia. Reprint edition. Due in March

Turner. Fight for the Air: Allied Air Battles in World War II. Due in May

Rhys-Jones. The Loss of the Bismarck: An Avoidable Disaster. Due in March

Koop and Schmolke. Pocket Battleships of the Deutschland Class. Due in May

Blandford. Fatal Decisions: Errors and Blunders of World War II. Due in March

Now available from Stackpole
16 December 1999

Two new items are now available from Stackpole in the US and Greenhill in the UK:

Anderson, Christopher J. Hell on Wheels: The Men of the U.S. Armored Forces, 1918 to the Present

Anderson, Christopher J. The Fall of Fortress Europe: From the Battle of the Bulge to the Crossing of the Rhine

The Schiffer catalog
15 December 1999

The "Spring 2000" catalog from Schiffer Military History announces several new WWII-related titles in the offing for the new year:

Jentz and Doyle. Germany's Tiger Tanks: D.W. to Tiger I: Design, Production & Modifications. Due in January

Ebert, Kaiser, and Peters. Willy Messerschmitt: Pioneer of Aviation Design. Due in January

SS Officers List. Facsimile reproduction of the Dienstalterliste for 30 January 1942, due in January

Lawson. Carrier Air Group Commanders: The Men and Their Machines. Due in February

Radinger and Otto. Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-K: Development, Testing, Production. Due in February

Myhra. X Planes of the Third Reich: Bachem Ba 349 Natter. Due in February

Mackay. Ridgewell's Flying Fortresses: The 381st Bombardment Group (H) in World War II. Due in March

Kurtz. German Paratroops: Uniforms, Insignia & Equipment of the Fallschirmjaeger in World War II. Due in April

Military Book Club
14 December 1999

Selections for "Holiday 1999" from the Military Book Club:

Whiting. West Wall: The Battle for Hitler's Siegfried Line

Glantz and Orenstein. The Battle for Kursk, 1943: The Soviet General Staff Study

Forthcoming from Battery
13 December 1999

Historical and Pictorial Review of the 28th Infantry Division in World War II. Reprint edition due in February from Battery Press

Now available from Praeger
13 December 1999

Ericson, Edward E. Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933-1941. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999

Book Survey
12 December 1999

The Vatican and World War II

News from Bruce Franklin
11 December 1999

Bruce Franklin, author of The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts, sends along word of his latest project:

"I have begun work on a companion volume on the diesel-powered DEs (the Evarts, Cannon, and Edsall classes) and I hope to have the manuscript prepared in about a year's time. I would be interested in hearing from persons who served aboard any of those classes and I can be contacted at"

11 December 1999

Poland in World War II: An Illustrated Military History by Hempel from Hippocrene Books has been delayed until February.

10 December 1999

To make your holiday season just a little merrier, Paul Kisselburg has mailed his latest catalog -- Number 44 -- with a section of regularly prices books plus a section of books offered at discounts of up to fifty percent. The sale books include some excellent titles and the prices are hard to beat, so look into this opportunity while it remains available.

Forthcoming from J. J. Fedorowicz
9 December 1999

Here's the latest on upcoming books from Fedorowicz:

Kurowski. Sturmgeschutze, Forward!. Due from the printers on 17 December

Restayn. Kharkov. Delayed until mid-January

Bauer. Karl Baur, A Pilot's Pilot. Delayed until February

Spaeter. The History of Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland, volume 3. Due in March

Jung. The History of Panzer-Regiment Grossdeutschland. Due in March

Kurowski. Panzer Aces 2. Delayed until sometime next year

Zetterling. German Ground Forces in Normandy, 1944. Release date undetermined

News from Colonel David Glantz
8 December 1999

David Glantz -- prolific author of Russian front volumes including this year's The Battle of Kursk, Zhukov's Greatest Defeat, and The Battle for Kursk, 1943: The Soviet General Staff Study -- tells us that due to increased family responsibilities he has decided to cut back on his writing, translating, editing, and self-publishing workload.

"Given my reduced work schedule, I have indefinitely postponed further work on follow-on volumes to Kursk. This includes the planned studies on Moscow, Stalingrad, Belorussia, and Berlin. Time permitting, I do intend to add a third volume to my study of the Red Army in 1943 (on people and the human dimension), but, for the time being, will produce the new volume only in self-published format.

"In addition to translating and editing A. A. Maslov's third book (on suppressed Soviet generals), I will devote much of my time and efforts to completing my multi-volume study on "forgotten battles," if only for my own edification. My desire is to complete the full mosaic of wartime operations to my satisfaction and, while doing so, to surface some of the newly released Soviet documentation. Volume four of this series (on the winter campaign of 1942-43) is now complete at over 400 pages. Since these operations are (inevitably) more numerous and complex, volumes five through eight will take considerable time to complete. I have just began volume five and hope to complete it by spring 2000. Because of their complexity, all of these will remain in self-published format.

"While satisfying these minimal aims, with Harold Orenstein's help, I will continue to attempt to produce newly translated and edited editions of the Soviet General staff studies (in the fashion of Kursk)."

News from Crecy
7 December 1999

Crecy Publishing informs us that Wing Leader by Johnson and Only Owls and Bloody Fools Fly at Night by Sawyer have been delayed until February.

6 December 1999

The "Bargain Books" catalog for 26 November is now available from Edward R. Hamilton.

Historic Aviation
6 December 1999

From Minnesota comes the "Winter 2000" catalog from Historic Aviation with eighty pages of books, videos, and art.

Forthcoming from Ramrod
5 December 1999

Ramrod Publications has announced two new titles for the upcoming year:

Sarkar. Battle of Britain: The Photographic Kaleidoscope Volume II. Due in May

Sarkar. Battle of Britain: The Photographic Kaleidoscope Volume III. Due in September

4 December 1999

From Jerboa-Redcap Books in New Jersey comes "Supplement #24" with six pages of new and used military, naval, and aviation titles.

AAC Books
3 December 1999

Based in the Channel Islands, AAC specializes in books about the German occupation there during World War II, including titles such as Living with the Enemy and Hitler's Fortress Islands.

Top Ten
1 December 1999

Votes in our annual Top Ten WWII Books balloting have increased substantially over last year's levels; in addition, more books than ever before have received votes. While many have received only one or two tallies and a couple have staked out modest leads at the front of the pack, the vast majority of titles remain in the running for Top Ten honors, so be sure to cast your ballot to help determine the winners for 1999.

A new month brings new inventory
1 December 1999

It's that time of the month when many online booksellers update their inventory files to reflect all their latest acquisitions, both new and secondhand. Among the military retailers who have updated their websites today:

Articles of War

The Military Collector

Old Army

World War II Books

There's still plenty of opportunity to locate those hard-to-find military books in time for the holidays, so take a look at what all these sites have to offer.


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