Thru France with the 2nd Infantry Division

Thru France with the 2nd Infantry Division

“Thru France with the 2nd” from the G.I. Stories booklet: From D + 1 to 105: The Story of the 2nd Infantry Division published by the Information and Education Division, ETOUSA in 1944-45.

Grille Self-Propelled Artillery

The Grille (“Cricket”) was a German self-propelled, heavy artillery vehicle armed with the 15 cm sIG 33 infantry gun in a fixed superstructure. The official German designation was 15 cm schweres Infanteriegeschütz 33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) (Sd.Kfz. 138/1).

Grille Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery WW2

A Grille nicknamed "Fire Devil" in a firing position in Italy. The crew has chosen a position next to a haystack and heavily camouflaged the vehicle with foliage. (Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-716-0010-26, Dreyer, CC-BY-SA-3.0-de)

Grille 150-mm Self-Propelled Gun WW2

Another view of Grille "Fire Devil" in camouflaged firing position. (Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-716-0010-27, Dreyer, CC-BY-SA-3.0-de)

Grille SP Gun Artillery 150-mm Italian Front

Camouflaged Grille advances along a dusty road on the Italian Front. Note the large quantity of supplies carried on the rear. (Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-479-2194-28, Brünning, CC-BY-SA-3.0-de)


 

265th Engineer Combat Battalion

A collection of photographs of the 265th Engineer Combat Battalion by Pfc Ben Fox is available on footnote.com at the topic page: 265th Engineers WWII

For pictures of the 265th training at Camp Shelby with the 65th Infantry Division, see the 65th Infantry Division Yearbook, pages 46 and 47.
 

German Rifleman Uniform

The Handbook on German Army Identification was printed in 1943 by Military Intelligence Training Center, Camp Ritchie, Maryland. The handbook was designed to provide a reference manual for intelligence personnel in combat operations. The handbook included the following illustrations of a typical German army rifleman uniform.

German Rifleman – Deutscher Schütze:

German Rifleman Uniform WW2

Helmet, brim type, belt (Koppel), leather, buckle showing (Koppelschloss). Ammunition pouches, 3 each side, bayonet, short, sharp spade.

German Rifleman Uniform WW2

Gas mask over right hip, canteen (Feldflasche) and rations bag (Brotbeutel). Long trousers tucked into half-length boots.

 

New Concord Books

Concord has announced two new books covering Axis forces in World War II.

Early Panzer Victories 
 
 
Early Panzer Victories
by Frank V. De Sisto
 
Concord 7064
ISBN 962-361-145-5
72 pages, 16 color plates, 167 photos
Warriors of Imperial Japan in World War II 
 
 
Warriors of Imperial Japan in World War II 1941-45

by Claudio Antonucci
 
Concord 6532
ISBN 962-361-171-4
52 pages, 10 color plates, 34 color and 68 b/w photos
 

607th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Nice set of photographs of the 607th TD Battalion in the ETO during WWII showing U.S. and German equipment including destroyed Panther tanks: 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion

The unit history of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion is also online on the website of the 90th Division Association: History of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion
 

Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Scenes from the WWII booklet “Camp Shelby, Mississippi” by the Public Relations Office at Camp Shelby.

Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Cover of Camp Shelby Booklet

Camp Shelby Induction Station

Called to the Colors -- Mississippi selectees inducted into the services at Camp Shelby.

Camp Shelby Parade

The best in the world pass in review.

For more on Camp Shelby during WWII, see 65th Infantry Division, Camp Shelby, Mississippi, 1944 (Cover, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, Back)

 

Tank Gun Trajectories

The U.S. WWII field manual FM 17-12: Tank Gunnery illustrated representative trajectories of the 37-mm, 75-mm, and 76-mm guns. Low velocity guns with more highly curved trajectories require very accurate range estimation. As shown in the figures below, even small errors in range estimation reduce the effectiveness of the opening shot and increase the number of rounds required to achieve a hit.

Trajectory 37-mm Gun

Original Caption: Trajectory 37-mm, M6, firing APC, M51B1. This is illustrative only. The 37-mm should not be fired at tanks at ranges shown.

Trajectory 75-mm Gun

Original Caption: Trajectory 75-mm gun, M3, firing shot, APC, M61.

76-mm Gun Trajectory

Original Caption: Trajectory 76-mm gun, M1, firing shot, APC, M62.

 

Osprey Duel Series

Duel No. 1 -- P-51 Mustang vs Fw 190: Europe 1943-45   Duel No. 1 — P-51 Mustang vs Fw 190: Europe 1943-45
Author(s): Martin Bowman
Published: September 2007
ISBN: 9781846031892
American and German fighter pilots duel over Europe in the P-51 and FW 190, two of the most advanced fighters of the period
Duel No. 2 -- Sherman Firefly vs Tiger: Normandy 1944 Duel No. 2 — Sherman Firefly vs Tiger: Normandy 1944
Author(s): Stephen A. Hart
Published: September 2007
ISBN: 9781846031502
The German Tiger heavy tank faces the Allied Sherman Firefly on the battlefields of Normandy in the summer of 1944
Duel No. 3 -- U-Boats vs Destroyer Escorts: The Battle of the Atlantic Duel No. 3 — U-Boats vs Destroyer Escorts: The Battle of the Atlantic
Author(s): Gordon Williamson
Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9781846031335
Allied naval destroyers duel German U-boat Wolf Packs in the Battle of the Atlantic
Duel No. 4 -- Panther vs T-34: Ukraine 1943 Duel No. 4 — Panther vs T-34: Ukraine 1943
Author(s): Robert A Forczyk
Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9781846031496
The German Panther and Russian T-34—two of the deadliest tanks of WWII—duel on the Russian Front
Duel No. 5 -- Spitfire vs Bf 109: Battle of Britain Duel No. 5 — Spitfire vs Bf 109: Battle of Britain
Author(s): Tony Holmes
Published: November 2007
ISBN: 9781846031908
The legendary British Spitfire dogfights against the Luftwaffe Bf 109 aces over Britain
Duel No. 6 -- USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers: The Pacific, 1942 Duel No. 6 — USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers: The Pacific 1942
Author(s): Mark Stille
Illustrator(s): Howard Gerrard, Ian Palmer
Published: November 2007
ISBN: 9781846032486
U.S. and Japanese carrier fleets battle for dominance of the Pacific in 1942
Duel No.  7 -- Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18 Duel No. 7 — Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18
Author(s): Jon Guttman
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Harry Dempsey
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9781846032936
The deadly Sopwith Camel biplane duels the Fokker Dr I triplane over the Western Front in WWI
Duel No.  8 -- P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar: China 1944-45 Duel No. 8 — P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar: China 1944-45
Author(s): Carl Molesworth
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9781846032950
Heavily armed and armored P-40 fighters battle lighter, nimbler Japanese Ki-43 fighters over China in WWII
Duel No.  9 -- Victory vs Redoutable: Ships of the Line at Trafalgar 1805 Duel No. 9 — Victory vs Redoutable: Ships of the Line at Trafalgar 1805
Author(s): Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Illustrator(s): Ian Palmer, Giuseppe Rava
Published: May 2008
ISBN: 9781846031342
Warships of the British and French/Spanish fleets clash at Cape Trafalgar off the Spanish coast
Duel No. 10 -- M3 Medium Tank vs Panzer III: Kasserine Pass 1943 Duel No. 10 — M3 Medium Tank vs Panzer III: Kasserine Pass 1943
Author(s): Gordon L. Rottman
Illustrator(s): Ian Palmer, Giuseppe Rava
Published: May 2008
ISBN: 9781846032615
The Wehrmacht’s Panzerkampfwagen III duels against the American M3 Grant tank at Kasserine Pass
Duel No. 11 -- P-47 Thunderbolt vs Bf 109G/K: Europe 1943-45 Duel No. 11 — P-47 Thunderbolt vs Bf 109G/K: Europe 1943-45
Author(s): Martin Bowman
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Chris Davey, Gareth Hector
Published: August 2008
ISBN: 9781846033155
Over Europe the U.S. P-47 Thunderbolt fighter battles the Luftwaffe Bf 109 G/K fighter
Duel No. 12 -- F-4 Phantom II vs MiG-21: USAF & VPAF in the Vietnam War Duel No. 12 — F-4 Phantom II vs MiG-21: USAF & VPAF in the Vietnam War
Author(s): Peter Davies
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Tom Tullis, Gareth Hector
Published: September 2008
ISBN: 9781846033162
In the skies over Vietnam, the American F-4 Phantom II battles the North Vietnamese MiG-21
Duel No. 13 -- Panther vs Sherman: Battle of the Bulge 1944 Duel No. 13 — Panther vs Sherman: Battle of the Bulge 1944
Author(s): Steven J. Zaloga
Illustrator(s): Howard Gerrard, Jim Laurier
Published: September 2008
ISBN: 9781846032929
The American Sherman duels the German Panther in the ferocious fighting during the Battle of the Bulge
Duel No. 14 -- Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad: Hampton Roads 1862 Duel No. 14 — Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad: Hampton Roads 1862
Author(s): Ron Field
Illustrator(s): Howard Gerrard, Peter Bull
Published: November 2008
ISBN: 9781846032325
The ironclads CSS Virginia (Merrimac) and USS Monitor duel during the American Civil War
Duel No. 15 -- Russian Battleship vs Japanese Battleship: Yellow Sea 1904-05 Duel No. 15 — Russian Battleship vs Japanese Battleship: Yellow Sea 1904-05
Author(s): Robert Forczyk
Illustrator(s): Tony Bryan, Howard Gerrard, Ian Palmer
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9781846033308
Russian and Japanese battleships battle in the Yellow Sea during the Russo-Japanese War
Duel No. 16 -- Seafire vs A6M Zero: Pacific Theatre Duel No. 16 — Seafire vs A6M Zero: Pacific Theatre
Author(s): Donald Nijboer
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier
Published: April 2009
ISBN: 9781846034336
The British Seafire F III duels the Japanese A6M Zero in fighter-to-fighter combat
Duel No. 17 -- SPAD XIII vs Fokker D VII: Western Front 1916-18 Duel No. 17 — SPAD XIII vs. Fokker D VII: Western Front 1916-18
Author(s): Jon Guttman
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Harry Dempsey, Mark Postlethwaite
Published: April 2009
ISBN: 9781846034329
The Fokker D VII duels the SPAD XIII over the Western Front in World War I
Duel No. 18 -- M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural: Operation Desert Storm 1991 Duel No. 18 — M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural: Operation Desert Storm 1991
Author(s): Steven J Zaloga
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier
Published: August 2009
ISBN: 9781846034077
The United States’ M1 Abrams faces the Iraqi’s T-72 tanks during the Gulf War in 1991
Duel No. 19 -- Constitution vs Guerriere: Frigates During the War of 1812 Duel No. 19 — Constitution vs Guerriere: Frigates During the War of 1812
Author(s): Mark Lardas
Illustrator(s): Peter Bull, Giuseppe Rava
Published: August 2009
ISBN: 9781846034343
Royal Navy and U.S. Navy frigates duel in the War of 1812 including the famous battle of USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerrière
Duel No. 20 -- SE 5a vs Albatros D V: Western Front 1917-18 Duel No. 20 — SE 5a vs Albatros D V: Western Front 1917-18
Author(s): Jon Guttman
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Harry Dempsey
Published: October 2009
ISBN: 9781846034718
The SE 5a battles the Albatros D V in the quest for aerial superiority during World War I
Duel No. 21 -- Centurion vs T-55: Yom Kippur War 1973 Duel No. 21 — Centurion vs T-55: Yom Kippur War 1973
Author(s): Simon Dunstan
Illustrator(s): Howard Gerrard, Ian Palmer, Griff Wason
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9781846033698
The British Centurion and the Soviet T-55 face-off on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War
Duel No. 22 -- USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser: Guadacanal 1942 Duel No. 22 — USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser: Guadacanal 1942
Author(s): Mark Stille
Illustrator(s): Howard Gerrard, Paul Wright
Published: October 2009
ISBN: 9781846034664
USN and IJN cruisers clash during at Guadacanal including the Battle of Savo Island and the Battle of Cape Esperance
Duel No. 23 -- USN F-4 Phantom II vs VPAF MiG-17/19: Vietnam 1965-73 Duel No. 23 — USN F-4 Phantom II vs VPAF MiG-17/19: Vietnam 1965-73
Author(s): Peter Davies
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9781846034756
American naval F-4 Phantom II duel Vietnamese MiG-17 and MiG-19 over Vietnam
Duel No. 24 -- Fw 190 Sturmböcke vs B-17 Flying Fortress: Europe 1944-45 Duel No. 24 — Fw 190 Sturmböcke vs B-17 Flying Fortress: Europe 1944-45
Author(s): Robert Forsyth
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9781846039416
Luftwaffe Fw 190 fighters battle the USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers over Europe in WWII
Duel No. 25 -- Fw 200 Condor vs Atlantic Convoy: 1941-43 Duel No. 25 — Fw 200 Condor vs Atlantic Convoy: 1941-43
Author(s): Robert Forczyk, Tim Brown
Illustrator(s): Tony Bryan, Howard Gerrard, Ian Palmer
Published: March 2010
ISBN: 9781846039171
The German Fw-200 Condor long-range bomber battles the Atlantic Convoys
Duel No. 26 -- P-38 Lightning vs Ki-61 Tony: New Guinea 1942-43 Duel No. 26 — P-38 Lightning vs Ki-61 Tony: New Guinea 1942-43
Author(s): Donald Nijboer
Illustrator(s): Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
Published: March 2010
ISBN: 9781846039430
The twin-tailed P-38 Lightning faces the Japanese Ki-61 Tony heavy air superiority fighter over New Guinea

 

Destroyed SdKfz 251 Ausf D

German SdKfz 251 Ausf D halftracks destroyed by the U.S. 9th Air Force near Gavray, France in August 1944. The foreground SdKfz 251 is an unknown variant with extended top armor plate over the passenger section.

German SdKfz 251 Ausf D (U.S. Air Force Photo)

German SdKfz 251 Ausf D (U.S. Air Force Photo)