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Stars and Stripes’ G.I. Stories

Near the end of WW2, Stars and Stripes published a series of “G.I. Stories” of the Ground, Air, and Service Forces in the European Theater of Operations. Each booklet was approximately 32 pages in length and small enough to fit in a uniform pocket and to conveniently mail home. Each booklet included a color centerfold usually with a map of the unit’s operations or a photo montage. Inside the covers were a page for soldiers to record their personal information, and a page for autographs. Some booklets are labeled as issued by the “Orientation Section, Information and Education Division, ETOUSA”, while others are labeled as issued by “Stars and Stripes, a publication of the Information and Education Division, Special and Information Services ETOUSA.”

Infantry Divisions:
[  1st Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][  2nd Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][  3rd Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][  4th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][  8th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][  9th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 28th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 29th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 35th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 36th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 45th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 66th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 70th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 75th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 78th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 79th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 80th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 84th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 87th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 89th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 90th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 94th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 95th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 97th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][ 99th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][100th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][104th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History][106th Infantry Division WW2 Unit History]
Armored Divisions:
[ 3rd Armored Division][ 4th Armored Division][ 5th Armored Division][ 6th Armored Division][ 8th Armored Division][ 9th Armored Division][10th Armored Division][11th Armored Division][12th Armored Division]
Airborne Divisions:
[ 82nd Airborne Division][101st Airborne Division]
Air:
[Air Transport Command][9th Bombardment Division][50th Troop Carrier Wing][53rd Troop Carrier Wing][9th Tactical Air Command][19th Tactical Air Command][29th Tactical Air Command]
Support:
[Transportation Corps WW2][Corps of Engineers WW2][Flaming Bomb, Ordnance][Military Police WWII][Service, Signal Corps WW2][Medical Service WW2 ETO][WAC, Women's Army Corps, WWII]
 

Panzerwrecks 13 (Italy, Vol. 2)

Panzerwrecks 13 by Lee Archer and William AuerbachPanzerwrecks 13: Italy 2, the latest volume in the well known Panzerwrecks photo-book series, has been released by authors Lee Archer and William Auerbach. Photograph features include: Weapons Dump – Italian Style; Nashorn 214; Elefants of 1./s.Pz.Jg.Abt.653; and Dug-in Panther Turret – Concealed Killer. Other highlights include: Recaptured Shermans from 760th U.S. Tank Battalion and NZ 19th Armoured Regiment; Sturmgeschütz IV fitted with concrete add-on armour; rare photos of the Panzerjäger Elefant, field modification of Sd.Kfz.10/4 halftrack with a 2cm Italian Scotti flak; T-34 tanks used in Italy; and AB41 armored cars surrendered to U.S. forces.

Panzerwrecks 13 lengthy Axis vehicle list includes: Elefant, Tiger I, Panther Ausf. A uparmored, Panther Ausf. A dug in, Panther Ausf. A, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J, Sturmgeschütz IV, Nashorn, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G, Sturmhaubitze 42, Marder 38t, M4A1 Sherman, Sherman III (M4A2), T-34/76, 19.4cm Kanone 485 (f) GPF, StuG M42 mit 75/18 850 (i), StuG M42 mit 75/34 851 (i), StuG M43 mit 75/34 851 (i), StuG M43 mit 105/25 853 (i), 15cm Panzerwerfer 42, le.Zgkw 1t (Sd.Kfz. 10), Sfl. (Sd.Kfz. 10/4) für 2cm Flak (Scotti), Sfl. (Sd.Kfz. 10/5) für 2cm Flak, le.Zgkw 3t (Sd.Kfz. 11), Nbkw für 15cm NbW41 (Sd.Kfz. 11), 3.7cm Flak36 auf Sf (Sd.Kfz. 7/2), m.S.P.W. (Sd.Kfz. 251) Ausf. C, le.S.P.W. (2cm) (Sd.Kfz. 250/9) Ausf. A, and Pz.Sp.Wg.AB41 201(i).

More information can be found at: www.panzerwrecks.com.
 

New WWI and WWII Books from Tankograd

New March 2012 releases from Tankograd Publishing covering WWI and WWII have been announced. Tankograd specializes in publications on military vehicles and military history.

Sturmgeschutz III im Kampfeinsatz Kubelwagen on all Frontlines by Tankograd Grabenkrieg World War I Trench Warfare Grabenkrieg German Trench Warfare Vol. 2 by Tankograd
 

Me 262 from Valiant Wings

The Messerschmitt Me 262 by Richard Franks: Valiant Wings Airframe & Miniature Series

The Messerschmitt Me 262

Valiant Wings has published The Messerschmitt Me 262 by Richard Franks. The Messerschmitt Me 262 is the first volume of their new series of aviation books, the “Airframe & Miniature Series”.

Me 262 is 116 pages with 40 pages of technical information, 10 pages of full-color profiles, 20 pages of walk-around images and technical diagrams, 5 pages of camouflage and markings, and 25 pages of model information. The volume includes over 200 photographs, color side views and four-views by Richard Caruana, and 3-D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jakiewicz.

 

Most Popular Kindle WWII Books

The Top 10 most popular World War II e-books in 2010 on the Amazon Kindle:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura HillenbrandUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa
by E.B. Sledge
With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa by E.B. Sledge
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy SnyderBloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
by Timothy Snyder
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
by Ben Macintyre
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre
Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific by Robert LeckieHelmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific
by Robert Leckie
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
by James Bradley
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley
Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor: Icek Kuperberg by Icek Kuperberg and Abraham KuperbergMemoirs of a Holocaust Survivor: Icek Kuperberg
by Icek Kuperberg and Abraham Kuperberg, Ph.D. (editor)
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
by Slavomir Rawicz
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz
Crack! and Thump: With a Combat Infantry Officer in World War II by Charles Scheffel and Barry BasdenCrack! and Thump: With a Combat Infantry Officer in World War II by Charles Scheffel and Barry BasdenA Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight by Robert J. MrazekA Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight by Robert J. Mrazek
 

Kagero Aircraft Aces

Kagero “Aircraft Aces” book + decal series covering the aircraft of famous Luftwaffe aces.

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Swedish B-17 Flying Fortresses

Swedish Fortresses, a new book on the B-17 in Sweden, has been announced by MMP Books.

Swedish Fortresses: The Boeing B-17 Fortress in Civil and Military Service 
Swedish Fortresses: The Boeing B-17 Fortress in Civil and Military Service
Author: Jan Forsgren
Illustrated by: Teodor Liviu Morosanu and Nils Mathisrud
ISBN: 978-83-89450-87-6
A4 hardback plus 8 A2 foldouts, 128 pages with 64 pages of color.
 
Publisher’s Description: Many USAAF aircraft landed in neutral Sweden during WW2. The Swedish authorities arranged to buy many of these from the US, to supplement their limited and aging aircraft stocks. The B-17 Flying Fortress was selected for conversion to an airliner, and Saab undertook the work. This book tells, for the first time in English, the story of these aircraft and their subsequent careers, in Sweden, Denmark and France. No other B-17s were ever used as airliners, so this is a unique addition to the well-known history of the Fortress. Illustrated with many photos, both contemporary and of surviving airframes, and with color profiles of the colour schemes carried by these aircraft. Detailed plans of the modified airframes are included. Story of the “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby” restoration is included.

 

F4U Corsair in Action

Squadron Signal Publications have just announced their newest “In Action” book on the F4U Corsair. This new volume on the F4U Corsair updates Squadron Signal’s previous books on the well-known aircraft.

F4U Corsair in Action

F4U Corsair in Action

SS1220: F4U Corsair In Action
by Jim Sullivan.
From the Squadron Signal Press Release: The Corsair is among the most formidable US fighters of WWII, and maintained a kill ratio of 11:1 according to the US Navy. It went on to serve in Korea, holding its own in the early years of the jet age. The Corsair was first conceived in as a high-speed, high-altitude fighter for the Navy in 1938 when Chance Vought’s design team drew up plans for a fighter with a 1,800 hp engine and a huge 13-foot propeller—the F4U’s famous inverted gull wing was introduced to allow prop clearance. Handling problems delayed the aircraft’s deployment aboard carriers, but Marine Corps pilots quickly took to the powerful, rugged fighter and produced the first Corsair air ace by the summer of 1943. A total of 12,571 Corsairs were built between 1940 and 1952, most by Vought, but hundreds by Goodyear and Brewster as those companies’ assembly lines had to be pressed into service to meet demand for the remarkable aircraft. Surveys the history of the Corsair from its first prototype to the restored war-birds that continue to fly the air show circuit to the present day. Illustrated with 169 photographs (53 in color) plus color profiles and detailed line drawings; 64 pages. $16.95 Retail Price.
 

New Book: Panzer III in North Africa

Workhorse Panzer III in North Africa in WW2 
New book release from Oliver Publishing.

Battleline I: Workhorse—The Panzer III in North Africa
by Claude Gillono
Over 50 black-and-white photographs and 5 pages of full color illustrations. Part of the Firefly Collection.

 

Canfora Panther

Canfora Panther BookCanfora will soon be taking preorders on their new book Panther which will combine models and dioramas with historical research and photographs. Panther has an impressive list of contributors including Hilary Doyle, Mirko Bayerl, Phil Stutcinskas, Lester Plaskitt, Gunnar Jansson, Markus Eriksson, Roddy MacDougall, Brian Murdoch, Darren Gawle, Roger Hurkmans, and Toni Canfora.