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WWII Armor Books from Oliver Publishing

Two new WWII armor books from Oliver Publishing have been announced on the Oliver Publishing Group Facebook page: To The Last Bullet: Germany’s War On 3 Fronts. Part 2, Italy and Case Yellow: German Armour in the Invasion of France, 1940.

To The Last Bullet: Germany's War On 3 Fronts. Part 2, Italy Case Yellow: German Armour in the Invasion of France, 1940
 

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2 is scheduled for release in December 2012.

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2

Feature sections include “Odd StuGs: Ostfront Edition”, “Tehumardi Wrecks”, “Wrecks of Operation Bagration”, and “Panzer Wrecks in the Woods”. Oddities and rare vehicles pictured include Sturmgeschütz III and IV uparmoured with concrete and more; Bergepanzer III armed with a 2cm Kw.K; Lines of wrecked Panthers at Narva; Pz.Sp.Wg. 204(f) outfitted as a ‘Draisine'; Six photos of the rare 7.5cm Pak 97/38(f) auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r); Hungarian armour: Turán I and II, Nimród; Final production Pz.Kpfw.IV; Wrecked Bulgarian Pz.Kpfw.IVs in Hungary; and Panther Ausf.G infra-red ready.

Long list of vehicle include: Tiger I, Tiger II, Panther Ausf.D, Panther Ausf.A, Panther Ausf.G, Panther Ausf.G – I/R ready, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J, Sturmgeschütz IV, Panzer IV/70(V), Jagdpanzer IV, Hummel, Nashorn, Flakpanzer Möbelwagen, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.C/D, Sturmhaubitze 42, Pz.Beob.Wg.III, Bergepanzer III – 2cm KwK, Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.J, Wespe, Pz.Jgr.II für 7.5cm Pak 40, T 34/76, 7.5cm Pak 97/98 auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r), Pz.Kpfw. M3 (a) Stuart, BT42 (Finnish), Nimrod (Hungarian), Turan I (Hungarian), Turan II (Hungarian), Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D, Sd.Kfz.251/3, Sd.Kfz.251/9, Sd.Kfz.251/16, Sd.Kfz.251/17, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.B, Sd.Kfz.10/4, RSO/01, 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 Pz.Sp.Wg.AB41 201(i), and Pz.Sp.Wg.P 204(f).

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

The Secret of the Russians’ Success

Secret of Russian Success, Preventive Maintenance

Army Motors, March 1945


 

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
 

The New AR 850-15

Summary of vehicle painting and maintenance instructions from AR 850-15 from Army Motors, Vol. 6, No. 6, September 1945.

New AR 850-15 Painting Regulations

THE NEW AR 850-15

The law on “Miscellaneous—Motor Vehicles” gets a major overhaul for the first time in two years. This’ll help you get hep to what’s what.

Changes that affect you—because they affect vehicle operation and maintenance—blew in with the newly-revised AR 850-15 (1 Aug. 45). New do’s and don’t’s, new words like “semigloss” and “full gloss” have been written into the regulations. And a lot more, too.

NEW PAINT

Good news for maintenance men who’ve long been bitching about lusterless OD breaks out in par. 7, which prescribes approved semigloss olive drab for vehicles (certain ones excepted). The new paint is Enamel, olive drab, rust-inhibiting, U.S. Army spec. 3-181, amendment 3, type V—Fed. Stock No. 52-E-7574 for a 1-gal. can, 52-E-7574-75 for a 5-gal. can. But don’t start requisitioning it now—the stuff won’t get into supply channels for 60 to 90 days, and anyway, you only put it on when the vehicle’s due for a repaint. ASF Circular 291 (1 Aug. 45) says: “The new painting procedure… will be applicable to U.S. Army motor vehicles now in use, other than those excepted… when the vehicles require complete refinishing in accordance with established maintenance schedules and upon the availability of the semigloss paint prescribed.”

On busses, ambulances (except 3/4-ton 4×4’s), and passenger sedans, the AR goes whole hog on gloss. It says they may be painted a full gloss OD—but not until a repaint is necessary.

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Antiairborne Defense

A guide to defense against airborne troops from Cavalry Mechanized Reconnaissance Squadron, Cavalry Field Manual FM 2-30, U.S. War Department, Washington, DC, March 1943:

ANTIAIRBORNE DEFENSE

The reconnaissance squadron is a highly effective agency in the scheme of antiairborne defense as outlined in FM 100-5. Generally speaking, airborne troops in force will be used either ahead or to the flank of their enemy for the purpose of seizing and holding key terrain or behind it as a vertical envelopment. In either case, the squadron has an active role.

a. The squadron operating ahead of the division will, in all probability, be the nearest element to any point at which an air landing is attempted in the division zone of advance. The points at which such an enemy operation will be profitable should be as well known to friendly commanders as they are to the enemy and should therefore be expected. Long-range air reconnaissance may further reduce the element of surprise. Division G-2 should immediately warn the reconnaissance squadron commander of any airborne movements observed either in preparation or aloft. Being thus alerted, the squadron commander can plan how he will oppose a landing at any probable point in his zone.

Parachutists

(1) Parachutists should be prevented from reaching and opening their weapon containers.

(1) The reconnaissance commander encountering airborne troops in his zone must make a rapid decision based on the stage of the enemy development, relative strength, and the urgency of his primary mission. He may decide to attack, to contain the force until reinforced by the division, or to bypass and report the incident.

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