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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.


New Military Modelcraft International Issues

Two upcoming issues of Military Modelcraft International including the “Year of the Tiger” special collector’s edition.

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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.

143rd AAA Gun Battalion

143rd AAA Gun Battalion in WW2The website Army Book of Memories tells the story of the 143rd AAA Gun Battalion during WWII from training through the fighting in the Ardennes Offensive and on to V-E Day. The website also includes photographs and a copy of the rare 143rd AAA’s unit history booklet which was published in 1945 after the end of the war.


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.


Military in Scale

The January 2011 issue of Military in Scale is now available.

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Tail Warning Radar

Summary of Tail Warning Radar AN/APS-13 from Radar Observers’ Bombardment Information File, July 1945.

Tail Warning Radar AN/APS-13

Radio Set AN/APS-13 is a lightweight radar set which gives an airplane pilot, or any other aircrew member who can see or hear it, a visible and audible warning that a hostile airplane is behind or approaching from the rear.

The usable range of this set is from 200 to 800 yards, and within an area extending up to 30° on both sides of the airplane and from 45° above it to 45° below it. The set doesn’t work above 50,000 feet or below 3100 feet. Ground reflections determine the lower limit.

Tail Warning Radar AN/APS-13

The main units include the antenna, transmitter-receiver, indicator light with brilliance control; warning bell, ON-OFF switch, and test switch. The set operates on 27.5 volts, which is the primary aircraft power supply.


1. Turn the power switch ON.

2. Wait at least three minutes for the tubes to warm up, then hold the test switch up. If the indicator lights and the warning bell rings, the equipment is operating properly. You can adjust the intensity of the indicator light with the rheostat.

3. You must set the GAIN CONTROL correctly. Adjust the screwdriver control on the front panel of the transmitter-receiver so that the receiver sensitivity is well below the level at which the tube noise can trigger the relay and give a false warning. If you reduce the sensitivity too far, however, it won’t detect aircraft within the required range. Have a competent radio technician check this before you start out on a combat mission.

Caution: The warning bell must be where the pilot can hear it clearly but where crew members cannot hear it; they might mistake it for the bailout signal.


New Books from Wydawnictwo Militaria

Three recent and upcoming WWII titles from Wydawnictwo Militaria:

  • No 348: Wlasow Army
    by J. Solarz; 295 x 208 mm, 62 pages, 70 b&w photos, 11 color pages, 2 maps; ISBN 9788372193483
  • No 349: M 11-39/13-40 M 14-41/15-42 (Tank Power CII)
    by Janusz Ledwoch; 295 x 208 mm, 66 pages, 15 color pages, 39 photos, 21 pages of plans; Full English text; ISBN 978837219349
  • No 350: Barbarossa 1941 Vol. IV
    Jacek Domanski; 295 x 208 mm 66 pages, 46 b&w photos, 3 color pages, 16 maps, 4 schemes, 10 tables; ISBN 9788372193506

Wydawnictwo Militaria 348 Armia Wlasowa Wydawnictwo Militaria 349: M 11-39/13-40 M 14-41/15-42 Wydawnictwo Militaria 350 Barbarossa

Factory Publishing Books

World War II armor reference books from The Factory Publishing:

  • Commonwealth Shermans in Italy
    by Dennis Oliver
  • Hermann Göring Panzer Division in Sicily (Campaign Series)
    by Claude Gillono
  • Jungle Armour: British and Indian Army Shermans in the Far East (Colour and Markings Series)
    by Dennis Oliver
  • New Breed: Part 1, North Africa (Colour and Markings Series)
    by Dennis Oliver and Michael Starmer
  • North Irish Horse
    by Gerry Chester
  • Panzers of Kasserine: The Afrika Korps in Tunisia (Campaign Series)
    by Claude Gillono
The New Breed North Africa

New Breed: Part 1, North Africa (Colour and Markings Series) by Dennis Oliver and Michael Starmer

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U.S. Assault Boats M1 & M2

Summary of U.S. M1 and M2 assault boats from Stream Crossing Equipment, Information Bulletin No. 120, Office of the Chief of Engineers, July 1943.


7. PURPOSE.—Assault boats are light, easily transported craft used to carry leading assault elements in a forced stream crossing. M2 assault boats are also used as flotation for the infantry support raft and expedient assault-boat bridge.


a. Description.

(1) The assault boat, M2 (fig. 2), is a scow type plywood boat with square stern, flat bottom, and slightly tapered bow. It has the following specifications:

Maximum width     5 feet 9 inches
Over-all length13 feet 4 inches
Depth2 feet 1 inch
Weight410 pounds
Useful displacement (8 inches free-board)4,000 pounds

M2 Assault Boat - U.S. Army in WWII

Figure 2.—Interior view of assault boat M2.

(2) Each M2 boat is equipped with two hinge connections and one boat-connecting pin, so that two boats may be coupled together, stern-to-stern, to form an assault-boat ponton of the type used in the infantry support raft and in the expedient assault-boat bridge. Two spacers for plywood treadways are located in each gunwale of the boats. Nine paddles are provided with each boat.

U.S. Army Assault Boat M2 with Crew in WWII

Figure 3.—Assault boat M2, with 15-man load.

b. Capacity.

(1) A three-man engineer crew is needed to operate an assault boat M2. The boat safely carries the following loads of combat-equipped infantrymen and weapons in addition to the three-man engineer crew:

(a) Rifle squad (12 men) with individual weapons and combat equipment (fig. 3).

(b) Two light machine-gun squads (10 men) with 2 caliber .30 light machine guns and 20 boxes of ammunition.

(c) One heavy machine-gun squad (7 men) with caliber .30 heavy machine gun and 13 boxes of ammunition.

(d) One Browning machine-gun squad (7 men) with caliber .50 machine gun and 4 boxes of ammunition.

(e) Two 60-mm mortar squads (10 men) with two 60-mm mortars and 72 rounds of ammunition.

(f) One 81-mm mortar squad (7 men) with 81-mm mortar and 50 rounds of ammunition.

(g) Infantry communication platoon wire section (8 men) with complete equipment.

(2) Two assault boats lashed together can carry the 37-mm antitank gun, its squad of 5 men, at least 100 rounds of ammunition, and an engineer crew of 3 men.

c. Carrying.—Ten to twelve men carry the boat (fig. 4). It is carried inverted to within a few yards of the water’s edge; then it is turned over, carried upright to the water’s edge, and launched.

U.S. Army Assault Boat in Carrying Position

Figure 4.—Assault boat M2 in upright carrying position.

d. Paddling.—The engineer in charge of the boat kneels at the stern and steers. The other two engineer crew members kneel, one at each side of the bow, and paddle. Six passengers also paddle.

e. Transportation.—The boats are nested in groups of seven (maximum 10) for transportation. These may be carried on 2½-ton trucks or two-wheel trailers.

9. ASSAULT BOAT M1.—The assault boat M1 (fig. 5) has been superseded by the assault boat M2. Since a considerable number of these boats are still in use, the boat is described briefly.

a. The M1 boat is a skiff type, flat-bottomed plywood boat. It is 13 feet 6 inches long, weighs about 200 pounds, and has a useful displacement of 3,200 pounds. It can carry safely, in addition to a two-man engineer crew, any one of the following loads of combat-equipped infantrymen and weapons:

(1) Nine riflemen with individual equipment.

(2) Eight men, 1 caliber .30 light machine gun, and 20 boxes of ammunition; or 8 men, 1 caliber .30 heavy machine gun, and 13 boxes of ammunition.

(3) Eight men, 1 caliber .50 machine gun, and 4 boxes of ammunition.

(4) Seven men, an 81-mm mortar, and 50 rounds of ammunition; or 9 men, a 60-mm mortar, and 150 rounds of ammunition.

(5) Seven men and equipment of an infantry communication platoon wire section.

b. The M1 boat is not equipped with hinge connections for making assault-boat pontons.

U.S. Army WW2 Assault Boat M1

Figure 5.—Assault boat M1.