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New and upcoming books on World War Two

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  • New JJF book on Pomerania 1945

    JJF is publishing the English translation of Murawski's book "The Struggle for Pomerania"


    • Mooney's Waffen SS Knights Vol 4 to be released.

      Schiffer is publishing Peter Mooney's Waffen SS Knights and their Battles Vol. 4, to be released late this year.


      • Just released is the new book from Jeroplan books:

        Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Yugoslav Story (Volume I)

        While very much a niche book, if it is anything like their Dornier book, the production value and research will be first rate. Recommended for anyone with an interest in Balkan aviation during WW2


        • Noted naval historian Norman Friedman has a new book from the Naval Institute Press due on Sept. 2016

          Fighters over the Fleet

          400 pp

          Book synopsis
          Fighters Over the Fleet is an account of the parallel evolution of naval fighters for fleet air defense and the ships they sought to defend. This volume concentrates on the three main advocates of carrier warfare: the Royal Navy, the U.S. Navy, and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

          Because radar was not invented until the mid-1930s, fleet air defense was a primitive effort for flyers during the 1920s. Once the innovative system was developed and utilized, organized air defense became viable. Thus major naval-air battles of the Second World War―like Midway, the “Pedestal” convoy, the Philippine Sea and Okinawa―are portrayed as tests of the new technology. However, even radar was ultimately found wanting by the Kamikaze campaigns, which led to postwar moves toward computer control and new kinds of fighters.

          After 1945, the novel threats of nuclear weapons and stand-off missiles compounded the difficulties of naval air defense. The second half of the book covers the U.S. and Royal Navies’ attempts to resolve these problems by examining the U.S. experience in Vietnam and British operations during the Falklands War. The book then turns to the ultimate U.S. development of techniques and technology to fight the Outer Air Battle in the 1980s before concluding with the current state of technology supported carrier fighters.


          • Soviet Combat Divers in World War II
            By Pavel Boroviko
            Schiffer Publishing
            Nov 2016
            192 pp

            This book is a rare look at Soviet combat divers from the 1930s up to the end of World War II. The initial formation of the military diving services, including diving reconnaissance and sabotage units of the navy, and Red Army during the prewar years are described in detail. The training of divers during the war years including underwater exploration and sabotage, mine clearance, emergency rescue, diving support landings, and river crossings as well as their operational combat use from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, is also presented in concise detail. The highly informative description of the diving gear, weapons, and equipment used by divers-scouts and saboteurs features many photos, many of which are published here for the first time."
            Not a topic well covered in English so looks interesting.


            • Two more Schiffer titles dealing with the partisan war in Italy and Yugoslavia

              Globocnik's Men in Italy, 1943-45: Abteilung R and the SS-Wachmannschaften of the Operationszone Adriatisches Kustenland

              By Stefano Di Giusto , Tommaso Chiussi

              Dec 2016 240 pp

              When Odilo Globocnik, SS and police leader in Lublin, Poland, transferred to the Italian OZAK region in late 1943, he took with him a group of around 100 men who had run the notorious Aktion Reinhard extermination camps Belzec, Treblinka, Sobibor where 1.5 million people (mostly Jews) had been killed. This book describes the little-known activities of this group, known as Abteilung R (Reinhard), in the OZAK region from 1943 to 1945. Here they not only continued persecuting Jews, but also became involved in the fight against the armed resistance movement, participated in security tasks, anti-partisan operations, retaliation operations including arresting and killing of civilians, and ran the infamous Risiera di San Sabba police camp in Trieste. The book also covers the SS-Wachmannschaften (SS guards units) of the OZAK, military units that were formed locally and had links with Abteilung R. There are also chapters on uniforms and insignia, as well as photographs related to anti-partisan operations in the region."

              Guerrilla Nightmare: Stukas at War Against Tito's Partisans in Yugoslavia, 1943-1945
              by Lovro Persen
              Dec 2016 240 pp

              Yugoslavia experienced the terror of the Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber from the first days of war in April 1941, to the end in 1945. The complete story is presented in this new book that includes operational history, first-hand accounts, and rare wartime images of Stuka operations against Partisans. German and Italian Stukas contributed to the Axis powers' quick defeat of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and after the job was done, the dive-bombers left for the Eastern Front. But with growing antifascist resistance in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Croatia, the Stukas returned in 1943 and flew intensive combat missions against Tito's communist, Soviet Union-supported units. At this stage of the war, the dive-bombers caused widespread death and destruction, acting under the premise that "everything is a target," including both legitimate military and purely civilian targets. Only the later appearance of the Western Allies, and subsequently the Red Army, destroyed the Junkers bombers' supremacy over Tito's poorly equipped Partisans.


              • Subject of a lot of What Ifs gets a new book:

                Defending the Rock: Gibraltar at War 1935-1945

                By Nicholas Rankin
                Faber & Faber
                Dec 2016
                416 pp


                • New book looking at an interesting aspect of the French resistance:

                  The Extreme Right in the French Resistance: Members of the Cagoule and Corvignolles in the Second World War

                  By Valerie Deacon
                  Louisiana State U Press
                  240 pp
                  Dec 2016
                  In the aftermath of World War II, historical accounts and public commentaries enshrined the French Resistance as an apolitical, unified movement committed to upholding human rights, equality, and republican values during the dark period of German occupation. Valerie Deacon complicates that conventional view by uncovering extreme-right participants in the Resistance, specifically men and women who engaged in conspiratorial, anti-republican, and quasi-fascist activities in the 1930s, but later devoted themselves to freeing the country from Nazi control.

                  The political campaigns of the 1930s against communism, republicanism, freemasonry, and the government taught France s ultra-right-wing groups how to live outside the boundaries of legal society, how to organize underground movements, how to use acts of terror to further their cause, and, most importantly, how to survive when hunted by the law. When France fell to the Germans in 1940, many activists unabashedly cited previous participation in groups of the extreme right as their motive for joining the Resistance. They perceived no contradiction between their prewar political engagements and their wartime resistance activity, despite their ideological affinities with the collaborationist Vichy government and occasionally even the Nazis.

                  Deacon s analysis of extreme-right participation in the Resistance supports the view that the domestic situation in Nazi-controlled France was more complex than had previously been suggested. Instead of focusing on the older narrative of the political right having been exclusively invested in the Vichy regime and the political left having fought to reestablish basic freedoms and restore human rights, Deacon s study details how rightist resisters navigated between different options in the changing political context. In the process, she refutes the established view of the Resistance as apolitical, united, and Gaullist.

                  "The Extreme Right in the French Resistance" highlights the complexities of the French Resistance, what it meant to be a resister, and how the experiences of the extreme right proved incompatible with the postwar resistance narrative."


                  • And the debate continues:

                    For Want of a Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of WWII

                    By Christian Mark Dejohn
                    Jan 2017
                    456 pp

                    This remarkable story exposes the Sherman tank scandal of World War II, involving some of the biggest American names and stretching from the White House and Pentagon to factories and battlefronts. Outgunned by more powerful German opponents, the inferiority of American tanks led to some of the worst setbacks of the war, prolonging it in Europe. US tankers ultimately prevailed, but over 60,000 armored division soldiers were killed and wounded; their preventable sacrifice inspired the Hollywood movie Fury. Included are striking images of the Sherman's adversaries (photographed exclusively at the National Museum of Cavalry and Armor), along with original equipment, documents, period propaganda, and vintage photos of Sherman tanks in action. As a German officer noted, "I was on this hill with six 88mm antitank guns...Every time they sent a tank, we knocked it out. Finally we ran out of ammunition, and the Americans didn't run out of tanks."


                    • Originally posted by CarpeDiem View Post
                      And the debate continues:

                      For Want of a Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of WWII

                      By Christian Mark Dejohn
                      Jan 2017
                      456 pp
                      I do like books on tanks but I will not be buying this one.

                      The US first set foot on German soil on 11th September 1944, rather than the planned 2nd May 1945. That's more than 230 days ahead of schedule. How did the Sherman hold up the advance again?
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                      • Just one review so far but this looks interesting:



                        Our world at Khe Sanh was blood, death, and filth with deafening gunfire and blinding explosions as a constant soundtrack...Barry Fixler


                        • New Leaping Horseman Book.

                          Jason Mark from Leaping Horseman has a new book being published soon called Iron Cross Brigade by Werner Gösel



                          • Homecomings: The Belated Return of Japan's Lost Soldiers

                            By Yoshikuni Igarashi

                            Sep 2016
                            Columbia University Press
                            336 pp

                            Soon after the end of World War II, a majority of the nearly seven million Japanese civilians and serviceman posted overseas returned home. Heeding the call to rebuild, these soldiers helped remake Japan and enjoyed popularized accounts of their service. For those who took longer to return, such as the POWs detained in Siberian labor camps and the fighters who spent years hiding in the jungles of the South Pacific, coming home was more difficult. Their nation had moved on without them and resented the reminder of a humiliating, traumatizing defeat.

                            Homecomings tells the story of these late-returning Japanese soldiers and their struggle to succeed in a newly peaceful and prosperous society. Some were more successful than others, but they all charted a common cultural terrain, one profoundly shaped by media representations of the earlier returnees. Japan had come to redefine its nationhood through these popular images. Homecomings explores what Japanese society accepted and rejected, complicating the definition of a postwar consensus and prolonging the experience of war for both Japanese soldiers and the nation. The book throws the postwar narrative of Japan's recovery into question, exposing the deeper, subtler damage done to a country that only belatedly faced the implications of its loss.


                            • Italian Partisan Weapons in WWII

                              By Gianluigi Usai & Ralph Riccio

                              Dec 2016
                              Schiffer Publishing
                              320 pp

                              This book covers all classes and types of small arms, from pistols to heavy machine guns, known to have been used by the Italian partisans during WWII. It provides a brief history of the origin and development of the partisan movement in Italy following the 8 September 1943 armistice between Italy and the Allies and subsequent occupation of the northern portion of the country by Germany. There are many relevant examples of correspondence between partisan units relating to acquisition, distribution, use, maintenance, and problems encountered with the various types of small arms available. The majority of the pages of this book are dedicated to a complete, thorough, and extensive coverage of each individual type of weapon known to have been used by the partisans, including specifications, supported by current as well as vintage photographs showing the weapons in use by the partisans.


                              • The First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign

                                By Andrew Stewart

                                Nov 2016
                                Yale University Press
                                336 pp

                                Surprisingly neglected in accounts of Allied wartime triumphs, in 1941 British and Commonwealth forces completed a stunning and important victory in East Africa against an overwhelmingly superior Italian opponent. A hastily formed British-led force, never larger than 70,000 strong, advanced along two fronts to defeat nearly 300,000 Italian and colonial troops. This compelling book draws on an array of previously unseen documents to provide both a detailed campaign history and a fresh appreciation of the first significant Allied success of the war.

                                Andrew Stewart investigates such topics as Britain’s African wartime strategy; how the fighting forces were assembled (most from British colonies, none from the U.S.); General Archibald Wavell’s command abilities and his difficult relationship with Winston Churchill; the resolute Italian defense at Keren, one of the most bitterly fought battles of the entire war; the legacy of the campaign in East Africa; and much more.


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