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Aircrewman's Gunnery Manual
  • OPNAV 33-40
  • NAVAER 00-80S-40
  • Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C., 1944.
  • Issued by Aviation Training Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy in collaboration with U.S. Army Air Forces.
  • Contents: Guns: Caliber .50 Browning Machine Gun, M2; Gun Mount Adapters; Mk 6 Mod 3 Adapter; Mk 10 Mod 3 Adapter; Mk 11 Mod 3 Adapter; Caliber .45 Automatic Pistol; Caliber.30Browning Machine Gun, M2; Sighting and Sights; Turrets: Grumman Ball; Erco Teardrop; Erco Ball; Martin Ball; Martin Electric Upper Deck; Martin Hydraulic Upper Deck; Martin Hydraulic Tail; Consolidated Tail; Sperry Retractable Ball; Bendix Upper Deck; Emerson Bow.
  • 337 pages, numerous photos, drawings.
  • $1.99
Air-Ground Teamwork on the Western Front: The Role of the XIX Tactical Air Command During August 1944: An Interim Report
  • Wings at War No. 5 (1992 reprint of the 1945 edition).
  • This work describes close air support and battlefield interdiction in action. A single, month-long campaign—the famous thrust across northern France in August 1944 of Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army and Maj. Gen. O. P. Weyland's XIX Tactical Air Command—became a model for close cooperation between army and aviation forces in future conflicts. This day-by-day, blow-by-blow account shows how the ground forces raced forward, frequently 20 miles per day, because friendly air power protected their flanks, shielded them from the Luftwaffe, and devastated the opposition in front of them.
  • $1.99
An Informal History of the 697th Field Artillery Battalion
  • Compiled and edited by Major Hermon E. Smith
  • 697th Field Artillery Battalion Headquarters
  • 1945
  • The 697th Field Artillery Battalion not only has a history stemming from the oldest battery in the U.S. Army, but it also has the distinction of being the first 240mm howitzer battalion formed for World War II. To carry on this proud history the 697th Field Artillery was the first 240mm howizter outfit to enter combat in World War II, when it was committed under the aegis of the Fifth Army at Cassino, Italy, on Janaury 30, 1944. From that time until May 8, 1945, when "Peace through Victory" was secured, the battalion remained in combat to become the last 240mm howitzer battalion to continue actively in battle in the European Theater.
  • Contents: Historical Background; Italy; France and Germany; Peace. Appendices: Campaigns; Battalion Soft Ball Team; List of Awards; Commendations; Roster of Officers; Headquarters Battery; Medical Detachment; "A" Battery; "B" Battery; "C" Battery; Service Battery.
  • 34 photos and illustrations, 2 maps
  • $1.99
Arctic Manual
  • Technical Manual TM 1-240
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 17 January 1944
  • The viewpoint adopted in this manual is primarily that of Army personnel who will have to travel in the Arctic and live away from permnanent posts. Although this group is in the minority, its problems are so much greater than those of men stationed at established posts that this emphasis seems proper. However, nearly all of part one and chapters 1, 4, and 7 of part two contain much information that is valuable to anyone stationed anywhere within the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Because of space limitations, this manual deals particularly with Arctic North America and omits discussion of Arctic Europe and Asia.
  • Contents: CHARACTER OF THE ARCTIC COUNTRY; Topography, drainage, and glaciers; Northern seas; Climate and weather; Life; LIVING IN THE ARCTIC; Habitability; Shelter, heat, and light; Food and water; Clothing and equipment; Living off the country; Travel; Special precautions and first aid; Making the best of a forced landing.
  • 139 pages, 20 drawings, 1 map
  • $1.99
Ark Royal: The Admiralty Account of Her Achievement
  • Admiralty, 1942
  • Official wartime account of the British aircraft Ark Royal covering her war service from September 1939 through November 1941 when she was sunk in the Mediterranean near Gibraltar.
  • Contents: "Where is the Ark Royal?"; The Building of the Ark; The Ark Goes to War; Ocean Search: The Hunt for the Graf Spee; Norway: At Grips with the Luftwaffe; "This Melancholy Action"; The Long Arm of Force H; "The Convoy Must Go Through"; The Hazard that Beat the Bismarck; The Spirit of the Ark.
  • 68 pages, 74 photos, 2 maps, 1 color illustration
  • $1.99
Armored Command Field Manual: The Armored Division
  • Field Manual FM 17-100
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 15 January 1944
  • Thls manual is designed as a guide tor the training and the tactical employment of armored divisions. The tactical methods and procedures set forth are not to be considered as inflexible. The employment of the units and weapons of the armored division in many ways and by many methods not described, foreseen, or even contemplated herein, should be sought for and encouraged if such use will be of value in causing the enemy discomfiture and defeat. However, the seeking of such new methods of employment must not interfere with training. Furthermore, any such use must matetially contribute to the defeat of the enemy.
  • Contents: General; Training; Reconnaissance; Marches and bivouacs; Security; Offensive action; Defensive action and retrograde movements; Special operatlons; Supply. evacuation. maintenance; Trains.
  • 116 pages, 53 figures
  • $1.99
Armored Force Field Manual: The Armored Battalion, Light and Medium
  • Field Manual FM 17-33
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 18 September 1942.
  • 148 pages, illustrations, charts, tables
  • $1.99
Armored Force Field Manual: Logistics
  • Field Manual FM 17-50
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 7 November 1942
  • Contents: Movements and Shelter; Supply; Evacuation; Motor Vehicle Maintenance.
  • 108 pages, 21 figures
  • $1.99
Armored Force Field Manual: Reconnaissance Battalion
  • Field Manual FM 17-22
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 18 August 1942
  • The purpose of this manual is to outline general methods of training and employing the reconnaissance battalion of the armored division. Tactical employment of the reconnaissance company is covered in FM 17- 20, and that of the tank company In FM 17-32. The subject of reconnaissance in general Is covered in FM 100-5 and FM 17-10. This manual is intended as a guide on ly. It is not expected that it will be followed blindly. Rigid application of a fixed set of rules is high ly undesirable. Each situation must be solved on its own merits. I ndividual Initiative must be encouraged. The primary mission of the reconnaissance battalion is, in conjunction with observation aviation, to furnish the division commander with information upon which to base a decision for employment of the division. Before any other mission is assigned, a careful estimate should be made as to the probable effect on this primary mission. Additional missions that may be assigned are counterreconnaissance, security, and combat. The reconnaissance battalion Is not given the mission of covering development of the division or its elements. Such mission would interfere seriously with the primary mission of reconnaissance. Such covering Is incidental to reconnaissance and counterrcconnaissance.
  • Contents: General; Purpose; Mission; Support; Organization; Method of employment; Training; Maintenance; Evacuation; Marches and security; Information and reports; Offensive combat; Advance to contact; Cooperation with regimental reconnaissance; Action in a penetration; Envelopment; ; Seizing critical areas; Pursuit; Defensive action and retrograde movements; Counterreconnalssance; Defense of a position; Retrograde; Special operations; Attack of a river line; Defense of a river line; Operations In jungle; Desert warfare.
  • 60 pages, 34 figures
  • $1.99
Armored Force Field Manual: Tank Gunnery
  • Field Manual FM 17-12
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 22 April 1943
  • This manual provides the unit commander and the gunnery officer with a step-by-step outline of tank gunnery training and the necessary explanation and references. The discussion of training methods is limited to tank guns. Necessary information pertaining to assault guns, antitank guns, and mortars is found in the references in appendix II. The plan of training can be adapted to those weapons.
  • Contents: General; Outline of gunnery training; Crew drill and simulated firing; Ammunition; Adjustment of sights; Direct laying; Indirect laying; Firing; Gunners' proficiency test, tank guns.
  • 114 pages, 64 figures
  • $1.99
Armored Force Field Manual: The Tank Company, Light and Medium
  • Field Manual FM 17-32
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 2 August 1942
  • This manual covers the tactlcs and technique of the light and the medium tank company, and is applicable to the tank companies of both armored regiments and separate tank battalions. It supplements pertinent matter contained in FM 17-10. It covers the action of the company when acting as part of the battalion and when acting alone. The company wlll habitually be reinforced whether acting alone or as part of the armored battalion. This manual is only a guide to the employment of the tank company. The formations and actions described herein are not inflexible. Each tactical situation must be solved on Its own merits and not by blind application of a set of inflexible rules. Initiative of all commanders must be encouraged.
  • Contents: General; Training; Control, orders. liaison. reconnaissance, maintenance; Security; Marches; Offensive action; Defense; Jungle warfare; Troop leading.
  • 96 pages, 54 figures
  • $1.99
Armored Warfare in World War II
  • A Conference Featuring F.W. von Mellenthin, Generalmajor a.D., German Army, 10 May 1979
  • At this Conference on Armored Warfare in World War II, Generalmajor а.D. F. W. von Mellenthin, a distinguished German battle tank force tactician, related some of his experiences as a General Staff Officer in the Russian campaign and responded to questions on his World War II experiences and their possible current application. A transcript of General von Mellenthin's talk and the question-and-answer sessions is provided on pages 1 through 70. Only very minor editing was attempted. Undoubtedly some errors have been introduced in transcribing the tape, and apologies are extended for any errors or misquotes. Owing to the time constraint, General von Mellenthin was able to present only a few selected portions of the prepared text of his talk; however, the entire text, including maps of the battle areas, is presented on pages 71 through 148. An outline map of the overall area, similar to the one used at the Conference, is in a pocket on the inside back cover of this report. There is, of course, some redundancy between the transcript and the prepared text (in particular, the material presented on pages 12 through 27 and that presented on pages 71 through 86), but in order to preserve the sequential organization of events in the prepared text it was decided not to attempt to eliminate the redundancy. General von Mellenthin also prepared six very brief papers relating his Eastern Front experiences to current applications: (1) Educational Experiences and Ideas; (2) Detailed Answers to Questions Concerning Current Applications, (3) Eastern Front Experiences—Current Applications, (4) German General Staff Experiences and Ideas, (5) German Influence on Soviet Strategy and Tactics, and (6) Observations on the Soviet Army and Air Force. Papers No. 3 and 4 were presented at the Conference. These may be found on pages 36 and 37 and 2 through 6, respectively. The remaining four papers are presented at the end of this document. For additional Information on armored warfare and General von Mellenthin's experiences in World War II, the reader is referred to two books which he has written: Panzer Battles and German Generals of World War II.
  • Contents: FOREWORD; BIOGRAPHY; INTRODUCTORY REMARKS; TRANSCRIPT OF TALK AND DISCUSSIONS; PREPARED TEXT FOR GENERAL VON MELLENTHIN'S PRESENTATION. My Eastern Front Experiences From November 1942 to July 1944; Defensive Battles on Chir River, German Attacks to Relieve Stalingrad, Tatsinskaya, Defensive Battles on Donetz; Defensive Battles on Chir River; German Attacks to Relieve Stalingrad Cauldron; Withdrawal to West (Tatsinskaya); Defensive Battles on Donetz; Withdrawal From Donetz to Area North of Stalino (150 Miles); Great German Counterattack Northwest Through Barvenovka to Kharkov (120 Miles); April '43 - June '43 Spring Thaw; Stabilization of Front, Preparations of German Attack at Kursk; The Assault; Withdrawal to the Dnieper River at Kremenchug; Problems of withdrawal; Defense of the Dnieper; Soviet Breakthrough at Kiev; Withdrawal to Vicinity of Zhitomir; Victory at Radomyshl; The Meleni Pocket; Defensive Victory at Berdichev; Problems of Defensive Warfare; Withdrawal to Tarnopol; Spring Thaw at Tarnopol; Training; Defense in Depth; Koniev Breaks Through; Soviets Cross Vistula at Baranov. PAPERS RELATING EASTERN FRONT EXPERIENCES TO CURRENT APPLICATIONS: Educational Experiences and Ideas; Eastern Front Experience: Detailed Answers to Questions Concerning Current Applications; German Influence on Soviet Strategy and Tactics; Observations on the Soviet Army and Air Force.
  • 181 pages, 18 maps
  • $1.99
At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy
  • by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr., USNR (Retired)
  • Foreword by President John F. Kennedy
  • Introduction by Rear Admiral Ernest McNeill Eller, USN (Retired)
  • Naval History Division, Washington, D.C., 1962
  • "Histories" may or may not "make men wise." Certainly one of the hopes of the Navy Department in recording them in World War II and since has been that from the recorded facts men would learn for future leadership to serve our beloved nation. Detailed action reports and war diaries were required from ships and higher commands in World War II. These were not only for clearer analysis that we might better fight the war but were to serve as source material for studies and histories in the future.  To supplement these fundamental building blocks of history, the Navy prepared in manuscript many command and administrative histories. For the most part the commands themselves prepared these histories. Some are outstanding, some are dreary; but all are akin in that they were prepared by participants who had just lived through the events recorded. The writers also had at hand the maximum amount of the command's file material likely ever to be available since most of the never ebbing tide of paperwork must be "given the deep six." Therefore they should have captured information on events which is not now discoverable.  These histories were prepared "for the record," not for publication. They have served their purpose admirably as a fount of irreplaceable information. We in the Navy turn to them constantly for "how it was done" in the Tenth Fleet, in the Mediterranean, in the Pacific, in the South Atlantic—in the many parts of the world where the complex, many faceted Navy serves America and freedom. Organization, procedures followed, lessons learned as in antisubmarine warfare—these we daily profit by in many parts of the Navy. The manuscripts have also been invaluable to serious civilian historians.  Some of the manuscript histories reached a quality of excellence that merited publication when the need and demand should arise. One of this select group appears in the following pages. This thorough and objective account of the operations of PT boats in the U.S. Navy in World War II was prepared in the year after V-J Day by an officer who served in them through most of the war in the far reaches of the Pacific. He knew and loved these small, fast craft with hornet sting. They played their part with zest in the far reaching, powerful Navy team. He gave to the research into the records, into the memories of other participants, and to the writing itself the same zest. As a result he produced a shipshape manuscript. A steady flow of researchers have gone to this manuscript for information, some for naval studies in the important area of close-in fighting, some to write for publication. The number interested in it has grown measurably recently, hence publication seemed appropriate so that it will be readily available wherever needed. Preparation for publication has included careful reading and some slight revision by Capt. F. Kent Loomis and Mr. Dean Allard of this office and by Captain Bulkley. Mr. Allard and his colleague, Mr. Bernard F. Caval-cante, also checked the manuscript for accuracy against the large body of records in our possession which now include captured ones not available to the author in 1945-46. Captain Bulkley has also generously given his time in helping Comdr. D. V. Hickey and Lt. Comdr. Mary J. Linderman of the Curator Section of this office select the illustrations and in providing some not available in our large collection. Mr. Jesse B. Thomas has supervised the proofing, make-up, indexing, and other problems in voyaging from manuscript to finished book, assisted by Mr. Donald R. Martin. This manuscript was prepared under the same overall "rules of the road" as the incomparable Samuel Eliot Morison series. That is to say, this office provided the source material, space and support in writing, checking of facts, review of manuscript and other aid helpful to a writer. The fabric of the story, its presentations and conclusions, however, are Captain Bulkley's. It is really, of course, the book of the PT boat sailors. The Navy list in World War II included at the height some 7,000 ships of PT Boat-LCI size and up. Yet so vast were the duties throughout the world that ships were almost always in short supply for any task. Over 80 types of warships made up this global fleet. Sailors on mighty aircraft carriers and battleships or even minesweeps and LSTs called PT boats "spit kits," only partly in jest. Not so with most career officers in the Navy and especially not those who had long served America at sea—like Admiral Nimitz. He knew that the responsibilities of the fleet were great and the ships too few for far spreading tasks. He knew that PTs could not, of course, do the tasks of the mighty aircraft carriers, the battleships, cruisers, the workhorse destroyers, the silent submarines,  or the many necessary special  types like the amphibs, the net ships, the degaussers, the rocket ships. He knew the thousand and one duties that had to mesh in successful accomplishment to win the war— and that some of these could be accomplished best only by the small, daring PT boats.This book tells how this particular type valiantly carried out necessary duties as their crews, mostly "citizen sailors," rose to the desperate challenge to freedom in the highest traditions of patriotism, skill and courage that have served America well at sea from her earliest struggles. It is hoped that readers will find in this book fuller appreciation of this stirring tradition of sacrifice and service without which our nation cannot endure as the leader of the hopes of men.
  • Contents: Into Action—Pearl Harbor And The Philippines; Development—A New Type Emerges; Guadalcanal And Beyond—The Solomons Campaign; Southwest Pacific—Conquest Of New Guinea; The Aleutians—A Battle Against Weather; The Mediterranean—Torpedo War; The English Channel—D-Day And After; Southwest Pacific—Return To The Philippines; Postscript; Appendices: Composition Of The Squadrons; Pt Losses; Awards And Citations; Casualties; A Note On Sources.
  • 604 pages, 108 photos, 7 maps
  • $1.99
Aviation Engineers in Mobile Warfare
  • IX Engineer Command, 1945
  • This booklet records a few of the achievements of the IX Engineer Command. This record tells how aviation engineers, forming the spearhead for the air task force, blazed a trail of airfields across the continent and enabled the fighter-bombers and medium bombers of the Ninth Air Force to operate from bases always within effective range of their targets. The IX (9th) Engineer Command (Advance) Headquarters was organized in England as a component of the Ninth Air Force on March 30th, 1944, with an authorized strength of 289 officers and men. Additional organizations were added to the Command so that by D-Day in Normandy (June 6th, 1944), the Headquarters controlled four Engineer Aviation Regiments, 16 standard Aviation Engineer Battalions (four in each Regiment), and three Airborne and one Camouflage Aviation Engineer Battalions that were under direct operational control of the Headquarters. The initial mission of the Command was to construct new airfields on the Continent and to rehabilitate captured airfields. The men of one of the command's Battalions landed under enemy fire on D-Day in Normandy with their equipment and fought their way to an airfield site, captured it, and had it operational for fighter aircraft within 72 hours. After two months of operations, it was decided that the 9th could also best maintain the airfields already constructed so the Command assumed this responsibility also.
  • Contents: Message: Brig. Gen. James B. Newman, Jr., U.S.A., Commanding; Stepping Stones to Victory; Build Up... Setting the Stage; Bulldozers Chase Jerries; Time, Weather, Tactics; Roll Out the Runways; Footnote to Victory; Build, Defend, Maintain; D+VE Day: Airfields in Western Europe Constructed or Rehabilitated by IX Engineer Command; Brigades: 922nd, 923rd, 924th, 925th, 926th Engineer Aviation Regiment; 2nd Airfield Maintenance Regiment; 816th, 818th, 819th, 820th, 825th, 826th, 827th, 829th, 830th, 831st, 832nd, 833rd, 834th, 837th, 840th, 843rd, 844th, 846th, 847th, 850th, 851st, 852nd, 859th, 861st, 862nd Engineers; 937th Engineer Aviation Camouflage Battalion; 876th, 877th, 878th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalions; Engineer Maintenance Companies; Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squads; Medical Dispensaries (Aviation); Headquarters.
  • 64 pages, 22 photos, 13 drawings, 1 map, 26 airfield map plans
  • $1.99
Aviation Ordnanceman’s Manual (AO)
  • NAVAER 00-80T-65
  • Issued by the Chief of Naval Operations for the U.S. Naval Air Reserve, 1958
  • Contents: Tools and Measuring Instruments; Small Arms and Cannon; Ballistics; Munitions; Releasing Gear; Munitions Handling and Ordnance Mobile Equipment; Boresighting; Aerial Target Towing Equipment; Electricity; Aircraft Turrets; Aircraft Fire Control Systems; Publications, Forms, Records and Supply.
  • 490 pages, hundreds of photos, illustrations, drawings
  • $1.99
Aviator's Recognition Manual
  • Field Manual FM 1-88
  • Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., 7 July 1980
  • 332 pages, photos, drawings
  • $1.99

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