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Basic Manual of Military Small Arms: American, British, Russian, German, Italian, Japanese and All Other Important Nations
  • by W.H.B. Smith
  • Published in 1943
  • This book is a military classic. It is of real value to every man who uses military arms. The coverage of the basic United States weapons will help any service man achieve a quick and comprehensive understanding of his weapons. The sections of foreign arms will also help to develop a "weapons sense" in the reader; prepare him to grasp opportunities on the field of battle; and serve to increase his confidence in the superlative arms with which he is equipped. This is primarily a book for the person who is not an expert. The text is so simply presented that even a person without any knowledge of firearms can follow it. with ease. The photographs were specially prepared from the actual weapons themselves to teach step-by-step all the essentials. The original working drawings are simple and clear, and are presented for the benefit of the layman, not the draftsman. However, it is also a book for the expert—the soldier, collector, manufacturer and designer, all will find much of interest and value in it. You can study a hundred handbooks and manuals to find the data packed into this work.
  • 224 pages, 434 photos, 100 drawings
  • $1.99
Battle of Britain, August-October 1940: An Air Ministry Account of the Great Days From 8th August-31st October 1940
  • Air Ministry
  • HMSO, 1941
  • An early wartime official account of the Battle of Britain as seen from the British side.
  • Contents: The Scene is Set: First Great Air Battle in History; These Were the Weapons Used; The British Fighter Force on Guard; The German Command Plans a Knockout. Phase I: The Offensive is Launched: German Losses Run Into Hundreds of Aircraft. Phase II: The Attack on Inland Aerodromes: Eight Hundred Aircraft Attack Fighter Aerodromes; Hurricanes and Spitfires Stay in the Air. Phase III: London versus Göring: The Last Throw; Success of British Fighter Interception. Phase IV: The Luftwaffe in Retreat: The Last Move Countered; The Greatest Day: 15th September 1940; "Achtung, Schpitfeuer!"; "Justification for Our New Tactics"; Dropping Every Few Miles; Second Wave of Afternoon Attackers. "Men Like These": Sky Full of Spitfires and Hurricanes; Shattered and Disordered Armada.
  • 33 pages
  • $1.99
Belgium: The Official Account of What Happened 1939-1940
  • Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1940
  • 125 pages, illustrations, maps, appendices
  • $1.99
Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, July 1, 1941, to June 30, 1943 to the Secretary of War
  • U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1943
  • This report summarizes the important events affecting the United States Army between 1 July 1941 and 30 June 1943. It is a record of what was done and why it was done, and was submitted while America was at war to permit a better understanding of the great offensive operations then in progress. Formal reports of operations in the Philippines, North Africa, and the Southwest Pacific had not yet been received. This report was based on messages, current reports, and official records of the War Department which, it was then felt, were sufficiently complete to form an accurate picture.
  • Contents: Introduction. The Third Phase: Extension of Service; Development of the Army; Reinforcements for Overseas Garrisons; Time Factor; Changing Situation. The Fourth Phase: War is Declared; Strategy and Control; Global War; Struggle in the Philippines; Coral Sea—High Tide of Aggression. The Fifth Phase: The Solomons; Papua; European Theater; North African Theater/Middle East; Asiatic Theater; Operations in Alaska. Summary. Conclusion: Organization; Logistics; Training; Air Forces; Planning. Maps. Charts.
  • 91 pages, 6 maps, 19 charts
  • $1.99
Black Hawks Over the Danube: The History of the 86th Infantry Division in World War II
  • by Richard A. Briggs
  • Published in 1954
  • Unit history of the U.S. Army's 86th "Black Hawk" Infantry Division in World War II, written by a member of the unit. Composed almost entirely of Selective Service inductees, the unit became known as the "Kid Division," because of its youth. The average age of the entire division, officers and all, was only 22. They served originally in Europe, and after the war ended there, they were shipped to the Pacific, to be part of the forces invading Japan, but arrived in the Philippines in mid-September 1945, where they "mopped-up" Japanese stragglers.
  • Contents: Foreword; The Call to Colors; The Watch on the Rhine; The Ruhr Pocket; The Bavarian Redoubt; Golden Gate in '48; Pearl of the Orient.
  • 126 pages, 13 photos, 2 maps
  • $1.99
Bomber Command: The Air Ministry Account of Bomber Command's Offensive Against the Axis, September 1939-July 1941
  • Air Ministry
  • HMSO, London, 1941
  • This record is, for the most part, the story of the Battles, the Blenheims and the Hampdens, the Wellingtons and the Whitleys. Our larger and more modern aircraft, the Stirlings, the Manchesters, the Halifaxes, the Flying Fortresses and the rest , enter it only at the end. It has been the aircraft constructed before the war that have up till now been the chief instruments of the attack on Germany. In these aircraft the men of Bomber Command have flown some twenty-four million miles during the period under review. It was a period of preparation for events on the threshold of which we are now standing. Unlike the Luftwatre, which, from the beginning, was provided with large numbers of bombers, the Royal Air Force was, on the 3rd September, 1939, stronger in fighters. That the policy of giving priority to the creation and training of a strong fighter force was right, no one who saw or who remembers the Battle of Britain, fought and won over the Southern Counties of England during the summer and autumn of 1940, will wish to deny. Had fighters and fighter pilots then been lacking, defeat and disaster would have been inevitable.
  • Contents: War Telegram; Captains and Crews; First Blood: Attacks on the German Fleet; White Bombs: The Leaflet Raids; Campaign Against Odds: Norway; Western Front: The Battle of Flanders; Long Distance Attack: Italy; Mining the Enemy's Coast; Why the Invasion Armada Never Sailed; Day Offensive in the North Sea; The Battle of the Atlantic; The Mind that Plans: Operations Control; The Crew that Strikes: Night Raid; The Attack on Nazi Industry; The Damage in Germany; One Thing is Certain.
  • 132 pages, 91 photos and illustrations, 4 maps
  • $1.99
Booby Traps
  • NAVPERS 16110
  • Bureau of Naval Personnel
  • Navy Department, Washington, D.C., 1944
  • Prepared by the U.S. Navy to give the average sailor or Marine information about booby traps, including why they are used, the common types used by Germany, Italy, and Japan, where to look for them, how to detect them, and what to do if found.
  • Contents: Purpose; Why you should know about enemy booby traps; Underlying principles of booby trap employment; What they are; How they work ; Why booby traps are used; Common types used by Germany and Japan; "S" mine; Pistol ground spike; The Tellermine; Italian long metal box types; German "butterfly bomb"; The "Thermos" bomb; Japanese "sandman" and other types used by Japan; Anti-vehicle type; Anti-personnel; Anti-tank magnetized; Bangalore torpedo; Wooden box mine; Panzi; Japanese techniques; Grenades; Where to look for the booby traps; Where you have to go; Where you are likely to go; Where you may speed up without danger of encountering traps; How to detect booby traps; What to do if you find one; Some rules of thumb about booby traps; Along Roads; Crossing Open Ground; Entering Buildings; Parting word of advice; Bibliography.
  • 48 pages, 25 B&W photos, 1 drawing
  • $1.99
A Brief History of the 7th Marines
  • History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., 1980
  • This is a concise narrative of the regiment from its initial activation in 1917 through its participation in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. This is the tenth in a series of regimental histories created to cover each of the infantry and artillery regiments in the Fleet Marine Force, active and reserve.
  • Contents: Genesis and the Cuban Prelude; World War II Rebirth and South Pacific Deployment; Guadalcanal; New Britain; Peleliu; Okinawa; North China Intervention and Occupation; Aggression in Korea: Return to Asia; Cuba Again and a New Caribbean Deployment; The Second Indochina War; Conclusion; Notes. Appendices: Commanding Officers, 7th Marines; Chronology, 7th Marines; Honors of the 7th Marines; 7th Marines Medal of Honor Recipients.
  • 96 pages, 59 photos, 1 illustration, 13 maps
  • $1.99
A Brief History of the 9th Marines
  • by Truman R. Strobridge
  • Marine Corps Historical Reference Series Number 33
  • Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., 1963
  • Contents: World War I; Reserve Interlude; World War II; Bougainville; Guam; Iwo Jima; China Interlude; The Later Years; In Retrospect; Notes. Appendices: Commanding Officers, 9th Marines, 1917-1961; 9th Marines Medal of Honor Recipients; Honors of 9th Marines.
  • 34 pages
  • $1.99
A Brief History of the 10th Marines
  • by Maj. David N. Buckner, USMC
  • History and Museums Division, HQ, USMC, Washington, D.C., 1981
  • Contents: The Early Years: Vera Cruz; Haiti; Dominican Republic. World War I. Between the Wars: "Civil War" Maneuvers, Culebra and Quantico Construction; Guarding the U.S. Mail; China Duty; "Pack 75s" and Fleet Exercises; Sojourn in Iceland. World War II: Guadalcanal - The First One; New Zealand Recuperation; Tarawa - Code-Named Helen; Saipan; Tinian - The Perfect One; Okinawa - The Last One; Kyushu Occupation Duty. Postwar Years at Camp Lejeune; Korean War - Deactivation and Reactivation; Lebanese Intervention; Cuban Missile Crisis; Steel Pike I; Dominican Republic Intervention; Civil Disturbance Training; Regimental Reorganization. Conclusion. Notes. Appendices: Commanding Officers, 10th Marines; Chronology, 10th Marines; Honors of the 10th Marines; Medal of Honor Recipients in the 10th Marines.
  • 144 pages, photos, maps
  • $1.99
Browning Automatic Rifle, Caliber .30, M1918A2
  • Field Manual FM 23-15
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 30 June 1943
  • The Browning automatic rifle, caliber .30, M1918A2, is an air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed shoulder weapon with bipod. It weighs approximately 20 pounds with sling. The ammunition is loaded in magazines of 20 rounds. The weight of the magazine when empty is 7 ounces; when filled, 1 pound 7 ounces.
  • Contents: CHAPTER 1. Mechanical training; CHAPTER 2. Marksmanship, known distance targets; CHAPTER 3. Marksmanship, moving ground targets; CHAPTER 4. Marksmanship, aerial targets; CHAPTER 5. Technique of fire; CHAPTER 6. Advice to instructors; CHAPTER 7. Safety precautions.
  • 292 pages, 97 figures
  • $1.99
Browning Machine Gun, Caliber .30, HB, M1919A4 (Mounted in Combat Vehicles)
  • Basic Field Manual FM 23-50
  • War Department, Washington, D.C., 12 August 1942
  • The machine gun, caliber .30, M1919A4, is recoil operated, belt fed, and air cooled. In recoil operation the rearward force of the expanding powder gas (kick) furnishes the operating energy. The moving parts, while locked together at the moment of the explosion, are left free within the receiver to be forced to the rear by the recoil . This movement is controlled by means of various springs, cams, and levers, and is utilized to perform the necessary mechanical operations of unlocking the breech, extraction and ejection of the empty case, and feeding in of the new round. as well as cocking, locking, and firing the mechanism. The receiver mechanism is for all practical purposes the receiver of the Browning machine gun M1917.
  • Contents: MECHANICAL TRAINING: Description; Disassembllng, assembling, and changlngpars; Care and cleaning; Mechanical functioning; Stoppages and immediate action; Mounting gun, telescopic sight, and teklescope in vehicle; Accessories; Ammunltion; Training equipment. TRAINING FOR PLACING MACHINE GUN IN ACTION. MARKSMANSHIP: Preparatory training for firing statlonary targets; Preliminary gunner's test; Courses to be fired (qualificatlon courses); Conduct of range practice; Auxlllary training means; Targets, ranges, and range precautions. TECHNIQUE OF FIRE: General; Characteristics of fire; Classes of fire; Range determination, windage. and target speeds; Target designation; Fire distribution; Fire control; Fire orders; ADVICE TO INSTRUCTORS: General; Mechanical training; Training for placing guns in action; Marksmanship; Firing at field targets.
  • 184 pages, photos, drawings, illustrations, tables
  • $1.99
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin, February 1944, Number 323
  • Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., 1944
  • This magazine was published monthly for the information and interest of the U.S. Naval Service as a whole.
  • Contents: Your Rights and Benefits as a Veteran: New Mustering Out Pay Is Just One of Many Things That Show People at Home Aren't Forgetting You!; Families of Personnel Killed in War Get Swift Financial Aid; Amphibs to Fore in '44: 80,000 LCs Planned as WPB Gives Schedule Highest War Priority; Personnel to Expand; Helldiver: The Navy's New Dive Bomber Makes Debut In Smash at Rabaul; When the Nazis Invaded the Western Hemisphere: How the Coast Guard and Army Rooted Out Germans in Greenland; Ordnance: It's Everything You Throw at the Enemy and Everything to Stop What He Throws at You; Don't Shoot the Censor! It's His Job to Keep You From Risking Your Own Neck—And He's Smarter Than You May Think; Can Do, Will Do—DID! That's Watchword of Seabees, 2 Years Old and 262,000 Strong; Survival in the South Seas: The Story of a Naval Aviator's 20 Days on a Raft, With Notes by BuM&S on What He Did to Keep Himself Alive; The Month's News: Period of 21 December through 20 January;     The War at Sea: United States Navy Communiqués and Pertinent Excerpts of Other Reports (Official Reports: 21 December through 20 January); How It Was Done at Tarawa: Attackers Planned Well, Came Armed for a Tough Fight—and Were Willing to Pay the Necessary Price for Victory by Maj. George Fielding Eliot; Decorations and Citations; What is Your Naval I.Q.?; BuPers Bulletin Board.
  • 76 pages, 78 photos, 134 illustrations, 12 maps 
  • $1.99
By Air to Battle: The Official Account of the British First and Sixth Airborne Divisions
  • Air Ministry
  • HMSO, 1945
  • This is the official story of the British Airborne, covering their formation, training and operations at Monte Vulture, Bruneval, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Arnhem, and the Rhine.
  • Contents: "The wonderful air of dawn"; Getting into harness: the parachutist's training; The glider and its tug; Preliminary bouts: Monte Vulture and Bruneval; The Red Devils of North Africa; The next act is rehearsed; Battle for the Sicilian bridges; The Airborne in Italy; D-Day: the Sixth Airborne prepares; Jumping over the West Wall; The left flank held firm; Arnhem: the doorstep of Germany; The struggle for the crossings; The battle of the perimeter; "These things befell at Arnhem"; The high road into Germany.
  • 148 pages, 7 maps
  • $1.99
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