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  • General Patton’s Purple Heart - FREE
    • by Oscar E. Plummer (published by author). 1981.  5 pages. The author, a World War II ETO veteran, who had assisted one of Patton's staff officers with information on urgently needed supplies, researched Patton's World War I Purple Heart award, finally telling how Patton was wounded.
  • German Armored Division, The - FREE
    • Military Intelligence Service Information Bulletin No. 18, Military Intelligence Service, War Department, Washington, D.C., June 15, 1942, 58 pages, 2 photos, 18 illustrations, 4 charts. This bulletin is a translation of a captured German training manual on the German armored division, which was published in December 1940. At that time the number of German armored divisions was being increased and their organization changed. Comments by German commanders in Libya as late as October 1941 indicate, however, that the principles expressed in this manual have proved satisfactory with little or no modification. The charts included in this edition were added to the original German manuscript and were compiled from G-2 sources.
  • German Armored Traffic Control During the Russian Campaign
    •  Historical Study (German Report Series). Dept. of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-242. Dept. of the Army, Washington, D.C., 1952. 1984 facsimile reprint. 63 pages, 2 diagrams, 8 maps. $1.99
  • German Army and Navy Uniforms and Insignia, 1871-1918 - FREE
    • Originally published in 1968. Covers the German Army and Navy, its units, structure, organization, uniforms, and insignia, from the Franco-Prussian War through the end of World War I with some material into the 1930s. This is a compilation of a variety of textual and illustrative materials from various sources, some of it contemporary or produced not long after the events. 204 pages, 74 photos, 138 illustrations and drawings, 58 B&W uniform plates.
  • German Campaign in Poland, The (1939) - FREE
    • Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-255, German Report Series. This study was written by Maj. Robert M. Kennedy, under the direction of the chief of the Special Studies Division, Office of the Chief of Military History. The German attack on Poland precipitated World War II, making the Polish campaign one of particular significance to the student of the 1939-45 conflict. The lessons learned by the German Army in its operations in Poland were put to use in the later campaigns against the western Allies, the Balkan states, and the Soviet Union. Poland also formed the testing ground for new theories on the use of armored forces and close air support of ground troops. The complete destruction of the Polish state and the removal of Poland from the map of Europe were grim portents of the fate of the vanquished in the new concept of total war. The purpose of this campaign study was to provide the U.S. Army with a factual account of German military operations against Poland, based on source material from captured records then in the custody of The Adjutant General, Dept. of the Army; monographs prepared by a number of former German officers for the Historical Division, U.S. Army, Europe; and such Polish accounts as were available. Since no other pamphlet in the series discussed the expansion of the German Armed Forces and the various diplomatic events that preceded the outbreak of hostilities, these are included in part one of this study.
  • German Campaign in Russia, The: Planning and Operations (1940-1942) - FREE
    • Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-261a, German Report Series, 208 pages, 17 maps, 5 charts. Clausewitz observed of Russia that "it was a country which could be subdued only by its own weakness and by the effects of internal dissension. In order to strike these vulnerable spots of its body politic, Russia would have to be agitated at the very center." In reading this study, the military student will realize how dearly the Germans had to pay for ignoring Clausewitz's advice. The purpose of this study is to describe German planning and operations in the first part of the campaign against Russia. The narrative starts with Hitler's initial plans for an invasion of Russia and ends at the time of Germany's maximum territorial gains during the battle for Stalingrad. A subsequent volume will depict the course of events from the Russian counteroffensive in November 1942 to the capture of Berlin in April 1945. The material for this study was obtained from German military records now in the custody of The Adjutant General, Department of the Army. Monographs by former German general officers who had an active part in the planning and operations provided additional information. The authors of these monographs, prepared for the Historical Division, United States Army, Europe, include General-oberst (Gen.) Franz Haider, Chief of Staff of the German Army from 1938-42; Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici, a former corps, army, and army group commander on the Russian front: and several others. The study was written by Mr. George E. Blau of the Special Studies Division, Office of the Chief of Military History. In his presentation, the author made every effort to give an objective account of Germany's initial efforts to conquer Soviet Russia in World War II.
  • German Campaigns in the Balkans, The (Spring 1941) - FREE
    • Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-260, German Report Series, Dept. of the Army, Wasdhington, D.C., 181 pages, 41 photos, 7 maps. The purpose of this study is to describe the German campaigns in the Balkans and the seizure of Crete within the framework of Hitler's military policy during the second year of World War II. The German Campaigns in the Balkans is written from the German point of view and is based mainly on original German records and postwar military writings by Dr. Helmut Greiner, General Burkhart H. Mueller-Hillebrand, and the late General Hans von Greiffenberg. The lessons and conclusions following each narrative have been drawn from the same German sources. Material taken from U.S. and Allied sources has been integrated into the text, but specific cross references have been made only in those instances where these sources deviate from the German documents. The work of preparing this study in English, which consisted of translating basic German records and manuscripts, performing additional research, expanding and then rewriting the narratives with an eye for continuity and factual data, was done chiefly by Mr. George E. Blau of the Foreign Studies Branch, Special Studies Division, Office of the Chief of Military History. In the process of presenting the material, every effort has been made to give a balanced account of German strategy and operations in the Balkans during the spring of 1941.
  • German Defense Tactics Against Russian Breakthroughs
    • Historical Study (German Report Series). Dept. of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-233. Dept. of the Army, Washington, D.C., 1951. 105 pages, 13 maps. $1.99
  • German Field Works of World War II - FREE
    • This is an English language reprint of the German Army manual Bildheft Neuzeitlicher Stellungsbau, originally published on 15 September 1942 and reprinted on 11 March 1943. Originally reprinted in 1969, 84 pages, 200 drawings. This work covered temporary fortifications that could be built quickly and, for the most part, with locally available materials, but were designed to create almost impregnable bunkers and other defensive fortifications. The original German publication's drawings were reproduced intact with German text, with separate English text describing the various fortifications illustrated.
  • German Methods of Warfare in the Libyan Desert - FREE
    • U.S. Marine Corps FMFRP 12-100. Dept. of the Navy, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., 18 December 1990, 56 pages, 7 drawings, 3 plans. This is a facsimile reprint of U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service Information Bulletin No. 20, originally issued in July 1942. It explains German survival and adaptation to the desert. This booklet was issued to provide Marines participating in Desert Shield/Desert Storm with information on desert warfare.
  • German Mountain Troops: Special Series 28 - FREE
    • Military Intelligence Service, War Department, Washington, D.C., December 1944. 186 pages, 251 photos, 4 maps, 9 illustrations, 33 drawings, 2 tables. Covers uniforms and insignia, training, weapons, mountain artillery, communications, supply, aerial tramways, bridging, supply by air, shelter, mountain troops in winter, and much more.
  • German Research in World War II - FREE
    • by Leslie E. Simon, Major General, Ordnance Department, U.S. Army, Retired, former Director, the Ballistic Research Laboratories. First published in 1947, 230 pages, 69 photos, 1 map plan, 14 figures, 7 charts. Encompasses much of the history of German secret weapons of World War II and the conduct of their research.
  • German Submarine Pens: C.I.O.S. Target Nos. 12/6, 29/124, Submarines, Naval Construction - FREE
    • Reported by Lt. G. R. Wernish, C.E.C., USNR, NavTecMisEu [Naval Technical Mission Europe], Combined Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee, G-2 Division, SHAEF (Rear) APO 413, June 1945, 36 pages, 18 photos, 8 drawings, 1 table. This report is concerned primarily with salient reinforced concrete features of the roof slab and special dock problems of the Brest submarine pens, and general data on the design of roof slabs. It also includes photographs of pens located at Marseille, Le Havre, Boulogne, Bordeaux and Cherbourg. The purpose of the report was to obtain structural and bomb damage information on submarine pens. Because this document was scanned from a photocopy obtained from the National Archives, as can be expected the quality of the photographs (each is a full page) is not very good. The text and drawings, however, are very clear.
  • German Tank Maintenance in World War II (Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-202) - FREE
    • Historical Study, German Report Series, Dept. of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-202. This is a facsimile reprint of the edition originally published in 1954 by the Dept. of the Army, 52 pages, 1 map, 2 charts. This work will be of interest to persons who want to compare the United States and German systems of tank maintenance. The material for this pamphlet was prepared for the Historical Division, EUCOM, by a group of former German generals, general staff officers, and tank maintenance specialists. The principal author, General Burkhart H. Mueller-Hillebrand, served as aide to the Chief of the Army General Staff before assuming command of an armored regiment on the Russian front. Successively appointed chief of staff of a panzer corps and a panzer army, he saw action in the Ukraine, Poland, and East Prussia.
  • GM 1943: Annual Report, General Motors Corporation - FREE
    • by General Motors, 1944, 68 pages, 47 photos, 15 charts. This is the 35th annual report of the General Motors Corporation for the year ended 31 December 1943. GM was a major producer of many items of war materiel, including tanks, vehicles, aircraft, naval vessels, power plants, small arms, ammunition, etc. Provides information of GM's products, operations and services that aided the war effort.
  • Great Engines and Great Planes - FREE [available soon]
    • by Wesley W. Stout,  Chrysler Corporation, Detroit, Michigan, 1947, 146 pages, photos, illustrations. FREE [available soon]
  • Guam: Operations of the 77th Division (21 July-10 August 1944) - FREE
    • American Forces in Action No. 9, Historical Division, War Department, Washington, D.C., 1948, 148 pages, 33 photos, 1 drawing, 1 chart, 27 maps. The seizure of Guam in July-August 1944 added another base to the growing Allied chain of possessions encircling the Japanese homeland. Marine troops made the initial landings on Guam and were aided in capturing the island by Army units, comprised chiefly of the 77th Infantry Division. This volume tells the Army's part of the campaign. This study was based upon a first narrative prepared in the field from military records and from notes and interviews recorded during the operation by S/Sgt. James M. Burns. The manuscript of this historical officer was edited and partially rewritten with the help of additional documentation by Marjorie Cline of the editorial staff of the Historical Division. This was the 9th volume in the American Forces in Action series. The series presented detailed accounts of particular combat operations of United States forces. To the American public, this record of high achievement by men who served their nation well was presented as a preface to the full military history of World War II. To the soldiers who took part in the operations concerned, these narratives gave the opportunity to see more clearly the results of orders which they obeyed and of sacrifices which they and their comrades made, in performance of missions that find their meaning in the outcome of a larger plan of battle.

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