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  • Identification of Aircraft for Army Air Forces Ground Observer Corps
    • Headquarters, Army Air Forces, USGPO, 1942, 151 pages, photos, silhouette drawings, tables. Contents: The AAF Ground Observer Corps; Aircraft Identification; Wings; Engines; Fuselage; Tail; Use of the Manual; Silhouettes and Photographs (Bombers; Fighters; Observation and Liaison; Trainers; Transports; Seaplanes); Appendix. FREE
  • Identification of Foreign Armored Vehicles: German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and French
    • Military Intelligence Basic Field Manual FM 30-42, War Department, Washington, D.C., 1941, 180 pages, 111 photos, 101 drawings.  This manual, containing illustrations with explanatory data relative to foreign armored vehicles, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and French, served as a guide in the identification of these vehicles. The material was secured from many sources and it was the best available at the time but was incomplete and, in many respects, inaccurate. As such it provides a remarkable glimpse of how woefully inadequate American military intelligence was just prior to the country's entry into the war. FREE
  • Identification of German Aircraft: Military Intelligence Basic Field Manual FM 30-35
    •  Military Intelligence Basic Field Manual FM 30-35, War Department, Washington, D.C., 1942, 148 pages, 67 photos, 167 drawings. The material contained in this manual had been secured from many sources. It was the best material available at the time but was incomplete and, in some respects, inaccurate. This manual contains illustrations (photos, illustrations, and multi-view silhouette drawings) with explanatory data of German aircraft. It was used for the instruction of officers and men in the appearance and general characteristics of German aircraft. Being published so soon after the U.S. entered the war, much of the material was inaccurate. Some of the aircraft were never manufactured in quantity or even entered service. This manual shows how precious little was known about enemy aircraft at the time and provides an interesting view of the state of intelligence. FREE
  • Identification of Soviet-Russian Aircraft: Basic Field Manual FM 30-34
    • Military Intelligence Basic Field Manual FM 30-34, War Department, Washington, D.C., 1941, 112 pages, 36 photos, 36 drawings, 20 three-view silhouette drawings, 4 two-view silhouette drawings, 2 four-view silhouette drawings. First U.S. manual intended to aid officers and men of the U.S. Army in identifying Russian/Soviet aircraft known or believed to be in use at the time of publication. Interesting in what it doesn't show more than for what it does, as so little was known about Soviet/Russian aircraft at the time. Each two-page spread contains what information was known at the time on a particular aircraft believed to be in service with the Soviet forces. Not all have illustrations, and most have only a few bits of data on the aircraft. FREE
  • Identification of United States Armored Vehicles: Military Intelligence Basic Field Manual FM 30-40
    • Military Intelligence Basic Field Manual FM 30-40, War Department, Washington, D.C., 1943, 56 pages, 92 photos. "The purpose of this manual is to serve as a guide in the identification of armored vehicles of the United States. Only those armored vehicles of the United States in current operation are covered. They are shown by photographs and silhouettes. When photographs are not given, blank spaces have been left so that they may be added when provided." Most vehicles are shown using four photos: a three-quarter view, a rear view, a top view, and a side view. There are no silhouettes despite what the booklet states in the opening paragraphs as reprinted above. There is no other information given for the individual vehicles; this is an identification guide and was intended to be used by the individual soldier to learn to quickly identify the various vehicles. FREE
  • In Abundance and On Time, 1939-1943
    • Remington Arms Company, 1944,  64 pages, 1 photo, 11 illustrations, 2 maps, 11 charts, 3 documents. A record of the Remington Arms Company's share in the production of small arms and ammunition for the Armed Forces of the United States and her Allies. This book tells the story of what the men and women of Remington accomplished in the critical years from 1939 through 1943. FREE
  • Intelligence Bulletin, Volume 1 Number 8, April 1943
    • Military Intelligence Service, War Department, Washington, D.C., April 1943, 84 pages, 17 drawings, 1 chart. Contents: German Combat in Wood; Recent Developments in German Tactics (Artillery (North Africa); Armored Force (Russia); Proposed Defensive Anti-tank Methods (Russia); Static Defense (North Africa); Defensive Ruses (North Africa)); German Air Forces (Tactics Against Ground Troops; Flying Discipline); German Gun-Howitzer (Standard 105mm); German Tank Maintenance and Recovery; German Destruction of Motor Vehicles; New German Army Insignia; The Fire Fight; Japanese Amphibious Tactics Based on Experiences at Wake; Notes on the Japanese From Their Documents; How the Japanese Treat Natives in S.W. Pacific;Regarding Morale; Regarding U.S. Troops; Regarding Security; Regarding Attack; Regarding Defense Against Airborne Troops; Regarding Equipment (Rubber Boats; Land Mines); Japanese Flame Throwers; Japanese Explanation of S.W. Pacific Reverses; Japanese Anti-aircraft Guns. FREE
  • Intelligence Bulletin, Volume 2 Number 7, March 1944
    • Military Intelligence Division, War Department, Washington, D.C., March 1944, 86 pages, 17 photos, 1 map, 12 illustrations. These Intelligence Bulletins were designed primarily for the use of junior officers and enlisted men. It was a vehicle for the dissemination to them of the latest information received from Military Intelligence sources. Contents: Japan (Defense of Betio Island; How Japanese Defended Hilly Jungle Country; Molotov Cocktail Employing a Fuze; Intelligence Notes; Camouflage Notes); Germany (Military Leadership, as the Germans See It; A Prepared Defensive Position in Italy; A German Company in the Defense; Some Notes on German Mountain Warfare; German Close-Order Drill; More German Obstacles). FREE
  • Intelligence Bulletin, Vol. II No. 8, April 1944
    • Military Intelligence Division, War Department, Washington, D.C., 91 pages, 12 drawings, 2 photos. Contents: Recent German Tactics and Ruses in Mountainous Terrain; German Camouflage Against Air Observers; German Prisoners Discuss the Pz.Kw. 6; Portable German Flame Throwers; Notes on German Vehicle Markings; Training Principles of the German Army; Japanese Jungle Warfare; Notes on Developments in Japanese Defense; Two Booby Traps Devised by Japanese; Japanese Characteristics and Reaction in Battle; Japanese Plan to Counter Superior Firepower; Some Japanese Methods of Overcoming Obstacles;  Japanese Handling of Prisoners. FREE
  • Introduction to Electronic Warfare, Information Text 55150B
    • Information Text 55150B, Office of Special Assistant-Education Advisor, U.S. Army Signal Center and School, Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, 1970, 52 pages, 15 photos, 10 illustrations, 9 maps, 1 chart. An introductory history of electronic warfare from before World War I through World War II and into the 1960s. The majority of the coverage is on World War II aerial electronic measures and countermeasures. FREE
  • Iwo Jima: Springboard to Final Victory
    • by Capt. Raymond Henri, USMC, U.S. Camera, 1945, 100 pages, photos. A profusely illustrated pictorial history of the Iwo Jima invasion and fighting. FREE

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