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  • kfz. 1 'Kübelwagen' Volkswagen Type 82 Including the Schwimmwagen and Trippel
    • by Tony Oliver, Almark, England, 1978, 49 pages, 137 B&W photos and illustrations, 3 color illustrations, 2 two-view color illustrations, 1 front view color illustration, 7 side view color illustrations, 2 four-view line drawings, 1 two-view line drawing, 3 side view line drawings, 1 table. Pictorial history of one of the most easily recognizable vehicles that was in service with the German Wehrmacht: the Volkswagen Type 82 Kübel, or leichter Personenkraftwagen Kfz.1. Its distinctive box-like shape and lightweight utility appearance make it very easy to identify in wartime photographs, films, or even in current motion pictures and television programs where some of the preserved and restored versions can be seen "puttering" around emitting the unique Volkswagen air-cooled engine rattle sound. The kübel was designed by Professor Ferdinand Porsche and was really a development of his earlier Porsche Type 62, which is considered to be the prototype of the Volkswagen kübel. The name kübel or kübelwagen (bucket car, literally) became synonymous with all makes of utility bodied cars and does not pertain specifically to the Volkswagen model, although it is a name that perhaps most people will readily equate to this square-shaped light car. Also covered is the amphibious version, the Kfz. 1/20 leichter Personenkraftwagen Typ K2s (Volkswagen Type 166 'Schwimmwagen'), as well as the competing amphibious car, the mittl. Personenkraftwagen SG6 (Trippel Schwimmwagen). Contents: Introduction; "Kübel" in North Africa; Desert Tyres; Maintenance; The Schwimmwagen; Vehicle Data; The Trippel SG6. FREE
  • Lessons That Live as told by A.A.F. Pilots
    • Directorate of Flying Safety, Army Air Forces, circa 1942-43, 48 pages, 2 color illustrations, 2 photos, 19 illustrations. Provides a variety of true accounts by pilots of their narrowest escapes from fatal accidents, intended to instill in pilots a concern for safer flying habits to help prevent accidents from happening. FREE
  • Libyan Log: Empire Air Forces, Western Desert, July 1941-July 1942
    • by E.G.Ogilvie, Thoth Bookshop, Cairo, Egypt, 1942, 39 photos. Contents: Foreword by Group Capt. K.B.B. Cross, DSO, DFC; Introduction; "Through the Wire" (Prologue); Base Camp; Early Days; Tobruk Convoy; Sidi Barrani and the South; The Stuka Mystery and Forward Landing Grounds; The Balloon Goes Up; The Little 'Un; Crescendo; "They Walked In"; Afrika Korpse; Pick Up; "Get Ready -"; Desert Convoy; Tobruk; Into the Blue; Desert Christmas; Benghasi Interlude; L.G. Vignette; The Rains Came; Wing Passes; Return to Retire. FREE
  • Lightning War in Manchuria: Soviet Military Analysis of the 1945 Far East Campaign
    • by Lilita I. Dzirkals, January 1976, 124 pages, 1 map, 1 chart, 2 tables. This paper presents the initial results of a survey of Soviet military literature on the short but decisive campaign that the Soviets waged against Japanese forces in Manchuria in August 1945. The survey disclosed a sizable body of literature which includes major analytical contributions by senior figures in the Soviet high command. These works examined in great detail the experience of planning, staging and conducting the campaign. This work was intended as a guide to the rich material discovered. It identifies the lessons that Soviet military analysts inferred from the campaign for possible application to modern military operations. Its exposition of these lessons is organized according to elements in the campaign effort, ranging from plan conceptualization to the missions of the individual forces. This work also supplies a bibliography of over 100 Soviet entries utilized for this survey, and an appendix listing the major commanders of the Soviet forces in the campaign. FREE
  • List of Military and Armored Fighting Vehicle Photographs in the World War II Collection of Seized Enemy Records Group RG-242-GAP in the National Archives
    • by Ray Price with William Auerbach, Peter Frandsen and Ray Merriam, Merriam Press, Third Edition, 2007, 42 pages, 17 B&W photos. Ray Price examined thousands of photos in the National Archives and recorded details of well over 1,000 of them that were the best at depicting the various armored and other military vehicles (they were selected with an eye towards aiding modelers). The descriptions, although generally brief, are arranged by country and then by vehicle type, giving the researcher a good starting point and a basic idea of what each photo shows and, in some cases, it's quality (especially good photos of details are often noted, while poor shots are also noted but were included because of the unique subject matter). The photos were all taken by German war photographers and often show enemy equipment that has been knocked out, damaged or destroyed, while equipment used by German forces is generally of vehicles in service. Vehicles from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland and the Soviet Union are listed (and U.S. vehicles serving with other countries). FREE
  • Lithuania and World War II
    • by Prof. Kazys Pakstas, Ph.D, Lithuanian Cultural Institute, Chicago, Illinois, December 1947, 82 pages, 2 maps. Interesting account of Lithuania in World War II with background on the country and its people dating back to the thirteenth century and earlier. The author was a Professor of Geography at the University of Lithuania in Kaunas, came to the U.S. to lecture in 1939, and in 1943-44 was Professor of Geography for Army Specialized Training Program and civilian classes at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.
  • Luftwaffe: Machines, Markings, Men, Medals
    • by C. T. Eriksen and John Weal, published circa 1960, 65 pages, 172 drawings, 1 color illustration. A brief overview of the Luftwaffe, its aircraft, personalities, rank insignia, organization, medals and awards, badges, uniforms, unit insignia, aircraft markings, etc. FREE

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