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  • Manual of Grenades and New Grenade Chart
    • compiled by Maj. J. I. Cowan, Bernards (Publishers) Ltd., London, circa 1943, No. 23 in their Technical Books series, 52 pages, 35 drawings. A small booklet produced during the war to familiarize British and American troops with the various British, American and German grenades. A surprising amount of information packed into a small booklet, including a number of drawings showing many of the grenades, including exploded and sectional views. Contents: Grenade Summary Chart; Classification of Grenades; Instructional Grenades; Grenades for Drill Purpose; Practice Grenade; Live Grenades; No. 36 Mills Grenade; Use of Cup Discharger; No. 68 Grenade; The No. 69 Grenade; The No. 73 Anti-tank Grenade; The No. 74 S.T. Grenade (Sticky Bomb); The S.I.P. Grenade (Self-Igniting Phosphorous); "75" and "75A" Grenade (Hawkins' Grenade or Grenade Mine); The No. 77 Smoke Grenade; "Blinds" (unexploded Grenades); German Grenades (The "Egg" Grenade; The Model 24 Stick Hand Grenade; The Mark PH. 39 Stick Hand Grenade; The German Hand Smoke Grenade); American Grenades (Pattern Mark III Hand Grenade; The Mark II Phosphorous Hand Grenade; The Mark V Gas Grenade (Non-Lethal Tear Gas); The Incendiary Hand Grenade; The Rifle Grenade). FREE
  • Me 262A-1 Flugzeug-Handbuch: Teil 3: Leitwerk
    • Luftwaffe, January 1944, 18 pages, 5 photos, 11 line drawings. This manual provides information and illustrations of the flight controls and surfaces on the Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 jet fighter. All the text is in German. FREE
  • Me 262A-1 Flugzeug-Handbuch: Teil 5: Tragwerk
    • Luftwaffe, January 1944, 14 pages, 8 line drawings. This manual provides information and illustrations of the wings and their construction on the Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 jet fighter. All the text is in German. FREE
  • Men of the R.A.F.
    • by William Rothenstein and David Cecil, published in 1942, 130 pages, 40 full-page drawings. For a year artist William Rothenstein traveled throughout England visiting RAF stations, not only drawing portraits, but recording his observations and experiences while at these bases. In addition to the 40 portraits selected from the more than a hundred that he sketched during the year, almost half the book is a series of ten chapters by Rothenstein describing his experiences and providing an insight to the operation of the RAF, its bases, commands, and airmen. David Cecil contributed a chapter providing similar observations. The remainder of the book reproduces 40 of the artist's drawings, which are truly superb portraits of a wide variety of members of the RAF, from commanders down to aircraftmen. Contents: Forty Portraits with Some Account of Life in the R.A.F. by Sir William Rothenstein; A Layman's Glimpse by Lord David Cecil; A Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal; A Poem by John Masefield, O.M., Poet Laureate; Complete List of R.A.F. Drawings by Sir William Rothenstein, November 1939-October 1941. FREE
  • Military and Naval Recongition Book: A Handbook on the Organization, Insignia of Rank of the World's Armed Forces; Etiquette and Customs of the American Services
    • by J.W. Bunkley, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Ret., published in 1942, 361 pages, tables, numorous illustrations. "The third edition of this book includes the recent reorganization of the War Department; the changes in the organization of the United States Navy ashore and afloat; the reorganization of the United States Air Force; various changes and additions in Army and Navy insignia; and the addition of new ribbons of medals recently authorized. Of particular interest will be the plates showing divisional markings, the curious patches worn at the top of the left sleeve of U.S. Army uniforms. Also, the section on Foreign Decorations and Medals has been expanded to include illustrations and descriptions of English Medals recently struck for award in the Second World War. In fact, the book is brought up-to-date in every instance and contains the many changes that have been effected' recently. So I feel that this edition will be particularly valuable and of great interest to every man in the armed forces today." —Preface to Third Edition. Contents: The Organization Of The War Department; The Arms And The Services Of The United States Army; Composition And Organization Of The United States Army; Rank And Precedence In The United States Army; United States Army Uniforms And Flags; United States Army Etiquette And Customs; Calls; Composition Of The United States Navy; Organization Of The United States Navy Ashore; United States Naval Districts; The Organization Of The United States Navy Afloat; Naval Air Force; Types Of Ships; The Organization Of A Ship And Duties Of Naval Officers And Men Aboard Ship; Rank And Precedence In The United States Navy; United States Navy Uniforms; United States Naval Etiquette And Customs; United States Marine Corps; United States Coast Guard; United States Coast And Geodetic Survey; Combat Aircraft Markings Of Various Nations; United States Decorations, Medals And Ribbons; Foreign Decorations And Medals; Foreign Insignia And Uniforms. FREE
  • Military Improvisations During the Russian Campaign
    • Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-201, German Report Series, Dept. of the Army, Washington, D.C., August 1951, facsimile edition published by the Center of Military History, Washington, D.C., 1983, 122 pages, 7 maps. This study was prepared for the Historical Division, European Command, by a group of former German generals and general staff officers. Although none of the authors was identified by name, the principal author, who by the end of the war had attained the rank of full general (Generaloberst), served on the Eastern Front throughout the Russian campaign and the subsequent retreat into the northern plains of Germany. He was successively commander of an infantry brigade, of a panzer division from November 1941 to February 1943, and of two different corps in the battles for Kharkov and Belgorod during 1943. Appointed commander of a panzer army on 1 December 1943, he participated in the withdrawal in the south until the Germans reached the Carpathians. In August 1944 he was transferred to Army Group Center, and his last assignment was with Army Group Weichsel. During this final phase of his military career he played an important part in the retreat from Lithuania, East Prussia, and Pomerania. Authorized German tables of organization and equipment, official German combat doctrine, or standard German staff methods formed the basis for improvisations throughout this study. As prepared by the authors, this study consisted of a collection of 157 examples of improvisations which were screened by the editors for pertinence, clarity, and interest to the American reader. Moreover, an attempt was made to establish common denominators for the great variety of examples. FREE
  • Military Intelligence: Counterintelligenc: Basic Field Manual FM 30-25
    • War Department, Washington, D.C., 15 February 1940, 38 pages. Surprise was highly important to the success of American forces in minimum time and with minimum loss. It was dependent not only upon rapidity of movement, but upon the efficiency and effectiveness of counterintelligence measures. The object of this manual was to enumerate and clarify the various measures that could be adopted to destroy the effectiveness of the enemy intelligence system. These measures were either negative, designed to conceal the American forces' actual situation and intentions or to counteract injurious propaganda within American lines, or positive, designed to create in the mind of the enemy false conceptions of the American situation and intentions or capabilities. Contents: Section I, General; Section II, Secrecy Discipline; Section III, Concealment; Section IV, Tactical Measures; Section V, Preparation and Use of Documents; Section VI, Signal Communication Security; Section VII, Movements of Troops and Individuals; Section VIII, Newspaper Correspondents, Photographers, Radio News Commentators, and Visitors; Section IX, Censorship; Section X, Counterpropaganda. FREE
  • Mission Accomplished: The Story of the XXIX TAC
    • G.I. Stories of the Ground, Air and Service Forces in the European Theater of Operations, Orientation Branch, Information and Education Division, ETOUSA, 40 pages, photos. Covers the XXIX (Nineteenth) Tactical Air Command of the Ninth Air Force. Brigadier General Richard E. Bugent, commanding the XXIX TAC, lent his cooperation, and basic material was supplied to the editors by his staff. FREE
  • Mud, Mules and Mountains
    • by Bill Mauldin, published by author, Italy, 1944, 48 pages, drawings. Many of the illustrations for Mauldin's post-war memoir, Up Front, were taken from this self-published booklet. There are also many illustrations not published anywhere else. FREE

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