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  • Pacific Counterblow: The 11th Bombardment Group and the 67th Fighter Squadron in the Battle for Guadalcanal: An Interim Report - FREE
    • Wings at War No. 3, Office of Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence, Headquarters, Army Air Force, Washington, D.C., 1945, 66 pages, 5 photos, 1 cover illustration, 3 maps. This work tells the story of the Battle for Guadalcanal (1942), focusing on the operations of the 11th Bombardment Group and the 67th Fighter Squadron. Months after the devastation of Pearl Harbor, U.S. forces had crushed the Japanese fleet at Midway and then moved to seize the initiative. AAF commanders in the Pacific sought to prevent the enemy from severing Australia's supply lines. So the B-17s of the 11th Bomb Group and the P-39s and P-400s of the 67th Fighter Squadron, flying from makeshift bases at Espiritu Santo and Henderson Field, began grueling attacks on Japanese shipping between Rabaul, New Britain, and the Solomon Islands. After several months of bitter fighting, the American forces gained control of Guadalcanal, positioning them to swing forward beyond Rabaul to New Guinea. Originally published shortly after key air campaigns, the Wings at War series captured the spirit and tone of America's World War II experience. Eyewitness accounts of Army Air Forces' aviators and details from the official histories enlivened the story behind each of six important AAF operations. Originally published in 1945 by Headquarters, Army Air Forces, Office of Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Washington, D.C. This is the edition reprinted in 1992 by the Center for Air Force History, Washington, D.C., as part of the 50th Anniversary of World War II commemorations. Other than a slightly redesigned front cover and title page, this was a facsimile reprint of the original booklet.
  • Panzerjäger: German Self-propelled Anti-tank Equipment and Tank Hunters, 1939-45 - FREE
    • by Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis, Wehrmacht Illustrated No. 2, Almark, London, 1971, 34 pages, 51 photos, 1 color painting, 1 three-view color profile, 3 two-view color profiles, 3 side-view color profiles, 2 side-view line drawings, 4 two-view line drawings, 2 perspective view line drawings, 1 data chart. A pictorial guide to German self-propelled anti-tank guns and tank hunter conversions produced during World War II.
  • Papuan Campaign: The Buna-Sanananda Operation, 16 November 1942-23 January 1943 - FREE
    • American Forces in Action Series No. 2, Military Intelligence Division, War Department, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1944, 124 pages, 23 photos, 1 color map, 12 b&w maps, 1 chart, 2 tables. In the thick of battle, the soldier is busy doing his job. He has the knowledge and confidence that his job is part of a unified plan to defeat the enemy, but he does not have time to survey a campaign from a foxhole. If he should be wounded and removed behind the lines, he may have even less opportunity to learn what place he and his unit had in the larger fight. American Forces in Action was a series prepared by the War Dept. especially for the information of wounded men. It showed these soldiers, who had served their country so well, the part they and their comrades played in achievements which did honor to the record of the U.S. Army. The series was originally prepared for military personnel only and primarily for wounded soldiers in hospitals to tell them the military story of the campaigns and battles in which they served. With the cessation of hostilities, they were released as a public document. This study was based on the best military records then available.
  • Pastel: Deception in the Invasion of Japan - FREE
    • by Dr. Thomas M. Huber, Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1988, 61 pages, 6 maps, 2 figures, 1 table. In 1945, to end the Pacific War, American strategic plans foresaw an invasion of Japan's heavily defended home islands. Operations Olympic and Coronet, America's proposed landings on Kyushu and the Tokyo Plain, were the largest amphibious invasions ever planned. Although precluded by the war's end, preparations for both were extensive. To gain the element of surprise, Washington and theater planners developed Operations Pastel and Coronet Deception, deception operations designed to convey to the Japanese a false story of where the actual assault landings would occur. In this work, Huber reveals the contents, origins, and effects of these two comprehensive, coordinated deception plans as they related to the scheduled invasion of Japan.
  • Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions For Army Models P-39K-1 and P-39L-1 - FREE
    • Technical Order No. 01-110FG-1, December 20, 1942, Air Service Command, Air Force Section, Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio, December 1942, 38 pages, 23 photos and drawings, 6 charts. Pilot handbook for the Bell P-39K-1 and P-39L-1 Airacobra fighter aircraft. This edition includes revisions through April 15, 1944. Coverage of the aircraft and its equipment, pilot operating instructions, flight operation data, operational equipment, armament, and US/British glossary of nomenclature.
  • Pilot's Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions For Model P-47B Airplane - FREE
    • Technical Order No. 01-65BC-1, September 20, 1942, Air Service Command, Air Force Section, Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio, September 1942, 36 pages, 44 photos and illustrations, 5 charts.  This is the pilot's handbook of flight operating instructions for the Republic P-47B Thunderbolt fighter powered with the R-2800-1 engine.
  • Political Leaders of the NSDAP - FREE
    • L. Milner, Editor, Almark Publications, 1972, 76 pages, 19 b&w photos, 1 map, 157 color illustrations, 99 b&w illustrations, 84 drawings. An English translation from the 1943 edition of Organisationsbuch der NSDAP covering in full detail the sections on uniforms, insignia and organization. This is not a complete translation of the entire book (which ran hundreds of pages—and was reprinted in full but without a translation in the 1970s by a different publisher). This publication deals almost exclusively with the uniforms, insignia, decorations, and organization of the NSDAP, reproducing many of the plates and illustrations from the original book, plus adding some additional photos from other sources to help clarify details.
  • Popular Guide to the German Army No. 1: The German Armoured Division (Panzer Division) and The German Motorized Division (Panzer Grenadier Division) - FREE
    • Prepared under the direction of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, The War Office, November 1943, 8 pages, 2 organizational charts, 2 organizational movement maps. "At the end of the Flanders campaign of 1940 and up to the end of the first months of the Russian campaign of 1941, everyone spoke of the German Panzer Divisions with bated breath, as if they possessed certain magical qualities which could never be matched elsewhere. By 1943 we knew their measure, having matched them and beaten them. We must, however, continue to treat them with wholesome respect. It is valuable to know their capabilities and this pamphlet is intended to give you a simple picture of the lay-out and method of fighting of the German armoured division."
  • Popular Guide to the German Army No. 2, 1944: The German Infantry Division - FREE
    • Prepared under the direction of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, The War Office, London, June 1944, 8 pages, 1 illustration, 3 diagrams. "The infantry in the German infantry division is employed in a different manner from the infantry in the Panzer and Panzer Grenadier Divisions (described in Popular Guide No. 1). Briefly, its use may be described as being less enterprising and less aggressive; in this connection great importance is laid on the cover and support to be allotted to infantry divisions, whether in the attack or the defence. Bearing out this question of strong support, German infantry divisions prefer to carry out their attacks after a break-through has been made by mechanized formations, or after a softening-up process has been undertaken against fortifications by intensive dive-bombing or by heavy artillery and projector concentrations. It would not be true to say, however, that German infantry will never be used in attack without these intensive preparations. In defensive positions the German infantryman is a good fighter; he is tough but not outstanding. In general, the tactical exploitation of natural features for the siting of defensive positions has been mastered, and the defence is assisted by a lavish allotment of automatic weapons, antitank guns, and mines, both anti-tank and anti-personnel."
  • Popular Guide to the German Army 4: Engineers - FREE
    • General Staff, War Office, July 1941, 8 pages, 2 diagrams, 1 illustration. "Whether your first encounter is with a German armoured division or an infantry division, you will in all probability see engineers in the forefront of the battle. For the task of these troops is to clear the way, either by helping to storm a fortified position, by removing tank obstacles or by bridge-building. The purpose of this pamphlet is to tell you about the organization, armament and equipment of engineers, as well as the methods employed by them."
  • Portable Flame Throwers, M1 and M1A1: Technical Manual TM3-375 - FREE
    • Chief of the Chemical Warfare Service, War Department, Washington, D.C., May 1943, 128 pages, 57 photos and drawings. Covers the construction, functioning, and identification of all standard materiel pertaining to the portable flame thrower, with directions for operating and servicing such materiel.
  • POW/MIA Indochina 1861-1991 - FREE
    • by F.C. Brown, privately published by author, 1991, 24 pages, 1 photo. An annotated bibliography of more than 300 non-fiction works dealing with prisoners of war and missing in action, and including coverage of collaborators, turncoats, defectors and deserters in Southeast Asia.
  • Power & Propaganda in American Politics & Foreign Affairs - FREE
    • by Prof. (Ret.) Austin J. App, Ph.D., first delivered by the author as a speech on 29 April 1978, also appeared as an article in the April 1978 issue of The Liberty Bell, reprinted as a booklet by the Boniface Press, 16 pages. Revisionist view of World War II Allied propaganda that persisted after the war.
  • Pz Kw IV (Special): Preliminary Report No. 15 - FREE
    • School of Tank Technology, Egham, Great Britain, August 1943, 24 pages, 12 photos, 7 drawings. Detailed wartime analysis of a captured vehicle, the German Panzerkampfwagen IV (Special [long-barreled]) medium tank.
  • Pz Kw VI (Tiger): Preliminary Report No. 19 - FREE
    • School of Tank Technology (STT), Egham, Great Britain, November 1943, 24 pages, 3 photos, 2 drawings, 1 three-view plan drawing. Detailed wartime analysis of a captured vehicle, the German Panzerkampfwagen VI "Tiger I" heavy tank.
  • Pz.Kw. IV: Preliminary Report No. 7 - FREE
    • School of Tank Technology, Egham, Great Britain, November 1942, 18 pages, 23 drawings, 1 four-view plan drawing. Detailed wartime analysis of a captured vehicle, the German Panzerkampfwagen IV (short-barreled) medium tank.
  • PzKw III: Preliminary Report No. 5 and Appendices "A", "C", "D", "J" to Preliminary Report No. 5 - FREE
    • School of Tank Technology, Egham, Great Britain, 30 September 1942, November 1942, March 1943, June 1943, and February 1944, 42 pages, 20 drawings, 6 photos, 1 four-view plan drawing. Very detailed wartime analysis of captured Panzerkampfwagen III medium tanks covering every inch of the vehicles examined, including the engine, armor, main gun, secondary armament, controls, equipment, tracks, suspension, stowage, data, ammunition, electrical, communication, instruments, sights, identification and manufacturer's markings.

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