Published Books - Second World War 1939-1945

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These are books written about the period of the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Germany’s Eastern Front Allies (1) with Peter Abbott.
(Men-at-Arms 131).
ISBN 0-85045-475-1.

First Edition 1982

The Finnish, Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak, Italian and Croatian forces fighting with the Germans on the Eastern Front. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Mike Chappell. Map and plates of Finnish, Hungarian, Romanian and Slovak Army rank insignia by Peter Abbott.

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Partisan Warfare 1941-45 with Peter Abbott.
(Men-at-Arms 142).
ISBN 0-85045-513-8.

First Edition 1983

The partisan units in Poland, Baltic States, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece and the local anti-partisan units raised by the Germans to fight them. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Mike Chappell. Map and rank insignia plates of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Belarussian Home Guard, Croatian Home Army and Ustasha Army, Russian Defence Corps in Serbia and Yugoslav Partisans by Peter Abbott.

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Foreign Volunteers of the Allied Forces 1939-45.
(Men-at-Arms 238).

ISBN 1-85532-136-X.

First Edition 1991

The Czechoslovak, Polish, Norwegian, Danish, Belgian, Dutch, French, Yugoslav and Greek army, naval and air forces that fought for the Western Allies in the Second World War. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Simon McCouaig.

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Wehrmacht Auxiliary Forces with Carlos Caballero Jurado.
(Men-at-Arms 254).

ISBN 1-85532-257-9.

First Edition 1992

The main German paramilitary forces that supported the German Army during the Second World War – NSKK, Transportkorps Speer, Reicharbeitsdienst, Organisation Todt and Volkssturm. Order of Battle of these forces and chart of comparative rank-titles. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Simon McCouaig.

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Axis Forces in Yugoslavia 1941-45 with Krunoslav Mikulan.
(Men-at-Arms 282).

ISBN 1-85532-473-3.

First Edition 1995

The German, Italian, Hungarian and Bulgarian occupation regime in Yugoslavia and their Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Montenegrin and Macedonian allies. Order of Battle of the Croatian forces. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Darko Pavlovic. Map and rank insignia plates of the Croatian Army 1941, Ustasha Army 1941, Croatian-Ustasha Army 1945 and Bulgarian Army by Darko Pavlovic.

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The German Army 1939-45 (1) Blitzkrieg. (Men-at-Arms 311).
ISBN 1-85532-639-6.

First Edition 1997

The German Army September 1939 – May 1940 in Poland, Scandinavia and on the Western Fronts. Detailed description of the German M1935 uniform up to May 1940. Table of ranks, orders of dress and branch insignia. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Stephen Andrew. Rank insignia plate.

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The German Army 1939-45 (2) North Africa & Balkans.
(Men-at-Arms 316).

ISBN 1-85532-640-X.

First Edition 1998

The German Army in North Africa February 19421 – April 1943 and in Yugoslavia, Greece and Albania April 1941 – November 1944. Detailed description of the German tropical uniform. Table of branch insignia. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Stephen Andrew. Plates of officer candidates’ rank insignia and NCO trade-badges by Darko Pavlovic.

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The German Army 1939-45 (3) Eastern Front 1941-43.
(Men-at-Arms

326).
ISBN 1-85532-795-3.

First Edition 1999

The German Army on the Eastern Front up to the surrender at Stalingrad. Detailed description of the German uniform 1941-43. Table of branch insignia. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Stephen Andrew. Plates of rank insignia of Sonderführer specialist officers, military officials and Eastern Legion Soviet volunteers by Darko Pavlovic.

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The German Army 1939-45 (4) Eastern Front 1943-45.
(Men-at-Arms 330).

ISBN 1-85532-796-1.

First Edition 1999

The German Army on the Eastern Front February 1943 – May 1945. Detailed description of the German uniform 1943-45. Table of branch insignia. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Stephen Andrew. Plates of arm rank insignia and Russian Liberation Army by Darko Pavlovic.

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  The German Army 1939-45 (5) Western Front 1943-45.
(Men-at-Arms 336).
ISBN 1-85532-797-X.


First Edition 2000

The German Army on the Eastern Front February 1943 – May 1945. Detailed description of the German uniform 1943-45. Table of branch insignia. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Stephen Andrew.

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The German Army in World War II.
ISBN 1-84176-616-X.

First Edition 2002

The above five titles collected in one volume.

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Germany’s Eastern Front Allies (2) Baltic Forces with Carlos Caballero Jurado.
(Men-at-Arms 363).

ISBN 1-84176-193-1.

First Edition 2002

The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian army, police and Waffen-SS forces that fought with the German Army during the German occupation. Order of Battle of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian forces. Forty photographs. Eight colour-plates by Darko Pavlovic. Map and rank insignia plates of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian army and police forces by Darko Pavlovic.

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Vojáci Finsko-Sovětské Zimní Války 1939-1940 (Soldiers of the Finnish-Soviet Winter War 1939-40) (Montanex Press, Ostrava, Czech Republic).
ISBN 80-7225-224-0

First Edition 2006

History of the Finnish Soviet Winter War with a detailed survey of the uniforms and insignia of the Finnish Armed Forces and Civic Guard and the Soviet Armed Forces and NKVD. One map, five coloured plates of uniforms, twelve plates of rank ionsignia and branch-badges. Text in Czech.

Out of Print but may be available from Abebooks.com or similar websites.

 

The Royal Hungarian Army in World War II, with László Pál Szabó.
(Men-at-Arms 449).

ISBN 978-1-84603-324-7.

First Edition 2008

A comprehensive history of the Royal Hungarian Army, Navy, Air Force and Gendarmerie 1939-1945, concentrating on the war on the Eastern Front with in-depth uniform chronology as well as branch distinctions. The eight colour-plates are by Darko Pavlovic and the rank insignia plates of Royal Hungarian Army collar, cuff, cap sleeve rank insignia are by László Pál Szabó. A map and Order of Battle of Royal Hungarian Army are also included.
 A detailed reference on a neglected player in World War II.

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World War II Soviet Armed Forces (1) 1939-41.
(Men-at-Arms 464)
ISBN 978-1-84908-400-0

First Edition 2010

A history of the M1935 uniforms and organization of the Red Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Paratroopers and NKVD security and frontier troops 1939-41, covering the Far-Eastern campaigns against the Japanese, the occupation of Eastern Poland, the Winter War with Finland and the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union up to December 1941. Included are detailed charts of orders of dress, branch distinctions and ranks as well as eight colour-plates by Darko Pavlovic.

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World War II Soviet Armed Forces (2) 1942-43.
(Men-at-Arms 468)
ISBN 978-1-84908-420-8

First Edition 2011

This volume covers the M1940 uniforms and M1942 organization of the Red Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Paratroopers and NKVD security and frontier troops in World War II in the period January 1942 - December 1943, as the Soviet forces halted the German advance and took the counteroffensive. There are detailed charts of the branch distinctions and ranks as well as eight colour-plates by Darko Pavlovic.

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World War II Soviet Armed Forces (3) 1944-45.
(Men-at-Arms 469)
ISBN 9781849086349

First Edition 2012

A history of the M1943 uniforms and organization of the Red Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Paratroopers and NKVD security and frontier troops 1944-45, covering the advance into Eastern Europe and the defeat of Germany and the Manchurian campaign against the Japanese. Included are detailed charts of orders of dress, branch distinctions and ranks as well as eight colour-plates by Darko Pavlovic.

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  Hitlers Blitzkrieg Enemies 1940
(Men-at-Arms 493)
ISBN 9781782005964


First Edition 2014

This volume will cover for the first time in detail in English the armed forces of Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium in the unsuccessful defence of their countries against Nazi Germany in April - June 1940. The combat record of these countries will be supported by detailed information of their organization, uniforms and insignia as well as charts of rank insignia and orders of battle and eight colour-plates. This will be a reference full of information difficult to find elsewhere.

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Hitler's Russian and Cossack Allies 1941-45
(Men-at-Arms 503)
ISBN 978-1-4728-0687-1.

First Edition 2015

In August 1941, two months after Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union large numbers of Red Army soldiers began volunteering to fight for Hitler against Stalin's Soviet Union, serving in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, later in France, Italy and Croatia and even the Channel Islands. This book examines the organization, history, uniforms and insignia of the Russian and Cossack units, as well as the motives and often tragic fate of these soldiers.There are charts and eight colour-plates of uniforms, providing a fresh perspective on an aspect of the Second World War often neglected in general histories.

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World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers
(Elite)
ISBN 978-1-4728-1943-7.

First Edition 2017

In World War II Germany's doctrine of mobile warfare dominated the battlefield. By trial and error, the Germans were the first to correctly combine the strength in tanks and in mobile infantry and artillery. This integration of mobile units, equipment and tactics underpinned Germany's successes in the first half of the war. As the war dragged on, the Allies sought to copy German tactics but German armies remained supreme in this type of warfare until their losses had seriously degraded their capabilities. This study traces the development of the different types of unit that came together in the Panzergrenadier branch from the inter-war years through World War II. Using colour plates to display the changes in uniform, equipment and insignia in all theatres of operations throughout the conflict, this is a complete account of Hitler's elite armoured infantry. (Amazon.co.uk)

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Military Book Reviews by Nigel Thomas

  • I buy a lot of books on military subjects, especially military uniforms, orders of battle, biographies of general officers and general military history. I will post here short reviews of books which I have bought. I will recommend buying or not, and where to buy.
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Updated: 04 July 2017
 

 

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