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 World War II Official Army Histories 156 Volumes, 58,851 Pages

World War II Official Army Histories

58,851 pages, in 156 volumes of official histories of World War II created by the Historical Division of the United States Army, archived on DVD-ROM.

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Within the tens-of-thousands of pages of written history are thousands of photographs, maps, tables, charts, illustrations, glossaries, bibliographical notes and indexes.

Each page of each volume has been graphically reproduced on the disc. The disc contains a text transcript of all text embedded into the graphic image of each page of each document, creating a searchable finding aid. Text searches can be done across all volumes on the disc. Color fold-out plate maps have been reproduced in full-color.

The titles include:

CHIEF OF STAFF: PREWAR PLANS AND PREPARATIONS

An account of the nation's unpreparedness for war and the efforts of General Marshall and his staff to correct it with maximum dispatch. The powers of the Chief of Staff and their origins are described.

Mark Skinner Watson, the author of this volume, was an artillery officer in World War I, a war correspondent during World War II, and a student of military affairs for many years. His dispatches to the Baltimore Sun won the Pulitzer Prize for International Correspondence in 1945.



WASHINGTON COMMAND POST: THE OPERATIONS DIVISION

An account of the War Department's principal staff agency that describes the way the members of the Operations Division worked together, defined their responsibilities, and carried out their common aims.



STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR COALITION WARFARE: 1941-1942


A description of wartime national planning and military strategy as they affected the missions and dispositions of the U.S. Army in the defensive phase of coalition warfare.



STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR COALITION WARFARE: 1943-1944

A continuation of the strategic planning story that describes how the Army came to grips with the problems of the offensive phase of coalition warfare. The midwar international conferences are covered in detail.



GLOBAL LOGISTICS AND STRATEGY: 1940-1943

U.S. Army logistics, primarily of ground forces, in its relation to global strategy; the treatment is from the viewpoint of the central administration in Washington-Joint and Combined Chiefs of Staff, the War Department General Staff, and the Services of Supply.



GLOBAL LOGISTICS AND STRATEGY: 1943-1945

The changing character of the strategic-logistical problems faced by the Washington high command in the last two years of the war when U.S. and Allied forces achieved material superiority over their enemies on almost every front.



THE ARMY AND ECONOMIC MOBILIZATION

An analysis of the complex tasks associated with Army procurement and economic mobilization featuring the War Department's business relationships from prewar planning and the determination of military requirements to the settlement and liquidation of the wartime procurement effort.



THE ARMY AND INDUSTRIAL MANPOWER

The ways in which the Army dealt with organized labor told principally from the vantage point of the Office of the Under Secretary of War and the Industrial Personnel Division, Army Service Forces.



THE ORGANIZATION OF GROUND COMBAT TROOPS

Six studies dealing with basic organizational problems. They examine the antecedents of the Army Ground Forces; problems and decisions regarding their size, internal organization, and armament; and the part played by the Army Ground Forces in the redeployment and reorganizations for the final assault on Japan.



THE PROCUREMENT AND TRAINING OF GROUND COMBAT TROOPS

A series of studies on training, the principal mission of the Army Ground Forces, including procurement of soldiers and officers and the policies and problems involved in training individuals and units for their special functions in ground combat.



THE ORGANIZATION AND ROLE OF THE ARMY SERVICE FORCES

Told from the point of view of the commanding general of the Army Service Forces (ASF), this study focuses on the organizational experience of the ASF, detailing the many controversies surrounding this administrative experiment.



THE FRAMEWORK OF HEMISPHERE DEFENSE

The development of plans to protect the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere that concentrates on policy in the three years before Pearl Harbor, the gradual merger of hemisphere defense into a broader national defense policy, the transition to offensive plans after Pearl Harbor, and the military relationships of the United States with other American nations.



GUARDING THE UNITED STATES AND ITS OUTPOSTS

The deployment and operations of Army forces in defense of the continental United States and its outposts, from the Aleutians through Hawaii to the Galapagos in the Pacific, and from Iceland through Bermuda to Trinidad in the Atlantic.



STRATEGY AND COMMAND: THE FIRST TWO YEARS

An analysis of organization and logistics as well as strategy and command, covering the coming of the war, Japanese policy and American strategy before Pearl Harbor, Japanese victories in the first six months of the war, first efforts in New Guinea and the Solomons to stem the Japanese tide, and the limited offensive in the summer of 1943.



THE FALL OF THE PHILIPPINES

A detailed description of the three-month defense of Bataan, the siege of Corregidor, the soldier's life in the crowded intimacy of Malinta Tunnel, MacArthur's evacuation, and the surrender of 78,000 American and Allied troops.



GUADALCANAL: THE FIRST OFFENSIVE

This account of the first victory over Japanese ground forces, told at the level of companies, platoons, and even individuals, demonstrates the relationship between air, ground, and surface forces in modern warfare



VICTORY IN PAPUA

For the 32d Division, the Papua Campaign was "a military nightmare," its men living under intolerable conditions, plagued by disease, short of equipment, ill-prepared for jungle fighting, and pitted against a skilled and resolute foe.



CARTWHEEL: THE REDUCTION OF RABAUL

An analysis of techniques by which the Allies employed their strength to bypass fortified positions and to seize weakly defended but strategically important areas.



SEIZURE OF THE GILBERTS AND MARSHALLS

A study in amphibious warfare that describes how the imperfections of American amphibious doctrine, first revealed at Tarawa and Makin, were corrected in the highly successful landings on Kwajalein and Roi-Namur.



CAMPAIGN IN THE MARIANAS

The fight for Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, including an account of Marine and Navy participation.



THE APPROACH TO THE PHILIPPINES

Operations of Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific from April through October 1944 told generally at the level of the regimental combat team-the infantry regiment with its supporting artillery, engineer, tank, medical, and other units.



LEYTE: THE RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES

The landing of American forces on Leyte and the successful conclusion of a campaign which led to the severance of the Japanese mainland from its southern empire.



TRIUMPH IN THE PHILIPPINES

The reconquest of the Philippine archipelago (exclusive of Leyte), with detailed accounts of Sixth Army and Eighth Army operations on Luzon, as well as of the Eighth Army's reoccupation of the southern Philippines.



OKINAWA: THE LAST BATTLE

The story of the last and most costly battle of the war in the Pacific, told by U.S. Army historians who had accompanied American forces to the Ryukyus.



NORTHWEST AFRICA - SEIZING THE INITIATIVE IN THE WEST

The assault on North Africa on 8 November 1942 led to a bitter conflict that finally culminated in the defeat of the Axis forces in Tunisia seven months later. The campaign was, for the U.S. Army, a school in coalition warfare and an introduction to enemy tactics.



SICILY AND THE SURRENDER OF ITALY

Operations during the invasion and conquest of Sicily and the military diplomacy that led to Italy's surrender.



SALERNO TO CASSINO

Operations from the invasion of the Italian mainland near Salerno through the winter fighting up to the battles for Monte Cassino (including the Rapido River crossing) and the Anzio beachhead.


CASSINO TO THE ALPS

Continues the account of operations in Italy from Operation DIADEM and the capture of Rome to the negotiations for the surrender of German armies in Italy.



THE SUPREME COMMAND

A description of General Eisenhower's wartime command, focusing on the general, his staff, and his superiors in London and Washington and contrasting Allied and enemy command organizations.



LOGISTICAL SUPPORT OF THE ARMIES, VOL I: MAY 1941 - SEPTEMBER 1944

The buildup of American armies under General Eisenhower in the United Kingdom in preparation for the Normandy invasion and an account of how they were supplied during the first three months of operations on the Continent



LOGISTICAL SUPPORT OF THE ARMIES, VOL II: SEPTEMBER 1944 - MAY 1945

A continuation of the story of supply on the European continent to the end of hostilities. Both volumes emphasize the influence of logistical support on the planning and conduct of combat operations by field armies.



CROSS-CHANNEL ATTACK

This European Theater of Operations tactical volume covers the prelude to the 6 June 1944 assault and combat operations of the First U.S. Army in Normandy to 1 July 1944.



BREAKOUT AND PURSUIT

Operations of the First U.S. Army from 1 July through 10 September 1944 and of the Third U.S. Army from 1 August through 31 August 1944, including the "battle of the hedgerows," the Mortain counterattack, the reduction of Brest, and the liberation of Paris.



THE LORRAINE CAMPAIGN

This account focuses on the tactical operations of the Third Army and its subordinate units between 1 September and 18 December 1944.



THE SIEGFRIED LINE CAMPAIGN

The story of the First and Ninth U.S. Armies from the first crossings of the German border in September 1944 to the enemy's counteroffensive in the Ardennes in December, including the reduction of Aachen, Huertgen Forest, and Operation MARKET-GARDEN in Holland.



THE ARDENNES: BATTLE OF THE BULGE

The German winter counteroffensive of December 1944-January 1945 with a detailed description of German plans and Allied efforts to eliminate the bulge in their lines.


THE LAST OFFENSIVE

Focusing on the role of Five American armies and their tactical air support, with some account of the role of Allied forces, this book brings to an end the war in Europe.



RIVIERA TO THE RHINE

Riviera to the Rhine serves as a bridge between the Allied operations in the Mediterranean and those waged in northeast France, covering the Allied landings in southern France and the drive north, the linkup with forces moving east from the Normandy beachhead and subsequent push through the Vosges mountains, and the final conquest and defense of Alsace. In detailing these campaigns, Jeffrey J. Clarke and Robert Ross Smith focus on the operational level of war from August 1944 to early 1945, paying special attention not only to the problems of joint, combined, and special operations but also to the significant roles of logistics, intelligence, and personnel policies. The fact that Clarke and Smith analyze these concepts in such detail makes their volume an invaluable reference source for today's military commanders and junior officers.



THE PERSIAN CORRIDOR AND AID TO RUSSIA

U.S. Army activities in the Near East in support of the aid-to-Russia supply program, with a discussion of the problems faced by Allies who met in strange lands without tested and well-coordinated policies to govern their diplomatic and military relations.



STILWELL'S MISSION TO CHINA

An account of General Stilwell's work with the National Government in the execution of his orders to "support China" and to assist in "improving the combat ma and the Stilwell-Chennault controversy are also described.



STILWELL'S COMMAND PROBLEMS

Continuing the story of General Stilwell's experiences in the CBI between October 1943 and his recall in October 1944, this volume chronicles the seizure of Myitkyina in Burma and the Salween River fighting in China


TIME RUNS OUT IN CBI

Carrying the narrative from General Wedemeyer's assumption of command to the end of the war, this volume concludes with Americans still working to improve the Chinese Army while attempting to fly in sufficient supplies from India and Burma.



THE CHEMICAL WARFARE SERVICE: ORGANIZING FOR WAR

Organization and administration of the service from its origins in World War I, with an emphasis on the training of military personnel for offensive and defensive chemical warfare.



THE CHEMICAL WARFARE SERVICE: FROM LABORATORY TO FIELD

An account of the research and development phase and the procurement and supply of both offensive and defensive materiel.



THE CHEMICAL WARFARE SERVICE: CHEMICALS IN COMBAT

The use of chemical weapons in combat and an analysis of administrative and supply problems overseas.



THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS: TROOPS AND EQUIPMENT

An account of how the traditional tasks of American military engineers changed in response to wartime tactical and logistical demands, and how the corps organized, equipped, and trained its troops to carry out these tasks.



THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS: CONSTRUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES

Military construction as performed first by the Quartermaster Corps and then, during the war, by the Corps of Engineers, including such varied projects as munitions factories, training camps, the Pentagon, and construction for the Manhattan Project.



THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS: THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN

Engineer activities in the Pacific war, with particular emphasis on those in General MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area.



THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT: HOSPITALIZATION AND EVACUATION, ZONE OF INTERIOR

The logistics of hospitalization and evacuation, the care of wounded and their transport


THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT: MEDICAL SERVICE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND MINOR THEATERS

Emphasizing the evolution of organizations and the use of personnel, this volume analyzes methods of evacuating the wounded or sick soldier and the effort to control disease in those areas under the control of the Army. An appendix looks at German medical service in the African and European areas covered by the volume.



THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT: PLANNING MUNITIONS FOR WAR

A discussion of planning and of the problems encountered in prewar and wartime research and development programs. The search for greater mobility and increased firepower is described, as well as the development of guns, rockets, and bombs.



THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT: PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY

A description of how the War Department and private industry manufactured huge quantities of munitions and how the Field Service stored, catalogued, maintained, and distributed those munitions to the ports of embarkation.



THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT: ON BEACHHEAD AND BATTLEFRONT

A description of how America's munitions reached U.S. and Allied troops and how Ordnance soldiers stored, maintained, supplied, and salvaged materiel in the major theaters of operations.



THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS: ORGANIZATION, SUPPLY, AND SERVICES, Volume I

The first of a two-volume account of the activities of the Corps in the zone of interior and efforts to maximize stockage through conservation, and salvage.



THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS: ORGANIZATION, SUPPLY, AND SERVICES, Volume II

The second of a two-volume account of the activities of the Corps in the zone of interior and efforts to maximize stockage through conservation, reclamation, and salvage.



THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS: OPERATIONS IN THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN

This study focuses on logistics as the indispensable companion of strategy and tactics and includes a description of conditions under which GIs lived in primitive environments.



THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS: OPERATIONS IN THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY

A history of the Quartermaster establishment in Europe, the largest organization in military history for feeding and clothing people and providing other services to American and Allied forces, impoverished civilians, and prisoners of war.



THE SIGNAL CORPS: THE EMERGENCY (TO DECEMBER 1941)

A description of the Corps' responsibility for developing, procuring, and furnishing signal equipment. The development of radar is featured, as well as the development of frequency modulation and its impact on the use of tanks.



THE SIGNAL CORPS: THE TEST (DECEMBER 1941 TO JULY 1943)

A description of the rapid expansion of the communications industry in close partnership with the Signal Corps and the race with the enemy to produce electronic weapons and counterweapons.



THE SIGNAL CORPS: THE OUTCOME (MID-1943 THROUGH 1945)

The activities of the Corps as a service and combat arm in the various theaters of operations.



THE TRANSPORTATION CORPS: RESPONSIBILITIES, ORGANIZATION, AND OPERATIONS

A discussion of the transportation task, the functions and organization of the Corps, and its operating problems in the zone of interior.



CMH Pub 10-20 - The Transportation Corps- Movements, Training, and Supply

Troop and supply movements within the zone of interior and to overseas commands, the organization and training of personnel, and the development, procurement, and distribution of Corps materiel.



THE TRANSPORTATION CORPS: OPERATIONS OVERSEAS

An account of the successes and failures in the massive deployment of men and materiel from the zone of interior to the theaters.



THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS: THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY

Engineer operations during the campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and northwest Europe.



THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT: MEDICAL SERVICE IN THE EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS

The Medical Department: Medical Service in the European Theater of Operations is one of three volumes recounting the organizational and operational overseas activities of the U.S. Army Medical Department during World War II. Graham A. Cosmas and Albert E. Cowdrey ably describe how the military medical system organized, trained, and deployed; how hospitals were built and supplies assembled and moved forward; and how casualties were treated and evacuated from the field of battle. The volume supports the proposition that the experience of medical personnel in war directly stimulates advances in medical science. The principles of medical organization remain of vital importance, the exploits of the doctors, corpsmen, and medical support units providing a model for the planning and organization of medical support in today's Army.



THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT: MEDICAL SERVICE IN THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN

Medical Service in the War Against Japan is one of three volumes recounting the organizational and operational overseas activities of the U.S. Army Medical Department during World War II. In the context of fierce combat operations waged in the joint/combined command Asian-Pacific theaters extending from Australia to Alaska and from the Gilbert Islands to Burma, Mary Ellen Condon-Rall and Albert E. Cowdrey describe how the Army's senior medical officers pooled their talents with the scientific knowledge of the day and overcame vast distances, diverse climates, logistical problems, and rapidly changing circumstances to support and maintain the strength of troops fighting in remote disease-ridden environments. In the course of the war against Japan, these dedicated professionals realized significant advances in military medicine, developing new drugs and techniques for preventing and controlling disease, fielding hospitals and units uniquely equipped to support jungle and island fighting, and perfecting amphibious medical support. Flexible organization, ingenuity, and the latest scientific advances helped medical personnel to support infantry combat teams on isolated islands or in dense jungles, to prevent and control disease, to adapt medical care for amphibious operations, and to treat and evacuate casualties over difficult terrain and then by sea or air.



CHRONOLOGY: 1941-1945

This chronology focuses on tactical events from the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 to the signing of the instrument of surrender on the USS Missouri on 2 September 1945. The work includes a comprehensive index



BUYING AIRCRAFT: MATERIEL PROCUREMENT FOR THE ARMY AIR FORCES

A description of the expansion of and problems associated with the aircraft industry to meet the military requirements of the Army before and during the war.



CIVIL AFFAIRS: SOLDIERS BECOME GOVERNORS

A documentary history with brief narrative introductions illustrating the evolution of civil affairs policy and practice in the Mediterranean and European theaters.


THE EMPLOYMENT OF NEGRO TROOPS

A description of the black soldier's experience during World War II, including a detailed account of the effect of segregated service on the morale and performance of black units. The study concludes with an analysis of the partially integrated service of black infantry platoons on the European front in the last months of the war.


MILITARY RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA: 1939-1945

An account of Allied cooperation in hemispheric defense and in the fight against Germany and Japan. The common effort ranged from growing wheat to the climactic development of the atomic bomb.



REARMING THE FRENCH

The reemergence of French national forces in the war against the Axis Powers, and the role of large-scale American aid.



THREE BATTLES: ARNAVILLE, ALTUZZO, AND SCHMIDT

"River Crossing at Arnaville" is the story of a battle that started badly and ended in victory; "Objective: Schmidt," of a battle that began with an unexpectedly easy success and turned into tragic defeat. "Break-Through at Monte Altuzzo" is the account of how, after a succession of misguided efforts, a comparatively small number of men penetrated the formidable Gothic Line in Italy.



THE WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS

The experience of female soldiers both at home and overseas as their new Corps struggled against tradition and administrative hurdles.



MANHATTAN: THE ARMY AND THE ATOMIC BOMB

The role of the War Department, Manhattan District, and other Army agencies and individuals from 1939 through World War II in developing and employing the atomic bomb.



THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN

An account in photographs of the Pacific war from pre-Pearl Harbor training in Hawaii to Allied landings on the Japanese home islands, including a section on the China-Burma-India theater.



THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY AND ITALY: MEDITERRANEAN AND ADJACENT AREAS

A major collection of photographs with explanatory text that graphically portrays various aspects of the war in North Africa and the Middle East; Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia; and Italy and southern France.



THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY: EUROPE AND ADJACENT AREAS

The buildup of forces in the United Kingdom and the campaigns in Normandy, northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and central Europe recorded in photographs.


THE CAMPAIGNS OF MACARTHUR IN THE PACIFIC, VOLUME I
MACARTHUR IN JAPAN: THE OCCUPATION: MILITARY PHASE, VOLUME I SUPPLEMENT
JAPANESE OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA, VOLUME II, PART I
JAPANESE OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA, VOLUME II, PART II

Reports of General MacArthur are the official after-action reports of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Long out of print, this facsimile edition contains not only MacArthur's own perspective of his operations against the Japanese in the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II but also the enemy's unique account of Imperial Army campaigns against MacArthur's forces. Collectively, the reports have substantial and enduring value for military historians and students of military affairs, providing an illuminating record of momentous events influenced in large measure by a distinguished Soldier and towering figure in American historiography.



BASTOGNE: THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS

An account of the defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge based primarily on interviews with the participants.



STALINGRAD TO BERLIN: THE GERMAN DEFEAT IN THE EAST

The Russo-German war from Stalingrad to Berlin. Topics include strategy and tactics, partisan and psychological warfare, coalition warfare, and manpower and production problems faced by both countries.



THE U.S. ARMY IN THE OCCUPATION OF GERMANY, 1944–1946

The role of the U.S. Army in the post-World War II occupation of Germany.



MOSCOW TO STALINGRAD: DECISION IN THE EAST

The Soviet 1941–1942 winter offensive, German planning for the summer offensive, and the execution of the German offensive through October 1942.



MOBILITY, SHOCK, AND FIREPOWER: THE EMERGENCE OF THE U.S. ARMY'S ARMOR BRANCH, 1917–1945

Between 1917 and 1945, the U.S. Army's concepts of armored warfare grew from a platform focus and a narrowly defined mission into a broad capability. Mobility, Shock, and Firepower: The Emergence of the U.S. Army's Armor Branch, 1917–1945 captures the multifaceted development of the Armored Force from its beginnings in World War I to a mature, operational status at the close of World War II. Through analysis of the Armor Branch's early years, the book provides an excellent case study in force transformation. The development of new armor doctrines and organizations to exploit emerging technologies, concepts, and missions is the heart of this work. How that transition was accomplished during the brief space of about twenty years—the accepted duration of a single generation—is a story worthy of careful examination as our Army gropes with managing similar transformations today.



THE U.S. ARMY AND WORLD WAR II: SELECTED PAPERS FROM THE ARMY'S COMMEMORATIVE CONFERENCES

The U.S. Army and World War II is an anthology of selected papers from three international conferences held in 1990, 1992, and 1994 on the Army's role in the war. Taking the best from those meetings, Judith L. Bellafaire has organized the various presentations into four thematic categories-prewar planning, the home front, the European theater, and the Asian-Pacific theaters-reflecting the diversity of both the war and the interest of those seeking to understand its many facets. In these carefully edited papers, one will find the more conventional treatments of doctrine, strategy, and operations side by side with those focusing on military mobilization and procurement, race and gender, psychological warfare, and large-scale advice and assistance programs. Those grappling with the challenges of stability operations and other contingency missions in support of the Global War on Terrorism will find this collection of readings invaluable.



COMMAND DECISIONS

An analysis of 23 decisions reached by chiefs of state and their military subordinates during World War II. Concerned with important political, strategic, tactical, and logistical questions, they include the invasions of North Africa and Normandy, the use of the atomic bomb, the capture of Rome, the campaigns in the western Pacific, and the internment of Japanese-Americans.

The studies include:

"Germany First: The Basic Concept of Allied Strategy in World War II"
"The German Decision To Invade Norway and Denmark"
"Decision To Land United States Forces in Iceland, 1941"
"Japan's Decision for War"
"The Decision To Evacuate the Japanese From the Pacific Coast"
"The Decision To Withdraw to Bataan"
"The Decision To Invade North Africa (Torch)"
"U.S. Merchant Shipping and the British Import Crisis"
"The Persian Corridor as a Route for Aid to the USSR"
"Overlord Versus the Mediterranean at the Cairo-Tehran Conferences"
"MacArthur and the Admiralties"
"Hitler's Decision on the Defense of Italy"
"General Lucas at Anzio"
"General Clark's Decision To Drive on Rome"
"The 90-Division Gamble"
"The Anvil Decision: Crossroads of Strategy"
"General Bradley's Decision at Argentan (13 August 1944)"
"Logistics and the Broad-Front Strategy"
"The Decision To Launch Operation Market-Garden"
"The German Counteroffensive in the Ardennes"
"Luzon Versus Formosa"
"The Decision To Halt at the Elbe"
"The Decision To Use the Atomic Bomb"


LOGISTICS IN WORLD WAR II: FINAL REPORT OF THE ARMY SERVICE FORCES

Logistics in World War II: Final Report of the Army Service Forces is the after-action report of the vast logistics undertaking by the ASF headquarters both in the zone of interior and in distant theaters during World War II, considered to be a logistician's war. Long out of print, this facsimile edition covers what was done, how it was done, the problems and their solutions, and the successes and failures, ending with key lessons for future application. The report provides insights into methods and practices to achieve logistics readiness, and serves as an invaluable reference source for those researching the logistical dimension stretching from the factory floor to the foxhole. ARMY SERVICE FORCES, known as the Services of Supply until 12 March 1943, was responsible for administrative, supply (including procurement), and service activities for the War Department as a whole. With its creation, Army logistics was put on what promised to be a businesslike footing.



EYES OF ARTILLERY: THE ORIGINS OF MODERN U.S. ARMY AVIATION IN WORLD WAR II

Eyes of Artillery is the first archive-based in-depth study of the institutional origins of modern Army Aviation during World War II. The close-support technique of choice featured airborne eyes and ground artillery. In recounting the experiences of the men who flew observed fire missions in light aircraft, Edgar F. Raines Jr. takes care to delineate how these aircraft-"air observations posts" in War Department parlance, "Maytag Messerschmidts" or "biscuit bombers" to the ground troops-effectively interacted with each element of the combined arms team, thus becoming an integral team player. A valuable resource for students of institutional change, his volume makes a genuine and unique contribution to the literature of World War II.



INDUSTRIALISTS IN OLIVE DRAB: THE EMERGENCY OPERATION OF PRIVATE INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT DURING WORLD WAR II

Industrialists in Olive Drab: The Emergency Operation of Private Industrial Facilities by the War Department During World War II by John H. Ohly, the individual most closely involved with this effort, recounts the unique story of Ohly and his compatriots who were charged with the mission of guaranteeing that private companies sustained the vital war production of weapons, munitions, and other materiel needed by America's fighting men and the Allies to achieve victory overseas. Organized and improved to facilitate the understanding of present-day readers, this carefully edited and revised version by Clayton D. Laurie remains true to Ohly's impressive research, recounting of events, basic facts, and interpretations. For those in the field of defense acquisition, Ohly's history has many lessons, not the least being the resolution of conflicting interests between the needs of the state and those of the private sector within the framework of our constitutional democracy.



THE U.S. ARMY GHQ MANEUVERS OF 1941

The U.S. Army GHQ Maneuvers of 1941 is a masterful study of the largest military training exercises ever conducted by a military organization attempting to mobilize and modernize simultaneously during a rapidly changing international security environment. As suggested by Christopher R. Gabel, the maneuvers had an incalculable influence on the development of the American force structure in World War II, giving Army formations experience in teamwork and combined arms. Viewed by Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall as the "combat college for troop leading" for the rising crop of field-grade officers, they also served to test emerging assumptions about doctrine, organization, and equipment. Gabel's work assumes its rightful place as an important and useful addition to the body of historical literature on military training. The evolution of training in the U.S. Army, particularly the linkage between maneuvers and changes in doctrine and organization, is worthy of reflection by military students and those with an interest in maneuvers as field laboratories for simulating large-scale engagements.



U.S. ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR II

U.S. Army Special Operations in World War II fills a gap in the Army's record of its overseas activities. As David W. Hogan so clearly states, a variety of commando and guerrilla operations were conducted on the plains of Europe and in the jungles of the Pacific to harass the Axis armies, to gather intelligence, and to support the more conventional Allied military efforts, yet their significance was a matter of dispute. Hogan examines the critical issues underlying special operations and shows how American leaders employed commandos-rangers in Army parlance-and guerrillas extensively, if not systematically, during the war. An important overview of the Army's past experience, the study contains useful lessons at a time of keen interest in the critical role being played by special operation forces in meeting today's contingencies.



U.S. ARMY SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE IN WORLD WAR II: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

U.S. Army Signals Intelligence in World War II preserves the memory of the Army's role in what was perceived as a signals intelligence war. The availability of superb military intelligence was central but heretofore unheralded because of security considerations. With the security barriers now lifted, James L. Gilbert and John P. Finnegan have selected a representative body of tantalizing documents generated by various U.S. Army cryptologic organizations in an effort to acknowledge their contributions to the American victory in World War II.

Conceived as part of the Army historical community's commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of World War II, Gilbert's and Finnegan's fine work not only alerts the public to the existence of a relatively unexplored mass of historical documentation but also honors the signal veterans whose esprit de corps made it possible for the mission to succeed.



BIENNIAL REPORTS OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR, 1 JULY 1939-30 JUNE 1945

Biennial Reports of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army brings together the three wartime reports of General of the Army George C. Marshall. Published for the first time in a one-volume facsimile edition, they provide a comprehensive picture of global war as seen from the chief of staff's perspective.



REPORT BY THE SUPREME COMMANDER TO THE COMBINED CHIEFS OF STAFF ON THE OPERATIONS IN EUROPE OF THE ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, 6 JUNE 1944 TO 8 MAY 1945

Report by the Supreme Commander to the Combined Chiefs of Staff is the official after-action report of General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower. This facsimile edition contains Eisenhower's own observations and judgments about operations in the European theater during World War II, providing not only unique insights into the thinking and character of one of the U.S. Army's greatest military commanders but also an illuminating record of momentous events influenced in large measure by a distinguished Soldier and towering figure in American historiography. The report has substantial and enduring value for military historians and students of military affairs. It serves as an important reference source for those researching and writing not only on events in World War II but also on command and leadership issues.



A COMMAND POST AT WAR: FIRST ARMY HEADQUARTERS IN EUROPE, 1943-1945

A Command Post at War is a unique story about an American field army headquarters and its organization and role in World War II, a perspective that has received little attention by historians until now. David W. Hogan Jr. examines the First Army headquarters's response to the test of army-level command during the period from its activation in October 1943 to V-E Day in May 1945. Focusing on the operational level, the level between the grand strategy of nations and theaters and the tactical combat of corps and smaller units, Hogan analyzes the operations, intelligence, logistical, and administrative functions of the headquarters; the procedures evolved to carry out those functions; and the impact of the personalities and styles of the commander and staff chiefs on the organization. Hogan's volume shows the army headquarters of World War II as a complicated organization with functions ranging from immediate supervision of tactical operations to long-range operational planning and the sustained support of frontline units. It is a valuable case study for military professionals at all levels.



NISEI LINGUISTS: JAPANESE AMERICANS IN THE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR II

At the start of World War II the U.S. Army turned to Americans of Japanese ancestry, the Nisei, to provide vital intelligence against Japanese forces in the Pacific. This new book, Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II, tells the story of these soldiers, how the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) recruited and trained them, and how they served in every battle and campaign in the war against Japan. During the war their work remained a closely guarded secret. Even after the war, their contributions were often overlooked. This book fills this gap in our historical understanding



DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER - THE CENTENNIAL

This publication commemorates the 100th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower's birth.



OMAR NELSON BRADLEY - THE CENTENNIAL

This publication commemorates the 100th anniversary of Omar Bradley's birth.



THE CAMPAIGNS OF WORLD WAR II - WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE SERIES PAMPHLETS

A series of illustrated brochures that describe the campaigns in which U.S. Army troops participated during the war. Each brochure describes the strategic setting, traces the operations of the major American units involved, and analyzes the impact of the campaign on future operations.

The series includes:

DEFENSE OF THE AMERICAS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WORLD WAR D
PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
CENTRAL PACIFIC
INDIA-BURMA
ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
PAPUA
GUADALCANAL
NEW GUINEA
NORTHERN SOLOMONS
ALGERIA-FRENCH MOROCCO
TUNISIA
EGYPT-LIBYA
THE ARMY NURSE CORPS- A COMMEMORATION OF WORLD WAR II SERVICE
THE WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS- A COMMEMORATION OF WORLD WAR II SERVICE
SICILY
NAPLES-FOGGIA
NORMANDY
ANZIO
ROME-ARNO
BURMA, 1942
EAST INDIES
EASTERN MANDATES
BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO
RHINELAND
ARDENNES-ALSACE
LEYTE
LUZON
WESTERN PACIFIC
NORTHERN FRANCE
SOUTHERN FRANCE
SOUTHERN FRANCE
MOBILIZATION
PO VALLEY
NORTH APENNINES
RYUKYUS
CENTRAL EUROPE
CENTRAL BURMA
CHINA DEFENSIVE
CHINA OFFENSIVE
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES



A PATTERN FOR JOINT OPERATIONS: WORLD WAR II CLOSE AIR SUPPORT, NORTH AFRICA

Close air support doctrine, organization, and operations immediately prior to and during the campaign in North Africa.



AN UNKNOWN FUTURE AND A DOUBTFUL PRESENT: WRITING THE VICTORY PLAN OF 1941

An Unknown Future and a Doubtful Present: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941 covers the work of then Maj. Albert C. Wedemeyer, the principal author of the Victory Plan. In just forty-eight months America raised and equipped a modern army seemingly overnight, a feat that owed much to sound military planning. As Wedemeyer makes clear, mobilization transcends purely military matters and must be understood to embrace the capacity of nations. His work underscores the fact that even in 1941 warfare had become so vast in scope, so expensive, and so technologically complex that nations could never again afford to maintain in time of peace the armies needed in time of war. The conclusion seems inescapable: The United States Army must keep mobilization planning at the center of all its military planning. Military planners and all those studying mobilization and logistics will benefit from processes Wedemeyer and his colleagues used in reaching their decisions on the units and material needed. The Victory Plan provides a clear picture of how they approached the challenge of preparing for modern war.


PAPUAN CAMPAIGN: THE BUNA-SANANANDA OPERATION, 16 NOVEMBER 1942-23 JANUARY 1943

An account of the joint American-Australian campaign to drive the Japanese out of New Guinea, November 1942-January 1943.



THE CAPTURE OF MAKIN, 20-24 NOVEMBER 1943
THE ADMIRALTIES: OPERATIONS OF THE 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION, 29 FEBRUARY-18 MAY 1944
GUAM: OPERATIONS OF THE 77TH DIVISION, 21 JULY-10 AUGUST 1944

A three-volume account of the Army operations against a determined enemy up through the Central Pacific.



MERRILL'S MARAUDERS, FEBRUARY-MAY 1944

Operations of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) in north Burma from February to May 1944, part of the coordinated Allied offensive to retake north Burma.



TO BIZERTE WITH THE II CORPS, 23 APRIL-13 MAY 1943

The final push by II Corps under General Omar N. Bradley to destroy Axis forces in northern Tunisia, April-May 1943.



SALERNO: AMERICAN OPERATIONS FROM THE BEACHES TO THE VOLTURNO, 9 SEPTEMBER-6 OCTOBER 1943

First of the three-volume account of the Allied campaign in Italy from the landings in September 1943 to operations preceding the landings at Anzio and the march on Rome.



FROM THE VOLTURNO TO THE WINTER LINE, 6 OCTOBER-15 NOVEMBER 1943

Second of the three-volume account of the Allied campaign in Italy from the landings in September 1943 to operations preceding the landings at Anzio and the march on Rome.



FIFTH ARMY AT THE WINTER LINE, 15 NOVEMBER 1943-15 JANUARY 1944

Third of the three-volume account of the Allied campaign in Italy from the landings in September 1943 to operations preceding the landings at Anzio and the march on Rome.


ANZIO BEACHHEAD, 22 JANUARY-25 MAY 1944

Landing of U.S. VI Corps at Anzio in an attempt to bypass German defenses blocking the approach to Rome, January-May 1944



OMAHA BEACHHEAD,  6 June -13 June 1944

An operational account of a major phase of the campaign in Normandy between 6 and 13 June 1944.



UTAH BEACH TO CHERBOURG, 6-27 JUNE 1944

A companion volume to Omaha Beachhead, this narrative rounds out the account of the landings at corps level and below and relates the course of VII Corps combat operations which resulted in the capture of Cherbourg on 27 June 1944.



ST-LO, 7 July -19 July 1944

The operations of a single corps in the First Army's offensive during the first three weeks of July 1944 designed to deepen the lodgment area preparatory to the breakout from Normandy.



SMALL UNIT ACTIONS

A description of small unit actions involving U.S. Army units in France, the Marianas, Italy, and Germany
 

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