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UNITED STATES ORDER OF BATTLE 7 DECEMBER 1941ARMY - ARMY AIR CORPS - NAVY, MARINE CORPS & COAST GUARD

by Leo Niehorster

 

 

Volume 1 : US ARMY: CORPS AREAS, CONTINENTAL COMMANDS & OVERSEAS COMMANDS :

This book presents the US Army on 7 December 1941 -- the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, resulting in the United States’’ active participation in World War II. It starts out with the contents, and introduction, a page with terms and abbreviations, and a key of the tactical symbols used through the book. This is followed by a detailed organizational diagram of the War Department including the General Staff. The commands directly subordinate the General Staff, (the U.S. Army Forces in the Far East and the Hawaiian Department including the U.S. Army Air Forces components assigned to them, as well as the nine Corps Areas), are shown in further diagrams broken down into their component parts, using tactical symbols. The second half of the book deals with the General Headquarters, U.S. Army. This was the headquarters charged with commanding the U.S. Army within the Continental USA, Alaska, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean, using further diagrams. The U.S. Army Air Forces are found in the second volume of this book, and are demonstrated in the same way.

This study is a compendium of facts that have never been presented in this combination before. It is based on original sources, most of them unpublished, such as the War Department textual records, (amongst them the General and Special Orders), as well as strength lists, unit activation lists, station plans, authorized strengths, tables of organization, aircraft allocations, individual unit histories, the US Army Station List of 01.11.1941.

In the back of the book are annexes showing US Army units at sea on 7 December 1941, US Army installations worldwide, and a listing of U.S.A.A.F. Aircraft. The book is rounded off by an index and bibliography.

The U.S. Army on 7 December 1941, (the date already being 8 December in the Philippines), although not actively at war, had been preparing for war. The development of the US Army from a small, outdated, and badly equipped force into the mightiest army in the world, is described by Winston Churchill as a "prodigy of organization." It will become evident to the reader of this book that on 7 December 1941 the beginnings of the gigantic organizational development were already underway. The large amount of armories, depots, airfields, training establishments, etc. in operation or under construction, show that the U.S. Army was already gearing up.

The rapid German 1939 Poland Campaign had stimulated President Franklin Delando Roosevelt into declaring a limited national emergence, raising the strength of the Regular Army to 227,000. Further German campaigns in 1940 -- which resulted in the defeat of Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium, and France, the entry of Italy into the war, and the retreat of Britain from the Continent -- had shocked the initially overwhelmingly isolationist American Congress into authorizing huge sums to prepare the US Army for war.

On 16 September 1940 the President signed the Selective Service Act authorizing the strength of the Army to be raised to 1,400,000 men.

The additional authorized sums and manpower enabled the US Chief of Staff to scheduled a fully equipped force of 500,000 men by 1 July 1941, a force of 1,000,000 by January 1942, and a force of 1,500,000 or 2,000,000 by July 1942. Over the next years, the planned numbers of men and equipment were continually revised. The US Army in June 1940 had consisted of some 300,000 men. By 31 December 1940 this had increased to 620,774 and by 30 November 1941 there were 1,644,212 men in the Army. Equipment had increased also, although by no means in equal proportion owing to the Roosevelt’’s policy of initially assisting Great Britain and other effective enemies of Germany at the expense of rearming the American forces. By the end of World War II, the US Army had a well-equipped Army with 8,300,000 men.

In addition to the Regular Army, the United States had another armed force, the National Guard. Although this army was under direct control of the individual states, it supervised by the Regular Army. When the National Guard divisions were inducted into Federal service during 1940/41, they came direct under control of the War Department. National Guard men are included in the above manpower figures.

The Philippines -- designated at the time as a "Commonwealth" -- were by dint of conquest, subject to the US government, but being prepared for independence. It had a fledgling Philippine Army. On 26 July 1941 the American President called this Philippine Army into the service of the United States. General MacArthur was recalled to active duty at the same date and designated Commanding General Forces in the Far East. On that same day, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East (U.S.A.F.F.E.) issued Order No. 1, establishing U.S.A.F.F.E., with MacArthur assuming command. This new command encompassed the Philippine Department of the US Army as well as the Philippine Army. Subsequently, on 15.08.41, cadres of the 10 reserve divisions were called into US service. All Philippine Army Air Corps (P.A.A.C.) units were also inducted on that same date. Details the General Staff, Overseas Commands, including the Hawaiian Department, both Army and Army AirCorps. US Army Forces in the Far East. The Phillipine Divisions, and Reserve Force., the far East Air force & Philippine Army Air Corps. The US Army Corps Areas, The Armies, Corps & Divisions, The Armored Force, Alaska Defense Command, Caribbean Defence Command &c &c

295x210mm 88 pages, 160 diagrammatic tables, list of Camps, Forts, Fields etc. Index of names.

ISBN 978-0-85420-971-2 Hardback Edition £29.99

I SBN 978- 0-85420-976-7 Softback edition £19.99

 

Volume 2 UNITED STATES ARMY AIR CORPS ORDER OF BATTLE 7 DECEMBER 1941

On 20 June 1941 the Army Air Forces was created to unify command under one office. The AAF was superior to both the Air Corps and the GHQ Air Force. The Commanding General, AAF was directly responsible to the Army Chief of Staff. At the same time, the GHQ Air Force was redesignated as Air Force Combat Command. Nevertheless, direct command of the Army Airforces combat components were roughly divided between the Chief of the Army Airforce and the Chief of Staff, GHQ Army. The latter had air units under its control in the Alaskan Defense Command, the Caribbean Defense Command, Hawaiian Department, United States Army Forces Far East (in the Philippines), and the four Atlantic base commands. The nine Corps Areas still had some Air Corps Detachments, (basically ground service units running air bases), assigned to stations within their commands for the Organized Reserves or Airways Duty. In addition, some of these were assigned to Air Forces and Commands. The reorganization was still in progress when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor, and presents a somewhat confusing picture at times.

President Franklin Delando Roosevelt’’s message to the United States Congress of 12 January 1939, besides increasing the size of the US Army overall, urged that $300 million be appropriated for the purchase of aircraft for the Army. The existing strength of the Air Corps at that time was approximately 1700 tactical and training aircraft, some 1600 Air Corps officers, and 18,000 enlisted men. By mid 1939, the US Congress had approved purchase of an additional 3251 aircraft, and the expansion of the Air Corps to some 3200 officers and 45,000 enlisted men. Plans at that time called for 34 tactical groups to be combat ready by mid 1942. By May 1940, the plan was expanded to 41 groups and President Roosevelt called for an annual output of 50,000 planes, (36,500 for the AAF and 13,500 for the US Navy.) By the end of the year the plan was expanded to 54 groups incorporating 4000 tactical planes, 187,000 enlisted men, 15,000 civilian aviation cadets, and 16,800 officers.

During the first eight months of 1941, some $6,500 million was appropriated. Just before December 1941, the plan was further expanded to 84 groups, comprising 400,000 men by mid 1942. On 7 Dec 41, the AAF had activated 70 tactical groups, including 14 heavy bombardment, 9 medium bombardment, 5 light bombardment, 25 pursuit, 11 observation, and 6 transport groups. Many of these groups were at cadre strength, and had only a few suitable aircraft each. Nevertheless, 19,428 military aircraft were accepted in 1941.

During the years 1939 - 1941, the AAF expended 8,000 million dollars and procured 37,500 aircraft.

In August 1940 the President called up the National Guard and the Reserves. Between mid 1939 to mid 1941, the total of Air Corps personnel jumped from 20,503 to 152,569, and was still continuing to expand on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In plans at the beginning of called for training of 300 pilots per year; by mid 1941 the total was raised to 30,000, and plans were being made to increase that to 50,000 pilots per year by mid 1942. Air Corps expansion which did not reach its peak until 1944.

The Air Corps did not have enough facilities to train all these men. Besides a vast building program of new Air Corps airfields, depots, and training facilities, private civilian aviation and technical schools were used. This study is a compendium of facts drawn from original sources

295x210mm 73 pages, 140 order of battle charts, lists of list of Camps, Forts, Fields etc. Index of names

ISBN 978-0-85420-693-3 Hardback Edition £29.99

ISBN 978-085420-694-0 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 3 : UNITED STATES NAVY, MARINE CORPS & COAST GUARD ORDER OF BATTLE 7 DECEMBER 1941

US Armed Forces Command Structure, Secretary of the Navy, Department of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations. Guam Island & Samoa Island Commands. The Asiatic Fleet - Destroyers, Aircraft, Submarines & Service Train. Pacific Fleet - 2nd Joint Training Force - Battle Force, Battleships, Aircraft, Cruisers, Destroyers [ Destroyer Squadrons 1 & 2]. - Scouting Force, Cruisers, Aircraft, Submarines [ Submarine Squadrons 4 & 6 ] - Base Force, Service Squadron 6. Atlantic Fleet - Amphibious Force, Battleships, Aircraft, Cruisers, Patrol Wings, Destroyers [ Destroyer Squadrons 3, 4 & 8], Submarines [ Submarine Squadrons 1, 3, 5, 7]. Train [ Service Squadrons 3 & 5]. Naval Districts [1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th Naval 16th]. Commands [ Johnston Island, Wake Island, Midway Island, Palmyra Island, Potomac River, Servern River] The Marine Corps, Headquarters, 1 & 2 Divisions, 1 & 2 Air Wings. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Marine Defense Battalions. 1st Marine Brigade (Provisional), 4th Marines, Marine Forces in Northern China, Marine Corps Bases Parris Island, Quantico, New River, San Diego, Camp Elliott, Air Station Ewa, Air Facility St. Thomas. The Coast Guard. Headquarters, Maritime Service, US Coast Guard Reserve. Districts, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Charleston, Jacksonville, New Orleans, St. Louis Chicago, Cleveland, San Juan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Ketchikan, Honolulu. Convoys at Sea escorted by the U.S. Navy. Navy Shore Establishments. Marine Details at US Navy Shore Establishments & on Navy Vessels. USN, USMC, and USCG Aircraft. US Army 1st and 3rd Infantry Divisions

295x210mm 103 pages 110 diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-784-8 Hardback Edition £29.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-789-3 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

UNITED STATES ARMY GROUND FORCES :TABLES OF ORGANIZATION AND EQUIPMENT : WORLD WAR II

by J J Hays

 

 

This series will, for the first time provide a detailed and precise examination of the organisation of the US Division through out World War II. Here will be found the Tables of Organisation and the Tables of Equipment starting with those of 1940 as these were in effect when American went to war in 1941. These Tables remained in effect until mid 1942 so were in use during the early campaigns in the Pacific and North Africa.

These volumes trace the development of the infantry division from 1940 to 1945. Here will be found precisely how the US Army’s principal fighting formation was organised and, with battle experience, how the organisation and equipment was varied from the lessons learnt. For example liaison aircraft and the 2.36" rocket launcher (Bazooka) first made their appearance in the Infantry Division organisation in July 1943. The Division’s units strengths altered during the war for example the Military Police varied from 220 to 106 men. The tables show how the role of the radio developed from the relatively few sets in 1940 to the hundreds that were required in 1944. The tables are supported by diagrams that, with the aid of silhouettes of the weapons, and vehicles, shew how each unit was organised. The Division organisation went through a number of alterations until the final wartime organisation in early 1945. Each volume has numerous tables, for instance the Infantry Division volumes have some 360 tables. In addition there are detailed diagrams illustrating the organisation of the Division sub units, which detail the numbers of officers and their ranks, and the numbers of Warrant Officers, NCOs and enlisted men, their equipment and weapons. The unique drawings of the weaponry and equipment ensure that the information is easily understood. Again these tables trace the development of each type of sub unit during the course of the war

Volume I has been extensively revised and expanded with 73 additional pages

 

 

Volume 1 : The Infantry Division: Part I :

The Division HQ & Special Troops, Signals, Medical, Ordinance, Quartermaster. The 1939 Infantry Division and the 1940 Square Division are also included: This revised edition has an additional 26 pages.

295x210mm x + 172 + x pages, 110 tables and illustrated diagram

ISBN 978-0-85420- 812-8 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-813-5 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 1 : The Infantry Division : Part II :

Engineer Regiment and Battalion Infantry Regiments, Infantry Brigades, Infantry Regiment &Battalions. Infantry Rifle, Infantry Cannon, Heavy Weapon & Anti-Tank Companies, Additional Equipment Tables, Bibliography. This revised edition has an additional 21 pages.

295x210mm ix + 165 + ix pages, 130 tables and illustrated diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-814-2 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-815-9 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 1 : The Infantry Division : Part III :

Reconnaissance [Cavalry], Field Artillery, Military Police, Counter Intelligence Corps., Additional Equipment Tables &c &c This revised edition has an additional 26 pages :

295 x 210mm x + 161 + ix pages, 120 tables and illustrated diagrams.

ISBN 978-0-85420-816-6 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-817-3 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 2: The Armored Division: Part I :

Division HQ, Armored Brigade, Armored Regiment, Light Armored Battalion, Armored Regiment Medium, Armored Battalion Medium, Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Quartermaster Supply Battalion, Military Police Platoon.

295x210mm ix + 224 + xi pages, 200 tables & illustrated diagrams.

ISBN 978-0-85420-257-7 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-262-1 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 2 : The Armored Division: Part II :

Armored Engineer Battalion, Field Artillery Regiment, Armored Division Artillery, Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Armored Infantry Battalion, Armored Medical Battalion, Ordnance Maintenance Battalion. Armored Signal Company, Armored Division Train. Staff Organisation, Supply System, Equipment Notes, Communications Equipment, Engineer Equipment.

295x210mm ix + 250 + xi pages, 220 tables & illustrated diagrams.

ISBN 978-0-85420-267-6 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978- 0-85420-272-0 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 3 : The Airborne Division : Part 1 :

Division Headquarters, Airborne Anti-aircraft Battalion, Airborne Engineer Battalion, Division Artillery, Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, Glider Field Artillery Battalion, Staff Organization, Supply system.

295x210mm ix + 132 + x pages, 120 tables & illustrated diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-204-1 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-209-6 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 3 : The Airborne Division : Part II :

Parachute Infantry Regiment, Glider Infantry Regiment, Airborne Medical, Ordnance, Quartermaster, Signal & Parachute Maintenance Companies, Airborne Reconnaissance & Military Police Platoon, Airborne Special Troops.

295x210mm ix + 135 + x pages, 125 tables & illustrated diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-214-0 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-219-5 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 4 : The Cavalry Division : Part 1 :

Cavalry Division, Division Headquarters, Division Headquarters Troop, Reconnaissance Squadron & Troops. Tables of symbols, equipment silhouettes, abbreviations index, staff organization, supply system, communications & engineer equipment.

295x210mm x + 128 pages + vi pages. 120 tables & illustrated diagrams.

ISBN 978- 85420-264-5 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-269-0 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 4 : The Cavalry Division : Part II :

Cavalry Brigade, Brigade Headquarters Troop, Cavalry Regiment & Troops, Cavalry Squadron & Troops. Cavalry Regiment(Infantry). Medical Squadron, Ordinance Troop. Tables of symbols, equipment silhouettes, abbreviations index, staff organization, supply system, communications & engineer equipment 295x210mm x +139 + vi pages, 125 tables & illustrated diagrams.

ISBN 978-0-85420-274-4 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-279-9 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 4 : The Cavalry Division : Part III :

Division Artillery, Field Artillery Battalions 105mm Howitzer, Field Artillery Battalions 75mm Howitzer, Quartermaster Squadron Tables of symbols, equipment silhouettes, abbreviations index, staff organization, supply system, communications & engineer equipment.

295x210mm ix + 139 + vi Pages. 124 tables and illustrated diagrams.

ISBN 978-0-85420-284-3 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-289-8 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 5 : Mountain Division : Part I :

A specialised mountain formation was considered in 1940 from the lessons learnt from the German successes in Norway. The 10th Light Division (Pack-Alpine) was activated in 1942, it was later re-designated the 10th Mountain Division. Its final approved organization was November 1944. The Division was transferred to Italy in the autumn of 1944 where it served until the end of the war in Europe. Division, Division HQ, Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Engineer Battalion, Field Artillery, Signals, Tank Destroyer, Military Police &c.

295x210mm viii +102 + x pages 132 diagrams & tables

ISBN 978-0-85420-037-5 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-046-7 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 5 : Mountain Division : Part II

Infantry Regiment, Infantry Battalion, Medical Ordinance, Quartermaster units &c.

295x210mm viii + 100 + x pages, 148 diagrams & tables

ISBN 978-0-85420-049-8 Hardback edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-8542–050-4 Softback edition £19.99

 

Volume 6 : Mechanized Cavalry

Mechanized Cavalry Regiments, Field Army and Corps Units of Groups and Squadrons. Mechanized Cavalry was developed from the Cavalry Branch of the US Army. The first units appeared in the late 1930s in the form of horse-mechanized cavalry. A fully mechanized cavalry regiment appeared in 1942, replacing the horse-mechanized regiment as a Corps reconnaissance unit. In 1943 there was a major reorganization. The Group replaced the Regiment and commanded between 2 to 4 Battalions/Squadrons. Groups were attached to Armies which then assigned them to Corps. The Squadrons were then assigned to Infantry Divisions as they were required for operations. Their roles included defence, mobile reserve, rear area security and control, screening the formation’s flanks and covering gaps in the front. Offensive fighting such as pursuit/exploitation was a relatively minor role which took up 10% of their activity also reconnaissance amounted to some 3%..

295x210mm xii + 65 + 23 pages.70 tables & 32 diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-361-1 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-366-6 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 7 : Chemical Warfare Service

Field Army and Corps Units of the Chemical Warfare Service: Chemical Mortar, Regiments, Battalions and Companies, Smoke Generator Battalions and, Companies, Maintenance, Depot, Impregnating, Base Impregnating, Laboratory, Base Depot, General Service and Decontamination Companies

295X210mm xiv + 150 + i-xix-pages. Tables, diagrams & silhouettes

ISBN 978-085420-699-5 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 085420-698-8 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 8 Coast Artillery Corps/Antiaircraft Artillery : Part 1

Mobile Brigades, Regiments, Groups, Battalions Batteries.

295x210mm x + 162 + ix pages, pages, 145 tables, illustrated diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-352-9 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-357-4 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 8 Coast Artillery Corps/Antiaircraft Artillery : Part II

Mobile Brigades, Regiments, Groups, Battalions Batteries.

295x210mm x + 152 + x pages, 140 tables, illustrated diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-362-8 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-367-3 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 8 Coast Artillery Corps/Antiaircraft Artillery : Part III

Separate Gun, Automatic Weapons, Searchlight, Machinegun, & Barrage Balloon Battalions & Batteries

295x210mm x + 155 + ixx pages, 145 tables, illustrated diagrams

ISBN 978-0-85420-372-7 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-377-2 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

Volume 9 Corps of Engineers

 

 

Volume 10 Field Artillery

 

 

U.S. ARMY DIVISIONS, 1942-1945 : ORDERS OF BATTLE AND COMBAT DIARIES

by Yves Bellanger

 

The US Army Divisions of World War II is a series of volumes on the orders of battle and combat diaries of the US Army’s Divisions of World War II. Each volume also includes chapters on the attachment and detachment of organic and non organic units of the Divisions Volumes 1 - 6 Infantry Divisions of the European, North African-Italian, and Pacific Theatres of Operations. Volumes 7 onward Armored and Airborne Divisions.

Each of the Division’s Commanding Generals, Assistant Division Commanders, Senior Staff Officers and Regimental Commanders listed with their dates of service. There is a table that details the assignment of the Division with dates to which Corps/Armies it was assigned to. The organic units such as Regiments, Artillery, Reconnaissance, Engineer, Medical Battalions &c. of the Division are listed . The Combat Diary of each Division starts with the Division’s movement overseas and continues to the end of the war, it includes when the Division was dispatched overseas, where it was originally sent, its subsequent movements, the operations in which it took part, the actions fought &c &c.

 

 

Volume 1: The U.S. Army Infantry Divisions in the European Theater of Operations, Part I

The infantry divisions assigned to the European Theater of Operations. Order of Battle and Combat Diary: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 26th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 35th Infantry Divisions. There is a chapter that details non organic units such as tank battalions, tank destroyer battalions, antiaircraft artillery units, cavalry reconnaissance squadrons, field artillery units, engineer units, chemical units, ranger infantry battalions and separate infantry regiments and battalions that were temporarily attached to each infantry division in the ETO. A further chapter lists the organic units detached from the infantry divisions in the ETO and to which formation they were attached and the period of their attachment.

295x210mm vi + 132 pages

ISBN Hardback Edition 978-0-85420-005-4

ISBN Hardback Edition 978-0-85420-007-8

 

 

Volume 2: The U.S. Army Infantry Divisions in the European Theater of Operations, Part II

Order of Battle and Combat Diary: 36th, 42nd, 44th, 45th, 63rd, 65th, 66th, 69th, 70th, 71st, 75th, 76th, 78th, 79th, 80th, and 83rd Infantry Divisions. Composition of the Army Corps in the ETO. Composition of the Armies in the ETO.

 

 

Volume 3: The U.S. Army Infantry Divisions in the European Theater of Operations, Part III

Order of Battle and Combat Diary: 84th, 86th, 87th, 89th, 90th, 94th, 95th, 97th, 99th, 100th, 102nd, 103rd, 104th, and 106th Infantry Divisions. Attachments to the infantry divisions in the ETO, listed by divisions, including separate units, units detached from other divisions, and foreign units.

 

 

Volume 4: The U.S. Army Infantry Divisions in the North African and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations

The Infantry Divisions assigned to the North African and Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Order of Battle and Combat Diary: 34th, 85th, 88th, 91st, and 92nd Infantry Divisions. Units attached to the infantry divisions in the NATO/MTO: tank battalions, tank destroyer battalions, antiaircraft artillery units, cavalry reconnaissance squadrons, field artillery units, engineer units, chemical units, infantry units. Composition of the Army Corps in the NATO/MTO. Composition of the Armies in the NATO/MTO. This volume comprises also all the appendixes of the series: Campaigns of the U.S. Army in NATO/MTO. Campaigns of the U.S. Army in ETO. Lists of units organic of the infantry divisions: infantry regiments, field artillery battalions, cavalry reconnaissance troops, engineer combat battalions, quartermaster companies, ordnance light maintenance companies, signal companies, medical battalions. Data about U.S. Army infantry divisions during the Second World War: number of days in combat, battle casualties, individual awards, states of origin of the National Guard infantry divisions. And key dates about U.S. Army infantry divisions. General data on the infantry divisions: the infantry division in road march, the infantry regiment in front line, example of vehicles and artillery equipping the infantry divisions in PTO. Sources and bibliography for the series.

 

 

Volume 5: The U.S. Army Infantry Divisions in the Pacific Theater of Operations, Part I

Infantry Divisions assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations. Order of Battle and Combat Diary: 6th, 7th, 24th, 25th, 27th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 37th, 38th, 40th, 41st, 43rd, and 77th Infantry Divisions. Task Forces and Landing Forces involving Army units in the PTO. Campaigns of the U.S.Army in the PTO.

 

 

Volume 6: The U.S. Army Infantry Divisions in the Pacific Theater of Operations, Part II

Order of Battle and Combat Diary: 81st, 93rd, 96th, 98th Infantry Division, and Americal Division. Organisation of the Armies and Corps during the Leyte, Luzon, and Okinawa Campaigns and for the invasion and occupation of Japan. Composition of the Army Corps in the PTO. Composition of the Armies in the PTO. Weapons and ammunition in the infantry divisions.

 

U.S. ARMY AIRBORNE DIVISIONS, 1942-1945, ORDER OF BATTLE AND COMBAT DIARY

 

 

JAPAN’S BATTLE OF OKINAWA APRIL - JUNE 1945

by Dr T M Huber

 

The last campaign of the World War II in the Pacific. This account is based on Japanese sources and written from a Japanese point of view. The three months of bitter fighting between the 32nd Japanese and 10th U.S. Armies are fully described and supported by numerous coloured maps. By the time organised resistance had ended on 21st June over 90,000 Japanese were dead and nearly 7,500 were prisoners. The US forces had suffered over 72,000 casualties. Originally published in 1990, when only a few copies were printed, however, it is considered one of the principal sources of information on this campaign: It is frequently included in bibliographies. In this new and expanded edition the maps have been redrawn and reproduced in colour. This edition has three additional chapters. One includes the interrogation reports of Colonel Yahara, the Operations Officer of the Japanese 32nd Army. Yahara had been ordered not to commit suicide but to attempt to escape to Japan, during this attempt he was captured. During his interrogations he freely discussed the campaign with American Intelligence officers. There is also the interrogation report of Mr Shimada who was the personal assistant to Lt General Cho, the Chief of Staff of the 32nd Army.

In addition is a chapter written by D E Floyd describing the activities of US Army Engineers and their vital role in tackling the cave defence systems.

The final additional chapter written by L Cole examines the impact of the US casualties and shipping losses during the Okinawa campaign and their relation to the planned invasion of Japan. It would appear from the lessons learnt that in all probability the invasion of Japan as envisaged would not have proceeded as conceived. The conclusions reached in this chapter will be controversial.

210 x 295mm 130 pages, 15 coloured maps, 5 pages of drawings and diagrams, index

ISBN 978-0-85420-014-6 Hardback Edition £32.99

ISBN 978-0-85420-023-8 Softback Edition £19.99

 

 

CROSSFIRE: A CIVIL WAR ANTHOLOGY

The American Civil War : a series of studies from the Archive of the American Civil War Round Table(UK). They include American Civil War: Watershed in Military Technology; Andrews Railroad Raid; Battle of Kelly’s Ford; Battle of Cedar Creek; Beauty or the Beast?, General Butler; Britons on the Alabama; Canby at Mobile; Chickamagua; Confederate Bazaar at Liverpool; Confederates in Paris; Elizabeth van Lew; Every Inch, 56 Virginia Infantry; Fleet find Another Home; My Brave Young Brother, Tom Chamberlain; Nashville Affair; Once a Rogue; Sam Chamberlain and the Medal of Honor; R H Williams, the English Texas Ranger; Railroads of the Confederacy; Two American Patriots; Women in the Civil War.

295x210mm xxvi + 131 pages 11 col & 30 b/w illus, 16 maps, 6 map

ISBN 978-0-85420-261-4 Hardback Edition £25.00

ISBN 978-0-85420-252-2 Softback Edition £10.99