By Christopher Miskimon

Full Reviews

Midway: The Pacific War’s Most Famous Battle (Mark Stille, Osprey Publishers, Oxford, UK, 2024, 328 pp., maps, photographs, appendices, bibliography, notes, index, $35, HC)

D-Day, The Invasion that Saved Civilization: To the Last Cartridge, Book II (Flint Whitlock, Cable Publishing, Brule, Wisconsin, 2024, 290 pp., maps, photographs, bibliography, index, $18.99, SC)

The Hill: The Brutal Fight for Hill 107 in the Battle for Crete (Robert Kershaw, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2024, 368 pp., maps, photographs, bibliography, notes, index, $30, HC)

Betting Against America: The Axis Powers’ Views of the United States (Harry Yeide, Casemate Books, Havertown, Pennsylvania, 2024, 491 pp., maps, photographs, appendices, bibliography, notes, index, $37.95, HC)

Strategy in Crisis: The Pacific War 1937 – 1945 (John T. Kuehn, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2024, 221 pp., maps, notes, bibliography, index, $29.95, HC)

No Sacrifice Too Great: The 1st Infantry Division in World War II (Gregory Fontenot, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 2023, 571 pp., maps, photographs, appendices, bibliography, notes, index, $39.95, HC)

Tuskegee Airmen: Dogfighting with the Luftwaffe and Jim Crow (Samuel de Korte, Air World Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024. 209 pp., maps, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, $34.95, HC)

The German Way of War on the Eastern Front 1941-1943: A Lesson in Tactical Management (Jaap Jan Brouwer, Pen and Sword Books, South Yorkshire, UK, 208 pp., maps, photographs, appendices, bibliography, index, $42.95, HC)

Short Bursts

My Darling Boys: A Family at War 1941-1947 (Fred H. Allison, University of North Texas Press, 2024, $34.95, SC) All three sons in the Allison family fought in World War II, all of them in the U.S. Army Air Forces. This book tells of their experiences flying missions and in one case, becoming a prisoner of war.

Fighting the Red Army in Festung Posen (Hans Klapa and Alfred Kriehn, Pen and Sword Military, 2024, $32.95, HC) Firsthand accounts of two German veterans who fought in the fortress city of Posen near the war’s end.

Operation Rype: A World War II OSS Railway Sabotage Mission in Norway (Frode Lindgjerdet, Casemate Books, 2024, $37.95, HC) To prevent the Nazis from reinforcing their forces in Norway in the final months of the war, the OSS launched a daring mission to sabotage the Norwegian railway system. This book recounts that operation.

Witness to Neptune’s Inferno: The Pacific War Diary of Lieutenant Commander Lloyd M. Mustin, USS Atlanta (CL51) (David F. Winkler, Casemate Books, 2024, $34.95, HC) This memoir by an officer assigned to an antiaircraft cruiser that fought at Midway, the Eastern Solomons, and Santa Cruz.

The Soviet Infantryman on the Eastern Front (Simon Forty, Casemate Books, 2024, $28.95, SC) This well-illustrated work provides a summary of the Soviet infantryman, including training, organization, armament, and battlefield experience.

The German Infantryman on the Eastern Front (Simon Forty and Richard Charlton-Taylor, Casemate Books, 2024, $28.95, SC) This companion to the above title provides a similar look at the German foot soldier during the war’s largest land campaign.

Tokyo 1944-45: The Destruction of Imperial Japan’s Capital (Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, 2024, $25, SC) The air campaign against Tokyo, was one of the most destructive in human history. This includes the deadliest raid in history, on March 10, 1945, in which over 100,000 died.

The Cactus Air Force: Air War Over Guadalcanal (Eric Hammel and Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, Osprey Publishing, 2024, $22, SC) Firsthand accounts to tell the story of the airfield at Guadalcanal that was central to the campaign for that island.

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