By Christopher Miskimon
To the End of the Earth: The US Army and the Downfall of Japan, 1945 (John C. McManus, Dutton Caliber Books, New York NY, 2022, 448 pp., maps, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, $35.00, hardcover)
To Save an Army: The Stalingrad Airlift (Robert Forsyth, Osprey Pub- lishing, Oxford UK, 2022, 352 pp., maps, photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, $35, hardcover)
Awaiting MacArthur’s Return: World War II Guerrilla Resistance against the Japanese in the Philippines (James A. Villanueva, University of Kansas Press, Lawrence KS, 2022, 234 pp., maps, tables, notes, bibliography, index, $34.95, hardcover)
Sharpen Your Bayonets! A Biography of Lieutenant General John Wilson “Iron Mike” O’Daniel, Commander, 3rd Infantry Division in World War II (Lt. Col., Ret., Timothy R. Stoy, Casemate Books, Havertown PA, 2022, 320 pp., maps, photographs, appendices, bibliography, index, $37.95, hardcover)
Dogfight Me 262 Northwest Europe 1944-45 (Robert Forsyth, Osprey Publishing, Oxford UK, 2022, 80 pp., maps, photographs, bibliography, index, $23, softcover)
To VE Day Through German Eyes: The Final Defeat of Nazi Germany (Jonathan Trigg, Amberley Books, Gloucestershire UK, 2022, 305 pp., maps, photographs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index, $35, hardcover)
The Capture of U-505: The US Navy’s Controversial Enigma Raid, Atlantic Ocean 1944 (Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, Oxford UK, 2022, 80 pp., maps, photographs, bibliography, index, $22, softcover)
Bomb Group: The Eighth Air Force’s 381st and the Allied Offensive over Europe (Paul Bingley and Mike Peters, Casemate Books, Havertown PA, 2022, 406 pp., maps, photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, $37.95, hardcover)
Save the Last Bullet: Memoir of a Boy Soldier in Hitler’s Army (Wilhelm Langbein and Heidi Langbein-Allen, Pen and Sword Books, South Yorkshire UK, 2022, 201 pp., maps, photographs, bibliography, $32.95, hardcover)
Lucky Hitler’s Big Mistakes (Paul Ballard-Whyte, Pen and Sword Books, South Yorkshire UK, 2022, 310 pp., maps, photographs, glossary, bibliography, index, $34.95, hardcover)
New and Noteworthy
Blind Obedience and Denial: The Nuremberg Defendants (Andrew Sangster, Casemate Books, 2022, $37.95, hardcover) An examination of all 23 defendants and their attempts to escape conviction for their crimes. The book also covers how questionable Allied practices, such as carpet bombing and anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and Vichy France were ignored.
Blood, Dust and Snow: Diaries of a Panzer Commander in Germany and on the Eastern Front (Friedrich Sander, Greenhill Books, 2022, $37.95, hardcover) The author served in the 11th Panzer Regiment. This memoir covers the period from 1938 to December 1943.
Nagasaki: The Forgotten Prisoners (John Willis, Mensch Publishing, 2022, $32, hardcover) This book tells the stories of Allied prisoners of war held by Japan who were working around Nagasaki when the atomic bomb was dropped. It recounts their captures and experiences leading up to and after the bombing.
Super-Battleships of World War II (Mark Stille, Osprey Books, 2022, $19, softcover) The Montana, Lion, H, A-150 and Sovetsky Soyuz classes of battleships were never built but represented the pinnacle of capital ship design. This book examines them in detail.
Tanks in the Battle of Germany 1945: Eastern Front (Steven Zaloga, Osprey Books, 2022, $19, softcover) The last months of the war saw exhausted panzer divisions fighting well-equipped Soviet tank units. This book explores the final armored clashes of the war.
Battle of Malta: June 1940–November 1942 (Anthony Rogers, Osprey Books, 2022, $24, softcover) The triumphant story of the Malta’s resistance to Axis attack is one of endurance, courage, and planning. The book contains excellent maps of the defenses and original artwork.
The Battle of Stalingrad Through German Eyes (Jonathan Trigg, Amberley Publishing, 2022, $32.95, hardcover) Stalingrad was one of history’s most brutal and horrific battles. This work looks at it using extensive and personal German accounts.
GI Collector’s Guide Volume 1 (Henri-Paul Enjames, Casemate Books, 2022, $69.95, hardcover) The U.S. Army provided thousands of items to its troops, from uniforms and weapons to rations and books. This collector’s guide is a full-color guide with a commensurate level of detail.
GI Collector’s Guide Volume 2 (Henri-Paul Enjames, Casemate Books, 2022, $69.95, hardcover) This volume continues the level of detail of the first, including a large section on the uniforms and gear issued to female service members. It also covers the unique equipment used by branches such as armor and military police.