Over the years H&C Publishing has earned their reputation for producing high quality military photo books in full color. Once again their unique graphic design style reaches a new level with the G.I. Collectors Guides series. It is almost "required reading" if you are attempting just about any aspect of modeling U.S. Army troops, in a European country, at any time during World War II. This treasure book even concludes with a selection of some trophies “liberated” from the other side. If you can only buy one book for your WWII G.I. references, buy Government Issue and see where the term “G.I.” came from! But you really should have all three of these books for a complete and in-depth reference of the GI in the ETO!
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This spectacular book from Europe’s leading uniform and equipment publisher follows in the footsteps of such classics from the past as From Doughboy to GI. All the uniforms, insignia, badges, weapons, and equipment of the ETO are described in detail and depicted in both photographs and full-color graphics. 144-page full-color hardcover book.
Insignia and Decorations
Small Arms and Crew-Served Light Weapons
Tentage, Sleeping and Bivouac Equipment
The Corps of Engineers
The Signal Corps
The Medical Department
Army Publications and Other Printed Material
Sports and Recreation
Trophies and Souvenirs
GI-Collectors Guide, Volume 2
More than 1,000 new artefacts with detailed captions are featured in this completely new work. Volume 2 of the G.I. Collector's Guide provides a complete and unequaled source of American ground force documentation for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Contains new collectables especially covering the Draft, the induction and training of recruits, the WAC, the Medical Department, the Corps of Chaplains, the Military Police, the Signal Many advertise this as an update to Volume 1 but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is mostly new items but in some cases it has displayed variations of items from Volume 1. These variations are both older and newer than what was previously shown.
The wartime draft and basic training are covered showing many of the items used in training as well as personal items to provide some comfort and a touch of home. The chapters continue to follow the format used in Volume 1 which was copied from the World War 2 Quartermaster manuals. It is a handy quick reference to the correct government nomenclature. The Life on Post chapter contains many items that you see in discussion but are difficult to find photos of. These are the items necessary to keep things running smoothly but seldom given a second thought. There is additional information in the Insignia and Decorations chapter and the Uniforms chapter to further explain usage and how to identify items. The Armored Force chapter has some of the very early uniform and gear. The Airborne and Mountain Troop chapters have great new additions of hard to find items. The Female Personnel chapter has excellent coverage of military personnel as well as civilian volunteers. Shown are many uniform items as well as personal items specific to women.
There is an excellent addition to Army Rations showing issue rations as well as comfort items like beer, soft drinks and candy plus an excellent display of smoking items. The Engineer Equipment chapter has photos of a camouflaged 5 man rubber recon boat that is terrific, a very rare item shown in very good detail. Included too is additional blasting equipment. The Army Signals chapter has many new radios, telephones, and cameras plus the gear to install and keep it working. Protection Against Gas Attacks is a deceptive title since it not only displays a great selection of gas masks and related gear but also covers things like flamethrowers.
The Medical Department chapter has an amazing selection of gear that covers personal issue items, medic gear and the best selection of surgical kits I am aware of any in any publication. I thought it humorous that the last item covered was pro kits and the next chapter was chaplains. The Army Chaplains chapter is unlike any other I am aware of. To anyone interested in this subject the chapter is probably worth the cost of the book. The Publications chapter gives a real mix of printed goods. There is a chart for the manual numbering system which is very handy if you are searching for a certain topic. Then there is an assortment of various issue manuals along with a selection of civilian publications for general reading. Sports and Recreation covers items generally provided by Special Services for everything from a baseball game to a game of checkers.
Spread though out this book is a sampling of paper items the GI would come in contact with during his time in service. Everything from Induction Notices to Discharge documents and all in between are shown. The selection of personal items and sweetheart pieces is outstanding and covers the full range of needs.
The Wartime Draft
The Training Camps
Insignia and Decorations
Small Arms & Crew Serviced Weapons
Protection Against Gas Attacks
The Medical Department
Sports and Recreation
Trophies & Souvenirs
Homecoming & Discharge
Combined, Volume 1 and 2 should have every aspect of U.S. Army equipment reference covered. And if you are into collecting instead of modeling then these two books will be invaluable to you.
GI STORIES 1942-45
Seventy years ago, tens of thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the Normandy beaches. Among them, numerous Americans soldiers who had come to fight for Europe’s liberation. Some were inexperienced rookies, whereas others were veterans of the campaigns in North Africa and Italy. This book tells the story of more than fifty of these soldiers, who served in the Army, the Navy and the Air Forces. During the second world war, they held various positions: special forces trooper, petty officer aboard a destroyer, bomber crewman or chaplain with a mechanized cavalry unit. Several nurses and women auxiliaries testify to the women’s contribution. Each individual story begins with a short genealogical introduction. This reveals the social origins and background of each soldier, his education and his first jobs. The study of official archives and the soldier’s own documents help retracing his career in the military. This usually began with registering for the draft, induction, followed by basic training. Then came advanced training, which could span from a few weeks for a rifleman to several months for a fighter pilot. For most of them, a transoceanic trip was the way to reach the theatre of operations. From then on, unit histories and records are precious primary sources about the fighting. Then the luckier ones went home… For the large cemeteries that dot the countryside of Europe are a lasting reminder of the GI’s sacrifice. But, on a lighter note, part of the final chapter also deals with war brides. Personal snapshots, letters, medals and the modest mementoes that once belonged to each soldier help illustrate his story. At a time when veterans of world war two are fewer and fewer, it seems important to us that these precious memories of a painful past be carefully preserved