Buy One, Get One 50% Off Our Monthly Picks!
Shop Now
Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army

Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army

by Jonathan Gawne

Paperback(3rd Edition)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Friday, May 27


A single-volume handbook for researching service in America's World War II Army.

In this fully revised edition of Finding Your Father's War, military historian Jonathan Gawne has written an easily accessible handbook for anyone seeking greater knowledge of their relatives' experience in World War II, or indeed anyone seeking a better understanding of the U.S. Army during World War II.

With over 470 photographs, charts, and an engaging narrative with many rare insights into wartime service, this book is an invaluable tool for understanding our "citizen soldiers," who once rose as a generation to fight the greatest war in American history.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612008950
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2020
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 695,026
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jon Gawne is considered one of the leading experts on the history of American Army uniforms and equipment in both world wars. His numerous articles for Militaria Magazine have covered everything from the shortage of winter clothing during the Battle of the Bulge to the history of dog tags. His writings have been translated into many languages, including French, Italian and Czech, and are equally popular in both Europe and the US. He has been a technical consultant for films and museums. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and a small spoiled dog, in a house overrun with books, documents and military memorabilia.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition 6

Note on Sources 9

The War in a Nutshell 12

Section 1 Introduction to Army Units 33

Background information on the composition of the World War II U.S. Army

Section 2 Individual Records 113

The various Army records pertaining to an individual soldier

Section 3 Organizational Records 149

The Army's records of what a man's unit did during the war

Section 4 Finding Records 183

Places around the country where you can find records of your soldier's service

Section 5 Tangible Evidence of Service 215

Identifying what you may already have and what it can tell you about your relative's service


Appendix A The Infantry and Airborne Divisions in World War II 270

Appendix B The Armored and Cavalry Divisions in World War II 284

Appendix C Army Groups, Armies, and Corps in World War II 289

Appendix D Major Army Commands of World War II 315

Appendix E The Army Air Forces in World War II 326

Appendix F Vehicle Markings in World War II 342

Appendix G The Campaigns of World War II 351

Appendix H Official Abbreviations Used in World War II 359

Appendix I The Green Books and Select Bibliography 364

Appendix J Draft Classifications 378

Appendix K Concentration Camp "Liberator" Units 380

Appendix L Common MOS Definitions 383

Customer Reviews