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

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

by Jonathan Gawne

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612001999
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 06/20/2013
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(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 Second Edition vii

The War in a Nutshell 1

Section 1 Introduction to Army Units: Background information on the composition of the World War II US Army 19

Section 2 Individual Records: The various Army records pertaining to an individual soldier 95

Section 3 Organizational Records: The Army's records of what a man's unit did during the war 129

Section 4 Finding Records: Places around the country where you can find records of your soldier's service 159

Section 5 Tangible Evidence of Service: Identifying what you may already have and what it can tell you about your relative's service 185


Appendix A The Infantry and Airborne Divisions in World War II 233

Appendix B The Armored and Cavalry Divisions in World War II 249

Appendix C Army Groups, Armies, and Corps in World War II 255

Appendix D Major Army Commands of World War II 281

Appendix E The Army Air Forces in World War II 293

Appendix F Vehicle Markings in World War II 309

Appendix G The Campaigns of World War II 317

Appendix H Official Abbreviations Used in World War II 325

Appendix I The Green Books and Select Bibliography 329

Appendix J Separation Qualification Record 342

Appendix K Concentration Camp "Liberator" Units 343

Appendix L Common MOS Definitions 346

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