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FINDING YOUR FATHER'S WAR. A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II US Army. For anyone seeking greater knowledge of their relative's experience during WWII. AN INVALUABLE TOOL!!

Click to EnlargeLeading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne, explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual. The author describes this as "What I did, and what you can do to find out what 'he' did in the army." 372 pages with over 470 photos, charts and illustrations.

The book gives an overview of the Army in World War II, from the basics up. Learn the difference between a corporal and a major, or a squad and a brigade. What can you tell from a serial number? What is the difference between the quartermaster corps and the transportation corps? What was the path most soldiers took from civilian life to trained soldier? What (and where) is the ETO, PTO and ATO? All the basic facts you need to understand Army service in WW2.

He goes on to explain how to find information from such sources as discharges, uniforms, paperwork, the National Personnel records center, National Archives, other facilities and what you can expect from veterans organizations (and how to find them). Places to look for information and what you can or cannot get from them.

Finally the book helps you to assemble the data you have collected and piece the story of your relatives' wartime service together. It also gives advice on preserving the memories - oral histories, photos, artifacts, documents, etc.

Detailed appendices give information on such things as insignia of ranks and branches, listing of common MOS's, a breakdown of each division by sub unit, with a brief history and a listing of their campaigns, a capsule history of each campaign and a bibliography of useful books on various campaigns and units. Color illustrations of campaign ribbons, decorations and insignia accompany the detailed text.

This book addresses an increasing need to record and understand the lives of the greatest generation and their service to the country.

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"In the book, leading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and a myriad of other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual. The author describes this as “What I did, and what you can do to find out what ‘he’ did in the army.

This book helps you assemble the data you have collected and piece the story of your relative’s wartime service together. It also gives advice on preserving the memories - oral histories, photos, artifacts, documents, etc. This book addresses an increasing need to record and understand the lives of the greatest generation and their service to the country." - HistoryBuff.com, January 2007

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Group:
World War II
ID:
CM-3149
Category:
General Military Subjects
Media:
Softcover book
Type:
Unit Histories
Price:
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