Handbook on the Italian Military Forces in World War II

May 13, 2019

The purpose of the handbook on the Italian Military Forces in World War II is to give United States military personnel a better understanding of the principal characteristics of the Italian Army. No attempt has been made to give complete details of any subject discussed in this handbook, a balanced, general picture of the Italian Army being considered of paramount importance. More detailed information regarding individual units, campaign, and commanders is provided in a special study of the Order of Battle of the Italian Army. On the other hand, Fascist as well as military elements are set forth.

The effects of 20 years of Fascist organization of the social, industrial, and economic structure of Italy cannot be expected to disappear at once with the dissolution of the Party. A considerable part of the Italian armed forces bears the stamp of Fascist education and training. It is therefore imperative, regardless of recent events, that the Fascist Militia and its component services, which for so long have dominated the life of the Italian people, be given an integral place in the text. A discussion of the Italian Air Force is included in this handbook. You can download this rare documentation, for free.

Handbook on the Italian Military Forces in World War II
Publisher: Military Intelligence Service
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The story of the United States Air Force 446th Bomb Group in World War 1939 - 1945

May 9, 2019

This book is a record of the part the 446th Bombardment Group played in World War II - it is a record of the period that witnessed the growth of the Group from a handful of men who left Tucson, Arizona in April 1943, to the force of over three thousand men who helped end the war in Europe on May 8, 1945. During that time they trained for and participated in the softening up and final smashing of Hitler's Fortress Europe. The pictures and story show the conditions under which the ground and air echelons lived, worked and died.

There were a number of crews fly their missions, complete their tours and return to the states - some, not so fortunate, are buried in foreign soil. They flew and fought hoping that their efforts would shorten the war, save lives and aid their country's cause. The men on the ground - the men behind the planes - also showed great resourcefulness, loyalty and devotion to duty. For every plane the Group put in the sky over Europe there were the cooks, clerks, photographers and a score of others on the ground working to put it there. These men did not receive any of the honor or glory, but the work they did was essential for the success of the Group. This photographic log of the Group is a book to be treasured always. It will help revive memories of eventful days at Denver, the journey overseas, the first mission to Berlin, D-Day, V-E Day and a host of other memorable events that played so vital a part in Group member's lives. You can download this documentation, for free.

The story of the United States Air Force 446th Bomb Group in World War 1939 - 1945
Author: Castens, Edward H.
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The Story of the Fifth Bombardment Group

May 8, 2019

This history of the 5th Bomb Group was printed and published at the request of Lt. Col. A. W. James and Major Henry Gregory, commanding officer and executive officer, respectively, of the 5th Group at the time of its de-activation. They felt that some printed record of the efforts of the organization was desirable, inasmuch as the group had a continuously brilliant combat record, which was due to the high technical proficiency of its personnel and unsurpassed esprit de corps when the going was rough. You can download this documentation, for free.

The Story of the Fifth Bombardment Group
Author: 13th Air Force Public Relations Officer
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The Strategic Air War Against Germany and Japan

May 7, 2019

World War II witnessed the first full application of strategic air power in war. Because that great effort was unique, it should be worth analytical examination, not only in terms of actions and effects, but more particularly in terms of objectives, strategic plans, and results of operations designed to achieve these ends. You can download this documentation, for free.

The Strategic Air War Against Germany and Japan
Author: Office of Air Force History
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Piercing The Fog - Early Intelligence Organization in the US Army Air Force

May 6, 2019

Creating the army air forces' intelligence organization in World War II proved a complicated undertaking, requiring new skills and technologies to meet a host of demands. Fashioned and completed within four years, the novel enterprise helped shape the conduct and outcome of that conflict. Beginning the war with a handful of people pursuing information in Washington, air intelligence ended the war with thousands of men and women processing enormous amounts of data and analyzing millions of photographs for what would soon become America’s newest and most technically oriented armed service. You can download this documentation, for free.

Piercing The Fog - Early Intelligence Organization in the US Army Air Force
Author: John F. Kreis
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Eighth Air Force - Tactical Mission Reports of Operations, April 1945

May 5, 2019

This document includes tactical mission reports of the following operations: no. 948 on 14. April 1945, no. 951 on 15. April 1945 as well as no. 954 and no. 955 on 16. April 1945. You can download this documentation, for free. All pages are analyzed via Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in order to search the document for names, topics and terms.

Eighth Air Force - Tactical Mission Reports of Operations, April 1945
Author: Headquarters Fighter Command US Air Force
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The Battle of the Brenner

May 4, 2019

In the six-month period preceding the cessation of hostilities on 2 May 1945, the Air Forces carried out a powerful attack on the enemy's lines of communication. This co-ordinated attack centered on the Verona-Innsbruck or Brenner pass rail line and was carried out by 57 Bomb Wing and 22 Tactical Air Command of the 12 Air Force and the 15 Air Force. This is the history of the part played by medium bombardment aircraft, B-25 of the 57 Bomb Wing, in the Battle of the Brenner.

The information contained in this report is for the most part based on intelligence information dating from prior to the German collapse in Italy, in many cases later information derived from German documents and interrogation may add to or amend the material available at the time this report was written. You can download the report, for free.

The Battle of the Brenner
Publisher: 57 Bomb Wing Air Force
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