U.S. Armed Forces in World War II:

A GUIDE TO SELECTED RESOURCES OF

THE MSU LIBRARIES

 

 

Last updated : April 23, 2012  Page Editor: Michael Unsworth


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U.S. Armed Forces (General)

The American Arsenal : the World War II Official Standard Ordnance Catalog Of Artillery, Small Arms, Tanks, Armored Cars, Artillery, Antiaircraft Guns, Ammunition, Grenades, Mines, Etcetera MAIN UC263 .A716 1996

The big 'L' : American logistics in World War II DOCS D 5.402:L 82/4

The Biographical Dictionary of World War II Generals and Flag Officers : The U.S. Armed Forces BIO D736 .A63 1996

Disney Dons Dogtags : the Best Of Disney Military Insignia from World War II SPECIAL COMIC ART UC533 .R39 1992

Guide to records relating to U.S. Military participation in World War II MAIN D769 .C85 1996

Industrialists in Olive Drab: The Emergency Operation of Private Industries During World War II DOCS D 114.2:IN 2/2/2000 & DOCS FICHE D 114.2:IN 2/2

Insignia and Decorations of the U. S. Armed Forces. SPECIAL UC533 .N3 1943 & REF UC533 .N3 1945

Military Service: Army, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Nurses. MAIN LC 1045 .A26 no. 221

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Insignia of Rank, Service Ribbons, Decorations, and Insignia of the U.S. Armed Forces MAIN UC533 .S56

US Armed Forces of the Second World War -- web site comparing rank insignia of Army, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard

What the Citizen Should Know About...-- Series published 1941-1942:

For more works, do a "LC Subject Search" in MAGIC for:
"United States. Armed Forces-- History"
"United States -- Defenses"
"United States -- History, Military"


ARMY/WAR DEPARTMENT
Annual/Biennial Reports | Guides, Handbooks, etc.| Official Histories
Online Personnel Records

Annual/Biennial Reports

U.S. Dept. of War. Annual Reports. DOCS D101.1 (1939/41; 1943/45)

U.S. Dept. of War. General Staff.Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff of the Army...to the Secretary of War. DOCS D 114.2:SE 2/2 (1939-1945), MAIN UA 24 .A55 (1941/1943-1943/1945) & MAIN D743 .U53 1945c (1943/1945)

War reports of General of the Army George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, General of the Army H. H. Arnold, Commanding General, Army Air Forces [and] Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander- in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval operations. MAIN D769 .W34

Guides, Handbooks, etc

Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States-. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, Office, 1950. MAIN UA 25 .A78 1950 & DOCS D101.2: AL5

Combat Chronicles of U.S. Army Divisions in World War II -- U.S. Army Center for Military History web site giving brief history of Army divisions

Fighting Divisions: Histories of Each U.S. Army Combat Division in World War II. MAIN D 769.1 .K3 1980

Finding your father's war : a practical guide to researching and understanding service in the World War II US Army REF D769 .G39 2006

Order of Battle: U.S. ArmyWorld War II. REF UA 25 .S787 1984

US Army in the Second World War -- web site that lists Army insignia

U.S. Army Handbook, 1939-1945 MAIN UA 25 .F63 1979

U.S. Army Uniforms of World War II CONREF UC483 .S624 1991

U. S. Army Orders of Battle for World War II. FILM 22625

Official Histories

The Alaskan Highway. FILM 14685

American Enterprise in Europe; The Rôle of the SOS in the Defeat of Germany MAIN D769.75 .L4

American Forces In Action Series:

TITLE CALL NUMBERS
The Admiralties, Operations Of The 1st Cavalry Division (29 February-18 May, 1944) MAIN D767.99.A4 U5 1946
DOCS D 114.9:Ad 6
Anzio Beachhead, 22 January - 25 May 1944. DOCS D 114.9:An 9
The Capture of Makin (20 November-24 November 1943) MAIN D767.917 .U5 1946 DOCS D 114.9: M 28
Fifth Army at the Winter Line (15 November 1943-15 January 1944) MAIN D763.I8 U5 1944a DOCS D 114.9:F 46
From the Volturno to the Winter Line (6 October-15 November 1943) MAIN D763.I8 U5 1943a DOCS D 114.9: V88
Guam, Operations of the 77th Division (21 July-10 August, 1944) ... MAIN D767.99.G8 U5 1946
DOCS D 114.9:G 93
Merrill's marauders (February-May 1944) MAIN D767.6 .U5 1944 DOCS D 114.9:M 55
Omaha beachhead (6 June-13 June 1944) ... MAIN D761 .U55 1945 DOCS D 114.9:OM 1/994/PACK.
Papuan campaign; the Buna-Sanananda operation, 16 November 1942-23 January 1943. MAIN D767.95 .U5 1943 DOCS D 114.9:P 19
Saint-Lô (7 July-19 July 1944) MAIN D761 .U55 1947 DOCS D 114.9:Sa 2
Salerno, American operations from the beaches to the Volturno (9 September-6 October 1943) MAIN D763.I8 U5 1943 DOCS D 114.9:Sa 3
Small unit actions : France: 2d Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoe, Saipan: 27th Division on Tanapag Plain, Italy: 351st Infantry at Santa Maria Infante, France: 4th Armored Division at Singling. MAIN D769.1 .A54 1946 DOCS D 114.9:Sm 1
To Bizerte with the II Corps, 23 April 1943-13 May 1943 REMOTE D766.82 .U6 1946
DOCS D 114.9: B 55
Utah Beach to Cherbourg (6 June-27 June 1944). DOCS D 114.9:Ut 1

The Army of the United States: Its Components, Its Arms, Services, and Bureaus, Its Military and Nonmilitary Activities.. DOCS Serial Set 10312 v. 11 -- Published in 1940, this report gives a pre-Pearl Harbor view of the Army.

The Canol Project : Report Prepared by a Committee Representing the Control Division, ASF, Office of Chief of Engineers, Office of Quartermaster General and Commanding General, Northwest Service Command.. FILM 15706

Civil Affairs & Military Government in the Mediterranean Theater. FILM 14665

Command Post at War : First Army Headquarters in Europe, 1943-1945 MAIN D769.25 .H64 2000 & DOCS D 114.2:C 73/2

Crisis Fleeting: Original Reports on Military Medicine in India and Burma in the Second World War MAIN D 807 .B8 C7

Defending the Driniumor: Covering Force Operations in New Guinea, 1944. (Leavenworth Papers) DOCS D110.9: 9

A History of the Eastern Defense Command. FILM 15782

The Jeep: Its Development, and Procurement Under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-42. FILM 14687

Logistics in World War II : Final Report of the Army Service Forces : A Report to the Under Secretary Of War and the Chief Of Staff by the Director of theService, Supply, and Procurement Division, War Department General Staff. DOCS D 114.2:L 82/3

Medical Department in World War II. DOCS D104.11:

OVERLORD versus the Mediterranean at the Cairo-Tehran Conference. DOCS D 114.2: Ov2

Provost Marshal General History of Military Government Training. FILM 14680

Rangers: Selected Combat Operations in World War II. DOCS D 110.9: 11

Seek, Strike and Destroy: U.S. Army Tank Destroyer Doctrine in World War II (Leavenworth Papers) DOCS D 110.9: 12

U.S. Army in the Occupation of Germany, 1941-1946. DOCS D114.2: G31/944-46

United States Army in World War II MAIN D 769 .A533; DOCS D 114.21:W 19/2; DOCS CD D114.21:W19/2 -- The "Green Book" series of 78 volumes which comprehensively covers the Army's role in the war

U.S. Provost Marshal General in WW II. FILM 4437

For more works, do a "LC Subject Search" in MAGIC for:
"United States. Army -- History"

Online Personnel Records

Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (National Archives)
World War II Prisoners of War Data File (National Archives)


ARMY AIR FORCES
Annual/Biennial Reports | Guides, Handbooks, etc.| Official Histories

Annual/Biennial Reports

U.S. Army Air Forces. Annual Reports. DOCS D301.1 --1944-1945 only.

War reports of General of the Army George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, General of the Army H. H. Arnold, Commanding General, Army Air Forces [and] Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander- in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval operations. MAIN D769 .W34

Guides, Handbooks, Reference, etc

Air Force Combat Units of World War II. . DOCS D301.26/6: C73 & D301.2: C73/3/983

The Army Air Forces in World War II : Combat Chronology, 1941-1945 DOCS D 301.82:C 73/941-45 & D 301.82:C 73

Combat Air Forces of World War II, Army of the United States. MAIN D 769.345 .A7

Combat Flying Clothing : Army Air Forces Clothing During World War II MAIN UG1163 .S93 1984

Combat Squadrons of the Air Force: World War II. . DOCS D301.26/6: C73/2

Mighty Eighth War Manual. OVERSIZED D 790 .F6556 1984 -- Details the activities and ogranization of the 8th Air Force.

Official Guide to the Army Air Forces, AAF: A Directory, Almanac and Chronicle of Achievement. . MAIN UG 633 .A378 -- 1944 guide.

Sortie : A Bibliography of American Combat Aviation, Unit Histories of World War II MAIN D790 .L36 1993

US Army Air Forces : Aircraft Markings and Camouflage, 1941-1947 : The History Of USAAF Aircraft Markings, Insignia, Camouflage, and Colors OVERSIZED UG1243 .A7324 1997

USAAF Handbook 1939-1945 MAIN UG633 .B695 1997

Official Histories

1st Air Commando Group : Any Place, Any Time, Anywhere MAIN UG625 .V26 1986

7 December 1941 : the Air Force Story DOCS D 301.2:D 35/2

The AAF Qualifying Examination. MAIN UG633 .A375 no.6

Air Power for Patton's Army : the XIX Tactical Air Command in the Second World War DOCS D 301.82/7:P 27

Army Air Forces in World War II. 7 vols. MAIN D790 .A47 & DOCS D301.82 (Documents Library's set is a 1983 reprint and includes an additional volume designated "Combat Chronology").

Blacks in the Army Air Forces During World War II : The Problem of Race Relations MAIN D810.N4 O76 & DOCS D 301.2:B 56

Buying Aircraft: Matériel Procurement for the Army Air Forces. MAIN D769 .A533 v.8, pt.7

Condensed Analysis of the Ninth Air Force in the European Theater Of Operations : an Analytical Study of the Operating Procedures and Functional Organization of Tactical Air Power as Developed by the Ninth Air Force in the War of Western Europe.DOCS D 301.96:Ev 7

Fifth Air Force in the War against Japan.DOCS W 1.71:J 27/7

Fifth Air Force Light and Medium Bomber Operations During 1942 and 1943 : Building the Doctrine and Forces That Triumphed in the Battle of the Bismark Sea and the Wewak Raid DOCS FICHE D 301.26/6-9:M 46

General Kenney Reports: A Personal History of the Pacific War. DOCS D 301.96: P11

Green Light! : a Troop Carrier Squadron's War from Normandy to the Rhine DOCS D 301.82/7:G 82

History of the Special Air Mission Units : the Washington National Airport Staff and the 503rd Army Air Forces Base Unit (503 AAFB) : 1943-1947. DOCS D 301.2:H 62/18

Medical Support of the Army Ar Forces in World War II-. DOCS D304.2: M46

Mines Away! : The Significance of US Army Air Forces Minelaying in World War II DOCS FICHE D 301.26/6-9:M 66

One Damned Island After Another MAIN D790 .H7

Operation Pointblank; a Tale of Bombers and Fighters MAIN D790 .E4

Operation THURSDAY : Birth of the Air Commandos DOCS D 301.82:OP2

Piercing the Fog : Intelligence and Army Air Forces Operations in World War II DOCS D 301.82/7:P 61

Psychiatric Experiences of the Eighth Air Force: First Year of Combat (July 4, 1942-July 4, 1943) MAIN UH 629.3 .H3

Separate and Unequal : Race Relations in the AAF During World War II DOCS D 301.82/7:R 11

The Strategic Air War Against Germany and Japan: A Memoir. DOCS D 301.96: St8

The Struggle for Air Force Independence, 1943-1947 DOCS D 301.82/7:IN 2/2

They Fought With What They Had : the Story of the Army Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific, 1941-1942 DOCS D 301.26/6:F 82

ULTRA and the History of the United States Strategic Air Force in Europe vs. the German Air Force MAIN D810.S7 U52

U.S. Army Air Forces in World War : Conquering the Night : Army Air Forces Night Fighters at War DOCS D 301.82/7:N 56

The U.S. Army Air Forces In World War II : Reflections And Remembrances : Veterans Of The United States Army Air Forces Reminisce About World War II DOCS D 301.82:R 28

With Courage : the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II DOCS D 301.82:C 83

For more works, do "LC Subject Searches" in MAGIC for:
"United States. Air Defenses"

"United States. Air Forces-- History"

"United States. Army Air Forces-- History"

COAST GUARD

First Fleet, the Story of the U.S. Coast Guard At War MAIN D773 .I55

U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. MAIN VA 61 .S33 1982

U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. MAIN D 773 .W48 1989

For more works, do a "LC Subject Search" in MAGIC for:
"United States. Coast Guard-- History"


MARINE CORPS
Guides, Handbooks, Reference, etc. | Official Histories

Guides, Handbooks, Reference, etc.

Fighting Techniques of a US Marine, 1941-1945 : Training, Techniques, and Weapons MAIN VE160 .D38 2000

The Marine's Handbook MAIN VE153 .B7 1940 -- 1940 ed.

U.S. Marine Corps Uniforms & Equipment in World War II OVERSIZED VE403 .M67 1992

U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle : Ground and Air Units in the Pacific War, 1939-1945. MAIN D767 .R6797 2002

Official Histories

Alligators, buffaloes, and bushmasters : the history of the development of the LVT through World War II DOCS D 214.14/3:AL 5

Coral and Brass DOCS D 214.9/6:12-37

Herringbone cloak - GI dagger, marines of the OSS DOCS D 214.14/3:H 43

History of Marine Corps Aviation in World War II MAIN D790 .S495 1980

History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II. 5 vols. DOCS D214.12: W89 & DOCS CD D214.9/6:12-34/CD -- From 1947 to 1955 the Marine Corps Historical Division prepared an earlier series (which lacked an overall series title) on particular battles in the Pacific Theater. These works are interspersed in DOCS "D214" classification.

Marine Corps Special Units of World War II DOCS D 214.13: Sp3

The Marine's Handbook. MAIN VE 153 .B7 1940 -- 1940 guide.

Marines in World War II Commemorative Series:

TITLE DOCS D 214.14/4:
Across the Reef: the Marine Assault of Tarawa T 17
Bloody Beaches : the Marines at Peleliu B 62
Breaching the Marianas : the Battle for Saipan M 33
Breaking the Outer Ring : Marine Landings in the Marshall Islands M 35
Cape Gloucester : the Green Inferno G 51
A Close Encounter : the Marine Landing on Tinian T 49
A Different War: Marines in Europe and North Africa EU 7
The Final Campaign : Marines in the Victory on Okinawa OK 3
First Offensive : the Marine Campaign for Guadalcanal G 93
Infamous Day : Marines at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 In 3
Liberation : Marines in the Recapture of Guam G 93/2
A Magnificent Fight : Marines in the Battle for Wake Island M 27
Time of the Aces: Marine Pilots in the Solomons, 1942-1944 AC 3
Top of the Ladder : Marine Operations in the Northern Solomons SO 4/2
Up the Slot : Marines in the Central Solomons SO 4

Thomas Holcomb and the advent of the Marine Corps defense battalion, 1936-1941 DOCS D 214.14/3:B 32

For more works, do a "LC Subject Search" in MAGIC for:
"United States. Marine Corps -- History"

NAVY

Annual/Biennial Reports | Guides, Handbooks, Reference, etc. | Official Histories
Online Personnel Records

Annual/Biennial Reports

Navy Department Communiques...December 10, 1941 to May 24, 1945. DOCS N31.2: C73

U.S. Navy at War, 1941-1945. Official Reports to the Secretary of the Navy, by Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, U.S. Navy, Commander in chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations. MAIN D773 .A53

War reports of General of the Army George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, General of the Army H. H. Arnold, Commanding General, Army Air Forces [and] Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander- in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval operations. MAIN D769 .W34

Guides, Handbooks, Reference, etc.

The Armed Forces of the Pacific: A Comparison of the Military and Naval Power of the United States and Japan MAIN UA845 .P8

The Blue Jackets' Manual, United States Navy, 1940. MAIN V113 .B55 1940

Command at Sea; A Guide for the Naval Officer. MAIN VB200 .C6

The Cook Book of the United States Navy MAIN & SPECIAL VC373 .A45 1945

Fighting Ships of the U.S.A.OVERSIZED VA58 .B65 1943 -- 1943 edition

The Fleet Today MAIN V736 .B3 1942 -- 1942 edition

Naval Administration MAIN V133 .A55 1942

Naval Customs, Traditions and Usage MAIN V310 .L6 1939

Naval Leadership, with Some Hints to Junior Officers and Others SPECIAL VB145 .U65 1939

The Naval Officer's Guide MAIN V133 .A34 1944

Navy Shipboard Administration: A Guide for the Naval Officer MAIN V133 .C66

The Navy in Review MAIN V109 .E7 -- 1941 edition

The Ships and Aircraft of the United States Fleet MAIN VA61 .F3 & VA61 .F3 1944

Watch Officer's Guide : United States Navy MAIN V133 .A4 1942

Your Navy; Organizations, Customs and Traditions, Strategy, Tactics, the Nine Principles Of War, and the Place of the United States Navy in National Security MAIN VA55 .M3 1942 & VA55 .M3 1943

 

Official Histories

Administration of the Navy Department in World War II. DOCS D201.2: W89

Building the Navy's Bases in World War II. MAIN D 795 .U6 A48 & DOCS N21.2: B86/2

Guide to the Scholarly Resources Microfiche Edition of the United States Naval Administrative Histories of World War II. . MAIN D 773 .G8 1991 -- The Libraries do not have this microfiche set. We obtained this guide for its reference value. If one wishes to see a title listed in the guide, then one must procure it through inter-library loan.

History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. 15 vol. MAIN D 773 .M6

Kinkaid of the Seventh Fleet : a biography of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, U.S. Navy DOCS D 201.2:K 62

Mines Against Japan. DOCS D215.2: J27

U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance in World War II. DOCS D215.2: W89

U.S. Naval Logistics in the Second World War DOCS D208.211:4

Warships associated with World War II in the Pacific DOCS I 29.2:W 26

WAVES in Naval Aviation Activities DOCS N 28.2:W 36

World War II Navy Art: A Vision of History

Your Navy: Organization, Customs and Traditions.... MAIN VA 55 .M3 1943 -- 1943 guide.

Several monographs on various aspects of the Navy in World War II are interspersed in DOCS D207.10/2:

For more works, do "LC Subject Searches" in MAGIC for:
"United States.-- History, Naval"

"United States. Navy-- History"

Online Personnel Records

Records of Duty Locations for Naval Intelligence Personnel, 1942 - 1945


MAGIC Searches
Form for WWII | Searches for Unit Histories

The heading for World War II is World War 1939 1945

World War 1939 1945 Aerial Operations
World War 1939-1945 Campaigns
-- Used to describe ground operations
World War 1939 1945 Naval Operations
World War 1939-1945 Personal narratives --
Diaries, memoirs, and letters

Unit Histories

There are several ways to find unit histories. The easiest to do is a Keyword Search. In the following examples, these keyword searches retrieves works that have subject hotlinks to "official" subject headings. Examples:

Keyword(s)
Subject Headings
101st AND airborne United States. Army. Airborne Division, 101st
u.s.s. indianapolis Indianapolis (Cruiser)
marines Great Britain. Royal Marines
United States. Marine Corps
flying tigers China. K'ung chün. American Volunteer Group
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 14th
seabees

United States. Navy. Construction Battalions

Cautions on Keyword searches:

World War 1939-1945 Regimental histories subject heading
Th
is heading is not confined only to regiments; it can be used for larger and smaller units. The current format is World War 1939-1945 Regimental histories [nation]. For example:

  • World War 1939 1945 Regimental Histories Australia
  • World War 1939 1945 Regimental Histories United States
  • World War 1939 1945 Regimental Histories Zambia
Previous practice allowed for the indvidual unit to be added to the heading . For example,

This is no longer being done. The present practice is to have the World War 1939-1945 Regimental histories United States and a heading for the unit. Here's how Steven Ambrose's Band of Brothers is treated:

To get a unit history restricted to World War II perform this keyword search: "s: 1939 1945 and s: [heading for unit]". For example:

See Also the "U.S. Armed Forces" section of
U.S. MILITARY HISTORY A GUIDE TO SELECTED RESOURCES OF THE MSU LIBRARIES

LIBRARY LOCATION CODES

ARCHIVES MSU University Archives and Historical Collections, Conrad Hall

AUDIO

Audio-Visual Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

BIO

Biography Tools, 1st Floor, East Wing

CLREF

Closed Reference, 1st Floor, East Wing

CONREF

Separate temporary Location at Reference Collection, 1st Floor, East Wing

DOCS

Government Documents, Third Floor, West Wing

FICHE

Microfiche Collection, Microforms Library, 2nd

FILM

Microfilm Collection, Microforms Library, 2nd Floor, West Wing

GD I/R

Government Documents Index/Reference, 1st Floor, East Wing

MAIN

General Collection in the Main Library

OVERSIZED

Oversized-Book Collection, 3rd Floor, West Wing

REF

Reference Collection, 1st Floor, East Wing

REMOTE Remote Storage

SOFTWARE

Software Collection, Audio-Visual Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

SPECIAL

Special Collections, Basement, East Wing


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