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World War 2 Order of Battle: An Encyclopedia Reference to US Army Ground Forces from Battalion Through Division 1939-1946 Hardcover – 1 Apr 2006

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  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books,U.S.; 2 Rev Upd edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811701573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811701570
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 5.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,407,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable achievement! An invaluable compilation of data derived entirely from original sources. Nothing like it has been done before." --Charles MacDonald, author of A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge

About the Author

Capt. Shelby L. Stanton served as an infantry officer in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos during the Vietnam War. A recipient of the Purple Heart, he is an attorney and author of several books on military affairs. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

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In effect the ONLY unit by unit timeline text on the US Army Ground Forces commonly available, this book also has the added advantage of being comprehensive, very accurate (based on cross checking specific titles) and providing sufficient information to permit the reader to develop a clear understanding of the US Army at war. It is an enormous shame that Capt. Stanton has not made a similar text available for the USAAF!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b0ca4b0) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0fd048) out of 5 stars Full of data on every regiment and battalion in US Army 9 Sept. 1999
By Robert E. Duchesneau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a "must-have" for those who wish to have a comprehensive resource for the organization of the US Army Ground Forces, 1939-1946. Unfortunately, despite the title, the book's information is strictly limited to Army Ground Forces, and it has nothing on Army Service Forces, Army Air Forces, or any other service. However, all the Engineer units are included, even the General Service Regiments. What the book does provide is a way of tracing the theaters of service of every battalion or higher unit covered by it. A brief narrative history is provided for each division. Often, two division organizations are listed to show changes over time, such as the National Guard's switch from "square" to "triangular" divisions 1940-42. The level of information decreases with unit size, and for battalions only the startup date, ship date, return date, disbandment date, and campaigns served in are provided. Dates of attachment to and detachment from higher headquarters are provided for regiments and divisions, and units temporarily attached to a division are listed with it. Unit awards are not addressed at any level, except to list campaigns served in. The book makes a valiant effort to track the numerous times that units were re-organized or converted from regiments to battalions, but I have detected at least one case where the book "lost" a unit. Despite the book's cover, unit patches are provided only for regiments, and the patches shown are often not the ones used in most of the war. Tables of equipment and personnel are provided for divisions, regiments, and selected battalion types. In summary, this book is a must for the data-hungry, but will probably just gather dust at a VFW post due to lack of unit award and unit patch information.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0fd09c) out of 5 stars Slightly flawed revised edition of a useful reference work 5 May 2006
By Stephen Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The revised edition of Stanton's work is primarily a straight reprint of the 1984 edition. It's worthwhile to have such a reprint, as the original edition was invaluable to someone interested in tracing Army Ground Force units during the Second World War. The new material in the Revised Edition is the Front Matter and an addendum at the end correcting those errors found in the original addition and adding such additional information as has been found over the years. There is no indication in the main text of those entries that have errata or additions. It would have been preferable had the entire text been reset or some simple indicator been placed alongside entries with material in the addendum.

Still, if the topic interests you, I would recommend purchase of the Revised Edition.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0fd4d4) out of 5 stars Indispensable research tool 12 May 2007
By R. Gholston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is just what many have been needing to research units, and their subordinate components, and units attached for varying amounts of time, whether in the Pacific Theater or the European Theater. Now it is much easier to catalog patches and DI's according to the Command and Theater, and to do the research on the smaller units, often overlooked in other material.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0fd4bc) out of 5 stars Great research book's 3 May 2009
By Wayne J. Voter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I own both the WW2 and the Vietnam order of battle book's by this author and the text's have covered/solved a lot of questions and debates from my retired friends.There are very few debates about unit's that cannot be solved with these books. Our only regret is his "Order of Battle Korean War" is no were to be found. I made contact with this author a few years back and there was some poitical problem preventing his rersearch on the Korean War "Order of Battle" from being published. I was able to locate a version of a order of battle from the Korean War however it was no ware as extensive and informative as this author.I fought in Korea and Vietnam as a Infantry man and these books are just great. I recommend them to any and all.
HASH(0x9b0fd984) out of 5 stars Contains superlative information about U.S. Army units that participated in an extremely important even that is becoming more d 3 Oct. 2013
By Stephen E. Siats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book contains information about the U.S. Army units that participated in all theaters of the Second World War: when they were activated, where they were
activated, and all of their locations up to and including any deactivation. The
author even includes a table showing what units contributed personnel to form
newer units. This work lists the divisional commanders and what smaller units were
attached to them while in combat. An easy to read description shows unit changes
over their existance. Most books about the Second World War seem to concentrate on personalities and battles. This book covers the fighting units in detail! I would certainly recommend it to those interested in what U.S. Army units existed and when.
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