Military History

 U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis
By Richard Breitman,
Norman J.W. Goda,
Timothy Naftali and
Robert Wolfe

U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis discusses hundreds of the 8 million-plus documents released under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act by the CIA, FBI, NSA, Army, State Department, and other U.S. agencies. This book contains a great deal of new information about the world of intelligence, especially concerning the postwar use of war criminals by U.S. intelligence organizations. It also sheds new light on Holocaust issues, showing, for example, that the Allies had knowledge of the genocide earlier than historians previously believed.

488 pp., 30 illus.
ISBN: 1-880875-26-8
May 2004

Guide to Records Relating to Military Participation, WWII coverGuide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation in World War II: Parts I and II
Compiled by Timothy P. Mulligan

Part I: Policy Planning, Administration This first volume includes records that cover such topics as formulation of strategy; personnel matters associated with the war; financial matters, including acquisition of land for military installations; legislative issues; and mobilization and training of U.S. military and naval personnel.

8 1/2" x 11", 165 pages
National Archives and Records Administration, 1996

#200118 Softcover $15
ISBN 1-880875-08-x

 Part II: Support and Supply This second volume identifies and describes records in the National Archives that document the activities of the many military agencies involved in armaments production and procurement, lend-lease, stockpiling and consumption of strategic and conventional industrial materials, shipbuilding, military construction, protection of the Western Hemisphere, logistical support, services furnished to personnel, surveys of soldier attitudes, and detention of POWs and civilian internees 8 1/2" x 11", 169 pages
National Archives and Records Administration, 1998 #200119 Softcover $20
ISBN 1-880875-16-0

This series of guides identifies and describes the activities of the many military agencies that had a role in World War II. Although these materials emphasize the period December 1941-September 1945, extensive documentation of the interwar and pre-Pearl Harbor periods is also included. These topical guides each represent the activities of a broad range of agencies, and the records are drawn from many record groups. Thus, these guides make accessible a large body of records that were not readily accessible before.

Holocaust: The Documentary Evidence coverHolocaust: The Documentary Evidence
Compiled, translated, and captioned by Robert Wolfe
Introduction by Henry J. Gwiazda II


Once in power, the Nazis attempted to build a new social order in Europe a society based on race and created through military force, mass murder, and mass slavery. NARA has preserved thousands of captured documents of their effort. This catalog offers a small but important selection of these records, focusing primarily on Hitler's "final solution to the Jewish question." The introduction outlines the immediate historical context of the documents and discusses World War II, Nazi ideology, and the racial war against the Jews and other non-Aryans.

8 1/2" x 11", 37 pages
National Archives and Records Administration, 1993

ISBN 0-911333-92-4


 The Secrets War: The Office of Strategic Services in World War II
Edited by George C. Chalou

This volume contains the proceedings of the first major scholarly conference on the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was held at the National Archives Building on July 11 and 12, 1991 -- exactly 50 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed William J. Donovan Coordinator of Information. Donovan continued to head the organization when it was renamed the Office of Strategic Services in 1942. Through the war years the OSS served the intelligence needs of the United States. It was terminated by order of President Harry S. Truman in the fall of 1945.

These 24 papers -- presented at the conference by veterans and historians of the OSS -- offer new insights into the activities and importance of the United States first modern national intelligence agency. The first of eight sections discusses the United States on the brink of war. The following six cover the operations of the OSS at the headquarters level and in the field throughout Western Europe, the Balkans, and Asia. The final chapter explores the legacy of the OSS. Contributors include Arthur Schlesinger; William Colby; Aline, Countess of Romanones; Walt W. Rostow; and Robin Winks.

6" x 9", 376 pages, 10 illustrations
National Archives and Records Administration, 1992 #100021 Hardcover
ISBN 0-911333-91-6

 Soldiers and Civilians: The U.S. Army and the American People
Edited by Garry D. Ryan and Timothy K. Nenninger

"This volume can be recommended not only for the scholarly, readable, and well-executed articles that it contains but also for the possible avenues for future study and research on army history that are suggested by some of the briefer commentaries."

This volume brings together essays by historians, Army officers, archivists, and other Government officials discussing the interrelationships between the Army and the American people over the past 150 years. Among the topics discussed are military policy as a reflection of American society, the social makeup of the Army community, the lasting results of the Army presence on certain American localities, and the Army as an agent of social change and as a means of social control. Contributors include Andrew J. Goodpaster, Edward M. Coffman, Merritt Roe Smith, and Russell F. Weigley.

6" x 9", 210 pages, 20 illustrations
National Archives and Records Administration, 1987

ISBN 0-911333-52-5

Please note: For more on military history, see also Guides and Finding Aids.

A Woman's War Too coverA Woman's War Too: U.S. Women in the Military in World War II
Edited by Paula Nassen Poulos


More than 350,000 women volunteered to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II. This volume, comprising the proceedings of a conference held at the National Archives at College Park, is a compelling account of these volunteers' groundbreaking efforts to establish women's units within the traditional military service branches.

Leading figures in women's and military studies, social and military historians, document specialists, and women veterans examined such themes as: "Making History: Women, the Military, and Society," "Contributing to the War Effort," "Confronting the Realities of Service Life," and "Documenting Women's Service: Memoirs, Museums, and Historical Collections." Archival photographs of servicewomen who contributed to the Allied war effort illustrate this much-needed book.

6" x 9", 418 pages, 34 illustrations
National Archives and Records Administration, 1996

ISBN 1-880875-09--8